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on 2 July 2001
This book does change lives. Trungpa Rinpoche explains the Lo Jong slogans (a form of mind training designed to increase universal compassion and diminish unenlightened self interest and ego directed activity) in a pithy essential manner.
The slogans themselves are enigmatic and on one day can shine with clarity and significance and on another make as much sense as Bush in the Whitehouse.
Used in conjunction with Pema Chodron's "Start Where You Are" the slogans and their explanations provide a profound and meaningful framework with which to live your life.
For me personally, this book which I first read about four years ago (and continue to read every day) has helped me to get through post teenage depression (retrospectively), twentysomething angst and now thirtysomething playfulness.
The simple point of the book is to breathe in what is wrong with your situation and breathe out (or give away) all that is delightful. As flakey as this sounds, it really does loosen your grip on all the rubbish that floats around in your head and heart.
To cap it all off, it's a short book too, so you can read it, reflect on it, digest it and practise it and then get on with your life.
If you have any sympathy with Buddhist practise or philosophy this book will speak directly to you. If you don't, I think its basic truths will resonate with you whatever your belief system.
And you can always send it back if it just reads like hippy nonsense!
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on 8 September 2016
Maddening hydra's head of a book. There is some lovely clear instruction here, but as a whole its very difficult to turn into a single practice or overall scheme. Just a collection of slogans and ramblings, quite tough to go through.
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on 5 May 2012
Amazing book. I've found it to be quite experiencial in its' teachings. What a pity Rinpoche died so young but how wonderful for us that he left such extraordinary written instruction on the Dharma.
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on 24 November 2012
This book by Chögyam Trungpa is a very exact, joyful book that has immense depth in it.
The author shows that he has very vast knowledge and understanding about the world. How things works.
And yet he puts it very lightly, though accurate. For anyone interested in mind-training, perfect.
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on 26 September 1998
Have you ever had trouble bringing the Buddhist path into everyday usage? Well this book provides one with the ability to do so. I highly recommend it.
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on 11 June 1999
Bringing Buddhist teachings to a western mind is no easy task. I find that the material in this book clearly allows one to understand Dharma in a crisp and refreshing light. The ability to apply this to the western life is well stated.
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on 27 October 2016
I'm still reading this, but so far, i like it. It's not an easy read, as in a page-turner, but well worth finding the time to read a few pages every day.
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on 12 October 2016
Incredible resource and healthy challenge we all need
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on 13 April 2016
a classic you will return to again and again
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on 2 April 2016
Decent book
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