Trade Ed. EnlightenNext 2006
CD ISBN 1883929466 $19.95 Two CDs
In this program, taped live at one of his retreats, Cohen wends his way through abstract experiences, such as "timeless inherent freedom," that can be accessed through meditation. Cohen's repetition, pauses, offhand backtracking, and many rhetorical questions are hallmarks of live unscripted presentations, but they are a harder sell without the speaker to watch. ("Right?" Cohen often asks. "Are you with me?") On Disc 1, Cohen attempts to demystify meditation by "contextualizing" the experience for listeners; at the end he provides brief instructions for the act of meditation itself. On Disc 2, Cohen has a rather one-sided, slightly lecturing dialogue with participants on the subject of freedom from thought. J.C.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 06]
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