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Jack Kornfield has the most calming, even and balanced speaking voice and manner that just listening to him is centering all on its own. But, be aware--his message trumps his fantastic presentation style--which is really saying something. Positive and uplifting. Highly recommended as a wonderful listening experience.
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If you could sum up Awakening Is Real in three words, what would they be?
Inspiring, peace-promoting, wise
What other book might you compare Awakening Is Real to and why?
Kornfield's other works, perhaps especially "Wise Heart." Would certainly include other wise people who are offering Buddhist wisdom to westerners such as (but not limited to) Thich Naht Hanh, Pema Chodren, Tara Brach, Phillip Moffitt, Ezra Bayda.
Any additional comments?
Kornfield is a former Buddhist monk who is able to offer understandable explanations of a complex system of thought, little available to westerners until recently. I have been reading and listening to his works for several years. I read and re-read and/or listen to them. His unfolding of Buddhist thought for people perhaps little familiar with it has been part of a larger movement in this society finding a lot of enthusiasm with people hungry for the eastern insights as a balance to western lifestyle.
The contrast of thinking that is about loving-kindness, personal responsibility, seeking wisdom through patience, compassion and self regulation with so much western emphasis on competition, aquisition, winning, war and destruction of the earth and its resources is more than refreshing.
It is a relief to have found an entire ( and long-practiced) tradition of thought that embraces peace and a well balanced life. His introduction to meditation, illustrations drawing on many sources (including other than Buddhist thought) always leaves me feeling in touch with parts of life that can easily get lost in our busy daily shuffle.
I love listening to him, his voice is so calming. This is a particularly good recording.
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