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You can find similar material from Zinn in pieces on the Internet; you can get more detail in better sound quality in his other more recent publications; but for an accessible overview at a peanut price, this is a good bargain.
It is a workshop, however, conducted primarily for the attendees and happened to be recorded rather than scripted for audiobook purposes. You can hear rustling and other crowd sounds. You can hear Zinn breathing during yoga and he may have a cold. For me the sound quality was acceptable but not up to that of, say, a Sounds True current production.
This is a 1.5-hour intro to mindfulness talk with exercises (like raisin eating) and Q+A, lots of Q+A. Zinn handles the questions skillfully. This is followed by sitting (following breath with alternating periods of silence and guidance/commentary, including the mountain meditation included in Zinn’s “series 2” audio). There is about an hour of mindful yoga, similar to his “series 1” audio first yoga session - then more sitting, brief walking meditation and yet more Q+A. The program is more useful if listening with an app that permits bookmarks – and if you’re not planning on meditating with the audio, a fast forward function.
As usual, Zinn presents mindfulness in a secular/nonsectarian way and cuts through the dualistic thinking that divides secular/sacred. Because Zinn refers to his “tapes”, I assume this is an older workshop, but it stands the test of time. He refers to the “Open Centre” in New York but the exercises take place in a in a hotel space not really suitable for the work being done, and that sometimes gets in the way of the content. I felt annoyed by the context at the outset, but ended by enjoying the listen (and it’s almost worth the download just to hear Zinn say "just f*'ing do it!" to a live group).
This would be most useful to those interested in this inclusive flavour of mindfulness who maybe do not want to invest more time or money in other programs. For me, it's probably the closet I'll ever come to hearing Zinn in person, so it was worth the listening time, warts and all.
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Good practical advice not good for listening on the go. Enjoy listening to Jon. really like his outlook on meditation.
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