Old School R&B Fool
Illuminated the Path
The explanation of the tenets of Buddhism using Western (American) culture images, phrases and indioms made this book relative to westerners searching for serenity, peace and enlightenment. Instead of leaving us with an image of the isolated monk, we are assured that the Path winds itself through our daily lives.
As is my usual desire, I would have liked Dzogchen Ponlop to narrate the whole thing. It was comforting to hear him read the introduction and know his purpose in sharing his knowledge and compassion. Jonathan Davis' narration, however, was clear, easily followed and provided emphasis that enabled focus and learning of the
I need to listen again, over and over.
It brought the awareness of the now into focus.
Tied and equally good.
Zen mind, beginners mind. Because it is clear.
Thanks for making it available.
Buddhism isn't really a religion nor is it the "pop cult' that began around 1960 in the USA. Ponlop's basic message is the need to strip the cultural trappings and the "Kung Fu" image away from most of the Buddhism practices and dogma currently passing for Buddhism. He makes the best case I've seen so far, for Americanizing (Westernizing) the practice of the Historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gottima's, teachings. He spells out the steps needed in a logical and, for me, compelling way for individual practices. He offers direction for the growth of Buddhism by showing that having an Asian face is not required to be a wise and effective teacher. He shows that Buddhism has always been adapted to the culture of the area in which it practiced. There are different cultural traditions in different regions none of which are essential to the practice of what Buddha taught, but many of which help its adherents understand and relate to Buddha's teachings. Essentially Buddhism is an education system teaching wisdom, ultimate wisdom. It needs to reach its students through the culture they understand and relate to. Thus I think what Dzogchen Ponlop's "Rebel Buddha" means by "The Road to Freedom" is the releasing of people from following cultural trappings in order for them to see the real teachings of the Buddha.
Its an easy book to read, interesting and thought provoking for me and hits the mark for what I have learned from the Monk who is my guide and teacher - so much so that I recommended the book to him as well. For those who find this book interesting and want to know more I recommend another book, unfortunately not available as an Audio Book, "The Collected Works of Venerable Master Chin Kung" subtitled "The Awakening of Lovingkindness." Its a free book published by The Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation, in Taiwan. You may find it in your public library.
Rebel Buddha makes Buddhism so easy to understand. Using references from today's western culture, Ponlop puts these ancient teachings in perspective for spiritual explorers in a easy, non-threatening way. Highly recommend!
Yes, but I don't recommend that as it is rich in content and needs to br digested.
Gone through half of the book and it is just full of cliches and mumbo jumbo that you can get from pretty much any book/talk about Buddhism. No actionable things ( do this, practice this step etc ). I do not like any book in this genre that just preaches in generics and doesn't give you guidelines. It is like saying "change your mind, there is a different way to look at things etc."...OK sure, but How ? Maybe it gets better in the last part of the book. But maybe not.
Narrator was OK
Other books in this genre tend to be inspiring and interesting, this one is just a very bad example.
Regardless the target audience, there should be more to a book than a few facts, all of them totally gotten wrong, and commonplace ramblings. This must be a fruit of ignorance and too strong ego.
I started to think that this guy was sent to the US to get rid of him, since he obviously is resistant to education and just not up for the real thing.
If you have a read Buddha books before then you will not learn anything new here. This would be good for people new to buddha and tells the concepts in a more modern way. It does not provide any insights or practices but more of an "Intro to Buddha"
I need GPS still have not been able to use what is given in this book