According to the Buddha, no one can attain basic sanity or enlightenment without practicing meditation. The teachings given here on the outlook and technique of meditation provide the foundation that every practitioner needs to awaken as the Buddha did. Trungpa teaches us to let go of the urge to make meditation serve our ambition; thus we can relax into openness. We are shown how the deliberate practice of mindfulness develops into contrived awareness, and we discover the world of insight that awareness reveals. We learn of a subtle psychological stage set that we carry with us everywhere and unwittingly use to structure all our experience - and we find that meditation gradually carries us beyond this and beyond ego altogether to the experience of unconditioned freedom.
©1995 Diana J. Mukpo (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Trungpa books are always amazing. The reader is very good but the way he pronounces 'Trungpa' or 'Rinpoche' is too hard.
You have to be fairly experienced to grasp the concepts of this teaching, despite the fact it is aimed at students - however the students here are not new to the concept of meditation - it is excellent for those who want to go deeper, but may be lost on noobs.
"Difficult to understand in content. Narrator was perfect."
I'm new in learning about Buddhism so this was probably way over my head. Also didn't know about Trungpa's reputation so it was a shock at first but it is kinda refreshing. Narrator was spot on in reflecting his reputation.
"Generally good information on meditation."
For the most part, I liked the book. It has some good information regarding getting started and continuing meditation. Some of what to expect and how to grow your practice.
My only real complaint is the language. I don't think the story was helped any by using "fucked and fucked up" so many times. I know these descriptions can be useful at times, but I don't think they helped here. Maybe he was going for a young audience. I hope that is not needed to appeal to a young audience. Oh, and my "favorite" word was "fuckedupedness" .
I found great value in this audiobook. It presents some very unique perspectives and explanations that really helped me wrap my head around some concepts and expectations in regards to meditation.
I wouldn't recommend this as a starter book for the very beginner, but very good for anyone beyond the basics of Buddhism.
You really can't go wrong for $2.00.
"Great Starting Place for Understanding Meditation"
Love this book! Clearly stated principles of meditation and how it affects our lives.
Chogyam Trungpa is a great teacher!
incredible and excellent ,with such a powerful messages, for all of us, meditation is the key.
"too much profanity and crude language"
too much "fuckedupedness" by author or presenter to attempt to be hip. poor performance and would not recommend a returned book
Neither the content nor the narrator rise above 2 stars. I recommend that you skip this one.
"Some decent information, but weird format."
There are quite a few useful tidbits buried within the book but the teacher/student dialog was hard to follow most of the time. (...for me anyway.) I didn't really care for the term "f*ckedupness" being used either. I know we're all adults, but...aaand we' are all adults.
"no thread followed"
It was interesting andceducayional but seminars have a tendency of being all over the place. Cant see this as a good choice on meditation or tibetan philosophy. Better to go with a book written the specific subject.
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