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Chogyam Trungpa books

Postby Skydancer » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:36 pm

I'd like to start reading Chögyam Trungpa's books, but I don't know with which one to begin. Is there any logical order I should follow? I've thought I'd start with Illusion's Game: The Life and Teaching of Naropa, because I feel very drawn to Indian Mahamudra Mahasiddhas. Any tips?

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Re: Chogyam Trungpa books

Postby udawa » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:01 pm

Skydancer wrote:I'd like to start reading Chögyam Trungpa's books, but I don't know with which one to begin. Is there any logical order I should follow? I've thought I'd start with Illusion's Game: The Life and Teaching of Naropa, because I feel very drawn to Indian Mahamudra Mahasiddhas. Any tips?


Probably best to start with Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, the Myth of Freedom and maybe Meditation in Action.

They set out the essential background for his other works.
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Re: Chogyam Trungpa books

Postby rai » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:32 pm

i would vote for "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism" ! extraordinary book!
Disdaining the lower and unable to grasp the higher,
talking of emptiness, such a person will neglect cause and effect,
mouthing on about the view while in a state of self-deception.
It would be better to concentrate on the gradual path.

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Re: Chogyam Trungpa books

Postby DGA » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:46 pm

Skydancer wrote:I'd like to start reading Chögyam Trungpa's books, but I don't know with which one to begin. Is there any logical order I should follow? I've thought I'd start with Illusion's Game: The Life and Teaching of Naropa, because I feel very drawn to Indian Mahamudra Mahasiddhas. Any tips?


That's a good one. No reason not to start there. Myth of Freedom & Cutting Through get recommended quite a lot because they are very good books indeed, and still very timely. I liked Illusion's Game, Lion's Roar, and Journey without Goal as well (many of these are available used very inexpensively these days)
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Re: Chogyam Trungpa books

Postby Lingpupa » Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:06 pm

I'd second these opinions. "Cutting Through" helped me a lot when I got started. "Myth of Freedom" and "Meditation in Action" were also good.
I did find that his later works made less and less sense to me. YMMV, of course.
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Re: Chogyam Trungpa books

Postby Silent Bob » Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:42 pm

"Cutting Through" was a real wake-up call when it first appeared, a game-changer for me and a lot of other people. "Myth of Freedom" and "Journey Without Goal" are also quite good, but the impact and influence of "Cutting Through" were profound and it's a sensible place to begin.

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Re: Chogyam Trungpa books

Postby Johnny Dangerous » Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:53 pm

I also vote for Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and Meditation in Action.

Shambhala: Sacred Path of The Warrior I also enjoyed, but it was odd as I remember it went out of it's way to present Buddhist ideas as not being Buddhist..

Cutting Through was very lucid I thought, more so than the others.
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Re: Chogyam Trungpa books

Postby Skydancer » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:51 pm

Thank you for all your recommendations.
Buddha bless you!

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Re: Chogyam Trungpa books

Postby simhanada » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:26 pm

On a related note. Does anyone know anything or can direct me to a url that provides more information on this publication?

The Path of Individual Liberation: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume One/Two/Three.
http://www.amazon.com/Path-Individual-L ... ds=trungpa

Has it been printed before?

EDIT: Found a link on Shambhala I wasn't able to find the other day.
http://www.shambhala.com/authors/o-t/ch ... asury.html

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Re: Chogyam Trungpa books

Postby illusionsgame » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:51 am

THat collection has just been printed. Transcripts of annual seminaries over the course of his life: amazing, but not recommended for beginners.


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