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Starting with the "Art of happiness" of His Holiness the Dalai Lama I became very interested in the buddhist view to the world. Not speaking of it as a religion, but a psychology.
Getting a little deeper into that field, there's nearly no way to get around Alan Watts, Ajahn Brahm, Gil Fronsdal and of course Jack Kornfield. Like very little westerners he can produce the wisdom of the great asian monks to our western world, perfectly translating the sense.
All areas that are basically of interest and needed for a complete understanding are covered in that book and at least described in a way so that you have a solid rock to stand on. Jack Kornfield has a very interesting way of speaking and doesn't miss the points to place a funny comment to break up with getting too serious.
After I listened to that book I felt well prepared for keeping up "studying" buddhist psychology and I would say, that it has been very much easier to move on that if I hadn't listened to it.
Moreover it is so full of interesting facts, that I consider it a book to listen over again.
To german listeners: I recommend to hear that book in this original tongue if possible. The translation to german is good, but doesn't catch up to the original in my opinion.
Alan Watts was for sure one of the best to transport that kind of knowledge to the west. He refuses to stick to a view and uses a lot of tricks to keep you on your toes. The talks are full of moments when you seem to have understood instantly without being able to point out what you understood and you are sure to memorize what was said without writing a word down.
Some people state, that Watts did not teach things in the relevant depth. I am not a pro on that field, but if you listen carefully, you see that he really knows what he is talking about and I strongly disagree. On some talks he brings even light in backgrounds I never heared before.
Contra: The quality of the sound is not very good, but ok. As it is a collection of talks, there are some things repeating. Even if not too often.
Overall I can only recommend that book to everybody interested in a philosophical view to the world not bound to a special religious system, but viewed from the view of some of them.
When I first heared that book, I was close to regretting to have bought it. It felt like an hard to understand psychologic essay. That was not, was I expected from Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, a guy who is so often described as funny and bright. So I stopped listening after about half an hour.
Later I read a few more things of and about YMR, tried it again and couldn't believe that it was the same book. I will never know why it didn't work at the first try, but at the second start I heared the great ideas, views and hints of the funny and bright guy I expected from the beginning. Never would I regret the buy from todays point of view.
So maybe if someone has a bad start on that book, he may give him another try. ;-)