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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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good teachings

well narrated .the end came too soon! a must if you like books on meditation.

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  • T. Fisher
  • 13-04-2019

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The biggest problem with this audio book is that it does NOT include the forward by Pema Chrodron as advertised. I really want to hear what and has to say about this book. So that is a major disappointment I think Audible should rectify. Talking about the content, I admit I was over my head with this book. Chogyam Trungpa starts out by saying we need to first look at what Buddhism is. So it sounds like we're going to start out gently. But soon it gets into topics that may make more sense for advanced practicioners, but I wouldn't know. Still, I have listened twice and likely will again in a few months. This all sounds highly unorthodox and really remarkable to me. Chatham Trungpa himself was a paradox, so that's another layer on this. An alcoholic who renounced his monastic vows and got married? But still was regarded as a master, for lack of a better term? The book is as remarkable as the man and has taught me a lot. Highly recommended. A bit mind bending.

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  • D. Noonan
  • 02-02-2020

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I love oatmeal. Do you love oatmeal as much as I love oatmeal? Have your mom call my mom to discuss and confirm.

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  • Sebastian Stern
  • 31-08-2019

Best Beginner Buddha Book

A great read for those new to Buddhism ... aside from the pronunciation of his name :-), Chögyam Trungpa is very accessible and engaging for the layperson, but doesn’t water down or lose any of the key elements of Buddhist teachings, highly recommend.

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  • Jose
  • 02-08-2019

Good teachings wrapped in too many descriptions

There are very valuable teachings here, but wrapped in too many descriptions of stages in the path, like the things one is likely to think and feel when reaching such and such stage. For me, personally, those descriptions are a waste of time. I would much more like the core teachings by themselves. Then again, this would be a pamphlet instead of a book. Great work by the narrator. The pace and the pronunciation were very enjoyable.

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  • Sara
  • 03-01-2015

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.

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  • 匿名
  • 17-01-2021

Must read by Spiritual Seekers

Iconoclast, transgressive and disruptive! This book will rip off all what you have asume and suppose about enlightenment and realization; trungpa’s sharp and accurate words are ground-shaking, inspiring and extremely accurate for this times. A Book to embrace our inadequacy, to let go the patterns of self-deception and embrace our daily lifes as the most reliable path to realize sacredness in each little detail; from the morning tea up to changing the tire of the Car. CRAZY WISDOM as fresh as the breath of the morning fog.

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  • David
  • 02-10-2020

Magnificent

Magnificent book, I can't recommend this enough. One of the most direct dharma books I've encountered.

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  • Christopher K.
  • 03-09-2020

Brilliant

This is a brilliant study of spirituality. It expresses the reality of what we live in.

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  • 4thace
  • 27-08-2020

A series of lectures on spiritual progress

I read this many years ago as part of a class in Buddhism that I took as a college sophomore, one of three textbooks in the class. The first textbook was a guide to a reader knowing nothing about the religion, and the third one was an abstruse volume by the Tibetan teacher Longchempa which no one I knew could make heads or tails of. Appropriately, this book of lectures was situated in between, with the assumption that the audience knew something of the basic teachings of Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhism but wanted to know something about the Vajrayana teachings from Tibet. The early chapters, especially, are given at a level which isn't too hard too absorb at this level, where he takes pains to dispel some of the misconceptions about meditation and religious practice that someone serious about practicing the discipline would find useful. Particularly striking are his narrative digressions where he expands on a point by conjuring up some imagined conflict in everyday life a person might be expected to encounter, contrasting the naive view with the enlightened response. These are frequently humorous and just the kind of thing a teacher would use to make a memorable impression in someone they are guiding. For someone who is outside the religion, who might mainly be interested in comparing different systems of belief rather than wondering how best they might adopt Tibetan-style Buddhism into their own life, this might not be the best guide, because the intention is to give instruction rather than formulate a coherent account of the different aspects of Buddhist tradition from the ground up. The chapters are organized with titles that are signposts to outsiders, but the full meaning and context of each one is largely assumed. So I remember reading this with a sense of being overwhelmed the first time, while coming back to it with my memories of what I learned back then was somewhat less daunting. The beauty and austerity of the Buddhist way at its highest levels is apparent in the rinpoche's words. I listened to this as an audiobook, which I think made it easier to understand in some ways, but harder when it came to the long list of paramitas which always tends to blend together in my mind. This is where I'd like to have an illustration with the Sanskrit names and their various qualities listed instead of having to retain them all in memory.

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  • Cincia
  • 07-07-2019

Fantastic and difficult

...like all books of C. Trungpa. It cuts through all fantasies one might have about the path to "enlightenment".

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  • Josh Swindells
  • 07-07-2015

brilliant!!

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

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  • Paul the Shrink
  • 24-05-2020

Amazing being!

What can you say about Chogyam Trungpa that hasn’t already been said? Anyway, this is both an inspirational book, and a valuable introduction to the Vajryana. I’ve been learning more about Buddhism for several years now, and always feel that somehow I’m missing something. Perhaps that’s the nature of it, but this book has been really valuable in getting a grip on the lineage that I took refuge in three years ago.

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  • Diana
  • 13-05-2020

Excellent narration and teaching!

The narration of this book perfectly matched the content. An enjoyable and educational listen, with very relatable teachings.

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  • Mukesh
  • 25-04-2015

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.

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