We can realize the highest truth in each moment when we learn to see through the illusion of the self. AnamThubten, in remarkably easy-to-understand language, provides teachings for doing exactly that, based on the wisdom of the Buddhist traditions. He illuminates the path of going beyond the misconceptions of the ego to experience the reality of our true nature, which is already enlightened. He communicates with clarity, humor, and refreshing honesty, lighting the way to a life full of love, compassion, and true satisfaction.
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I am delighted to find this and it's companion. It has cleared up things that I needed answers to for many years. Like, for instance, what do we pray to? These books are dense, the more you listen, the more you find. I use when I wake up at night, requiring focus. I also understood the primacy of just sitting and following breath, and the necessity to practice it regularly. No more, no less, you don't need to put a leg on a snake. Finally, that present mind is the way to Buddha mind, in fact is identical. Thank you Anam for your wonderful clarify. David
When one is ready this book will stimulate pure awakening said in the sharpest and truest of words pointing toward freedom ultimate freedom from the world
"This book gets a little "preachy""
I was looking for conceptual ideas rather than a book that determines the "right way" and points out the "wrong ways." To find enlightenment. Kind of disappointed.
I highly recommend "the Buddha is still teaching" to anyone instead of this book.
"No Self No Problem terrific listen"
Seldom do I want to re-listen to an audio book but this one is an exception! I found the material interesting and the author engaging. A wonderful listen.
"loved it....practical & very insightful"
how very appealing & realistic is the content.. opens your mind & heart.. a process of setting yourself free from all concepts begins in just one listen
"I was very pleased with it"
I may listen to it again. Seems to be a very down to earth interpretation of Buddhist teachings. A good place to start learning.
"Buddhist version of sermonizing or preaching . . ."
this audiobook is perfect for someone who likes to listen to inspiring words of wisdom, short stories as examples, and advice and guidance inspired by Buddhist thinking.
There is very little difference from listening to this audiobook from going to church and listening to a preacher. Maybe exchange "saved" to "enlightened", etc.
When I started to feel *Religion* coming through, and not letting up, I skipped forward a bit to see if the audiobook would change. No. It was still pretty religious due to the preachy format. I listened as long as I could . . . then gave up.
I prefer the words of wisdom by Alan Watts - he doesn't make me feel like I'm listening to a sermon - he makes me feel like he's dropping clues.
This is work done with good intentions, so of benefit to people. Just not for me.
"Simple practical insights"
This is one of the best books on the middle way and awakening that I've ever read. It's simplicity and straight to the point approach ensures you understand the concepts immediately.
Fred is indeed Stella once more and if that man isn't enlightened after all the books of this nature he's narrated, I'd be amazed. He reads like he wrote the material himself.
If I could only recommend one book from my reading list this would almost certainly be it. First equal perhaps with "The Untethered Soul" by Michael A. Singer and "The Four Agreements" by Miguel Ruiz.
"real truth be told"
so many books out there on spirituality. so few comes as close to the truth as this one. reminds me a bit of Alan watts.
"Important book on Buddhism"
I happen to enjoy a nonBuddhist spiritual teacher Ramana Maharshi and this book, without mentioning him at all, gives a very cool alignment of thought between the Hindu spiritual figure Ramana M and of the same Shadings in Buddhism --the Buddhist concept on the total unreality of self.
""Getting rid of your baby teeth""
Yes, for Buddhist teachings are traditionally conveyed in the spoken word. Getting rid of baby teeth means that we need to get away from childish expectations of what the spiritual search is all about. Anam Thubten divests us of the trappings and veils around the core.
This is not applicable as this is non-fiction. But I liked the glimpses of the author as he talked to a very affluent NoCal-Berkeley audience, probably, and tried to steer them away from what Chogyam Trumpa called "spiritual materialism," adding up "points towards perfection."
I liked the sections when Anam Thubten talked about prayer, not as a petition to a divine entity, but a search for the transcendent truth of prajnaparamitra. This is not found by speculation but by a direct encounter with the ultimate within which we find our being.
"Spirituality is Not a Teddy Bear." Anam Thubten challenges us to take on a spiritual discipline, not to escape into petitioning a god who denies or accepts our pleas. He reminds us how the quest for truth is full of ego traps, and how difficult it is to stay focused upon it.
Frank Stella narrates this with emphasis and delicacy. He reminds me of Martin Sheen or Peter Coyote, as he seems in tune with the countercultural message. I do have an ego-block as I wonder how letting go aligns with the needs of the poor and the exploited, and how fixing the world is not a mere "illusion"--but social critique is absent from this approach.
There are thousands of years worth of wisdom condensed into a powerful, well structured and succinct message. It warrants listening several times and is a treasure and pleasure to own.
If I had taken advanced engineering schematics for a satellite , a heating system, a washing machine and Concorde then cut them up and then stuck them back together like a David Bowie lyric it would make a better read/listen than this! Physical death may well be when we 'awaken' and get the answers we are looking for, so on that note this book can help you as after 6 hours of listening to this you'll probably want to kill yourself! If the Buddha said 'I need to take a dump' this guy would interpret it as the Buddha is telling us he has transcended and moved beyond all physical bonds'. This author makes the subject unpalatable (oh! my ego is resisting) and fails to uplift and guide someone who is needing direction to a happier life. Also many contradictions! Eckhart Tolle on the other hand does communicate the subject of ego and presence masterfully in a way that is easily understood whilst also inspiring and uplifting the listener (I guess that's why he was voted #1 spiritual influencer in the world) sorry if I've offended anyone, it maybe that I'm not intellectual enough to grasp the concepts, but I found it like a negative, repetitive drone!
"Simple and straight on"
Spot on... Simple and straight in its message. Also offers effortless listening with great narrator.
Very straightforward and clear explanation of anatta and non-duality. Just the right length too. Will listen again.
I loved it. It throws away many myths about meditation, about life, about spiritual path. I really loved it. I think some things one will implement straight away and some one learns when it reached a certain point. I will listen to this book again someday in my future. Thank you
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