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A very deep and inspiring book portraying many of the Buddhist philosophies that would benefit the lay and well learned alike. Although not the best for beginners there is much to take away and meditate upon within this great Buddhist writing.
Excellent narration also.
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I'm so grateful to the translators for their wonderful work and for making this text available
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Will definitely listen to this many more times. So much included that you will need glisten carefully and like me probably more than once.
well read with great passion.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
No, purely because of the awful narration.
Would you be willing to try another one of William Hope’s performances?
Any additional comments?
This is a classic of Mahayana Buddhism. The text is beautiful, and is meant to be a peaceful internal reflection. Instead, it was read as if the author was in torment, struggling with internal demons. It would have been appropriate for some self-flagellating medieval Christian monk, aggressively battling the desires of the flesh, not one of the great Buddhist saints of compassion and peace. The narrator totally misunderstands this text and spoils the whole experience. The producers of such spiritual classics should make sure that they employ narrators who actually have some understanding of, and feeling for, the text they are reading.