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If you could sum up Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction in three words, what would they be?
Lots of information.
What did you like best about this story?
A very nice digest of the rich history and cultural development of Buddhism in Tibet. Most western Buddhist will learn a lot that is not usually described in the usual books on philosophy or meditation.
What didn’t you like about Neil Shah’s performance?
Ok, Tibetan names and words can be hard to pronounce. But he should have had some help. He has the habit of stressing and raising the tone of the second syllable of two syllable words in Tibetan. I really had a hard time figuring out a number of words he was trying to pronounce until I realized he is pronouncing words like ngak pa as ang-gak-pa. Yes, initial ng's are very hard for English speaks, but he should have had some more coaching before reading a book full of Tibetan words. (Boy, I guess I needed to get that off my chest.)
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When in an early chapter, the author and the lama, discussing a rarified point of philosophy, are interrupted to help a local family in distress.
Any additional comments?
Really worth listening to. I wish there was a PDF with the names and technical terms from the Tibetan or Sanskrit, for one to consult as you are listening. (Or, I guess you could buy the book.)
If you practice Tibetan Buddhism, this book will give you a greater appreciation of the land and people these practices come from.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
While full of facts and information, this boring and dry reading of whet appears to be a college textbook is w great cure for insomnia. The narrator has the same time as a droning history professor who reads out of his textbook in a freshman college class.
Recommended. This appears to be a reasonably balanced and nuanced account. It is beautifully and thoughtfully read. A rewarding experience.
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What was most disappointing about Matthew T. Kapstein’s story?
A barrage of dates and strange names with almost no substance in between to flesh them out, how is that supposed to be an introduction to anything??!!