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ChgyamTrungpa'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.
©1976 Chögyam Trungpa; Foreword 2001 by Pema Chödrön (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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By Sara on 01-03-15

Buddhist Teachings for Americans Living in 1970

This recording was very dated. It comes from material that was written and taught in the early 1970s. Much of the tone and wording used were geared to that period of time in mind set and focus. If you happened to have been an adult in the late 1960s and early 1970s you will understand what I mean the minute you start listening.

The teachings are very anti faith and religion. It does not matter what religion you follow--if you are a person of faith you will most likely be offended by the ideology presented and the instruction to stop "all that nonsense and pain creation". To me this "all or none" approach is limiting and unnecessary. It is possible to practice meditation and mindfulness living in addition to being a faith based person.

I agree with another reviewer that Roger Clark, the narrator has perfected the "voice of god-style" of reading. This further adds a level of strangeness to the experience with all the "there is no God" info presented here. Another reviewer suggested that the teachings take on the tone and feeling of "cult instruction". I think that goes a bit too far, but I can see where they got that idea.

I think that better editing of this material would have improved the accessibility of the information for modern westerners. The recording has wonderful teachings and insights--you just need to be able to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Discernment is necessary here--as it is in all things. A mixed experience.

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By julie on 05-11-17

Enlightening. A wholly separate way of looking...

at things versus the Western world's typical views. I will look for more of this author's books to gain more insight. Very intriguing.

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By Josh Swindells on 07-07-15


i would highly recomend this title to anyone it is a brilliantly insightful book and a highly enjoyable listen.

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By Mukesh on 04-25-15

Very good and important book

I have now listened to this book a couple of times and i find it really important to my studies of meditation and Buddhist teachings. I find Trungpa books very direct. I will be listening to this several times.

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