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A. L. Root

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Treasure trove!

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Reviewed: 01-08-19

Lovely book, full of Thich Nhat Hanh's invaluable, brave wisdom. Always sensible, always useful, these teachings are magnificent.

Profound accessible and helpful

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Reviewed: 02-07-19

I have listened to this book many times, and each time I gain fresh insights and learn more. It is a gem.

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Very insightful

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Reviewed: 30-12-18

I find this book very helpful and often return to it. The advice is well grounded and useful.

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Powerful and perceptive

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Reviewed: 28-05-18

This book is fascinating - the ideas are so well researched and very useful and thought provoking. The author writes clearly and with gently wry humour. Each time I listen to this I get more insights and wisdom. Its magnificent in scope and depth.

Powerful

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Reviewed: 19-03-18

Engagingly told interweaving of autobiography with wider statistics and data. Very psychologically acute and compelling.

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Dramatic, gripping and well read

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Reviewed: 31-12-17

Very fascinating, evocative of Thames landscape and plot is completely addictive. I found myself listening to the last quarter of the book long into the night in order to know what happens.

Thich Nhat Hanh's and Sister Chan Khong's wisdom

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Reviewed: 28-06-16

Lovely interweaving of seeing the Buddha as a spiritual teacher and embracing one's own childhood faith as well. Very skilful understanding too of 'acceptance', made me understand forgiveness in a new way.

Beyond the cheesy-grin type of self-help book

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Reviewed: 13-04-13

If you have had enough of various simplistic books that tell you the world will deliver your wildest dreams or whatever you want if you just ask, and instead you want tough love, then this is a book for you. Joseph Goldstein has lots of experience and knowledge of Buddhism - an approachable, interesting, scientifically credible spiritual tradition that is 2,500 years old. Goldstein makes the Buddha's teachings fresh and accessible and provides new ways of thinking about a range of life's ups and downs. A gem of a book and a treat to listen to Joseph's wry, self-deprecating humour as he explains his encounters with ancient wisdoms.

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A Life-Changing Book

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Reviewed: 23-12-12

I wouldn't often say this about a book, but this is a life-changer. For those of us plagued by feelings of unhappiness, self-doubt, anger or similarly destructive feelings, this book helps open out new pattern of being kinder to yourself and more compassionate towards others. So it can change you! But it doesn't pull any punches. Sharon Salzberg takes the listener through different kinds of loving-kindness before expanding upon a way of developing it used by many Buddhists, which involves openness, honesty and meditation. She explores all the mixture of critical stuff that makes up anger, or vindictiveness or hatred etc., skillfully linking personal feelings to wider cultural trends. Then she shows the benefits of loosening up, letting go of all those energetically negative but self-damaging feelings we hold towards others. This book gets right down into the nitty-gritty of spiritual practice and shows, whatever faith you hold or none, how to get some more space round those feelings. It then describes why its important that we let them go. You are given greater insight into why its important to change as well as ways of becoming more open and spacious. It's a challenging, accessible and worthwhile book that yields more and more at every repeated listening.

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