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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.

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Meditation Rocks

If by chance you’ve landed here, you’ll find Possibly one of the most demystified, down to earth basic meditation manuals you are likely to come across. Breathtakingly no nonsense instructions from a superlative, authentic teacher. Remarkably helpful, runs a risk of stimulating even the sharpest intellect and help both dull ones and bright to make progress on or to get off the path. Helped me stay on course and increase aspiration and practice. Excellent reading of the text too made this a must re-listen, for the content is step-by-step pithy and wonderful. Verdict: more than good (5*)

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Great book

Trungpa books are always amazing. The reader is very good but the way he pronounces 'Trungpa' or 'Rinpoche' is too hard.

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You have to be fairly experienced

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.

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Love this book

I've listened to this book 5 times it is so good. I recommend it to everyone

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a mixed bag

Not as clear to me as 'Smile at Fear' but (having just listened to Smile at Fear) this book, 'The Path is The Goal' made more sense to me the second time around. It was the confusion of the student in the exchanges that confused me, I think. Smile at Fear is much clearer in its exposition and progression. The Path is The Goal seems to jump around more with the questioning. I found the narrator to have a very pleasant and expressive voice except the way he said 'rinpoche' and some other terms was strange to me and distracting. Nevertheless, Chogyam Trungpa is such a great teacher that perseverance is rewarded with many gems.

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Buddhists Meditation

This book is inspiring but it is not easy by any means but it is worth the challenges, It has helped me understand fundamentals of meditation.

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Mind boggling

quite hard to follow at times, but some profound insights that are mind boggling

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Profound meditation advice and wisdom

Practical and profound - meditators -beginners and experienced will find these teachings beneficial . Great to have access to such teachings.

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Is this poetry?

I like poetry. I like the way the poet can take ordinary words and draw out an extraordinary meaning. From the Restoration love poet, playfully offering to apply his key to his lover's lock, or his dart to her target, right through to the war poet using simple words to reveal profound, often tragic, meaning.
No. This is not poetry. In fact, it rarely rises far above the "word-salad" of the schizophrenic. Words appear to have no meaning at all. It is theatre of the absurd. Waiting for Godot in the lotus position.
Curiously, if you simply let the meaningless words roll over you (the narrator is excellent) it can be almost hypnotic. Until, that is, some piece of sheer nonsense pulls you up short.
The author is clearly in the zen tradition, and perhaps if he were to riff on a few of their many koans the result might be more, in the non-technical sense, enlightening.
However, a pound of this drivel is worth far less than a pinch of plain speaking.
Sadly, seeker after enlightenment, your path does not lead this way.

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Interesting take on Buddhist wisdom

Loved the student-teacher discussion on Buddhist values and principles. Ageless wisdom explained in a simple manner

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  • Roberta and Johnny Shaughnessy, Mindfulness Meditation Teachers
  • 04-12-16

$2.00!!!

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.

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  • AnthroGal
  • 31-03-16

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.

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  • Nicholas Stancioff
  • 11-11-18

Deeper by the reading

I find it astounding how this man can communicate with Americans in the late early 70s. I find it astounding how clear his explanations are. I am Shocked that this man came to this country with nothing but the strength of spirit. I am grateful for the gift of his words, and those Whom he touched and who today continue to inspire me.

The performance by Mr. Elfer is also remarkable. I thank him.

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  • Janice
  • 04-01-18

I love it

Its as if you are at the feet of the master learning in a classroom.

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  • Ernest
  • 12-03-15

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" .

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  • Karamelfun
  • 22-12-16

Trungpa Rinchope is brutally honest in truth!

Brilliant, honest and mesmerizing. Elfer's narration captures the spirit. Go Shambhala! Mudita fellow Beings! Meditate

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  • Jose
  • 18-07-19

Not the best one by Trungpa.

I really like Trungpa’s teachings, but this book is a bit messy and unclear. The essence is there, but it could’ve used a bit more editing and coherence.

Didn’t like too much the Q&A session at the end of each part. It was specially annoying the whole dynamic of mentioning the whole “Trungpa Rimpoche” before each one of his responses.

Trungpa’s teachings are not very clear here. There are better books out there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-19

Very Informative

A lot of good explanations of both what to expect on the path of Buddhism, and of key concepts. Also clarification of quotes from great masters, including Buddha. Plenty of practical guidance too.

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  • Christian Good
  • 25-05-22

Loved this book

Narrator performed it perfect. Trungpa needs no critique, his message is just so clear and concise.

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  • 11-04-22

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