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Publisher's Summary

A lively exploration of contemporary Buddhism from one of its most admired teachers.

Do you feel at home right now? Or do you sense a hovering anxiety or uncertainty, an underlying unease that makes you feel just a bit uncomfortable, a bit distracted and disconnected from those around you? In The Road Home, Ethan Nichtern, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, investigates the journey each of us takes to find where we belong. Drawing from contemporary research on meditation and mindfulness and his experience as a Buddhist teacher and practitioner, Nichtern describes in fresh and deeply resonant terms the basic existential experience that gives rise to spiritual seeking - and to its potentially dangerous counterpart, spiritual materialism.

He reveals how our individual quests for self-awareness ripple forward into relationships, communities, and society at large. And he explains exactly how, by turning our awareness to what's happening around us and inside us, we become able to enhance our sense of connection with others and, at the same time, change for the better our individual and collective patterns of greed, apathy, and inattention.

In this wise and witty invitation to Buddhist meditation, Nichtern shows how, in order to create a truly compassionate and enlightened society, we must start with ourselves. And this means beginning by working with our own minds - in whatever state we find them.

©2015 Ethan Nichtern (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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How can you pass this up?

Ethan's insight, instruction and story telling abilities are excellent. I already know that every time I reread this book, I will learn something new.

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Wonderful!

A very wise and insightful look at the true nature of our minds and hearts in the face of todays world. This is a must read if you are interested in the midfulness movement. And if you are sick of the current movement this might really be perfect for you.

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ancient teachings as relevant as ever

Ethan Nichtern delivers the teachings and shows us how they belong in our everyday life. I listened to this while commuting (literally). it was a powerful reminder that my commute is sacred too! thanks for making this available as an audible edition!

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Great listen!

Excellent perspective on Buddhist and Shambhala teachings and how they relate to ourselves, our relationships, and society. Great teachings on meditation in action.

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A great contemporary rendering of Buddhism

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It offers a realistic way to integrate Buddhism into everyday life.

What other book might you compare The Road Home to and why?

Walk Like A Buddha. Both authors are from the same tradition.

Which scene was your favorite?

The description of his awakening during an airplane flight.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

No.

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Direct. Real. Hip. Present.

A very accessable overview of the Shambhala Path on one level, and extremely down to earth, almost gritty description of the Open Path of "Awake-ism" on the other. An extremely valuable book I will listen to again. And again. Ethan is clear and true.

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Ooooohhhhh so delicious.

This is a conglomeration of profound quotes woven into a beautifully educational recipe for living an awakened, interdependent life. <grateful sigh and smile>

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Wisdom for our time

Ethan Nichtern has a remarkable ability to summarize sophisticated Buddhist teachings and frame them in a way that is totally contemporary, relevant, and eminently readable. Don't let his gentle, self-deprecating tone or youth fool you - Ethan is a master of these teachings, having grown up in the Shambhala lineage and dedicated his life to this path. This is urgent reading and the wisdom we need in these tumultuous times.

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Great book I recommend it.!!!

Great insight on how to see things in life. Makes you think and analyze things in the simplest form instead of making things complicated...

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Requires and deserves concentration

A good book which is thoroughly researched and easily relatable. I'm going to listen to this book a second time, giving it all the concentration it deserves, as a commitment to bettering myself.
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