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Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness
Each day we deal with the challenges of ordinary life: a series of mundane experiences that could be summarized by the title of this book, Work, Sex, Money. We all hope that these aspects of our life will be a source of fulfillment and pleasure, and they often are. Yet they are also always sources of problems for which we seek practical advice and solutions. The best presc ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Shambhala
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It has taken me a while to read this book, but at last I finished it today. The book is dense - every sentence needs to be savoured. This is why it has taken me a while to read. More than the other books I have read of Trungpa Rinpoche, this one gave me a sense of knowing this great teacher. It is an intimate insight into his teaching and I felt as if I were in the audience. The explanation of his approach to ego as our great hindrance is the clearest I have read (or the first time I have been c ...more
A disclaimer: CTR is my fearless leader, in a sense, so my giving this book a single star crowds me with conflictatory impulses. My goal in choosing this book was to get a better grasp on what challenges an ordinary house-holder faces daily and how she still can identify herself as a Shambhalian. For whatever reason, these lectures read ploddingly; lacking CTR's usual brilliance instead they struck me as dull, lacking insightfulness, incoherent ... and I recalled the many stories one hears about ...more
Some people take themselves too seriously so much so that they will write a chapter on the "myth of happiness" and lo and behold you are reading two kinds of materialism: physical materialism and psychological materialism...At that point, you would have to be really desperate in order for you to keep reading this mumbo jumbo and plod through a book such as that! No sir! thanks! I have tons of more important books to read.
I appreciate Shambhala's enthusiasm for CTR, who was a great teacher, but I think they should accept that he wrote and published all the books he had in him. These collections of talks don't work as books; they are unstructured and meandering. Not the right format.
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 ...moreMore about Chögyam Trungpa...