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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This is a “collection of teachings” – not just a book. I loved this book freeddom it is some of the same insights that Chodron shares, but it is from a harsher tongue, whereas Chodron is more kind.

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Basically, emotions become a “threat” because we can feel overpowered by them and may feel tht we are “losing our basic identity, our center of command. You are feeding them energy because you are not seeing them as simple phenomena.

Meditation practice brings our neuroses to the surface rather than hiding them at the bottom of our minds. They would like to comfort themselves with the notion that they are leading philosophically virtuous lives, rather than realizing that they are unwilling to work with the world as it is.

As for me, I guess you could say that Fresdom never left. No eBook available Shambhala Publications Amazon.

The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation by Chögyam Trungpa

Read for class – not my thing? 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”.


You can read the full review on my webpage, here: He was also trained in frungpa Nyingma tradition, the oldest of the four schools, and was an adherent of the rimay or vreedom movement within Tibetan Buddhism, which aspired to bring together and make available all the valuable teachings of the different schools, free of sectarian rivalry.

Aug 01, Chris Lemig rated it really liked it. The Myth of Freedom is no different except for the fact that it is even more concise and to the point. Buddha realized that life could be potent and delicious, positive and creative, and he realized that you do not need any concoctions with which to mix it.

What can I do next? In Buddhism, we express our willingness to be realistic through the practice of meditation.

This is among the most challenging books I have read. I fully expected this book to reaffirm that thinking, and to discuss how to overcome it. Suppose you see right through someone and that person does not want you to see right through and becomes horrified with you and runs away.

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Mar 21, Sara Gray rated it liked it. The very message of death is painful. I am simply a non-Buddhist who finds the philosophy and psychology helpful in living my life. At the same time our situation is very spacious, very beautiful and workable. Only easterner I have ever read who took the time to really understand the mind of the western mental operating system.

May 04, Cathleen rated it really liked it. We have no opportunity chogya, run away; we are right here and cannot step out. You do not have to create the whole situation; you just watch it, work with it and learn to dance with it.

When you want something very badly you do not extend your eye and hand automatically; you just admire. References to this book Expressive Movement: The poisonous snake becomes amrita. It really is a great and important book, but no one should read it. We must see the truth of suffering, the reality of dissatisfaction. Feb 09, Katie rated it really liked it.


This book has been edited in a way that is a little clearer to me. Because the communication is so real and so beautiful and flowing, you cannot communicate in the same way with someone else, so automatically you are drawn together. We must begin our practice by walking the narrow path of simplicity, the hinayana path, before we can walk upon the open highway of compassionate action, the mahayana path. It is simply the creation of a space in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self-deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes.

Alternately, I feel a home in them and then just as easily, I feel like the biggest fool who doesn’t understand anything. Sometimes people run away from you because they want to play a game with you.

Trungpa was a significant figure in the dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism to the West, founding Naropa University and establishing the Shambhala Training method, chpgyam presentation of the Buddhadharma largely devoid of ethnic trappings. Emotions are as they are, neither suppressed nor indulged but simply acknowledged. They turn into pain.

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If we can make friends with ourselves, if we are wiling to be what we are, without hating parts of ourselves and trying to hide them, then we can begin to open to others.

I liked this book and would trungp given it 3. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.