The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation Freedom is generally thought of as the ability to achieve goals and satisfy desires But what are the sources of these goals and desires If they arise from ignorance habitual patterns and negative em

  • Title: The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation
  • Author: Chögyam Trungpa Marvin Casper John Baker
  • ISBN: 9781590302897
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Freedom is generally thought of as the ability to achieve goals and satisfy desires But what are the sources of these goals and desires If they arise from ignorance, habitual patterns, and negative emotions, is the freedom to pursue these goals true freedom or is it just a myth In this book, Ch gyam Trungpa explores the meaning of freedom in the profound context of TibFreedom is generally thought of as the ability to achieve goals and satisfy desires But what are the sources of these goals and desires If they arise from ignorance, habitual patterns, and negative emotions, is the freedom to pursue these goals true freedom or is it just a myth In this book, Ch gyam Trungpa explores the meaning of freedom in the profound context of Tibetan Buddhism He shows how our attitudes, preconceptions, and even our spiritual practices can become chains that bind us to repetitive patterns of frustration and despair He also explains how meditation can bring into focus the causes of frustration, and how these negative forces can aid us in advancing toward true freedom Trungpa s unique ability to express the essence of Buddhist teachings in the language and imagery of contemporary American culture makes this book one of the best sources of the Buddhist doctrine ever written This edition also contains a foreword by Pema Ch dr n, a close student of Ch gyam Trungpa and the best selling author of When Things Fall Apart.

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    1. For starters, this is not a book for reading only; instead, it is a companion to regular contemplative practice (albeit not necessarily one that is "Buddhist").I was "forced" to read this book as a graduate student at The Naropa Institute (in the same way that all students are "forced" to read textbooks) and found that I got very little out of the book. While at times his presentation was incredibly lucid, at other times Trungpa's turns of phrase made little sense, leading our circle of student [...]

    2. This book is freaking ridiculous. After reading this book I knew immediately where Pema Chodron got her wisdom and brilliance from. I loved this book because it is some of the same insights that Chodron shares, but it is from a harsher tongue, whereas Chodron is more kind. I really loved this book. I lent it out immediately after finishing it because I think it is so worthwhile.

    3. I suppose this book was planted one of the first seeds in my heart that I had run out of religions I could trust. The prospect was once a bit discouraging but it's okay now. It was from Trungpa that I learned to wrestle with such notions as "Enlightment" being the ulitmate disappointment. The title says it all, a "Myth of Freedom". I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read it because you already know who you are. Once again it's a great day to lose your mind but you don't need a my [...]

    4. " level of meditation is where we observe our thoughts the next level is where we realize the observer does not exist!"Really makes ya' think. Don't it?

    5. This is a great book for newbie American meditators and those interested in non-dualism. Among other things, it clearly describes many of the common reactions people can have when they begin and continue a meditation practice and learn about Buddhism/Eastern Spirituality. For example, the boredom one can experience when beginning to meditate. And why to keep pushing "forward" with the practice anyway. The book also spoke a bit to a question I've had recently about the suffering of others in that [...]

    6. wowzers. some of this i really relate to and some is beyond where i am at and read and re-read as i get more meditation under my belt, would love to read this with a group or teacher. his razor sharp wisdom and truthfulness is inspiring and scary sometimes. i love all Chogyam Trungpa's writing because it has that quality of transmission into direct experience through the awareness and presence with which it was written.

    7. A companion piece to Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, The Myth of Freedom and The Way of Meditation widens, deepens and expands on information regarding Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. As always, Trungpa Rinpoche's style is patient, clear and concise. Never a bad read, no matter which book you pick up. Great stuff!

    8. Basis of Buddhist 'crazy thought' meditation. Interesting, although the author has some very dubious flaws of his own. I'm not going to totally dismiss it, though.

    9. LOVE - is a vast store of energy which is not centered, which is not ego's energy at all. It is this energy which is the centerless dance of phenomena, the universe interpenetrating and making love to itself. It has two characteristics: a fire quality of warmth and a tendency to flow in a particular pattern, in the same way in which fire contains a spark as well as the air which directs the spark. And this energy is always on-going, whether or not it is seen through the confused filter of ego. I [...]

    10. I have written before of my intense appreciation for Chögyam Trungpa and this is another winner for me. This really fleshed out some of my remaining questions about how to approach meditation and gave me a better overview of Buddhism. It was a nice compilation of his teachings. I have to record some quotations from this one for future reference!"Mediation is not a matter of trying to achieve ecstasy, spiritual bliss, or tranquility, nor is it attempting to become a better person. It is simply t [...]

    11. Very challenging book on the mindset needed for the "journey". Meditation is part of the practice needed, but this book went much deeper. Good but he referenced many other paths and practices that I could not understand/needed more background on."First we must learn how not to make a nuisance of ourselves. If we can make friends with ourselves, if we are wiling to be what we are, without hating parts of ourselves and trying to hide them, then we can begin to open to others. And if we can begin t [...]

    12. This collection of talks is a staple for any Shambhalian and is one of Chogyam Trungpa's most famous books. For those familiar with Pema Chodron, you can tell where she gets her wisdom. She herself has said she has read this book over 25 times or so. Upon finishing it for the first of what will probably be many, many times, I can see why. It is incredibly rich with wisdom. I took about 5 months to get through this very short set of teachings. After finishing reading a few pages you have to conte [...]

