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  • Why Buddhism Is True

  • The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
  • By: Robert Wright
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

From one of America's greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. In Why Buddhism Is True, Wright leads listeners on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books on secular Buddhism and it's relationship to natural selection and neuroscience

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-17

Brilliant Overview

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Reviewed: 03-01-18

Buddhism, given its very nature, can appear enigmatic and paradoxical. The writer explores the nature of the belief system, as well as his own gradual enlightenment over the course of many retreats.

This is a well-read and insightful book. Wright doesn't shy away from the philosophy, nor does he try to give a one-size-fits all approach. Though he clearly advocates what he sees to be the merits of mindfulness meditation, he leaves the choices with the reader, encouraging them to discover (or not) themselves.

I've read a lot of fluff in the subject, and this one is both accessible and substantial.

Recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Meditation in Action

  • 40th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Chögyam Trungpa, Samuel Bercholz (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Samuel Bercholz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

This classic teaching by a Tibetan master continues to inspire both beginners and long-time practitioners of Buddhist meditation. Chgyam Trungpa Rinpoche shows that meditation extends beyond the formal practice of sitting to build the foundation for compassion, awareness, and creativity in all aspects of life. He explores the six activities associated with meditation in action - generosity, discipline, patience, energy, clarity, and wisdom - revealing that through simple, direct experience, one can attain real wisdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By Mukesh on 19-04-15

Thoughtful Approach

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Reviewed: 10-12-17

You won't really learn how to meditate from this book but you will learn about the philosophy of Buddhism and a meditative life. A good read, although the author died prematurely in a questionable context, proving, perhaps, that wisdom flows through any one of us, despite any human failings.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,299
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,195

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • oh, how I missed it.

  • By evgenia on 18-07-17

Wasted Opportunity

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

This production is spoilt by DD's totally lacklustre performance - there is no soul or effort at all. He sounds bored; his tiny inflections are lame and laboured and I just couldn't buy into any sense of danger. How could I when the main reader doesn't sound like he gives a damn?

Too much expository waffling to help us 'see' what's happening. Not subtle at all.

I was looking forward to this, especially that it's the original cast. The director should have been sacked - this is an insult to the legacy and DD needs to work for his pay.

Sound effects is the only thing going for this drab effort.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752

Listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process - and showing us all just how easy it can be. By sharing stories from her own life as well as from her friends and the people who have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring listen

  • By Red Nell on 28-09-15

Well read and inspiring

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Reviewed: 20-05-17

The author gives many anecdotes that help encourage those looking for 'big magic' to not be fearful of failure and to pursue the creative course.

She is an optimist about the role of those who are inspired by the arts and her lovely style of writing and warm voice act as a good friend coaxing one along to achieve their ambitions.

Recommended.