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The Path of Individual Liberation

(The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma #1)

4.65  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The first volume of this landmark series presents the teachings of the hinayana. The hinayana introduces core Buddhist teachings on the nature of mind, the practice of meditation, the reality of suffering, and the possibility of liberation. It examines the nature of suffering, impermanence, and egolessness, with an emphasis on personal development through meditative discip ...more
Hardcover, 680 pages
Published April 8th 2013 by Shambhala (first published March 12th 2013)
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Keith Huston
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'll always be "currently reading" this book. Simply incredible. ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Wow. This is one of the best books I've read relating to Buddhism. The author does a very good job at taking you from the very beginning and walking you through the core concepts of Buddhism and explains them.

I'd say this book is perfect for someone who has taken the three vows, or someone who knows a bit already but wants a good starting point, then this book is great for that.

I don't think I'll ever be done reading this book. I keep going back through chapters and rereading things and always
Ben Payne
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it
(3.5) stars. I thought maybe I wasn't in the right time and place to read this book. It's probably meant more for readers who are familiar with Trungpa's work and want the "Complete Works of" kinda deal. For my purposes I found it a bit repetitive and long-winded. He is a well regarded teacher, so perhaps I needed to start with something more succinct.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddhism
What a treasure this. The book really should be read in two parts. The first deals with developing a solid meditation practice, Shamantha as the foundation to everything else. Trungpa explains why Shamantha is so vital and the beginning of anything else you want to do. The second part of the book deals more with the other practices of Hinayana and Mahayana and then a little more about vajra. The feel of the book is one of support. If you are struggling to get on the cushion and work with mind, t ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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An overview of Trungpa's views on things related to the Hinayana tradition. Generally has some good ideas but is not particularly coherent, nor is it particularly practical or in-depth. ...more
Mark Hazell
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book and it's two companion volumes in The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma make up an invaluable introduction to buddhism in general and the Tibetan buddhist path in particular. Editor Judith Lief and her associates have done a masterful job of compiling the transcripts of the talks given at 13 Vajradhatu Seminaries, three-month long group retreats that Trungpa Rinpoche led every year but one from 1973 through 1986. Trungpa was among the first of the great Tibetan teachers to move ...more
Ruben Revillas Yoga, Mindfulness & Compassion
One of the best books of Buddhist Hinayana Path from an amazing heart and mind.
Laney Hill
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are so many sections of this book saved to my phone which I send to people constantly when discussing the topics of meditation and mindful living. Truly a book that changed my life and I am incredibly grateful to the massive effort I know that it was to compile Rinpoche's teachings in such a comprehensive and easy to read volume(s). I wouldn't be who I am today without this book. Truly enlightening if you would like to learn more about Buddhism. ...more
Niklas Braun
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quite the Tour de Force of a western Hinayana translation. Trungpa is an adept at explaining the dharma to a western audience, and this book is the core of all his work. He goes through all of the Hinayana and the Kagyu lineage's teachings in great detail, explaining everything one could possible want to know. It is certainly a book I will continue to reference. ...more
Chris Bobek
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Funny how hard this book was for me to grasp at first read. I literally just finished, contemplated it all and then started back at the beginning. Every word is clearer now. This is a book I will keep re-reading over and again. Beautiful.
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Not my favorite Chögyam Trungpa book. On the plus side, it was organized very well, had some nice descriptions of meditation and wasn't in Q&A format. On the negative side, I found this to be less colloquially phrased than many of his other books and its dryness put me off.
I've been slowly reading this, over the course of the last 18 months, with a study group. Not really the kind of book I can write a review of. Very very glad to have read it and talked about it with the lovely group of friends. we'll begin with Vol 2 in a few weeks. ...more
Gene Bobker
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For the serious student.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an exhaustive volume on the first 1/3rd of the Tibetan Buddhist path. Clocking in at 600 pages+, it still manages a dizzying density. The language is clear and even entertaining in places. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Tibetan Buddhism but it is NOT a quick or easy read.
Fei Chua Li Ting
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
As much as I like to complete this book (given how excited I was when I first chanced upon it), I find it gets boring and repetitive (also albeit mindless) after reading through chapter 13 out of 69. Or I'm just not in the right frame of mind to sit down and understand what is being said. I might come back to this book much later. ...more
Guy E
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Much depth here. This is not a book to be read cover to cover and then to be placed on the shelf or given away. This is a study volume: worth returning to again and again. Look forward to the next two books.
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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It's the Path - what more do you need to know. Great edit by Judy Lief. *Gratitude* ...more
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Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (Tibetan: ཆོས་ རྒྱམ་ དྲུང་པ་ Wylie: Chos rgyam Drung pa; also known as Dorje Dradul of Mukpo, Surmang Trungpa, after his monastery, or Chökyi Gyatso, of which Chögyam is an abbreviation) was a Buddhist meditation master, scholar, teacher, poet, and artist. He was the 11th descendent in the line of Trungpa tulkus of the Kagyü school of Tibetan Buddhism. He was al ...more

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