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 suppose this book was planted one of the first seeds in my heart that I had run out of religions I could trust. I’m not going to totally dismiss ,yth, though. You have something in the middle which is chunky, eatable, delicious, and the bread comes along with it. With subsequent readings, I’m sure I would have a better understanding of what Feedom 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.

Two stars and death. It involves insult after insult. A compassionate attitude, a warmth, develops at this point. Only easterner I have ever read who took the time to really understand the mind of the western mental operating system. While at times his presentation was incredibly mytg, at other times Trungpa’s turns of phrase made little sense, leading our circle of student heretics to coin the descriptive phrase “Trungpa-babble.

It is like the ever-burning sun. After years of reading other Buddhist books, I was able to understand that this book too repeats the same Buddhist philosophy aligned with Chodron and Hann. 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.

The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation – Chogyam Trungpa – Google Books

I introduced my class of eight- to twelve-year-olds to a book called Born in Tibet and we all fell in love with it. After reading this I couldn’t’ve hated that womanizing jerk frungpa. We fall down and down and down, until we touch the ground, until we relate with the basic sanity of earth. After finishing reading a few pages you have to conte This collection of talks is a staple for any Shambhalian and is one of Chogyam Trungpa’s most famous books.


Meditation should not be regarded as a vacation from irritation. As long as there is the notion of threat or insecurity of any kind, then a love relationship could turn into its opposite.

That said, I have much underlined in the book that I found useful, but there was also much that I found simply obtuse.

Feb 03, Kristin added it Shelves: He currently resides at Rumtek Abbey in Sikkim, India. Once you begin to pay attention to them and categorize them, then they become very powerful. 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.

It is simply the creation of a space in which lf are able to expose and chovyam our neurotic games, our self-deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes.

She gave me a copy. When there is a fundamental openness in a relationship, being faithful, in the sense of real trust, happens automatically; it is a natural situation.

If we let the mind go completely, then it will become very wild and chaotic. But if they have a sense of humor and you do not, you become demonic. Freedom is generally thought of as the ability to achieve goals and satisfy desires.

See you for you, and how to kill it. Meditation is not purely sitting alone in a particular posture attending to simple processes, but is also an openness to the environment in which these processes take place. By opening, by dropping our self-conscious grasping, we see not only the surface of an object, but we see the whole way through. Freedom is generally thought of as the ability to achieve goal and satisfy desires.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Then what to do? And if we can begin t Very challenging book on the mindset needed for the “journey”.


I’m not going to totally dismiss it, though. And if we can begin to open without always having to protect ourselves, then perhaps we can begin to really help others. It consumes everything to the point where it allows no room for doubt or manipulation.

It is an attitude of fundamental acceptance of oneself while still retaining critical intelligence. We simply become mindful of its natural functioning.

The Myth of Freedom

I was extremely eager to digest what he was saying. 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 like Trungpa Rinpoche’s style even a little bit, please read this important book. Nov 08, Ben rated it it was amazing. Instead of getting lost in the morass of the eightfold path of the Boddhissatva, this book separates each part of the path. 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.

Meditation practice brings our neuroses to the surface rather than hiding them at the bottom of our minds. 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.

The book also spoke a bit to a question I’ve had recently about the suffering of others in that it suggests we must first “walk In meditation practice, we neither hold the mind very tightly nor let it go completely.

I’m hitting Buddhist book fatigue, I think, as I didn’t get a whole lot out of most of this one.