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The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation Audiobook

The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

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Publisher's Summary

ChgyamTrungpa's unique ability to express the essence of Buddhist teachings in the language and imagery of modern American culture makes his books among the most accessible works of Buddhist philosophy. Here Trungpa explores the true meaning of freedom, showing us how our preconceptions, attitudes, and even our spiritual practices can become chains that bind us to repetitive patterns of frustration and despair. This edition features a new foreword by Pema Chödrön, a close student of Trungpa and the best-selling author of When Things Fall Apart.

©1976 Chögyam Trungpa; Foreword 2001 by Pema Chödrön (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Sara
    3/01/15
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    "Buddhist Teachings for Americans Living in 1970"

    This recording was very dated. It comes from material that was written and taught in the early 1970s. Much of the tone and wording used were geared to that period of time in mind set and focus. If you happened to have been an adult in the late 1960s and early 1970s you will understand what I mean the minute you start listening.

    The teachings are very anti faith and religion. It does not matter what religion you follow--if you are a person of faith you will most likely be offended by the ideology presented and the instruction to stop "all that nonsense and pain creation". To me this "all or none" approach is limiting and unnecessary. It is possible to practice meditation and mindfulness living in addition to being a faith based person.

    I agree with another reviewer that Roger Clark, the narrator has perfected the "voice of god-style" of reading. This further adds a level of strangeness to the experience with all the "there is no God" info presented here. Another reviewer suggested that the teachings take on the tone and feeling of "cult instruction". I think that goes a bit too far, but I can see where they got that idea.

    I think that better editing of this material would have improved the accessibility of the information for modern westerners. The recording has wonderful teachings and insights--you just need to be able to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Discernment is necessary here--as it is in all things. A mixed experience.

    25 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • David Ferguson
    28/10/16
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    "Angry"

    Sorry, I do not enjoy the anger of this presentment. Perhaps it is right and I am a fool. However, the Buddhism I am coming to know is not clouded by anger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alisha
    22/10/16
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    "Uhhhh..."

    While I have no doubt this info here is powerful, I just couldn't relate most of it to my daily life. Maybe I'm just not ready for a teacher of this caliber yet?!?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jen
    11/05/16
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    "Crazy confusing but wonderful . . ."

    If you've already been studying Buddhist concepts! I wouldn't recommend it otherwise. There are ideas (I say "ideas" even though that's probably not the best word to use) in this book that I hadn't come across before and others that have been reiterated beautifully. Still, at least half of it is a mystery so I will listen to it over and over for a long time just like I have other books of this topic.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • priya
    16/12/14
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    "Important Book, Wrong Reader"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The voice irritated me.


    What other book might you compare The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation to and why?

    Heart of the Buddha, Spiritual Materialism


    What didn’t you like about Roger Clark’s performance?

    I've read the book, where I imagined Trungpa Rinpoche's quiet voice, pausing, giving opportunity for openness. This guy reads it as if he's God. The voice is not cool for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe the Sakyong could do it justice as a reader, but I'm not sure. I think Judith Lief would be the best reader for this book + I think Shambhala should consider this in the future for VCTR audiobooks. I won't buy another from this reader.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • J. Derrick Schuring
    canton, ohio United States
    28/05/16
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    "Fantastic "

    I find the books of trungpa rinpoche incredibly rewarding and the narration of Roger Clark is always a perfect match for the material.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monona
    25/04/16
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    "Rich"

    I love this book! I learn more with each reading.

    (It is too bad that the narrator is unable to pronounce many of the Tibetan and Sanskrit words.)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harold Smith
    San Francisco, CA
    18/02/16
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    "one of the best books on meditation I've ever read"

    I have read several books on meditation this is by far one of the very best instructions

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • zen cowboy
    Calgary, Canada
    18/12/15
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    "Panoramic introduction to Buddhism"

    This is a great intro to the Buddha Dharma in general and Chogyam Trungpa's work. If you want to learn more about either, this is a great place to start and also revisit the fundamentals.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jocelyn K Jacobs
    20/07/15
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    "Cuts to the chase"

    Straight talk from a gifted teacher. I am immediately buying another of his books. I wish I had heard this earlier; I am happy to have found it now.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Josh Swindells
    7/07/15
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    "brilliant!!"

    i would highly recomend this title to anyone it is a brilliantly insightful book and a highly enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mukesh
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    25/04/15
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    "Very good and important book"

    I have now listened to this book a couple of times and i find it really important to my studies of meditation and Buddhist teachings. I find Trungpa books very direct. I will be listening to this several times.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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