The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

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Shambhala Publications, Feb 12, 2002 - Religion - 296 pages
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Chögyam Trungpa'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.
 

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Basis of Buddhist 'crazy thought' meditation. Interesting, although the author has some very dubious flaws of his own. I'm not going to totally dismiss it, though. Read full review

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User Review  - dancingwaves - LibraryThing

An "easy" read, in the sense that it makes sense and you can glide through it; but I bet I could pick it up a week, a month, a year from now, and each time glean something more from it. It's one of those kinds of books :) Read full review

Contents

Fantasy and Reality
3
Disappointment
8
Suffering
11
Egolessness
18
two Styles of Imprisonment
23
Cosmic Joke
25
SelfAbsorption
31
Paranoia
37
The Fool
57
The Way of the Buddha
74
Lions Roar
88
Work
105
The Bodhisattva Vow
129
Patience
142
Tradition
146
Surrendering
159

Passion
39
Stupidity
43
Poverty
47
Anger
50
Commitment
174
Aloneness
187
Appendix
207
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Chögyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom.

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