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The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

By: Chögyam Trungpa,Marvin Casper,John Baker - editor,Pema Chödrön - foreword
Narrated by: Roger Clark
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Publisher's Summary

ChgyamTrungpa's unique ability to express the essence of Buddhist teachings in the language and imagery of modern American culture makes his books among the most accessible works of Buddhist philosophy. Here Trungpa explores the true meaning of freedom, showing us how our preconceptions, attitudes, and even our spiritual practices can become chains that bind us to repetitive patterns of frustration and despair. This edition features a new foreword by Pema Chödrön, a close student of Trungpa and the best-selling author of When Things Fall Apart.

©1976 Chögyam Trungpa; Foreword 2001 by Pema Chödrön (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Buddhist Teachings for Americans Living in 1970

This recording was very dated. It comes from material that was written and taught in the early 1970s. Much of the tone and wording used were geared to that period of time in mind set and focus. If you happened to have been an adult in the late 1960s and early 1970s you will understand what I mean the minute you start listening.

The teachings are very anti faith and religion. It does not matter what religion you follow--if you are a person of faith you will most likely be offended by the ideology presented and the instruction to stop "all that nonsense and pain creation". To me this "all or none" approach is limiting and unnecessary. It is possible to practice meditation and mindfulness living in addition to being a faith based person.

I agree with another reviewer that Roger Clark, the narrator has perfected the "voice of god-style" of reading. This further adds a level of strangeness to the experience with all the "there is no God" info presented here. Another reviewer suggested that the teachings take on the tone and feeling of "cult instruction". I think that goes a bit too far, but I can see where they got that idea.

I think that better editing of this material would have improved the accessibility of the information for modern westerners. The recording has wonderful teachings and insights--you just need to be able to sort out the wheat from the chaff. Discernment is necessary here--as it is in all things. A mixed experience.

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The biggest problem with this audio book is that it does NOT include the forward by Pema Chrodron as advertised. I really want to hear what and has to say about this book. So that is a major disappointment I think Audible should rectify.

Talking about the content, I admit I was over my head with this book. Chogyam Trungpa starts out by saying we need to first look at what Buddhism is. So it sounds like we're going to start out gently. But soon it gets into topics that may make more sense for advanced practicioners, but I wouldn't know.

Still, I have listened twice and likely will again in a few months. This all sounds highly unorthodox and really remarkable to me.

Chatham Trungpa himself was a paradox, so that's another layer on this. An alcoholic who renounced his monastic vows and got married? But still was regarded as a master, for lack of a better term?

The book is as remarkable as the man and has taught me a lot. Highly recommended. A bit mind bending.

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I love oatmeal. Do you love oatmeal as much as I love oatmeal? Have your mom call my mom to discuss and confirm.

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Good teachings wrapped in too many descriptions

There are very valuable teachings here, but wrapped in too many descriptions of stages in the path, like the things one is likely to think and feel when reaching such and such stage.

For me, personally, those descriptions are a waste of time. I would much more like the core teachings by themselves. Then again, this would be a pamphlet instead of a book.

Great work by the narrator. The pace and the pronunciation were very enjoyable.

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Important Book, Wrong Reader

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The voice irritated me.

What other book might you compare The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation to and why?

Heart of the Buddha, Spiritual Materialism

What didn’t you like about Roger Clark’s performance?

I've read the book, where I imagined Trungpa Rinpoche's quiet voice, pausing, giving opportunity for openness. This guy reads it as if he's God. The voice is not cool for this book.

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Maybe the Sakyong could do it justice as a reader, but I'm not sure. I think Judith Lief would be the best reader for this book + I think Shambhala should consider this in the future for VCTR audiobooks. I won't buy another from this reader.

