- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books (September 13, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556431767
- ISBN-13: 978-1556431760
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Double Mirror: A Skeptical Journey into Buddhist Tantra Paperback – September 13, 1994
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Butterfield was a follower of a Buddhist cult (using the term loosely: it was more kooky than vicious) that revolved around the enigmatic but dissolute Chogyam Rinpoche.
The book is a chronicle of the author's years with these people, and why he, Siddharthalike, eventually had to turn and follow his own path.
Perhaps the book's chief merit lies in its deliberate dissection of what it's like to really want to get into a belief system, yet know in the back of your mind that it doesn't add up. You don't want to embarrass people, you don't want to strain friendships, you have so much invested, your friends will think you foolish, etc. And yet you are unsuppressibly aware the whole thing is horse-puckey.
Having said that, the book is certainly not an "expose" of Buddhism, or even of Rinpoche. It is clear that Butterfield has a high opinion of most of his co-religionists and is not necessarily out to take off Rinopoche's head or discredit the religion.
Rather, it is a respectful and thoughtfully-woven account of the author's years of involvement with this group, and how he grew to be dissatisfied personally with its teachings and practices.
And happily, this book is not so beset with specialized Buddhist terms that only the initiated could navigate it. I've seen some of those. No, it's fine material for a general reader, or for somebody just getting into Buddhism.
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I liked the book. I remember how vicious the cult of Vajradhatu was toward Stephen (I was a member whne his book came out, but no longer) about this really thoughtful book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tantric Net Cutter
I read this book a decade-and-a-half ago. This book is kind of like an anthropological field report. It talks about the organization
Chogyam Trungpa founded. Read more
Reading this book has been both one of the most rewarding and frustrating experiences I had with Buddhist literature. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shady Ivan
Poignant because the author still desperately wants to believe. He is not a journalist seeking to discredit Vajradhatu, he is a seeker who is journaling his own fall from hope. Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Lily1
Funny how some people will show such alarm when gazing into a mirror.
Somehow, they have never made the connection between the reflection perceived
and that which is... Read more
As a longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism, I have valued this book since shortly after its publication. Butterfield is honest and eloquent. Read morePublished on May 18, 2011 by Daniel Cozort
An amazingly honest book! In view of the current popularity of Tibetan Buddhism, this is a very timely warning by a former member of the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado,... Read morePublished on January 11, 2008 by Midasin
It is sad to read of yet another story of abuse perpetrated by the Shambhala cult. The Shambhala cult is so obviously fascistic that it is hard to believe anyone could call... Read morePublished on November 22, 2007 by Pastor Jennifer