Meditation in Action

Meditation in Action

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This classic teaching by a Tibetan master continues to inspire both beginners and long-time practitioners of Buddhist meditation. In Meditation in Action, Chögyam Trungpa teaches that meditation is based on trying to see what is, rather than trying to achieve a higher mental or physical state. Trungpa describes the life of the Buddha, emphasizing that, like the Buddha, we must find the truth for ourselves, rather than following someone else's example. Meditation in action might also be called "working meditation," for it is not a retreat from the world. Rather, it builds the foundation for tremendous compassion, awareness, and creativity in all aspects of a person's mind or behavior. Trungpa shows that meditation extends beyond the formal practice of sitting to build the foundation for compassion, awareness, and creativity in all aspects of life. He explores the six activities associated with meditation in action—generosity, discipline, patience, energy, clarity, and wisdom –revealing that through simple direct experience, one can attain real wisdom—the ability to see clearly into situations and to deal with them skillfully, without the self-consciousness connected with ego.

Blackwell North Amer
This classic teaching by a Tibetan master continues to inspire both beginners and long-time practitioners of Buddhist meditation. Chogyam Trungpa explores the six activities associated with meditation in action - generosity, discipline, patience, energy, clarity, and wisdom - revealing that through simple, direct experience, one can attain real wisdom: the ability to see clearly into situations and deal with them skillfully, without the self-consciousness connected with ego.

Publisher: Boston : Shambhala, 2004
Edition: 1st Shambhala library ed
ISBN: 9781590301593
1590301595
Branch Call Number: 294.443 TRU
Characteristics: 129 p. ; 18 cm

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i had already read CUTTING THROUGH SPIRITUAL MATERIALISM, which is a later-written book of his, so this was refreshing to read, without breaking any new ground for me. except, of course, with age the 'grey cells' are supposed to fail, so one does not remember all. comes complete with an afterword by an associate and friend of Trungpa's and his Western wife. This tends to give a perspective of Trungpa as he was young, and forced to leave England ( apparently the Buddhist community there did not take well to Trungpa's marrying, and adopting Western suits, abandoning the traditional robes). So, he came here, and established a teaching center in Colorado, and prospered and thrived. It helped that he mastered English early on: for his lectures and books. He escaped the Communist hordes with the Dalai Lama by his side---to India. Thence, England, thence America. New to me was that he was friends with Shunryu Suzuki, of San Francisco Zen Center. I have sat zazen there, but many years after Suzuki passed. Unknown to many is the scandal from Colorado. The gist is there was an evening meeting of all students. To teach one couple a lesson, Trungpa demanded they strip naked in front of all, and copulate publicly. The couple's book was published, or an article detailing the event, in a critical book about Trungpa; doubtless the system doesn't have it.* I preferred CUTTING THROUGH SPIRITUAL MATERIALISM. I was simultaneously reading THE CASTLE, then. I dug both books equally. *it was a critical book of eastern religions that was a part of the system. in it the explanation was that trungpa was making an example of the couple;something they found traumatic. I wonder why he died at 47. the true believers might say that Buddha called him to join him in Paradise (although this would go against all the Transcender's Teachings). "One must respect the flowing pattern of all one's past lives and the early part of one's present life right up to today. There is a wonderful pattern in it." "What is the point of studying Buddhist philosophy? Since there are scriptures and texts and there is surely some philosophy to believe in, wouldn't that be a concept?" As someone i knew years ago, said, 'There are so many books about it.'

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