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Smile at Fear Audiobook

Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery

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Many of us, without even realizing it, are dominated by fear. We might be aware of some of our fears - perhaps we are afraid of public speaking, of financial hardship, or of losing a loved one. Chgyam Trungpa shows us that most of us suffer from a far more pervasive fearfulness: fear of ourselves. We feel ashamed and embarrassed to look at our feelings or acknowledge our styles of thinking and acting; we don’t want to face the reality of our moment-to-moment experience. It is this fear that keeps us trapped in cycles of suffering, despair, and distress.

Chgyam Trungpa offers us a vision of moving beyond fear to discover the innate bravery, trust, and delight in life that lies at the core of our being. Drawing on the Shambhala Buddhist teachings, he explains how we can each become a spiritual warrior: a person who faces each moment of life with openness and fearlessness. "The ultimate definition of bravery is not being afraid of who you are," writes Chgyam Trungpa. In this audiobook, he offers the insights and strategies to claim victory over fear.

©2009 Diana J. Mukpo (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Kamala 03/05/2015
    Kamala 03/05/2015
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    "wise wonderful teaching"

    love the content found naration a little inauthentic sometimes.overall all though very useful book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sara
    18/12/14
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    "Essential & Powerful"

    I started out listening to this recording at bedtime. It seemed to me at first to be a peaceful way to wind down and relax after a stressful day. Well--I hate to admit it but that ended up not working out. Instead, I was activated and kept wide awake listening and hanging on every word. I found myself wishing repeatedly that I had a light on, a pen and paper to take notes.

    The message presented in this book is a primary and powerful teaching. Necessary information needed to cope with and live in a scary world. This book deserves wide awake time and the several full listen throughs I have devoted already. Completely worth the time and attention required. A recommended listen.

    49 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • Diana G. Butler
    Excelsior Springs, Mo. USA
    1/11/15
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    "changed my life. freedom from fear is true freedom"

    The author gives the lessons in such simple terms it is the ultimate aha moment that ends with a tear of gratitude and a peaceful warrior awakened

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • C. Hoyt
    Glen Burnie, MD
    26/06/15
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    "You will only like if you are ready."

    I found this book to be brilliant. The analogies and the history and the culture in which the author speaks from spoke to my heart directly. It's difficult. It's hard. And at times it felt like it made me go insane. But through that darkness I was able to experience a lightness I have never experienced before. I've had little glimpses here and there, but now the teachings seems to hang like a weather pattern. Sure storms come and go, but there's a calmness, and acceptance, and a delight. I would not recommend this book for new practitioners, but for one who has been on the path for some time and is looking for something challenging, something with meat per se, and ready to launch to the next level of awakening. May this book bring you happiness and help ease your suffering.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Troy
    DALLAS, TX, United States
    19/03/15
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    "Abstract, Yet Practical"

    There is much about Eastern philosophy that I find to be abstract, but I also find that the more I directly engage with it, the more practical it becomes. One of my hobbies is the study of Western (Medieval and Renaissance) martial arts, which relies more on direct application of the system, but not so much on the higher philosophies or mindsets as with the Eastern counterparts. For my part, this is the biggest reason why I find a disconnect between Arthurian chivalry and real world knighthood. Western systems concentrate on "I hit you, you hit the floor," with any strategy directed towards that singular goal. Conversely, any Eastern system embraces the idea of victory of self that leads to victory over situation, which I find most helpful to my own studies, on and off the "battlefield." This book takes that premise and goes even further.

    This book is a real treasure. It defines the idea of the warrior in a way the Western world never truly developed (as a being at one with peace itself through compassion) and applies it both in spiritual terms and in terms of putting a weapon in your hand. The result is a system of thought that not only helps you to evolve as a person, but also a system that evolves with you, leading you to new discoveries that reinforce the lessons. I can't help but knowingly smile when obvious or perceived weaknesses in the Western system are pointed out by comparison of the material presented here. On its own, this is an amazing collection of wisdom. When used in conjunction with or merely compared to Sun Tzu's The Art of War or Morihei Ueshiba's The Art of Peace, the building blocks of enlightenment seem to put themselves together even faster. I'm not sure the Buddhists would appreciate such use of their lessons, but for purposes of my own personal development, I am beyond pleased with the concepts this solidifies and/or opens for me.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Keisha
    27/10/15
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    "enjoyable and relaxing"

    loved it, very nice for a meditator. can encourage those to maybe meditate. Takes an open mind to understand the wording and the feelings associated with mindfulness.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    7/01/15
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    "Word!"

