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The Sanity We Are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology

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More and more mental health professionals are discovering the rich tradition of Buddhist psychology and integrating its insights into their work with clients. Buddhist tradition teaches that all of us are born with what Chögyam Trungpa terms "basic sanity," or inherent goodness, health, and clear perception. Helping ourselves and others to connect with this intrinsic groun ...more
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Published February 1st 2005 by Shambhala
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Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Trungpa beats the pants off of Chodron any day of the week in terms of readability and a dramatic decrease in eye rolling. That said, he makes some pretty outrageous claims in this book that are not just sort of absurd, but dangerous. The worst ones being that all disease is summoned and created by the person that contracts the disease and that meditation could cure all disease. Of course this is not backed up by any data or empirical evidence (an easy one would be that no Tibetan monks have eve ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
เล่มนี้เหมือนเป็นไกด์ไลน์สำหรับสายปฏิบัติเลย เราเลยรู้สึกว่ามันห่างจากเราพอสมควร เราชอบไอเดียหลายอย่าง แต่ไม่ได้รู้สึกสนุกหรือตื่นเต้นเหมือนตอนอ่านเล่มๆ อื่น ของคนอื่นที่เคยอ่านก่อนหน้านี้
Veena Gokhale
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brilliant Tibetan Buddhist take on how neurosis forms, among other useful insights! There are intersections with Western psychology, in fact the whole book is a dialogue between Chogyam Trungpa - a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and teacher who formed and led a movement - Shambhala - in North America and worldwide, and people trained in the Western psychological tradition.

I agree with an earlier comment that meditation is no cure for say psychosis, but that meditation is an aid to help achie
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Disorganized and unclear, this series of lectures and essays makes it particularly difficult to take "Buddhist" psychology seriously. The Tibetan Buddhist emphasis meshes with outdated psychological theories that may have been exciting and relevant in the 1970s but are now too close to New Age wishful thinking. A genuine Buddhist practice and understanding of Buddhist philosophy could very well inform approaches to psychological health - current work on neuroscience, meditation, and health outco ...more
Suzanne Arcand
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I'm a fan of Trungpa and I never thought I would score one of his book so low. Obviously, I'm not the targer public for this book. ...more
Renate Eveline
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was helpful in illucidating the importance of awareness. Openness for confusion, not knowing and fundamental fear. Being humble in recognizing that people have the similar experiences of birth, aging, illness and death.

Trungpa also speaks about creating one's own illnesses, a typical posture for treating a specific neurosis, etc. As far as I know, this is unscientific and i.m.o. the book could have done without these parts. The specific translation I read (Dutch), could have used some
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
I didn't like the way it was written, and it wasn't much of a joy to read because of its lack of fluidity. Wonderful messages, which are from lectures he's given. I did enjoy the Q&A at the end of every section, as they did well to clear up some of the more complex ideas in the text. ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Trungpa was a con man who formed a cult, in some ways similar to Donald Trump. Contrary to the descriptions of his sexual relations with students provided by other reviewers, he was a predator who, for example, had his cult followers violently sexually assault poets W.S. Merwin and Dana Noane while he watched and taunted them with racist insults. Trungpa's Shambhala successors carried on his hateful legacy - one of them concealed his HIV infection and infected many students, at least one of whom ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Some good writing, but often repetitive and communicated in less relatable ways. It was a slog through some articles while others were more clear. More for the diehard Shambhala person.
Joanne McKinnon
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The book turned out to be more interesting than I first thought. Buddhist psychology is logical. Makes you think deeper and is not a trend. We all need to understand ourselves better.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
some very good insights and awesome tidbits/quotes smattered throughout the book, but it's in-between some confusing rambligns with no structure. This is the first book I've read from CT and I think it was a poor choice to start with. Might revisit after a few other of his more mainstream books. ...more
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'd read some of these essays before in other places, but it was good to refresh my memory and to see how many intersections there are between Buddhist philosophy and Western psychology. ...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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