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Journey Without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha (Dharma Ocean)

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Based on the author's talks at Naropa University, this volume introduces the reader to the principles of tantra, based on the practice of meditation, which leads to the discovery of egolessness. Trungpa Rinpoche provides a direct and experiential picture of the tantric world, explaining the importance of self-existing energy, the mandala principle, the difference between B ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 17th 2000 by Shambhala (first published January 1st 1981)
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Sara Gray
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Many of the questions I had about the more advanced practices and culture of Shambhala were answered in this book. I'm still a little leery of the vajrayana practices detailed therein, but the philosophical underpinnings of it aren't as nonsensical as I first thought. We'll see.
Jade Kranz
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
an inspiring and informative introduction to the vajrayana path. I particularly enjoyed the part when he describes maha ati as a giant blue cosmic pancake that falls on our heads.
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Christine Hale
Journey without Goal is a book for Buddhist practitioners familiar with Vajrayana. But...advising caution to those not thus familiar...I am struck (like a bell!) by this wisdom from the final page: "...the world is not all that bad and is workable." Maybe join me just for a moment in, from what angle, you could possibly feel the truth of that. See what is, clearly, without denial, projection, or self-delusion, and still see the truth of
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I read this back in 2010 when I was still a little baby in Buddhism. Six years later, I was thrilled to see that it is a breakdown of the different paths and what separates Dzogchen from the others. The writing is so clear and succinct. I would highly recommend to someone who's already got their bearings a little bit.
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What did I learn? That I am nothing, and there is a lot to learn. There is an important warning in this book, that Tantra is very dangerous. So is living, I suppose. The humour of it all is here. We exist but we don't exist. I should find a Varja master.
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This is a helpful and important book for those of us wishing to understand more about Vajrayana Buddhism.
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i have been currently reading this book since 1985. it haunts me.
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plain insight in the obscure
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Easier said than done.
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Some wonderful ideas come from this book but it has many flighty moments and some condescension from the author. It is definitely a book that needs to be read slowly and over again.
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