The Lost Art of Good Conversation

A Mindful Way to Connect with Others and Enrich Everyday Life
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
4 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Cutting through all the white noise, chatter, and superficiality our cell phones and social media cause, one of Tibet's highest and most respected spiritual leaders offers simple and practical advice to help us increase our attentions spans, become better listeners, and strive to appreciate the people around us.

In a world of iPhones and connectivity to social media and email, we are all in constant connection with one another. Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues, and abandoned by family and friends? In this new book from the best-selling author of Running with the Mind of Meditation, the Sakyong uses the basic principles of the Shambhala tradition - meditation and a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings - to help listeners to listen and speak more mindfully with loved ones, coworkers, strangers, and even ourselves.

In this easy to understand and helpful book, Sakyong Mipham provides inspiring ideas and practical tips on how to be more present in your day-to-day life, helping us to communicate in ways that elevate the dignity of everyone involved. Great for families, employees and employers, and everyone who spends too much time on Facebook and Instagram and feels disconnected in our connected world, Good Conversation is a journey back to basics.

©2017 Sakyong Mipham (P)2017 Random House Audio

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"This wise and informative guide lays out a path towards genuine human connection and community in difficult times." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • 08-11-18

Thought provoking

I started this book before learning about Sakyong Mipham’s real life issues. Once I heard the news, I put the book down for a while. It was difficult to reconcile an appreciation for the book with the credibility of its author. I’ve ultimately come back to it and do recommend it as a thoughtful and relevant work. And a lesson in the challenges of separating the message from the messenger.

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Praises conversation, but no improvement tips.

I got the book expecting usable tips and perspectives on how to have better, deeper conversations. In reality this is a book on praising conversation and getting you to appreciate the act of conversing from a Buddhist perspective. There are almost no practical or actionable tips on how to improve conversations. In my opinion, it was mostly fluff and i found it hard to continue to the end. However, if you are interested in a Buddhist thought on conversation or if you think talking to people is pointless or a waste of time, you may be enjoy the book.

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essential for the modern age

This book is filled with insight that challenges and illuminatea, that inspires and demands more of us. At the same time, it is often simple and common sense. And I'm dissapointed to say, it was at many times a reminder to return to that which I already knew but have been ignoring.

I will return to this book as I carry on to renew resolve and deepen my commitment to being a human being through conversation.

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Lecture feel to it

I barely got through the first chapter. I felt he focused on complaining about how the world was going to hell because people don't interact anymore. I stopped listening in the middle of chapter two.

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Not much to really sink your teeth into

I listened to a talk given by the Sakyong and I enjoyed his way of speaking. This selection wasn't particularly eye-opening for me, but maybe I'm in the minority.

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A book on Budddist mindfulness and good manners

Title is misleading; it is not really about the ART of conversation. It focuses on Buddhist mindfulness and the "windhorse" energy within people.

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Windy

Lots of repetitiveness. I'll likely listen to it again, though. It never hurts to learn something new.

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Pretty good

Most people probably already know most of the content presented; however, Mipham articulates and summarizes everything pretty nicely.

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Fluff

There is no reason for this book. its contains obvious things we all already know. Gave it an 1.5 hours before i quit. Not worth the time.

Good reading by Ballerini

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Spiritual mumbo jumbo

I bought this because I'm looking to become a better conversationalist, what I got was a never-ending diatribe on how "our hearts are connected" and "warrior spirit" (a couple of examples). I have a hunch that if the Buddha listened to this crap even he'd roll his eyes.

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