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Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom | [Dzogchen Ponlop]

Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom

There's a rebel within you. It's the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It's your rebel buddha - the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It's the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth.
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Publisher's Summary

There's a rebel within you. It's the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It's your rebel buddha - the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It's the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth.

Dzogchen Ponlop guides you through the inner revolution that comes from unleashing your rebel buddha. He explains how, by training your mind and understanding your true nature, you can free yourself from needless suffering. He presents a thorough introduction to the essence of the Buddha's teachings and argues that, if we are to bring these teachings fully into our personal experience, we must go beyond the cultural trappings of traditional Asian Buddhism. We all want to find some meaningful truth about who we are, he says, but we can only find it guided by our own wisdom - by our own rebel buddha within.

Introduction read by the author.

©2010 Dzogchen Ponlop (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche shatters old myths and sweeps away cultural baggage, presenting the essence of the Buddha’s teachings in a fresh, contemporary voice. With uncommon clarity and authority, he offers a new vision for the future of Buddhism that is at once shocking and hopeful. This is a small book with a big message that is timely and important." (Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart)

"The author's practical approach is disarming, especially when applying Buddhism to the challenges of everyday life." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ellie Strand Eau Claire, WI, United States 12-19-11
    Ellie Strand Eau Claire, WI, United States 12-19-11
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    What did you love best about Rebel Buddha?

    Dzogchen Ponlop is one of the leaders in Westernizing Buddhism. Although born and trained in a traditional Tibetan style, he now lives in Seattle, starts his day with coffee and ends it with The Daily Show. This book provides teachings on the Buddhist path in a straightforward manner that is accessible to everyone. If you have wondered if Buddhism is for you, or are just curious about it, this book is a great beginning.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Uldis 04-15-12
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    What did you love best about Rebel Buddha?

    Where profound book that will challenge you to think independently. For many people this book probably will be problem to accept since you will not get defined answers or directions for you to follow rather guidance on how to ask questions that may lead you to find path you been looking for. Been going through this book three times already and always learn something new.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is engaging and full with life wisdom.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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    Listen it at least two times and you will be surprised how much you will learn on 2nd time

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas C. Bates Boston, MA 01-18-12
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    Dzogchen Ponlop does a superb job of presenting the basics of Buddhism from a perspective that's exceptionally clear to modern Westerners. The message is 2500 years old. The way the message is delivered is fresh and up-to-date.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 03-14-12
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2009

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "Good intro to the subject"

    For a good, basic introduction to Buddhism, it gets the job done. After studying the subject for most of my adult life, there's just not anything particularly new here.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 03-05-12
    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 03-05-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Excellent information"

    I am new to this subject and will have to listen to it again as it is so full of information. I did get a very good view of Buddhism. Enough that I will read further on the subject.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Flint Florida 09-02-12
    Jesse Flint Florida 09-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    I have found this is audio title is one I like to listen to again and again. The narration is excellent and spot on!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ram Nez-Ziona, Israel 07-03-12
    Ram Nez-Ziona, Israel 07-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Contemporary approach to Buddhism"

    I like the contemporary approach to Buddhism this book offers.
    The book present the different levels of spiritual journey in the eyes of modern obstacles.
    I enjoyed it and even bought the hard copy version.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris brooklyn, NY, United States 12-31-11
    Chris brooklyn, NY, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2008
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    "love it."
    Where does Rebel Buddha rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    the best of the buddha books.


    What other book might you compare Rebel Buddha to and why?

    art of happiness


    What about Jonathan Davis and Dzogchen Ponlop (introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    its simple and to the point. great examples and easy instruction


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes but in an open heart way


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Davis United States 10-29-12
    Christopher Davis United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Husband/Father, Educator, Gamer

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    "Buddhism for a new generation"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James BLUE MOUND, TX, United States 01-30-12
    James BLUE MOUND, TX, United States 01-30-12

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    "A Rebel Who Gives Us A Clue"
    If you could sum up Rebel Buddha in three words, what would they be?

    Illuminated the Path


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Jonathan Davis and Dzogchen Ponlop (introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    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


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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