The Backdoor to Enlightenment: Eight Steps to Living Your Dreams and Changing Your World

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, Feb 19, 2008 - Philosophy - 272 pages
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Everyone dreams of a better life. All the things you’ve ever wanted — happiness, loving relationships, well-being, abundance, and peace of mind — are all qualities of enlightenment, a way of embracing our fullest potential that seemed unavailable to us, until now.

For thousands of years, the secret to enlightenment has remained hidden in the distant reaches of the Himalayas, deep in wisdom impenetrable to all but the most dedicated seekers. For the first time in history, The Backdoor to Enlightenment burns the rules and barriers that have hindered our understanding and reveals the keys to immediate, profound realization to the rest of the world. Blending centuries-old texts with contemporary wisdom, readers of any faith can bypass the traps and limitations of modern life and achieve lasting peace every day.
More than just a heartfelt story of mystery and discovery, this revolutionary work stands out as a smart, clear guide, showing step-by-step how you can use these astonishing truths to transform every aspect of your life. There might not be a shortcut to your dreams, but there is a Backdoor!

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The Back Door to Enlightenment by Za Rinpoche and Ashley Nebelsieck I just loved the format of this book because it highlights lessons and concepts within a story. My inner child and my seeking self ... Read full review

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This book didn't grab me at first, but I hung in and found it to be awesome on the subject of enlightenment. It gave me new insight about definitions that the mother culture had written into my ... Read full review


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ZA RINPOCHE is a Tibetan monk who first came to the world’s attention when his life story was chronicled in the first chapter of Po Bronson’s megabestseller, What Should I Do with My Life? While growing up in a refugee camp in Southern India, he was recognized by the Dalai Lama as the sixth reincarnation of the Za Choeje Rinpoche. He is the founder of the Emaho Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Scottsdale, Arizona, dedicated to sharing Tibetan culture with the West, supporting humanitarian projects, and assisting with personal spiritual development. Za Rinpoche teaches throughout the world, while maintaining his obligations as the spiritual leader to many monks.

ASHLEY NEBELSIECK is an author and adventurer. She studied Art History and Religious Studies at Arizona State University, and travels all over the world checking out sacred sites—from the Vatican, to the pyramids at Giza, to Callenish in the Outer Hebrides, to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and countless others. She currently lives and writes in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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