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On the spiritual path we speak of enlightenment. But how do we reconcile the idea of enlightenment with what we see when we look in the mirror - when insecurities, doubts, and self-centered tendencies arise in our minds? Dzigar Kongtrül suggests that we need not feel "doomed" when these experiences surface. In fact, such experiences are not a problem if we are able to simply let them arise without judging them or investing them with so much meaning. This approach to experience is what Kongtrül calls self-reflection.

Self-reflection is a practice, a path, and an attitude. It is the spirit of taking an interest in that which we usually try to push away. When we practice self-reflection we take liberation into our own hands and accept the challenge and personal empowerment in Kongtrül's title: it's up to you.

©2003 Dzigar Kongtrul (P)2018 Random House Audio

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excellent

Love all Pema Chodron World whether read or written. Highly recommend. really got a lot out of the part on depression.

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  • George R. Schar
  • 06-08-18

full of useful advice

Dzigar Kongtrul does a nice job of laying out common sense steps to spiritual liberation. Pema Chodron reading the book was as added bonus.

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  • 05-07-18

One of the best books I've read so far.

Pema Chodron and I think her teachers, what a great book! She said it! You must do your work said the Buddha. The Tathagatas only teach the way. "It is up to you". Immortality or $ ???

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