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The Path Is The Goal

A Basic Handbook of Buddhist Meditation
Narrated by: Julian Elfer
Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
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According to the Buddha, no one can attain basic sanity or enlightenment without practicing meditation. The teachings given here on the outlook and technique of meditation provide the foundation that every practitioner needs to awaken as the Buddha did. Trungpa teaches us to let go of the urge to make meditation serve our ambition; thus we can relax into openness. We are shown how the deliberate practice of mindfulness develops into contrived awareness, and we discover the world of insight that awareness reveals. We learn of a subtle psychological stage set that we carry with us everywhere and unwittingly use to structure all our experience - and we find that meditation gradually carries us beyond this and beyond ego altogether to the experience of unconditioned freedom.

©1995 Diana J. Mukpo (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Disappointing on all counts

I found the content annoying and childish. It seemed as though the author had tried to make the explanations humourous and use language that may have been regarded as on trend back in the day, it fell flat on all accounts
Unfortunately this was a waste of time.

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  • Roberta and Johnny Shaughnessy, Mindfulness Meditation Teachers
  • 04-12-2016

$2.00!!!

I found great value in this audiobook. It presents some very unique perspectives and explanations that really helped me wrap my head around some concepts and expectations in regards to meditation.
I wouldn't recommend this as a starter book for the very beginner, but very good for anyone beyond the basics of Buddhism.
You really can't go wrong for $2.00.

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  • AnthroGal
  • 31-03-2016

Difficult to understand in content. Narrator was perfect.

I'm new in learning about Buddhism so this was probably way over my head. Also didn't know about Trungpa's reputation so it was a shock at first but it is kinda refreshing. Narrator was spot on in reflecting his reputation.

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  • Ernest
  • 12-03-2015

Generally good information on meditation.

For the most part, I liked the book. It has some good information regarding getting started and continuing meditation. Some of what to expect and how to grow your practice.
My only real complaint is the language. I don't think the story was helped any by using "fucked and fucked up" so many times. I know these descriptions can be useful at times, but I don't think they helped here. Maybe he was going for a young audience. I hope that is not needed to appeal to a young audience. Oh, and my "favorite" word was "fuckedupedness" .

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  • Janice
  • 04-01-2018

I love it

Its as if you are at the feet of the master learning in a classroom.

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  • Karamelfun
  • 22-12-2016

Trungpa Rinchope is brutally honest in truth!

Brilliant, honest and mesmerizing. Elfer's narration captures the spirit. Go Shambhala! Mudita fellow Beings! Meditate

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-2019

Very Informative

A lot of good explanations of both what to expect on the path of Buddhism, and of key concepts. Also clarification of quotes from great masters, including Buddha. Plenty of practical guidance too.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-09-2019

Great book

This is a very good book on mediating. I really enjoyed it and recommend it.

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  • Aaron mcneal
  • 24-09-2019

it wasn't for me

it was hard to follow, the teacher seemed to just run in circles with the explanations. I can't speak for others but this wasn't a message I could fully get behind

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  • Nathaniel
  • 24-08-2019

Worth many listens

Adding it to the rotations of Spiritual Materialism and Smile at Fear. Worth listening to.

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  • Jose Pepe
  • 18-07-2019

Not the best one by Trungpa.

I really like Trungpa’s teachings, but this book is a bit messy and unclear. The essence is there, but it could’ve used a bit more editing and coherence.

Didn’t like too much the Q&A session at the end of each part. It was specially annoying the whole dynamic of mentioning the whole “Trungpa Rimpoche” before each one of his responses.

Trungpa’s teachings are not very clear here. There are better books out there.

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  • Mukesh
  • 01-03-2015

Great book

Trungpa books are always amazing. The reader is very good but the way he pronounces 'Trungpa' or 'Rinpoche' is too hard.

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  • M J Nelson
  • 04-10-2016

You have to be fairly experienced

You have to be fairly experienced to grasp the concepts of this teaching, despite the fact it is aimed at students - however the students here are not new to the concept of meditation - it is excellent for those who want to go deeper, but may be lost on noobs.

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  • Barbara Smart
  • 14-10-2015

Love this book

I've listened to this book 5 times it is so good. I recommend it to everyone

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  • Rumcelt
  • 03-06-2018

Buddhists Meditation

This book is inspiring but it is not easy by any means but it is worth the challenges, It has helped me understand fundamentals of meditation.

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  • Sacha G.
  • 08-04-2018

Meditation Rocks

If by chance you’ve landed here, you’ll find Possibly one of the most demystified, down to earth basic meditation manuals you are likely to come across. Breathtakingly no nonsense instructions from a superlative, authentic teacher. Remarkably helpful, runs a risk of stimulating even the sharpest intellect and help both dull ones and bright to make progress on or to get off the path. Helped me stay on course and increase aspiration and practice. Excellent reading of the text too made this a must re-listen, for the content is step-by-step pithy and wonderful. Verdict: more than good (5*)