Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom
Dzogchen Ponlop presents traditional Buddhist philosophy and practice for Generations X and Y in this refreshing new take on Buddhism for modern times. Each of us has an inner rebel, he teaches, and that rebel represents our innate wisdom. The inner rebel is the voice inside that tells us we don’t have to conform to the materialistic status quo. If we listen to that voice,...more
I going to tell you a little secret. I have this plan. I read these books on Buddhism because one day when I am old and can't take care of myself that good anymore, when I am close to homeless and seriously considering cat food as an option, I will walk into the nearest Buddhist temple thingy and offer myself up as a monk.
Sure I will have to shave my head and wear orange, but I'll just be old enough that I won't care about being cute anymore.
Hey, it beats being a nun.
But he does do a very good job of presenting Buddhist thought and practice in a way that's v ...more
The author, a founder-teacher of Nalandabodhi, an international network of Buddhist practice centers, also teaches the Buddhist wisdom and meditation around the world. In this book he shares his journey of mind and spreads the message of Buddha about life, physical reality, and freedom to attain eternal bliss and liberation from the sufferings.
The summary of his work is as follows: The problem with humans is that we don't see who we truly ...more
I loved the first half of the book, having been a Buddhist for some time it was a hugely refreshing way of looking at Buddhism as a whole.
The book did start to stagnate as it reached the later stages moving to a more traditional outlook, but this isn't a major fault, simply one that stopped me page turning to grasp the fresh outlook of the start.
Overall, well recommended.
Dzogchen Ponlop cuts the cultural and academic chaff of Buddhism so that a beginner can understand what is at the heart of Buddhist wisdom.
Three meditation techniques are provided as well as a great example of analytical meditation.
If you want to learn about Buddhism and meditation, this is a great book to start with.
Dzogchen Ponlop eschews the ...more
There isn't anything new or groundbreaking in 'Rebel Buddha,' but Dzogchen Ponlop does cast an interesting and fairly unique light on classic Buddhist thought. This isn't just ...more
I can't say I experienced any epiphanies reading "Rebel Buddha", as I did when reading the more personal, confessional (and humorous) approach of Geri Larkin, still my favorite Buddhist writer, but Ponlop does write with the s ...more
For me these books are all different teachers reminding me of what's important and inspiring me in daily life. All with slightly different voices, love these kinds of books.
A graduate of Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies (the monastic college at Rumtek) and Columbia University in New Yo ...more