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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.

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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Provocative

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.

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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.

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  • James
  • BLUE MOUND, TX, United States
  • 01-30-12

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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Informative

Very informative and great book for someone who's wanting to get an insight into the constant jibber jabber of ones mind. The narrator was clear and easy to listen to.

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Really something to strive for!

Would you listen to Rebel Buddha again? Why?

I need to listen again, over and over.

What did you like best about this story?

It brought the awareness of the now into focus.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Dzogchen Ponlop (introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Gautama's Cause

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

Tied and equally good.

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

Zen mind, beginners mind. Because it is clear.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Dzogchen Ponlop (introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

Thanks for making it available.

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Excellent explaination of Buddhist Essentials +

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.

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Not much actionable information

What disappointed you about Rebel Buddha?

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.

Has Rebel Buddha turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator was OK

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A waste of precious life

This is the most pretentious and assuming book I have ever read. I had to control myself from rolling my eyes over and over again.
"The only person that can save you is you." This book is full of lines like this.

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  • Glenn
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 02-06-12

Just another Buddha book

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"

1 of 3 people found this review helpful