Never Turn Away: The Buddhist Path Beyond Hope and Fear

Overview

A meditator's meditator, Rigdzin Shikpo (ne Michael Hookham) began the practice in the mid 1950s and eventually became a prominent student of several renowned Tibetan Buddhist teachers, including Chogyam Trungpa and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Over the years he has developed his own utterly unique style made of straight talk and sparkling, inspiring insights.

The title of this, his long-awaited new book, comes from the teachings Rigdzin Shikpo received from Trungpa Rinpoche, who ...

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Overview

A meditator's meditator, Rigdzin Shikpo (ne Michael Hookham) began the practice in the mid 1950s and eventually became a prominent student of several renowned Tibetan Buddhist teachers, including Chogyam Trungpa and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Over the years he has developed his own utterly unique style made of straight talk and sparkling, inspiring insights.

The title of this, his long-awaited new book, comes from the teachings Rigdzin Shikpo received from Trungpa Rinpoche, who said that we should always turn toward those things that scare us, open to them completely, and never turn away from them. This path of openness, clarity, and sensitivity is a hallmark of the Dzogchen tradition of Buddhist practice. Rigdzin Shikpo has lived its truth so deeply that his words shine with authenticity and freshness.

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Editorial Reviews

Reginald A. Ray
"One of the finest, most compelling books on Buddhism I have ever read. In its simplicity and clarity, in its depth and extraordinary subtlety, it surpasses most of what has been written on the subjtect. Expressing the profound essence of Tibetan Dzogchen in contemporary, highly experiential language, the author not only opens the innermost mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism, but shows us how we ourselves may follow the path to complete human realization. This book expresses the remarkable, unique, life-transforming dharma of his own teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, who taught meditation as a way to open up the full, liberating depth of our human experience as modern people. In his study and devoted practice, Rigdzin Shikpo has been working on this book for forty years and the result is brilliant and joyful, and truly stunning."
Larry Rosenberg
"'Never turn away'—a simple suggestion, encouraging us to enter into direct communion with all aspects of our lives. Why? The answer is delivered here with brilliant, clear teaching that is inspiring, practical, and valuable for all meditators."
Tricycle Editor's Blog
"Rigdzin Shikpo, a student of Shambhala-founder Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, has been practicing Buddhism since the mid-1980s. An heir to Trungpa's lineage but independent of the Shambhala community, his book Never Turn Away: The Buddhist Path Beyond Hope and Fear is an inspired look at the relationship between meditation and everyday life. Rigdzin Shikpo encourages the reader to turn toward experience rather than shirk from life's possibilities, admitting in the opening chapter that such an approach might well be called 'the path of embarrassment.' His clear, practical writing makes this book the perfect guide to the compassionate practice of bodhicitta, which allows us to discover 'our awe-inspiring nature, which is hidden beneath the surface, like precious ore concealed in mountains."
from the foreword by Francesca Fremantle
"These teachings are brought vividly to life in Rigdzin Shikpo's characteristic style, which is very clear, direct, simple and down to earth. Making inspired connections across the boundaries of Buddhist thought, the techniques described here are linked to the four noble truths, the traditional basis of the Buddha's teaching. For readers new to meditation or to Buddhism, this book will guide them straight to its heart, while it will bring fresh perspectives and illuminating insights even to experienced practitioners."
Douglas J. Penick
"A wonderful guide to putting the Buddhist teachings into practice, unique in its clarity, profundity, and heart."
Caroline Seymour
"This is a timely book, one simultaneously simple and profound. It is for those beginning the Buddha's path or wondering whether to embark on it; and for others who have been involved for some time, it provides inspiration and confirmation that their endeavour is worthwhile."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861714889
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,223,914
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rigdzin Shikpo has spent more than fifty years studying and practicing Buddhism. When he met his principal teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1965, he had already trained with several Theravadan monks over the course of nine years and was closely associated with the Buddhist Society in London. He is the Dharma director of the Longchen Foundation, a community of Buddhist teachers and students practicing meditation in the Mahayana and Dzogchen traditions of Buddhism.

Francesca Fremantle is a scholar and translator of Sanskrit and Tibetan works of Hindu and Buddhist tantra, and was a student of Chogyam Trungpa for many years. Fremantle received her doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is a teacher with the Longchen Foundation, established by Chogyam Trungpa and Dilgo Khyentse, and directed by Rigdzin Shikpo. She currently lives in London.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     vii
Introduction     1
The Path of Openness & The Truth of Suffering
Always Turn Toward, Never Turn Away     9
Meditation: The Basis of the Path     16
Body, Speech, and Mind in Meditation     20
Boring, Boring, Boring!     36
A Gently Arising Magic     40
Openness and Everyday-Life Practice     52
Mandala Principle & The Cause of Suffering
A Universe of Mandalas     59
Mandala Principle and the Second Truth     64
The Mandala of Openness     75
The Collapse of Confusion & The Cessation of Suffering
On Time     89
On Place     98
Seeing Wisdom in the Emotions     104
Working with Anger and Desire     108
The Pursuit of Truth & The Truth of the Path
The Importance of the Path     123
Awakened Activity     131
A Mysterious Strength     134
Power and Insight     140
Transforming the Body     146
Tantric Alchemy     154
As the Path Unfolds     156
Beginning at the End     160
Glossary     165
From the Editor     169
Index     175
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