    This book reminds you of who you are and it helps you step in & stay in your rightful position in the universe. What's better than that?

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Austin, TX, United States
    15/01/15
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    "Would've Been Great if I Had Some Experience...""

    I got this book because it addresses fear, (I have trouble ordering coffee, for gosh sake: "No, really, sir. I asked for a SOY mocha," etc. etc.) and I wanted to go at it from a different angle.
    I think there were great concepts there, it was soothing, everything was okay.
    But, really? A week later? I honestly can't tell you a thing about it, and that's not the book's fault. It's just that my mind jackrabbits around too much to hold onto anything. I have far too little experience with mindfulness/meditation, with focus.
    I think other people who already practice meditation and are able to focus their thoughts will find this book to be wonderful, eye-opening, soothing. And maybe one day, after some taming of the hamsters running around in my brain, I'll be one of them. Alas, not at the moment

    24 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • sally s.
    10/08/16
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    "Meaningful and applicable to everyday life."

    Love this book! Great and not difficult to understand. I highly recommend it especially to newcomers to Eastern Philosophy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bruce
    Calgary Canada
    15/07/16
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    "Training manual for an Excellent way of being"

    Highly recommended for all. Some of us live in an environment of serious conflict and this book will help.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Henrich
    14/06/16
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    "Amazed!!!"

    This is by far one of the best books I've ever listen to. It gives you great insight into many aspects of your practice how to accept yourself, different ways to see the world. I'll be reading this many many times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • LINKGEO
    24/07/15
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    "Accessible Buddhist mentality"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Gives alternative and practical advice on dealing with a common modern day issue


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor the author uses to relate the subject to the listener regardless of there geographical location be it the East or West


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    Only a Narrator in this book. The voice was pleasing to listen too and very apt for the subject matter


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Noo. I felt it was better to split the book into smaller chunks to absorb the subject better. I listened in about four sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent listen, more practical and useful than one might imagine, easily absorbed by people with little or no history in Eastern philosophy and teaching

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • p.j.keogh
    27/10/16
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    "Sargent major approach to spirituality"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am sure that the book was a beautifully detailed example of spiritual guidance. However l struggled to connect to the meaning and relevance as the narrators voice was the furthest one could get from compassion and authenticity. Sadly l could not finish listening to the book.


    Would you recommend Smile at Fear to your friends? Why or why not?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from Smile at Fear?

    Narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kat
    1/07/16
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    "Great book, loved the narrator"
    Would you listen to Smile at Fear again? Why?

    Yes. I often play it while I am out walking. There is always something to meditate on a little more. Wonderful teachings, everyone should learn from this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are no characters.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    The only one. The narrator was great. Clear speaking, perfect pace, soothing voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book is very moving


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mister B
    UK
    11/02/16
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    "Hard to Follow -- Very Disappointed"
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    I was really looking forward to this book, after listening to Pema Chodron's excellent 'Unconditional Confidence'. But there were 2 problems. I felt the narrator's tone and delivery were completely wrong for this kind of material. And, unfortunately, Trungpa's writing missed its mark with me. I gave up halfway through, after sitting through too many sections that seemed uninspiring and confusing. No doubt there is some deep wisdom here, but Chodron's way of explaining Trungpa's teaching works much better for this listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Issa jones
    7/02/16
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    "smile at fear"

    A good book has a few good points. Recommend read. Not to be taken as full truth but nice at points.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • wilfie69
    3/02/16
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    "Very insightful"

    a well written and well read text that is insightful and thought provoking. Will be listening to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JLSmith
    Scotland
    27/01/16
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    "Spiritual Warriorship"
    What did you like most about Smile at Fear?

    Awareness of Buddhist spiritual practice and the Shambhala tradition will help, otherwise this teaching may seem obscure, meandering, a confusion, a banality, that is the nature of the teaching for this is indeed that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DV
    18/01/16
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    "flowery words and lot of repeated preaching"
    Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by the narrators?

    No, narrator had annoying tone which is not great for the subject. I was switched off in first chapter but I stopped it after half way down.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    No, I would not listen because lot of stuff is repeated and irrelevant to today's world.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I don't know, who suits better but for sure someone with more sober and humble voice than the current narrator. I could not stand the arrogance in the voice. Sorry!


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Flowery words, lot of repetition and lacked real value. Jumped from one topic to another without any correlation.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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