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Journey without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha (Dharma ocean series) Hardcover – April, 1983


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Product Details

  • Series: Dharma ocean series
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; illustrated edition edition (April 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087773755X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877737551
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,872,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chögyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Chögyam Trungpa (1940-1987)--meditation master, teacher, and artist--founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1999
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Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's Journey Without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddhas was published 25 years ago. Though the language is somewhat dated, this compilation of teachings on Vajrayana practice is an excellent introduction and explanation of the methods and intentions of the ordinary and extraordinary practices. We are indebted to Trungpa Rinpoche and will always be grateful for his courage in bringing Tibetan Buddhist dharma to the West in English. Some have been critical of the trend resulting from this 1970's me-decade contact that produced what Gary L. Ray in CyberSangha (Spring 1996) says could be termed
THERAFIRMA BUDDHISTS: Intellectual Buddhists, usually psychotherapists, who believe in Buddhism strictly as a psychological process and reject any hints of extraordinary aspects of the tradition.
Indeed, in Journey we find explanations of one's emotional life as it relates to the five Buddha families, and we are made conscious of the characteristically Western (it seems) tendency to what has become known, after another famous title by him, as spiritual materialism. But if you are looking for a concise, clear explanation of what is meant by tantric Buddhism ie. Vajrayana, and how it accomplishes the transformation that certain individuals with a strong attachment to sensory input may seek, this is a good book with which to begin.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Bourdon on May 10, 2007
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As someone who is beginning to study vajrayana practices, I found this a nice introduction to tantric practices and now I want to read more details, which this text does not provide. This felt like a teaser for wanting more. If you are a tantric practitioner, this may be too much of an introductory text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cortna09 on June 14, 2011
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I really wanted to get this book to teach myself about egolessness. However, when I read the introduction there were warnings about reading on and trying to learn the last step first. Apparently, the Hinayana and the Mahayana are the first and second steps (in that order) to be mastered, before one reads this book. I read on into the beginning of the first chapter, and the warnings were correct, I was lost and had no idea what was going on. So Warning to all others, get books on the Hinayana and the Mahayana first before you dive into this book. Learn and master them. It is a great book otherwise, I just wish I knew about those other steps first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Air Conditioned Gypsy on February 27, 2013
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Arguably one of the most important works on Vajrayana Buddhism-The author provides invaluable insights into what is and perhaps more importantly IS NOT Vajrayana Buddhism. One might say that this book is a great example of how truly compassionate Chogyam Trungpa RInpoche was. Why? Because he simultaneously provides the reader with a heart-felt warning about the considerations one should contemplate prior to pursuing the Vajrayana as well as communicating some of the most important insights and wisdom the tradition has to offer. (AKA Insider Trading) All of this is done from in a very creative and inspiring manner that is both traditional and modern in a way that only Trungpa Rinpoche could do. This book only gets better with age.
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I am so impressed with the writing in this book. The contemporary erudite way this book is written makes it a joy to read. I am looking forward to rereading this many times. Trungpa speaks of the Hindu Tantric path (alongside at times ) with the Tibetan and this fascinates me. I think this invaluable if you are interested in this topic.
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By hwl on August 20, 2013
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This introduction to Tantric Buddhism explains the importance of mindfulness in mastering more advanced teachings. Chogyam Trungpa was a great story teller; this book like all of his books explains Tibetan Buddhism in a down to earth manner.
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