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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (July 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590300513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590300510
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.5 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warning: Using this book could be hazardous to your ego! The slogans it contains are designed to awaken the heart and cultivate love and kindness toward others. They are revolutionary in that practicing them fosters abandonment of personal territory in relating to others and in understanding the world as it is.
The fifty-nine provocative slogans presented here?each with a commentary by the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa?have been used by Tibetan Buddhists for eight centuries to help meditation students remember and focus on important principles and practices of mind training. They emphasize meeting the ordinary situations of life with intelligence and compassion under all circumstances. Slogans include, ?Don?t be swayed by external circumstances,? ?Be grateful to everyone,? and ?Always maintain only a joyful mind.?
This edition contains a new foreword by Pema Chödrön.

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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This book is mostly about Slogans.
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This is one of the few books that I will keep forever.
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Easy to read yet deep and insightful.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By alleyeswideopen on October 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Warning: Using this book could be hazardous to your ego! This book deserves any practicing Buddhist's attention. I've been Buddhist for a little over 2 years, and I wouldn't say I'm a very good one, but I feel that in the heart of all of Buddha's Dharma is Bohdichitta, the cultivation of loving-kindness. No book has been more useful to me in this practice; it is basically the mentality necessary to keep us from straying from the path of enlightenment eloquently spoken by The Venerable Chogyam Trungpa. Once one read and contemplates these slogans and their meaning they seem to rest in the back of the mind and as the introduction states they will rise at the time when they are need to stop your habitual mind's process(usually at the first thought). I recommend anyone who truly wants to change they're entire mentality to read this book, and any other book's that are based on loving-kindness or the seven points of mind training slogans.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By patrick moore on September 17, 2003
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I was turned off by the idea of "slogans," and did not read this book the first few times I came across it. However, when I began studying Tong Len, (Unconditional Giving and Taking during the In and Out breath), I found several pages of very good commentary on Tong Len in this book. The slogan says something like, "Unconditional Giving rides the Out Breath, Unconditional Taking rides the In Breath." but when you read what all this means, it is truly the essence of buddhism. (I think this slogan originates from the Way Of The Bodhisattva or Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life by Santideva or Shantideva, which is an excellent book in any of the several English translations now available.) Chogyam Trungpa can be flippant and condescending, which he calls "heavy handed," and explains as a form of compassion. This may or may not be accurate. As a reader, take the parts of this book that resonate with your inner compassion, and let the other parts lie.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Artemio Rivera on June 24, 2009
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This is my second book from Trungpa, and I am not disappointed. Trungpa has a way of rationalizing things that resonates well with me. His perspectives are intelligent and creative, yet not complex and easy to digest. This book is mostly about Slogans. My concept of Slogans is that they are short statements that expound a particular Budhist idea. Since the statements are short, they are easy to remember, and therefore you may use them whenever necessary to calm yourself or gain control. After the slogans are stated, they are discussed by the author. Since most slogans are briefly discussed, you can complete the reading of an idea in a relatively short time. This makes it excellent for mornig readings or for carrying it in your briefcase. I strongly recommend this book.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Edward Alexander Gerster VINE VOICE on May 21, 2000
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It is always amazing to me that more people don't know the wonderful work that Trungpa did in bringing Buddhism to the West. He was a proponent of loving kindness who skillfully assisted thousands in understanding both the basic precepts of Buddhism, and specific traditions of Tibetan Buddhism as they are now practiced in both East and West.
This small format book is a wealth of information -- more than the mere "slogans" which lead each section. It is a careful revelation of principals and practices one usese to train the mind, emphasizing how one can use compassion and intelligence in dealing with everyday situations. A real gem of a book to read and read again.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By secret squirrel on March 4, 2002
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What do salty sailors, communists, ad execs, and Tibetan Buddhists have in common? The Power of Slogans! From `Have a Coke and a Smile' to "Be all that you can Be", the brain loves a good saying. This book is Trungpa's translation of the 59 slogans used to instruct Tibetan Buddhists, with his commentary on each. Trungpa is unassailable as an instructor: the 11th generation of a line of chosen Tibetan Trungpas, he went to oxford on a scholarship and then moved to the US in the 1970's where he founded what remain as among the foremost Buddhist/meditative institutions in the country. I tend to believe Buddhism gained a little more than it lost en route to japan, so I prefer the zen stuff, but this book has a lot to offer anyone. Some nitpicking: For a guy who dedicated his life to bringing jargonless Buddhism to the west, the book is a little full of `mystical-sounding foreign words' though thankfully the glossary is very fine. And plenty of important Buddha concepts don't shine through (cause and effect, and the big mirror concepts don't get too much play here) so just make sure this isn't the only book you read on the topic. And some of the slogans are simply not too memorable and consequently lose their force; `always be grateful' is dandy, though `the mahayana instruction for ejection of consciousness at death is the five strengths' seems like an important one that alas probably won't be dancing off too many tongues at the critical moment. Still this is a fine book, a great book for beginners or advanced alike, coming from any tradition whatsoever. & the small format fits well, making it a great book for commutes or travels. Enjoy! (& remember: just because I didn't like the book as much as you doesn't mean you should vindictively vote against my review!)
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