on 7 October 1997
I disagree with the other person reviewing this book, this is a very traditional book, a no-nonsense approach to buddhist practice and against a "sugar and spice" spiritual materialism (fake spirituality). I've been practicing for 20 years and have been reading this book at different times all along; I still take enormous refreshment in this book. If you really want a direct look at genuine, basic buddhist practice read it. It is almost painfully honest.
on 7 July 1998
It took me several false starts before I was able to read all of Chogyam Trungpa's "The Myth of Freedom". When I was finally able to get past the first 30 pages, the rest was a breeze. This is not to say that the beginning of the book is more difficult, but as a non-Buddhist, it took a while to catch the ideas that Trungpa presents. Once those first basic ideas were caught, even though most likely imperfectly, the rest of the book unfolded in a wonderful presentation of ideas that provoked a lot of thought and self-contemplation. Whether this is "true" Buddhism or not did not matter to me. The description on the back cover of the book was perfect: "... is the freedom to pursue [things that arise from negative elements] true freedom or just a myth?"
on 12 August 1997
This book has a unique, almost poetic style.
But this might prove a disapointment for
someone who looks for a teaching that is more traditional.
In this book chogyam trungpa starts with talking
about our expectations from spiritual practice
and what spiritual freedom is really about.
Then he talks about the six realms of existence,
meditation, working with our emotions, the eightfold path, the bodhisattva path, devotion