The Myth of Freedom

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Chögyam Trungpa's unique ability to express the essence of Buddhist teachings in the language and imagery of modern American culture makes his books among the most accessible works of Buddhist philosophy. 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. This edition features a new foreword by Pema Chödrön, a close student of Trungpa and the best-selling...
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The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

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Overview

Chögyam Trungpa's unique ability to express the essence of Buddhist teachings in the language and imagery of modern American culture makes his books among the most accessible works of Buddhist philosophy. 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. This edition features a new foreword by Pema Chödrön, a close student of Trungpa and the best-selling author of When Things Fall Apart.

Explores the meaning of freedom in the context of Tibetan Buddhism and shows how meditation can help eliminate obstacles to true freedom.

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"All is made painfully clear—we are routed out of our little 'cubby holes', all of our excuses are brought out into the open and exposed for what they are. . . . If it is reality you want and not illusion, this is it. . . . An ego-shattering experience."— The Middle Way
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570629334
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/12/2002
  • Series: Shambhala Classics Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 297,093
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Chögyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Enthronement
I The Myth of Freedom
Fantasy and Reality 1
Disappointment 5
Suffering 7
Egolessness 12
II Styles of Imprisonment
Cosmic Joke 19
Self-absorption 23
Paranoia 28
Passion 29
Stupidity 32
Poverty 35
Anger 37
III Sitting Meditation
The Fool 43
Simplicity 44
Mindfulness and Awareness 48
Boredom 51
The Way of the Buddha 56
IV Working with the Emotions
The Dualistic Barrier 63
Lion's Roar 69
Working with Negativity 73
V Meditation in Action
Work 83
Love 86
Working with People 90
The Eightfold Path 92
VI The Open Way
Bodhisattva Vow 103
Heroism 106
The Sanity of Earth 111
Patience 113
Tradition 116
Zen and Prajna 119
The Approach to Enlightenment 121
VII Devotion
Surrendering 127
Spiritual Friend 131
The Great Warrior 134
Commitment 138
The Universality of Guru 140
VIII Tantra
Aloneness 149
Mandala 152
Mahamudra Upadesa 157
Appendix 165
Meditation Center Information 167
Index 169
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