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Must read by Spiritual Seekers

Iconoclast, transgressive and disruptive!
This book will rip off all what you have asume and suppose about enlightenment and realization; trungpa’s sharp and accurate words are ground-shaking, inspiring and extremely accurate for this times.
A Book to embrace our inadequacy, to let go the patterns of self-deception and embrace our daily lifes as the most reliable path to realize sacredness in each little detail; from the morning tea up to changing the tire of the Car. CRAZY WISDOM as fresh as the breath of the morning fog.

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Best Beginner Buddha Book

A great read for those new to Buddhism ... aside from the pronunciation of his name :-), Chögyam Trungpa is very accessible and engaging for the layperson, but doesn’t water down or lose any of the key elements of Buddhist teachings, highly recommend.

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Magnificent

Magnificent book, I can't recommend this enough. One of the most direct dharma books I've encountered.

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Brilliant

This is a brilliant study of spirituality. It expresses the reality of what we live in.

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Love his early work

Not too cryptic as with his later talks, and this Audiobook ended with such profound view. He wrote and spoke only from his experience,so none of that dry scholarly logic breakdown you find in academic (not experiential) translations.

The reader pronounced basic hineyana terns strangely throughout. Not sure if he just had an accent or doesn't pursue dharma. Read at a good pace so the "meat" of the teaching could sink in, but not so slow to lose attention.

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  • Paul the Shrink
  • 05-24-20

Amazing being!

What can you say about Chogyam Trungpa that hasn’t already been said? Anyway, this is both an inspirational book, and a valuable introduction to the Vajryana. I’ve been learning more about Buddhism for several years now, and always feel that somehow I’m missing something. Perhaps that’s the nature of it, but this book has been really valuable in getting a grip on the lineage that I took refuge in three years ago.

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  • Diana
  • 05-13-20

Excellent narration and teaching!

The narration of this book perfectly matched the content. An enjoyable and educational listen, with very relatable teachings.

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  • Josh Swindells
  • 07-07-15

brilliant!!

i would highly recomend this title to anyone it is a brilliantly insightful book and a highly enjoyable listen.

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  • Mukesh
  • 04-25-15

Very good and important book

I have now listened to this book a couple of times and i find it really important to my studies of meditation and Buddhist teachings. I find Trungpa books very direct. I will be listening to this several times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-22

Gets pretty deep towards the end(last chapter)

Loved it :) O.O

A review requires atleast 15 words they say so this sentence.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-22

Highly recommend

At times it was hard to grasp but I suspect that’s due to how far along I am down my own spiritual road. I didn’t like the speed of the reader so I played it at 1.1. It was extremely insightful and one of the best spiritual guides to understanding the path that I’ve read. I’m pretty sure I only absorbed half the information and I’ll definitely be listening to it again. Sometimes it felt like an effort to listen to it and I would often have to go back as my attention would drift. I gather that was due to me not grasping the concepts of that area of the book. It’s the kind of book that is probably best read in hard copy form. However much effort I put it I definitely reaped the rewards. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about continuing down their spiritual path.

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  • N D
  • 02-28-22

Excellent Book...read by Steven Toast (RADA)

Another excellent teach by Chögyam Trungpa. Another treat is that Roger Clark sounds almost exactly like Steven Toast 🤣

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  • Kindle-klant
  • 10-17-21

Practical and direct teachings about meditation

Great naration, made the listening experience enjoyable. The straightforward buddhist explanation is easy to understand and digest.

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  • MR A HRUSKA
  • 10-04-21

Mind mirror.

Awesome piece. Well spoken audiobook.
But beware, enter at your own risk!
thank you.

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  • jane smith
  • 03-10-18

good teachings

well narrated .the end came too soon! a must if you like books on meditation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-22

A Complete treasure of a Book!

This is probably the best book I've seen on meditation, the amount of wisdom that's packed into it is just amazing and Trungpa explains everything so well. It is especially helpful if your an intermediate or an advanced meditator. He'll have you saying 'damn that's exactly what I went through at that stage' and know you can equip yourself with knowledge of what the process will bring next and be prepared to watch that pesky mind of yours :)