The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation has ratings and 80 reviews . Jason said: For starters, this is not a book for reading only; instead. Chögyam Trungpa’s unique ability to express the essence of Buddhist teachings in the language and imagery of modern American culture makes his books. Freedom is generally thought of as the ability to achieve goal and satisfy desires. But what are the sources of these goals and desires? If they arise from.

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And at some stage you will begin to be bewildered as to whether the communication is loving or aggressive. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. I’m hitting Buddhist book fatigue, I think, as I didn’t get a whole lot out of most of this one. It is quite natural with people, if they possess some particular power or gifted energy, to abuse that quality, to misuse it by trying to penetrate every corner.

The object of passion, instead of being bathed in the intense warmth of free passion feels oppressed by the stifling heat of neurotic passion. And if we can begin to open without always having to protect ourselves, then perhaps we can begin to really help others. The poisonous snake becomes amrita.

In fact, in the practice of sitting meditation you relate to your daily life all the time. Very challenging book on the mindset needed for the “journey”.

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As always, Trungpa Rinpoche’s style is patient, clear cyogyam concise. And the simplicity of narrowness also brings an open attitude toward life situations, because we realize that there is no escape of any kind and give in to being right on the spot.


Meditation should not be regarded as a vacation from irritation.

The very message of truhgpa is painful. I was “forced” to read this book as a graduate student at The Naropa Institute in the same way that all students are “forced” to read textbooks and found that I got very little out of the book. This is not to say that the hinayana approach is simplistic or narrow-minded.

No one would do that. Read for class – not my thing?

The Myth of Freedom

While at times his presentation was incredibly lucid, at other times Trungpa’s turns of phrase made little sense, leading our circle of student For starters, this is not a book for reading only; instead, it is a companion to regular contemplative practice albeit not necessarily one that is “Buddhist”.

If you are a grain of sand, the rest of the universe, all the space, all the room is yours, because you obstruct nothing, overcrowd nothing, possess nothing. As it stands, I’ll go with 3.

We trhngpa a need to be on guard against the sudden fits of passion or aggression which might take us over, make us lose control. There were things I didn’t understand in this book, which is okay Or we should create a better political order, reinforcing My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

After reading this book I knew immediately where Pema Chodron got her wisdom and brilliance from. If that person runs away from you, that is his way of communicating with you. Mar 02, Jennifer rated it really liked it Recommended to Jennifer by: Klong-chen rab-byams-pa Longchenpa with Shri Singha above his head. We are not overwhelmed by the exterior, but seeing the exterior simultaneously puts us through to the interior.

This book is brilliant. Gotta take a break and read chgyam other stuff! It’s just not a great starting point. What are we trying to achieve by leading our lives? Usually religions speak trunngpa beauty, song, ecstasy, bliss. This is what is called the Sword of Manjushri, which cuts the root of dualistic conceptualization with one blow He was also trained in the Nyingma tradition, the oldest of the four schools, and was an adherent of the rimay or “non-sectarian” movement within Tibetan Buddhism, which aspired to bring together and make available all the valuable teachings of the different schools, free of sectarian rivalry.


He is also the supreme buddha expressing the whole of existence as unborn and unoriginated.

It is very disappointing to realize that we must work on ourselves and our suffering rather than depend upon a savior or the magical power of yogic techniques.

We simply become mindful of its natural functioning. When we are grounded, there is no room for dreaming or frivolous impulse, so our practice at last becomes workable. Feb 03, Kristin added it Shelves: My o Helen Matzger–I miss her!

It is incredibly rich with wisdom. If we let the mind go completely, then it will become very wild and chaotic. Then the energy cannot flow freely in the open space shared with the object of passion. Awareness says leave the flower in the jungle, since it is the natural place for that plant to grow.

This really fleshed out some of my remaining questions about how to approach meditation and gave me a better overview of Buddhism. So then it does not become your creation, but rather a mutual dance. As the years go by, I gradually become more and more at home in this world with its inevitable ups and downs.

The Way of the Buddha. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: It was a nice compilation of his teachings. Jul 18, Erik Akre rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: That is when I became the student of this ordinary extraordinary man. Like manure, we do not throw our neuroses away, but we spread them on our garden; they become part of our richness.