The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation has ratings and 80 reviews . Jason said: For starters, this is not a book for reading only; instead. Chögyam Trungpa’s unique ability to express the essence of Buddhist teachings in the language and imagery of modern American culture makes his books. Freedom is generally thought of as the ability to achieve goal and satisfy desires. But what are the sources of these goals and desires? If they arise from.

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Some of the the chapters on guru devotion and tantra the last two chapters spoke to me less, as at least at this point, Ffreedom am not as interested in these practices and devotion. If one tries to quiet them down, that is another way of feeding them.

He currently resides at Rumtek Abbey in Sikkim, India. You dance with reality, dance with apparent phenomena. In a bar one says, “I would like a straight drink. He leaves you with more questions than answers, which in my opinion is better. John Baker was founder member of the Mauchline Ware Collectors’ Club, and for many years the club’s chairman. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Turns out he was right about me, shook me out of a spot that, trunga years on, I’m still confused about. There were things I didn’t understand in this book, which is okay Aug 01, Chris Lemig rated it really liked it. We just touch another person’s surface and get stuck there, never experiencing their whole being.

Nothing is rejected as bad or grasped as good. After years of reading other Buddhist books, I was able to understand that this book too repeats the same Buddhist philosophy aligned with Chodron and Hann.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In Buddhism, we express our willingness to be realistic through the practice of meditation. There is continual uncertainty as to what is real and unreal, what is happiness and what is misery.

That is when I became the student of this ordinary extraordinary man. You have made your communication completely and thoroughly. While at times his presentation was incredibly lucid, at other times Trungpa’s turns of phrase made little sense, leading our circle of student heretics to coin the descriptive phrase “Trungpa-babble. The Myth of Freedom is no different except for the fact that it is even more concise and to the point.

This book has been edited in a way that is a little clearer to me. We are not overwhelmed by the exterior, but seeing the exterior simultaneously puts us through to the interior.

This collection of talks is a staple for any Shambhalian and is one of Chogyam Trungpa’s most famous books.

Longchenpa was a great teacher of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This is where lalita, the dance, comes in. Suppose you see right through someone and trngpa person does not want you to see right through and becomes horrified with you and runs away. It is incredibly rich with wisdom.

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Ekajati with Samantabhadra above her head. It is like discovering a beautiful flower in the jungle; shall we pick the flower and bring it home or shall we let the flower stay in the jungle?

They turn into pain. However, it is not as accessible as Pema Chodron’s writing. Dec 07, Vanessa rated it it was amazing Shelves: It enables us to relate to our lives as something workable. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read it because you already know who you are.

Here Trungpa explores the true meaning of freedom, showing us how our preconceptions, attitudes, and even fredom spiritual practices can become chains that bind us to repetitive patterns of frustration and despair.


There should be plenty to eat, pleasant houses, amiable company.

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We begin to learn how to make a proper cup of tea, how to kyth straight without tripping. Trungpa spins an elaborate web of observations about the human condition, and then he presents meditation, as an insulting, boring, and meaningless activity: Have we considered that? In fact, it is very inviting, inspiring. At first, we must begin by approximating doing nothing, and gradually our practice will develop.

Trungpa was a significant figure in the dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism to the West, founding Naropa University and establishing the Shambhala Training freedoj, a presentation of the Buddhadharma largely devoid of ethnic trappings.

But to our surprise we begin to realize that this is not going to happen. You have to go back and re-read. Something quite obviously is lacking in such an truntpa a sense of humor. Trivia About The Myth of Freed This is not a book on how to meditate, but it IS about the attitudes, presumptions, and instincts that can get in the way of meditation.

In fact, in the practice of sitting meditation you relate to your daily life all the time. Lf is quite natural with people, if they possess some particular trungpw or gifted energy, to abuse that quality, to misuse it by trying to penetrate every corner.

I became far more open to the pain of myself and others; far more open to laughing and crying; far more able to love and accept and see my interconnectedness with all beings.

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