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Rebel Buddha: A Guide to a Revolution of Mind Paperback – September 6, 2011
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“Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche has a remarkable ability to present the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings in a manner that is as fresh and accessible as it is profound. With Rebel Buddha, he goes straight to the core of the spiritual path, showing how the Buddha’s liberating insights transcend race, religion, and culture. This book is sure to provoke, inspire, and move us one step closer to creating a thoroughly modern approach to spirituality.”—Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, author of The Joy of Living
“A seminal work for the growth of Buddhism in contemporary society. Fearlessly and intelligently, Ponlop Rinpoche invites the reader to make these ancient tools meaningful in our lives, without any fetishizing of someone else’s culture. Rinpoche’s voice roars with the relaxed confidence of authenticity, and the fierce urgency of now. In Rebel Buddha, Rinpoche establishes himself as something we need now much more than a Tibetan lama: he is among the first of the American Buddhist masters.”—Ethan Nichtern, author of One City: A Declaration of Interdependence
“This book does a wonderful job of bringing the Buddha’s teachings to all of us here in the West. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche has great insights into the workings of our minds, guiding us from delusion to clarity.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience <o:p> </o:p>
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At essence, Rebel Buddha is about the cultivation of kindness and clarity for the sake of freedom and happiness for all beings. The short chapter "Untelling the Story of Self" (chapter 8) contains one of the clearest and most reader-friendly explanations of the Buddhist notion of emptiness that I have seen (and I've read many). No arcane metaphysics, no digressions into confusing dialectics, just a clear, practical, down-to-earth explanation.Read more ›
Coming from the Himalayas, Ponlop finds that his northeastern Indian childhood prepares him as another global citizen. Distrusting outmoded forms of outward conformity to Buddhist tradition that may have exhausted their initial energy, Ponlop looks to the mind as the place to overcome confusion.
He re-orients the path to freedom, the way that follows Buddha's ancient and time-tested map, as aligned with samathi-vipassana (calm abiding-insight) meditation grounded in analytical forms of philosophical training. Self-discipline, meditation itself, and a shift to higher knowledge characterize his model. No easy solutions arrive. Logic and reason, contrary to what many may think Buddhism advocates, serve as the foundation for self-inquiry. Undoing the causes of one's suffering makes this self-analytical and then self-dissolving meditation a rigorous, recuperative therapy rather than an indulgent, navel-gazing posture.
"Look at your mind when you wake up in the morning and discover that there's no milk for your coffee, it's raining again, the car needs gas, and your kids have the headphones on and are refusing to speak to you. In that moment, where is your equanimity, your compassion?Read more ›
"Rebel Buddha" briefly tells the story of DPR's upbringing. From the revolutionary 60's to the current status of the West, his insights and instruction are distinct. I love his comparison to the age of the US to that of a young child, still asking questions and still trying to find our identity and direction in the world, "Who am I?"
Many of us, when we find some sort of path or direction we choose to follow, we want to immerse ourselves in it. I can't say at first I didn't get caught up in that. I still have my mala beads but they mean more now than when I first got them and they were some sort of "badge", or something to trigger folks to ask me what they are and I can talk about how cool I am because I'm Buddhist. I was always going into this Tibetan Shop, looking for stuff on Ebay, etc. That wore off though once I started to understand what is really happening, it's an inner change, not an outer one.
DPR explains it WAY better than I can, "We're not practicing Indian culture to become Indian, or practicing Japanese or Tibetan culture to become Japanese or Tibetan. Our purpose is to discover who we truly are, to connect with our own wisdom."
DPR succinctly explains the reasons we are all doing this thing, why we are trying to break free from the cycle of samsara, why we are trying to overcome suffering. It's not some wippy dippy "we all need to happy" path of awakening, it's something much larger than that.Read more ›
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What I appreciate the most about Indian Buddhism is its emphasis on truth and reality. The questions we don’t often ask ourselves are the very questions we must ask ourselves. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Vikram Ramakrishnan
It is more about spirituality and less about religion. A moral guide without preaching.Published 4 months ago by Paul T. Owen
this book is easy to read and doesn't get too bogged down on one single topic!Published 4 months ago by Cassidy Marie Howard
Profound in its simplicity and inspirational, if you read this book with an open mind it can really have a great impact on your life. Will buy more of this author.Published 6 months ago by John Miller