The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Medition

The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Medition
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Summary: In this book, ChOgyam 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 the role of meditation in bringing into focus the causes of frustration and in allowing these negative forces to become aids in advancing toward true freedom.
Detail: 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 - psychologically destructive elements that actually enslave us - is the freedom to pursue them true freedom, or just a myth? In this book, Chogyam 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 the role of meditation in bringing into focus the causes of frustration and in allowing these negative forces to become aids 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 most immediately available sources for the meaning of the Buddhist doctrine ever written. Chogyam Trungpa (1939 - 1987) - meditation master, scholar, and artist - was founder and president of Vajradhatu, Naropa Institute, and Shambhala Training. His other books include Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, also in Shambhala Dragon Editions. Praise for The Myth of Freedom "If you already have your copy of Trungpa Rinpoche's Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, you will want to get this companion volume. If you have not yet discovered the Buddhist psychology and meditative practice of Tibet, this book is a masterful introduction by it seIf. If you are working with yourself and others and have questions, about your own intentions, about what sitting meditation is, about the emotions, about openness and commitment, loneliness and aloneness, this book is for you. These lectures are masterpieces of skillful communication. Trungpa's style is so simple, yet so precise, that reading the words is like entering into a delightful dance with one's own basic sanity as partner." -Journal of Trans personal Psychology