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Transcending Madness: The Experience of the Six Bardos

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The Tibetan word bardo is usually associated with life after death. Here, Ch?gyan Trungpa discusses bardo in a very different sense: as the peak experience of any given moment. Our experience of the present moment is always colored by one of the six psychological states: the god realm (bliss), the jealous god real (jealousy and lust for entertainment), the human realm (passion and desire), the animal realm (ignorance), the hungry ghost realm (poverty and possessiveness), and the hell realm (aggression and ...
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Overview

The Tibetan word bardo is usually associated with life after death. Here, Ch?gyan Trungpa discusses bardo in a very different sense: as the peak experience of any given moment. Our experience of the present moment is always colored by one of the six psychological states: the god realm (bliss), the jealous god real (jealousy and lust for entertainment), the human realm (passion and desire), the animal realm (ignorance), the hungry ghost realm (poverty and possessiveness), and the hell realm (aggression and hatred). In relating these realms to the six traditional Buddhist bardo experiences, Trungpa provides an insightful look at the "madness" of our familiar psychological patterns and shows how they present an opportunity to transmute daily experience into freedom.

Generally the Tibetan word bardo is associated with life after death and reincarnation. Here bestselling author Chogyam Trungpa discusses bardo in a very different sense--as the peak experience of any given moment--and shows how these six patterns present an opportunity to transmute daily experience into freedom.

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"The extended discussions are extremely illuminating . . . This is a deeply psychological book, in the sense that Trungpa Rinpoche exhorts us to come to grips with the psychology of our own minds in the most fundamental way."— Ordinary Mind
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877736370
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Series: Dharma Ocean Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 833,305
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (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

Acknowledgments
Editor's Foreword
Pt. 1 The Six States of Bardo: Allenspark, 1971
1 Bardo 3
2 The Six Realms of Being 24
3 The Bardo of Meditation 54
4 The Bardo of Birth 75
5 The Bardo of Illusory Body 91
6 The Bardo of Dreams 105
7 The Bardo of Existence 123
8 The Bardo of Death 145
9 The Lonely Journey 163
Pt. 2 The Six States of Being: Karme-Choling, 1971
1 Pain and Pleasure 183
2 The Realm of the Gods 202
3 The Jealous God Realm 218
4 The Human Realm 240
5 The Animal Realm 259
6 The Hungry Ghost and Hell Realms 276
7 The Sequence of Bardos 291
App. A: The Six States of Bardo 309
App. B: The Cycle of the Seven Bardos 310
App. C: Transliterations of Tibetan Terms 311
Notes 313
Glossary 315
About the Author 319
Meditation Center Information 325
Index 327
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