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The Path Is The Goal

Written by: Chögyam Trungpa,Sherab Chödzin - editor
Narrated by: Julian Elfer
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According to the Buddha, no one can attain basic sanity or enlightenment without practicing meditation. The teachings given here on the outlook and technique of meditation provide the foundation that every practitioner needs to awaken as the Buddha did. Trungpa teaches us to let go of the urge to make meditation serve our ambition; thus we can relax into openness. We are shown how the deliberate practice of mindfulness develops into contrived awareness, and we discover the world of insight that awareness reveals. We learn of a subtle psychological stage set that we carry with us everywhere and unwittingly use to structure all our experience - and we find that meditation gradually carries us beyond this and beyond ego altogether to the experience of unconditioned freedom.

©1995 Diana J. Mukpo (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • 2022-04-06

Great Content

I am going to try the book. I gave it an hour and I picked up a lovely teaching about the division of attention during meditation but I'm not sure the narrator gets the content. I found it tough to hear the content in the student/teacher questioning period because the narrator was pronouncing TRs name wrong (which was funny but a little irksome) and he was a bit intense in his reading. perhaps this is reflective of what it sounded like when the teaching was delivered originally, I have no idea, but I'll go for the book in small bites instead. thank you a audible for including this in the membership, wonderful to try the book out.

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This is my favourite audiobook so far after several years of listening. I will listen to it again and recommend it to others.

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Waste of time

Try so hard to sound sophisticated, utter nonsense. Complete waste of time.
Eckhart Tolle captures the same teachings with far simpler way

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  • Roberta and Johnny Shaughnessy, Mindfulness Meditation Teachers
  • 2016-12-04

$2.00!!!

I found great value in this audiobook. It presents some very unique perspectives and explanations that really helped me wrap my head around some concepts and expectations in regards to meditation.
I wouldn't recommend this as a starter book for the very beginner, but very good for anyone beyond the basics of Buddhism.
You really can't go wrong for $2.00.

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  • Ernest
  • 2015-03-12

Generally good information on meditation.

For the most part, I liked the book. It has some good information regarding getting started and continuing meditation. Some of what to expect and how to grow your practice.
My only real complaint is the language. I don't think the story was helped any by using "fucked and fucked up" so many times. I know these descriptions can be useful at times, but I don't think they helped here. Maybe he was going for a young audience. I hope that is not needed to appeal to a young audience. Oh, and my "favorite" word was "fuckedupedness" .

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  • AnthroGal
  • 2016-03-31

Difficult to understand in content. Narrator was perfect.

I'm new in learning about Buddhism so this was probably way over my head. Also didn't know about Trungpa's reputation so it was a shock at first but it is kinda refreshing. Narrator was spot on in reflecting his reputation.

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  • KalEL
  • 2015-02-25

too much profanity and crude language

too much "fuckedupedness" by author or presenter to attempt to be hip. poor performance and would not recommend a returned book

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  • Nicholas Stancioff
  • 2018-11-11

Deeper by the reading

I find it astounding how this man can communicate with Americans in the late early 70s. I find it astounding how clear his explanations are. I am Shocked that this man came to this country with nothing but the strength of spirit. I am grateful for the gift of his words, and those Whom he touched and who today continue to inspire me.

The performance by Mr. Elfer is also remarkable. I thank him.

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  • Janice
  • 2018-01-04

I love it

Its as if you are at the feet of the master learning in a classroom.

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  • Karamelfun
  • 2016-12-22

Trungpa Rinchope is brutally honest in truth!

Brilliant, honest and mesmerizing. Elfer's narration captures the spirit. Go Shambhala! Mudita fellow Beings! Meditate

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  • Gretchen Plank
  • 2015-01-22

Some decent information, but weird format.

There are quite a few useful tidbits buried within the book but the teacher/student dialog was hard to follow most of the time. (...for me anyway.) I didn't really care for the term "f*ckedupness" being used either. I know we're all adults, but...aaand we' are all adults.

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  • Jose
  • 2019-07-18

Not the best one by Trungpa.

I really like Trungpa’s teachings, but this book is a bit messy and unclear. The essence is there, but it could’ve used a bit more editing and coherence.

Didn’t like too much the Q&A session at the end of each part. It was specially annoying the whole dynamic of mentioning the whole “Trungpa Rimpoche” before each one of his responses.

Trungpa’s teachings are not very clear here. There are better books out there.

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  • Christopher
  • 2015-07-13

Meh

Neither the content nor the narrator rise above 2 stars. I recommend that you skip this one.

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