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The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation Hardcover – April 14, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590306686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590306680
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,547,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This wonderful book presents the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism in a way that is completely fresh and original while at the same time never losing contact with traditional sources. I was extremely fortunate to have Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche as my root teacher, and I'm so glad this new book of teaching is available so that readers can continue to benefit from his profound understanding."—Pema Chödrön


"An invaluable resource for anyone seeking the truth. With disarming honesty and humor, Trungpa Rinpoche guides us through the Buddha's teachings, bringing us face to face with our many misconceptions and our true potential."—Sharon Salzberg

"Trungpa Rinpoche has taken up one of the most fundamental Buddhist teachings and offered us layer after layer of insight and understanding. His mastery of the dharma reveals within this apparently simple teaching a ceaseless  profundity of inestimable value for both beginners and advanced practitioners."—John Daido Loori

"In this book we can hear Rinpoche's uncontrived, genuine voice illuminating the fundamental teachings of Buddhism on the cycle of suffering and freedom from suffering—profoundly inspiring all of us."—Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

About the Author

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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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 16 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Barnes on April 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This would be the only book that I would take to a desert island. I can open it up anywhere and receive gems to ponder for the day.
I have read a lot of books on Buddhism - love Pema Chodrun - and Trungpa Rinpoche is who she learned so much from - so you can read her, or go straight to the source. Alot is packed into this dynamite book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Herres on November 20, 2009
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This is an excellent example of Rinpoche's many talks and teachings. I will continue to treasure and reread it often.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert W Colpitts on July 17, 2013
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This book is invaluable: Chogyam Trungpa's insights and explanations of the first three noble truths is quite informative and helpful. I will have to reread the last part of the book at another time--when I am more open to his explanation of the path.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Moser on July 6, 2013
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The practical wisdom offered is written in a manner easy to read, The book is worth returning to over and over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By women on June 24, 2013
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Too much suffering... I can't embrace this author's writing style- Prefer Pema Chodron even though she has studied this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randall L. Wilson on December 3, 2012
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I have been meditating daily for more than 9 months and it has made a tremendous improvement in my general sense of well-being and also spiritual awareness. But the thing I had been coming up against was the notion of sitting with pain and uncomfortable feeling. When I saw this title and started to read the simple and clear sentences, I decided to purchase the book.

Right now I'm on the beginning of my journey so coming to terms with this life, this body and these expectations is where I'm at. Here is a key quote:

"In order for us to understand who we are and what we are doing with ourselves, it is absolutely necessary for us to realize how we torture ourselves."

The book goes on to outline four noble truths the first of which is the truth of suffering. Western Society is geared around avoiding, fixing or curing suffering. This can't be done. Certain kinds of suffering can be reduced but not the fact or act of suffering. Because of this, most of what Western society does is deny suffering. Hence when individuals feel pain they assume that they need to stop or fix it. When they can't and they can't, they blame themselves because they believe that society is telling them they should be happy and if they feel pain they are at fault for that.

The last part of the book outlines the "Path of Liberation" but I'm so far from that place, I didn't get much of that discussion. Maybe I will read it again in a decade and maybe it will seem closer to where I'm at.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Stinson on November 15, 2012
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A precise understandable and graspable presentation of the gradual path. Other works on the the Noble Truths are couched in antiquated language culturally hard to understand but this is a truly western presentation and completly up to date.
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