©2000 Pema Chodron; (P) Sounds True
First let me tell you what this is not - it is not a guided meditation. At first I was disappointed: 'This is not telling me how to meditate', I thought. As I progressed, however, I realized that I was waiting for a guided meditation, which never comes, and that actually this recording was far more useful than that. It DOES give advice on sitting meditation - on letting thoughts go - but mainly it is about a whole life approach, about meditating with eyes open, about developing a flexible, loving outlook. If you haven't meditated before, I think you should start somewhere else, either at a meditation class or using a guided meditation tape or DVD. Once you have got some understanding of meditation and perhaps also of Buddhism, THEN you should listen to this recording, which contains some excellent information and advice. I avoid the word 'instruction' deliberately here, as this is not what Pema Chodron is about.
"Good Content, Poor Audio Quality"
I found this book very helpful. I had issues with the recording though. It is from a live seminar and there is a boxy quality to her voice. Also lots of ambient room noises from the attendees. I found these things to be very distracting
"I think the above reviewer was a tad mistaken....."
I downloaded the CD-quality version of this, and except for one very short instance where the sound gets a little "crumpley," I found on the whole the sound quality to be excellent - like she recorded it in a studio instead of in front of an audience. There were no distracting ambient sounds that I could discern. The sound of her voice comes out full and clear throughout. Add to that the excellent content of this audiobook, and you have another fine offering from Pema you can buy with confidence. I give it five stars.
"Disappointing sound quality!"
I read the 2 previous reviews and didn't think sound quality would be an issue. However, once purchased, I'm very disappointed by the quality of the recording. The MP3 is encoded at 32 KBPS which is extremely low quality. It makes me feel like I've got earplugs in.
Have only listened to 10 minutes of this audiobook so far but I'm not sure I can listen to much more!
"A Spiritual Staple"
I love this teaching. It has been in my digital library for 2 years now and I go back to it whenever I have a stressful life change. It's like an old friend.
"I like it"
Im sure their about the same
Brene Browns seminar: The Power of vulnerablity. Equaly good humor.
Buy this book if you are interested in meditation. Pema Chodrons walks you throught some of the things that Im sure many beginners (and perhaps experienced as well) has wondered about. There are several good points in the audiobook. I wont reveal them here. They should be enjoy together with Pema Chodrons.
The start was a bit borrowing to me. So dont get disencouraged.
Several venues were used and put together for this book. The volume and tone changed thoughtout the audio.
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