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Created specifically to address the questions and needs of first-time students, here is Buddhism's vast spiritual legacy, presented by one of America's leading meditation teachers.
©2001 Jack Kornfield

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Content is good, but the narrator's voice?

I started listening to this book but had to stop. I could not tolerate the narrator's voice. This is just my opinion, but his voice was kind of whiny and slow. It took away from the content because the voice bothered me so much. I am sure other listeners might not agree, but I honestly could not listen! I listen to a lot of audio books and the narration is what makes or breaks the text, in my opinion.

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A Real Dream

Anyone looking to get into Buddhism and needs a good book to start with should check this one out. Jack Kornfields voice is beautiful.

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Absolutely Wonderful!

I loved this book! currently listening to it for a second time. Jack has a wonderful voice and is inspiring to listen to.  #Audible1

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A Great Place to Start

The teachings were gentle, easy to follow & enjoyable. I am glad I picked this one up. I will definitely be listening to it again.

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Recording was not good

There were constantly people coughing in the background and it drove me insane

Other than that the teacher has a nice voice and speaks very well and the content is great

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Awesome!!

Such a great series of talks by Kornfield. I love it and will probably re-listen again soon!

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would definitely recommend

great subject matter, very well narrated. loved it from start to finish. I would highly recommend.

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liked the story but the narrator was very slow and halting. overall good message with some humor.

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Great Foundation

Great foundation to begin to build your path to freedom.
Jack's is calm and concise, while gently nudging us down the path.
A true master of western Buddhism.
Thanks to Jack and Joseph for illuminating our western minds so gracefully!

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  • Anna
  • 2009-07-13

Might be difficult for true beginners...

I really enjoyed these lectures. They definitely give a greater understanding of what Buddhism means. However, I do think I wouldn't have grasped many of the deeper meanings if I hadn't had some introduction to very, very basic Buddhist concepts to begin with. I would recommend listening to "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle before listening to this if you are a true beginner and a Westerner. Most of it was extremely helpful (see my review on that one). My only other complaint about this audiobook is that Jack Kornfield really seems to love the sound of his own voice. Sounds hypercritical, but the breathy, caressing voice could be a little nauseating at times.

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  • Colleen
  • 2008-12-24

Highly Recommended!

For me, this has been the next best thing to having a great teacher in my own home. His calm manner, deep insights and easy to understand presentation are a gift to anyone interested in knowing more about Buddhist philosophy. I have listened to this over and over again and get something more each time. Along with Thich Nhat Hanh and Pema Chodron, the teachings of Jack Kornfield have had a life changing a influence in my life. I am grateful to have these audio recordings so easily available.

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  • Daniel A
  • 2008-05-28

This is the one...

I almost didn't get this book because of the reviews about Jack Kornfield's speaking voice. I'm glad I didn't make that huge mistake.

If you're interested in learning about Buddhism, then this is the book. This is the guy to explain it to you. His voice is perfect for what he's explaining. He's not reading the pages into a microphone in a studio somewhere, he's speaking from his heart with genuine compassion.

This is a good quality recording of a series of informative speeches given to a small audience. The speaker is a Buddhism master, and I think he's enlightened and is passing the Buddha's wisdom as well as his own down to students who wish to learn. I am just beginning my studies of Buddhism and I feel like this was the perfect introduction.

If you're interested in learning about Buddhism, get this. You won't be sorry.

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  • Dramacat
  • 2009-01-03

A delightful introduction to Buddhist Life

This is a wonderful series of dharma talks given by the foremost (at least in my mind) American Buddhist teacher, Jack Kornfield. Kornfield's voice and manner are warm, soothing, and kind, and he illustrates his distillation of Buddhist teachings with everything from real-life anecdotes, poetry, and jokes. It is a pleasure to listen to, from beginning to end. The beauty of these talks is that they do not require a previous knowledge of Buddhism or a desire to immerse one's self in scripture. Kornfield gives practical advice on cultivating mindfulness, lovingkindness, and interconnectedness for even the most non-dogmatic of listeners. What a delight!

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  • Micah J. Hall
  • 2011-02-01

This recording will change your life

It was this recording that really touched me. Jack Kornfield has the right style to talk to the west. A really beautiful way of presenting the Buddhas teachings in a way that really means something in everyday life.

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  • Nicholas
  • 2011-05-10

A great first look into Buddism/ liked the speaker

I was weary at first since some were complaining about the speaker, saying he was irritating and to be honest it took me a chapter to get into the way he speaks. Ended up really liking the speaker though his quotes from Don Juan Matus to Woody Alan made it easy to relate to the stories and philosophies.

Would recommend.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2011-04-23

Better than Expected

Mr Kornfield's presentation is informative and at times, very funny. If you've been curious about Buddhism, I would highly suggest that you give this audiobook a try. Even if you are not looking for enlightenment, this selection has information for leading a calm, centered and spiritual life. At first the live audience threw me off but I came to appreciate their reactions and laughter and got great enjoyment from it. I also purchased Meditation for Beginners from Mr Kornfield and have also found it helpful and enjoyable. Listen at bedtime for a great nights sleep.

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  • Sean
  • 2010-11-08

excellent

a most excellent book. i will admit that he kinda sounds like a subdued Mr. Rogers at naptime. the speaking voice kinda turned me off at first but i hung with it because of the content. he has a good cadence and clarity of speech so it's easy to get past the tone.

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  • Honey
  • 2010-04-10

MUST HAVE FOR FIRST TIMERS

I love this audible! This is a must have for anyone who is unfamiliar with Buddhism or is interested in learning what it is and how to apply it to your everyday life. I listen to this book at least twice a week and parts of it daily! He makes it easy to understand and how to apply it to every day living. It is in layman terms, humorous, insightful. You walk away with a very in-depth understanding of what Buddhism is and how it can benefit your life! I just purchased another book by this author! Must have.... Money well spent! I recommend this one before purchasing his other book, Roots of BuddhismPhychology, which is my other favorite of his. I like the way he uses humor to which I can relate to and the different story his refers to.

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  • Cheshirelady
  • 2015-08-16

For Beginners

What made the experience of listening to Buddhism for Beginners [Jack Kornfield] the most enjoyable?

Jack Kornfield so gently invited me into the world of Buddhism.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I guess Jack and the Buddha are my favorite characters because they are both offering to light the way to a deeper, more meaningful life.

What about Jack Kornfield’s performance did you like?

I found his voice soothing and inviting.

What did you learn from Buddhism for Beginners [Jack Kornfield] that you would use in your daily life?

This book is a daily reminder of the value of the Buddhist perspective and practice.

Any additional comments?

I am a bit confused by the comments about this not being for beginners. To me it seems like an appropriate and gentle introduction.

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