I have read many books on the Dharma. This one, as its title suggests, is a bit edgier than some of the others. I appreciated it, and enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. Jonathan Davis's speech was clear and steadily paced. The writing by Dzogchen Ponlop was easy to follow and non indoctrinating like some buddhist books I've come across. I think there's something for anyone who is trying to better themselves.
The narration was very clear and well enunciated. The only minor flaw I found was the narrator is almost too emotionless. In a humorous way I sometimes felt like I was listening to a 60's CIA indoctrination speech. But that is just my personal thought; really it was well done.
Husband/Father, Educator, Gamer
I have read various books on Buddhism over the years, but Ponlop is a special teacher who provides a vision for a new generation that is not stuck in the trappings and outward appearances of previous generations who have wrapped Buddhism up as something exoctic. Ponlop offers teachings that help connect Buddhism to the hear and now the way that Buddha intended it to be. For those of Generation Xers such as Ponlop, I think it is easier to find the meaning in the teachings in the way that they are presented here. I was not overly thrilled by the performance. It is hard to make this type of writing interesting when you are not the one who wrote the words. The content, though, more than makes up for the delivery.
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.