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The Four Noble Truths of Love

Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships
Narrated by: Susan Piver
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
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To apply a Buddhist viewpoint to relationships is eye-opening. It points to a radically different worldview, one that runs counter to the spirit of much of the conventional advice we receive.

Broken hearts, resentment, affairs, divorce. Why is it so hard to make relationships work? New York Times best-selling author and mindfulness expert Susan Piver applies classic Buddhist wisdom to modern romance, including her own long-term relationship, to show ancient philosophies have timeless - and unexpected - wisdom on how to love.

The Four Noble Truths of Love will challenge the expectations you have about dating, sex, and romance, liberating you from the habits, traumas, and expectations that have been holding back your relationships. This mindful approach toward love will help you open your heart fearlessly, deepen communications with your partner, increase your compassion and resilience, and lead you toward a path of true happiness. 

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain: expansive, real love for yourself and others.

“One of the most exquisitely wise - and comforting - relationship books I've ever read. The Four Noble Truths of Love is a lighthouse for the beautiful, murky mess of intimacy; one of those keepers that you wear out and gift to every friend and say, ‘This will help.’ This book has permanent residency on my bedside table so I can keep coming back for Susan’s compassionate reminders: that we are inherently good and our capacity to love is indestructible.” (Danielle LaPorte, author of The Desire Map and White Hot Truth)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

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The ONLY relationship book you will ever need

It’s ok if you aren’t Buddhist. The teachings here are relevant no matter what spiritual path you are on. The premise is that all relationships experience instability. The reality is that they are unstable, unpredictable and ever-changing because they are *alive*. The good news is Susan Piver teaches you how to work with the instability so that hearts and minds remain open, and over time actually grow in love.

Susan Piver’s performance in reading her own work was completely appropriate. Her voice spoke in a genuine, authentic manner, of course because they are her words! Perfect!

The narrative of her own challenges, struggles, triumphs, sadness, pain and joy are what gives the book meaning and a real sense of relevancy, truth and accessibility to the listener.

There is depth in her practices if one does them with consistency and sincere intention. I’ve listened to her audio book several times and have now purchased her book so I can really let what she is saying take root and stay steady in my daily life.

Susan Piver’s wish for this book to make a difference in people’s lives has come true in mine. Thank you, Susan!

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Fabulous content- technical errors

Brilliant listen ... narration bloopers included. Stumbles or coughs included in this version then narrator repeats sections. Doesn’t happen often enough to affect the quality.

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Very helpful and out of the box insight

I am on the wrong end of a recent affair and have been searching out every way possible of moving forward with my life and my wife. This book has given me a tremendous amount of previously unheard insight, advice and perspective. At the very most and very least, it has given me hope that my wife and I can work through our troubles.

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Whether beginning, growing, saving, or reinventing

Noble Truths with a twist, no experience necessary. Down to Earth - witty, sad, joyous, & applicable.

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Grateful

You will take away as much as you put into this book. There are few things that I may disagree with the author about. Those are unimportant when there are so many great practices to pull from. Thank you!

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love love love it!

I love it so much that I bought the paperback after the first chapter. It's intimate and shares loving wisdom.

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very personal stories

the information is terrific, conveyed by the author's own relationship experiences. Author nor the best reader, professional reader would have been better.

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Great story, glitchy version

I love Susan Piver's books, and this one is no exception. My only complaint was how glitchy and poorly edited this audio version is. There were a few lines that were repeated (not caught during editing, I assume?) and a cough towards the beginning. After writing this, it sounds sort of silly (and perhaps it is!) but it took me out of the moment. It's still great to listen to, though, recommended for all.

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life changing

I loved this book, so much. As soon as it ended, I started it over. There are so many books out there on how to get or keep love- Susan's take is fresh (to me), realistic, and empowering. At first I was concerned that her narration would be too slow and dry for my short attention span, but she's so genuine, and obviously passionate about the content, that before I knew it, I found her delightful, forward, and thoughtful in her delivery of information. These are practices that I know I can adopt, study, and incorporate into my life. I have renewed hope and eagerness. Now to begin. Thank you Susan Piver!

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Such a Loving Guide to All Relationships!

Enlightening, raw, human, honest. You'll come back to this book on a regular basis for a nudge back to loving Self and Others. Pertinent even, or especially, after 34 years of marriage!

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  • Samantha Hannah
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You saved my marriage

I’m a yogi, a mediation teacher, Wellbeing coach using ACT - a mindfulness based therapy - as the base of my work. I read Buddhist text amongst other traditional writings, but I have never heard explained the true many of love in I’m a yogi, a mediation teacher, Wellbeing coach using ACT - a mindfulness based therapy - as the base of my work. I read Buddhist text amongst other traditional writings, but I have never heard explained the true meaning of love in relationships as Susan describes in this book. As each chapter went on I put into practice the advise... and it quite literally saved my marriage. Thank you for telling me it’s ok to be me while he is he - yin and yang, totally different, and yet some how it works because I deeply love him. Thank you for describing the undulation of emotions that come with any relationship so eloquently. Quite simply, thank you for writing this book, with love, from your heart. It’s a treasure. Ngā mihi nui - Sam from NZ as Susan describes in this book. As each chapter went on I put into practice the advise... and it quite literally saved my marriage. Thank you for telling me it’s ok to be me while he is he - yin and yang, totally different, and yet some how it works because I deeply love him. Thank you for describing the undulation of emotions that come with any relationship so eloquently. Quite simply, thank you for writing this book, with love, from your heart. It’s a treasure. Ngā mihi nui - Sam from NZ