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With all of Jack Kornfield's other publications, he himself read or gave the talks and there is truly a type of transmission to the listener. We can always feel Sensei Kornfield's peace and his depth of understanding of modern Buddhism. The works stand as an invitation to enter and evolve.
So I'm wondering why he chose not to narrate this book. And why that narrator was chosen. Although J. Ross speaks clearly, there was obviously not a lot of preparation, there is no depth of feeling of what's being said. He pronounced most of the world's current teachers names incorrectly; pronounced Thich Nat Hahn's name in 3 different ways within 5 minutes. And Anni Pema's name as well. That's a lack of preparation.
While I'm not done listening, I must force myself to listen because of the overly methodical manner of intonation of this narrator. Jack Kornfield's work however, because it came from his deep seated peace, understanding and desire to transmit causes me to listen over and over again to his works.
Please Sensei Kornfield, if possible, rerecord this book yourself. Many east coasters cannot get to learn with you in California and other points west. Your publications are our only access.
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Wise heart by JK, is amazing be cause he actually reads the book and elucidates and beloved in the material he is reading. The reader of this book, while good, is obviously phoning in a performance and does not resonate with JK's message. The content of the book is witty and perfect ala JK's style, unfortunately the reading is very "canned" and one is constantly aware that they are being read to by a performer.
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