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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Excellent presentation of Buddhism for the west

If you could sum up Rebel Buddha in three words, what would they be?

Clear, concise, inspirational

What did you like best about this story?

It is not a story in the sense of a fictional novel...it is an explanation of an ancient philosopy in a manner that was easy for me to understand and from which to draw understandings that are very helpful in walking a spritual path. I am not a Buddhist but found the book to be of great value.

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

They were both easy to listen to and quite clear, well cadenced and paced.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No because I needed to reflect on short segments before moving on to the next. It could be listened to in one sitting, I think, without becoming weary. Spacing it out was just my preferred way of absorbing it.

Any additional comments?

For me the book's chief message is the suggestion to view Buddhism as a science of the mind and from that all else flows in a logical sequence. I think that it is an excellent approach especially for westerners and the book is oriented to that audience. It uses examples from western culture such as Starbucks, television and movies to illustrate points that might otherwise be lost in the bias of eastern culture and context. I am not saying that eastern culture is biased, I mean that it is very different culturally which makes it difficult for me to relate to many original teachings. Rebel Buddha addresses the reinterpretation of this ancient wisdom in a brilliant manner.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Matt
  • ONTARIO, CA, United States
  • 02-15-12

Easily understood, Intelligent,

Where does Rebel Buddha rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For anyone who is looking to find an informational book about walking the buddhist path, this is the book to read or listen too. Very intelligent on relating to the present day. The truth just spills out like water pouring over a mountain top. Very, Very enjoyable. I would recommend to everyone who want a clear perspective on the inner workings of our minds and how to practice with it. Much thanks to the author and narrator for creating such a masterpiece of literature.

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

They spoke with a sense of knowledge and respect.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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It is 5 star book all around

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?

Think

Any additional comments?

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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Buddhist Basics from a Modern & Western View

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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just an overview

If you already know Buddhism you won't get a whole lot from this book. As an introduction it's just okay. It's just an overview and doesn't give you much for developing a practice. I recommend the book Headspace as a much better introduction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I can listen again and again

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Awesome book

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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.

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  • Ram
  • Nez-Ziona, Israel
  • 07-03-12

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Chris
  • brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 12-31-11

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

3 of 4 people found this review helpful