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3.0 out of 5 stars Not very instructive, March 7, 2012
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This review is from: Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery (Paperback)
As another reviewer said, as a collection of transcribed talks, "it is a bit of a ramble" that doesn't communicate to some of us very well. It comes across to me as a description of what it's like for one who has done the extensive training and meditation that he did in pre-Chinese Tibet. I found practical instruction almost completely absent.

He also stresses that you must do his unique meditation or those talks won't make sense to you. It's an interesting meditation worth a try, but he gives no clue as to whether it will take weeks, months, years, or decades before fearlessness is achieved.

The editor says that Trungpa also said one must have personal instruction in meditation, so learning it from the book is not enough.

With these things in mind, one must realise this book, the third of a series, is not a complete stand-alone all by itself.

I think one has to be really into his Shambhala Warrior theme. I also found it especially unfortunate that, as he explained, he chose the word 'warrior' for Tibetan 'pawo', meaning brave person. Every one of the hundreds of times 'warrior' appears I could only relate it to one who goes out with weapons to battle enemies to the death. Something like 'an intrepid' would have been a better choice.

(The editor's exchanging of random occurences of he/his/him to she/hers/her was also annoying . . . an unfortunate modern trend which alienates members of both sexes, whereas the traditional English he/his/him has always been the genderless form.)
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