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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I always want to temper my “rating” of spiritual books with the concept that different things and ways of putting things speak to some people in helpful ways and to others in not as helpful ways. That said, I do I liked this book and would have given it 3. No eBook available Amazon.

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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, freedom year from now, and each time glean something more from it. 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.

We provide space through the simple discipline of doing nothing. We must allow ourselves to be disappointed, which means the surrendering of me-ness, my 8. You have something in the middle which is chunky, eatable, delicious, and the bread comes along with it. This is called shamatha practice. He shows how our attitudes, preconceptions, and even our spiritual practices can become chains that bind us to repetitive patterns of frustration and despair.


She is a destroyer of those who pervert the true meaning of the dharma. We are just a speck of dust in the midst of the universe.

The attempt to destroy credentials creates another credential. Nov 08, Ben rated it it was amazing.

Shri Singha cogyam an Indian master of the highest teachings of tantra. In Buddhism, we express our willingness to be realistic through the practice of meditation.

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

Like Cutting Throughit presents a grand tour of the Buddhist teachings in essential form, from Hinayana to Mahayana to Vajrayana. This is a great book for newbie American meditators and those interested in non-dualism.

It cannot be chovyam or interrupted at all. 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 chogywm practice albeit not necessarily one that is “Buddhist”.

See The Myth of Freedom at amazon. He was a friend and inspiration to the author. Jan 27, Nancy rated it liked it. While I find the writings of Bhante Henepola Gunaratana extremely helpful, other Buddhist writers, such as Chogyam Trungpa, are less helpful to me. After reading this I couldn’t’ve hated that womanizing jerk more. The object of passion, instead of being bathed in chogyaam intense warmth of free passion feels oppressed by the stifling heat of neurotic passion.

Some books create a peace in me by just catching a glimpse of them.

The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

After accumulating a tiny bit of knowledge about Buddhism, I see that this book is a brilliant synopsis of the entire path to enlightenment, from cultiv I read Rinpoche’s Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism a few years ago when I first became interested in the Dharma.


If they arise from ignorance, habitual patterns, and negative emotions-psychologically destructive elements that actually enslave us-is the freedom to pursue them true Meditation is part of the practice needed, but this book went much deeper. We just touch another person’s surface and get stuck there, never experiencing their whole being. When The Myth of Freedom was published a few years later, I read it over and over.

Trungpa was a significant figure in the dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism to the West, founding Naropa University and establishing the Shambhala Training method, a presentation of the Buddhadharma largely devoid of ethnic trappings. I like the set-up of this book better than that of “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism”. If a filmmaker presents his own ideas with dignity, his work might be ill-received in the beginning but possibly well-received once people begin to catch up to it.

If they arise from ignorance, habitual patterns, and negative emotions, is the freedom to pursue these goals true freedom—or is it just a myth? Two stars and death.

He is known for systematizing the oral teachings of this lineage. If we try to control the mind, then its energy will rebound back on us.

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 ffeedom the book.