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Not for Happiness

A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
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Do you practise meditation because you want to feel good? Or to help you relax and be "happy"? Then frankly, according to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, you are far better off having a full-body massage than trying to practise the Dharma. Genuine spiritual practice, not least the Ngndro preliminaries, will not bring the kind of comfort and ease most worldly people crave. Quite the opposite, in fact. But if your ultimate goal is enlightenment, Ngndro practice is a must, and Not for Happiness your perfect guide, as it contains everything an aspiring practitioner needs to get started, including advice about: developing "renunciation mind" discipline, meditation, and wisdom using your imagination in visualization practice why you need a guru.

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  • VL
  • 17-09-2015

Exactly what was needed

Truly explains all the intricacies of "The Path" and Ngondro practice. I found it to be truly useful and plan to listen to it many, many, times. I also feel like it really puts it all together, although I now realize I must also buy the book itself as well, as the book has illustrations.

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  • celeste flasker
  • 10-11-2018

Rinpoche knows the modern mind.

Teaching is to the point and useful in everyday life. Even if your not doing ngodro good advice for all practices

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  • spacebee
  • 07-08-2018

Gentle but Straightforward Advice on Ngondro

The author is very frank in his presentation and discussion of practices. However, there is also a certain humor and a tremendous openness herein that had me laughing out loud at surprising moments. I found the book very valuable. Highly recommend.

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  • Sim
  • 22-08-2017

A must read book for Vajrayana students.

A wonderful book. Give us detail information for practitioners. Highly recommended even for old Buddhist students. You will still learn something.

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  • Tom
  • 24-05-2017

Narrator is fantastic

Very interesting book for people who have an interest in Buddhism at all different levels.

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  • John Welch
  • 21-10-2016

Great Content and Excellent narration

Great content and excellent narration. I hope Audible makes available more Tibetan Buddhist Dharma books narrated by Edoardo Ballerini.
Highly recommended for all those interested in spiritual growth and enlightenment.

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  • girlie4zuz
  • 14-09-2016

Good, but not his best...

The information in this book didn't seem to be as well organized as other books I've read by him. Still it was good information. I learned several new things about Buddhism.

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  • Matti
  • 16-10-2015

Misleading title

I felt a bit misled by the title; the book was definitely not sceptical. Heavily superstitious (as, I guess, the Tibetian Buddhists are) and kind of still promising happiness.

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  • Foxfire
  • 25-03-2016

Expected more after first book

I was having higher hopes on more practice details, especially after the excellent what makes you not a Buddhist.

I expected meditation guidance and instructions on the Buddhist steps, but this was so light weight, as I was hoping getting some teaching. Shame

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  • CHUNFENGDONG
  • 06-11-2017

enlightening book on spiritual practice

Dzongsar Rinpoche's words deeply touched my heart. great book, I'd recommend to anyone seeking spiritual learning!