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Publisher's Summary

You have within you an unlimited capacity for extraordinary love, for joy, for communion with life, and for unshakable freedom - and here is how to awaken it. In The Wise Heart, celebrated author and psychologist Jack Kornfield offers an accessible, comprehensive, and illuminating guide to the universal teachings of Buddhist psychology. He shows you how to use powerful Buddhist insights and practices to go beyond the trap of self-improvement - and find in your own life the path to unconditional fulfillment and happiness discovered by the Buddha.

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Awesome!

I discovered Jack Kornfield while listening to the Duncan Trussell podcast, and after listening to the same podcast over 5 times, I realized I should give one of Jacks books a try. He is an excellent writer on Buddhist teachings, and I'm very thankful for the things he has opened my eyes, and mind to. The Wise Heart is a fairly long book with many things to offer. I just finished my first listen, and I can promise you it won't be my last!

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Can be life changing

Jack's voice is an easy one to listen to. The ideas in the book had a profound effect on me. I had listened to Jack's audio presentation at Spirit Rock, Buddhism for Beginners, years ago and fell in love with the concept. If you really listen to the ideas I think they can help give a lot of deep understanding of the world. I loved it. Thank you Jack for your beautiful words.

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This book is as gentle and beautiful as this lotus

I NEEDED the calm wisdom of this book!! I was going through some tough times in my personal life, and this book helped me get my footing back, stabilize my mood, and eliminate the disructive rage that was threatening to consume me at the time. THe calm reading by the author is very helpful in that it breathes with the rhythm of thought rather than overimposed "reading performance requirements" that sometimes reading actors bring to the table. THis was my first Kornfield, and I hope it won't be the last...

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Great Teachings

The teachings are fantastic, but the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. If I can keep myself listening, I learn a lot. But the monotone reading makes me zone out an awful lot. Maybe this one is best read in paperback.

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Content was great.

I found it difficult to fully take in the message due to the monotone nature that it was delivered in. Perhaps you could argue my mind was not clear enough to take in what the reader was providing. However the flat delivery did not keep my attention.

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Narration ruined the contents

Jack Kornfield by right of experience and dedication has a clear perspective and under standing of matters but completely lacks emotions in his narration as well as the stories he concludes with his perspectives. His voice did not speak of peace but of emptiness like he still has not mastered relating to the world outside of his own family. The contents sounded like a run on sentence without the pause when one coincides with what they are speaking. Material aspect is ofcorseworth while

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Good audio book

really enjoyed the audio book a little monotone but all in all very good thoughts and teachings

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Outstanding Introduction to Buddhist Psychology

If you could sum up The Wise Heart in three words, what would they be?

Great book to get you started in understanding Buddhist Psychology and the principles of meditation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No character but Jack is a fabulous author and reader.

What about Jack Kornfield’s performance did you like?

His calm, peaceful and deliberate style of reading made this a easy to listen to book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What you should know about meditation before you get started.

Any additional comments?

A top book for all who are new to Buddhism.

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Jack and I

read it repeatedly for endless guidance. looking forward to continuing my journey through life with Jack Kornfield and his books.

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Book was ok….

The reader was so horrible I couldn’t pay attention to the book. I have no clue what the book was even about because the guy was just so boring and monotone. Huge waste of money.