    13. The first mention of “filmmaking” I’ve seen in Trungpa Rinpoche’s writing addresses a very modern predicament: “We had a film workshop in Colorado in which we discussed whether it was important to entertain people or make a good film. And what I said was that perhaps the audience might be bored with what we have to present, but we must raise the intelligence, the standards of the audience, up to the level of what we are presenting, rather than trying to constantly match their expectati [...]

    14. I purchased this book while perusing a Borders that was going out of business, and strictly because of the title. As a therapist and a practitioner of Eastern philosophy I am aware of how although we believe we have the freedom of choice, quite often our choices are made out of our conditioning. I fully expected this book to reaffirm that thinking, and to discuss how to overcome it. The book met and surpassed this expectation.Some books create a peace in me by just catching a glimpse of them. Th [...]

    15. I had a hard time getting into the book, so it sat on my shelf for a couple of years before I finally decided I was up to getting through it. I always want to temper my "rating" of spiritual books with the concept that different things and ways of putting things speak to some people in helpful ways and to others in not as helpful ways. While I find the writings of Bhante Henepola Gunaratana extremely helpful, other Buddhist writers, such as Chogyam Trungpa, are less helpful to me. To someone who [...]

    16. I read Rinpoche's Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism a few years ago when I first became interested in the Dharma. It was way over my head (and still is) but I was struck by its clarity and Trungpa's straightforward presentation of the path. The Myth of Freedom is no different except for the fact that it is even more concise and to the point. After accumulating a tiny bit of knowledge about Buddhism, I see that this book is a brilliant synopsis of the entire path to enlightenment, from cultiv [...]

    17. I'm only reading a few pages a day, getting through this pretty slowly. But that's by choice. I like the set-up of this book better than that of "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism". That book was set up as transcriptions of his talks, including the Q & A sections, which sometimes veered off the topic a bit. This book has been edited in a way that is a little clearer to me. While probably also drawn from his talks, each short "chapter" has been edited so that you have more focus on a smal [...]

    18. This is one of the most illuminating books on traditional Buddhism that I've encountered so far. It describes both the ideological underpinnings of Buddhism, including the "rationale" for the use of meditation as a tool for relating to struggles in the world, but also gets into Buddhism as a formal spiritual practice. I honestly found the end of this book to be a bit frightening, since the author holds nothing back from the reader in terms of the level of commitment required for any truly spirit [...]

    19. I liked this book and would have given it 3.5 stars if had half stars. As it stands, I'll go with 3. With subsequent readings, I'm sure I would have a better understanding of what Trungpa is saying here, but I just found the first read a little difficult to follow at times, especially in comparison to his son's book "Turning the Mind into an Ally." I kept waiting for Trungpa to translate all of the text into a more straightforward description, but it never really came. That said, I do think thi [...]

    20. This is among the most challenging books I have read. It induces a great deal of insecurity; it forced me to look at my own habits and mind-sets with more awareness and detachment. It really kicked me hard, and over time I have come to appreciate that.Trungpa spins an elaborate web of observations about the human condition, and then he presents meditation, as an insulting, boring, and meaningless activity: the only way out of ignorance. Don't meditate because you want to grow as a person; medita [...]

    21. There were things I didn't understand in this book, which is okayobably partially the point. I always feel adrift a bit when I'm reading Buddhist teachings. Alternately, I feel a home in them and then just as easily, I feel like the biggest fool who doesn't understand anything. Overall, though, this book was helpful and moving. It made me realize how much I'd like to talk about these teachings with other people to help me integrate my understanding.

    22. After years of reading other Buddhist books, I was able to understand that this book too repeats the same Buddhist philosophy aligned with Chodron and Hann. I don't think he is saying freedom is a myth in a negative nihilistic way but actually, that our notion of freedom itself is clouded and unrefined. Highly recommended.Previously been trying to read this book for two years now and just can't go on I read it and nothing stays in my head so I give up. Maybe some day

    23. I'm hitting Buddhist book fatigue, I think, as I didn't get a whole lot out of most of this one. There was a lot about working with emotions and with people that was very insightful, but there was an equal amount of stuff about more obscure Tibetan/Sanskrit stuff that made my brain get mushy. Gotta take a break and read some other stuff!

    24. this book falls into the category of books that concern how to live a full life on this planet in these times. the wisdom and insight contained has been passed down through many generations will give your silly, preoccupied-with-itself ego a big smack in the faced that is something that all egos need.

    25. this book is surprisingly easy to read. trungpa uses lots of buddhist terms and ideas, but describes them in very accessible ways. my favorite sections are on boredom, anger, and patience. this is definitely not a light read, but it is very rewarding. trungpa makes alot of very insightful observations in this book, but he doesn't seem preachy or arrogant.

    26. After reading this I couldn't've hated that womanizing jerk more.Turns out he was right about me, shook me out of a spot that, five years on, I'm still confused about.It really is a great and important book, but no one should read it.So two stars is all you get Chogyam.Two stars and death. no more women more drinkstard.

    27. This book is brilliant. I need to read it again as almost every sentence is impeccable and has the potential for great impact. I love the warrior of words approach of the writing style. Very clear and precise.

    28. Only easterner I have ever read who took the time to really understand the mind of the western mental operating system.Who also shows us how to zap our hard drive, after identifying our bugged programming.See you for you, and how to kill it.Keep the body.Know truth>

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