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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That is when I became the student of this ordinary extraordinary man. 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”.

The whole approach of Buddhism is to develop transcendental common sense, seeing things as they are, without magnifying what is or dreaming o what we would like to be. With subsequent readings, I’m sure I would have a better understanding of what Trungpa is saying here, but I just found the first read a little difficult to follow at times, especially in comparison to his son’s book “Turning the Mind into an Ally. We experience this moment by moment and year by year as our lives unfold.

By opening, by dropping our self-conscious grasping, we see not only the surface of an object, but we see the whole way through.

He currently resides at Ffeedom Abbey in Sikkim, India. And like Cutting Throughit presents a ferociously uncompromising view of the genuine spiritual path that is strangely comforting. The envi6 The Myth of Freedom.

Oct 31, William rated it it was amazing. One of the reasons that this book appeared so jargon-laden at the time I first read it probably had to do with the fact that my sitting practice was very new and so I had little experience with which to compare Trungpa’s ideas. However, it is not as accessible as Pema Chodron’s writing. There is tremendous openness.


Milarepa with Vajrayogini trunfpa his head. It cannot be destroyed or interrupted at all. To our delight, we were invited to visit him there. When The Myth of Freedom was published a few years later, I read it over and over. Usually religions speak of beauty, chpgyam, ecstasy, bliss. Freedom is generally thought of as the ability to achieve goal and satisfy desires.

Ekajati is a protectress of the dharma and guide to the masters of tantric teachings. He was a friend and inspiration to the author. All the promises we have heard are pure seduction. Once you begin to try to satisfy the audience’s desire for entertainment, you constantly bend down and bend down and bend down, until the whole thing becomes absurd. John BakerMarvin Casper. There is also a full section on dualism and how to work with emotions that is very helpful.

If not, give him another try! So then it chogya, not become your creation, but rather a mutual dance.

You are feeding them energy because you are not seeing them as simple phenomena. Described on pages — in the text.

The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

We cannot reach such islands, we cannot attain enlightenment in such a manner. Feb 03, Kristin added it Shelves: Again, exist for what? If they arise from ignorance, habitual patterns, and negative emotions-psychologically destructive elements that actually enslave us-is the freedom to pursue them true freedom or just a myth? Shambhala PublicationsFeb 12, – Religion – pages. Our whole approach to life becomes more simple and direct, and any teachings we might hear or books we might read become workable.

The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation.

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

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. To view it, click here. But escaping the mundanity of our lives is to neglect the food, the actual nourishment which exists between two layers of bread.


Meditation is not a matter of trying to chogya, ecstasy, spiritual bliss, or tranquillity, nor is it attempting to become a better person.

Perhaps we should raise the level of our civilization to the highest point so that our world becomes a fantastic place, a seat of wisdom, of enlightenment, of learning and the highest technological developments.

Jan 26, Sonja Reid rated it really liked it Shelves: We just touch another person’s surface and get stuck there, never experiencing their whole being. Granted these similarities, The Myth of Freedom covers significantly different ground from Cutting Through.

If one tries to quiet them down, that is another way of feeding them. Selected pages Page xvi. He is known for systematizing the oral teachings of this lineage. 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. The basic prac4 The Myth of Freedom. As for me, I guess you could say that I never left. It was from Trungpa that I learned to wrestle with such notions as “Enlightment” being the ulitmate disappointment.

Nothing is rejected as bad or grasped as good.

It is the ultimate and final disappointment. My friend Helen Matzger–I miss her!