The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

  • by Chögyam Trungpa, Pema Chödrön (foreword), John Baker (editor), Marvin Casper
  • Narrated by Roger Clark
  • 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Sara "Avid Reader"

Important Book, Wrong Reader

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The voice irritated me.


What other book might you compare The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation to and why?

Heart of the Buddha, Spiritual Materialism


What didn’t you like about Roger Clark’s performance?

I've read the book, where I imagined Trungpa Rinpoche's quiet voice, pausing, giving opportunity for openness. This guy reads it as if he's God. The voice is not cool for this book.


Any additional comments?

Maybe the Sakyong could do it justice as a reader, but I'm not sure. I think Judith Lief would be the best reader for this book + I think Shambhala should consider this in the future for VCTR audiobooks. I won't buy another from this reader.

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- priya

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios