According to the Buddha, no one can attain basic sanity or enlightenment without practicing meditation. The teachings given here on the outlook and technique of meditation provide the foundation that every practitioner needs to awaken as the Buddha did. Trungpa teaches us to let go of the urge to make meditation serve our ambition; thus we can relax into openness. We are shown how the deliberate practice of mindfulness develops into contrived awareness, and we discover the world of insight that awareness reveals. We learn of a subtle psychological stage set that we carry with us everywhere and unwittingly use to structure all our experience - and we find that meditation gradually carries us beyond this and beyond ego altogether to the experience of unconditioned freedom.
this is funny and great
It maybe that my view of this book is tinged by having been meditating and part of a secular sangha for eight years. My tradition is a different one - actually vipassana/insight in a western form, but it does mean that I am interested and have some knowledge of the issues he’s talking about. this teacher is i think pema chodron’s teacher, and I have also listened to hear a great deal. you can see how she learnt to be light and funny and kind from this teacher. if you have not meditated before, I recommend that you go to a class in person first, with mindfulness teacher in a buddhist tradition. then you will have some experience of what is being talked about, and this will make this book really very brilliant, kind and fun. as chogyam points out, what he is talking about needs to be experienced to be understood. i’m an ex academic, but also a jazz musician - one form is about knowing from citation and argument/discourse, the other knowing by doing. Buddhism is from both - you do the meditation, as an experiment. view your buddhist explorations - secular or otherwise, as experimentation to see what you understand and experience. like all experiments you have to set aside time to do it. this book is an excellent guide - but probably once you have started/ have some experience, otherwise it may well sound like gobbledygook absurdities, because in some cases it is talking about very fine distinctions in how we experience our mind processes. hope this helps people to come to more peace and curiosity in their lives.