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Not for Happiness

A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
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Do you practise meditation because you want to feel good? Or to help you relax and be "happy"? Then frankly, according to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, you are far better off having a full-body massage than trying to practise the Dharma. Genuine spiritual practice, not least the Ngndro preliminaries, will not bring the kind of comfort and ease most worldly people crave. Quite the opposite, in fact. But if your ultimate goal is enlightenment, Ngndro practice is a must, and Not for Happiness your perfect guide, as it contains everything an aspiring practitioner needs to get started, including advice about: developing "renunciation mind" discipline, meditation, and wisdom using your imagination in visualization practice why you need a guru.

©2012 Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Expected more after first book

I was having higher hopes on more practice details, especially after the excellent what makes you not a Buddhist.

I expected meditation guidance and instructions on the Buddhist steps, but this was so light weight, as I was hoping getting some teaching. Shame

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Shallow and sanctimonious

Eduardo Ballerini should be grabbed by the feet and shaken vigorously: hopefully this will dislodge his sanctimonious tone and it will drop off. As for the book itself, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse sounds opinionated. He tries hard to seem cool and branché, but comes across as stuck and shallow. All in all not a helpful read... Mind you, come to think of it... it did annoy me so it gave me the chance to practice patience!

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enlightening book on spiritual practice

Dzongsar Rinpoche's words deeply touched my heart. great book, I'd recommend to anyone seeking spiritual learning!

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  • VL
  • 17-09-15

Exactly what was needed

Truly explains all the intricacies of "The Path" and Ngondro practice. I found it to be truly useful and plan to listen to it many, many, times. I also feel like it really puts it all together, although I now realize I must also buy the book itself as well, as the book has illustrations.

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  • G. Kaessner
  • 24-09-20

A must for even dedicated Buddhist Practitioners

I am a nyingma Buddhist Practitioner completing the Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro right now. Despite Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s lighthearted style in this book, this might be the most powerful teaching on Ngondro I have ever heard/read (and I have many teaching from authentic masters and have many books on Ngondro) Why is it so powerful? DKR is not only fully trained and recognized as a true authentic teacher but he is immersed into the Western world so he understands the Western Mind and culture. There is no need to “translate” concepts he teaches. I hope that those of you who listen are inspired to pursue the practice Buddhism for the sake of all beings and take on a Ngondro practice from one of the four lineages of Tibetan Buddhist. Sarwa Mangalam.

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  • David F.
  • 15-09-20

Attachment

The purchasing of gold and jewels with the money given to one by their patrons is an act grounded in the defilement of attachment and is under no circumstance acceptable. As Patrul Rinpoche taught, the using of gifts given to you by the people for your own gain only gains you bad Karma. I am not yet a teacher. I Know many questions and have few solid answers. Perhaps none eh? May we all know peace.

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  • celeste flasker
  • 10-11-18

Rinpoche knows the modern mind.

Teaching is to the point and useful in everyday life. Even if your not doing ngodro good advice for all practices

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  • spacebee
  • 07-08-18

Gentle but Straightforward Advice on Ngondro

The author is very frank in his presentation and discussion of practices. However, there is also a certain humor and a tremendous openness herein that had me laughing out loud at surprising moments. I found the book very valuable. Highly recommend.

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  • Sim
  • 22-08-17

A must read book for Vajrayana students.

A wonderful book. Give us detail information for practitioners. Highly recommended even for old Buddhist students. You will still learn something.

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  • Tom
  • 24-05-17

Narrator is fantastic

Very interesting book for people who have an interest in Buddhism at all different levels.

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  • John Welch
  • 21-10-16

Great Content and Excellent narration

Great content and excellent narration. I hope Audible makes available more Tibetan Buddhist Dharma books narrated by Edoardo Ballerini.
Highly recommended for all those interested in spiritual growth and enlightenment.

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  • girlie4zuz
  • 14-09-16

Good, but not his best...

The information in this book didn't seem to be as well organized as other books I've read by him. Still it was good information. I learned several new things about Buddhism.

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  • Matti
  • 16-10-15

Misleading title

I felt a bit misled by the title; the book was definitely not sceptical. Heavily superstitious (as, I guess, the Tibetian Buddhists are) and kind of still promising happiness.