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Awakening from the Daydream: Reimagining the Buddha's Wheel of Life Paperback – October 4, 2016
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“A wonderful extension of the powerful dharma teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The transmission of these ancient lineages is intact in David's hands as he continues to update the traditional Buddhist teachings and make them ever more accessible to the contemporary audience.” (Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now)
“Nichtern’s warm tone and gentle encouragement make this straightforward, clear, and current introduction to Buddhist thought and practice an ideal starting place for those seeking any type of mindfulness.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Awakening from the Daydream repurposes for our times an ancient map to freedom, giving us a smart and sure way to break out of the habitual grooves that bind us. David Nichtern speaks to us with a voice witty and wise. Deep wisdom in a spot-on package.” (Daniel Goleman, author of A Force for Good and Emotional Intelligence)
“David skillfully brings an ancient framework into a contemporary context and shows how working with these teachings can support our liberation right now. This is a wonderful book—pithy, relevant and fun to read. Plus the essay from Trungpa Rinpoche is a great bonus!” (Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness)
“A guide book for anyone confused by the Gordian Knot of existence. It will put the wheel of life into sharp relief with a capital R. Masterful insight from a master.” (Jamie Lee Curtis, actress and author)
“As a long-time Buddhist practitioner, there are a few people I have turned to over and over to help me make sense of the dharma and David Nichtern is one of them. His insights comfort and shock in equal measure and this book is no exception. If you are looking for an introduction to the Buddhist path that is both gentle and fierce, this is the book for you. Using the iconic Wheel of Life as the gateway, it goes beyond the academic to offer real-life insights into how to transform your suffering into wisdom and joy. I'm so happy this book exists. PS, he is incredibly funny.” (Susan Piver, author of Start Here Now and founder of the Open Heart Project)
“David Nichtern is one of the most effortless and effective teachers I have ever met. He’s funny and smart, which I love, but even better he uses his humor and intelligence to transmit a deeper message that can truly change your life. Get into it!” (Pete Holmes, comedian and host of You Made It Weird)
“Simply put, fantastic...readable, relatable, humorous, and accessible…There are few books that I can recommend wholeheartedly. Nichtern’s Awakening From the Daydream, however, happens to be one of them that I can. It is a wholehearted lesson on living and dying and interacting with our lives as a whole.” (The Tattooed Buddha)
“A powerful and highly-insightful commentary and feel that it will be valued and enjoyed by all – irrespective of any spiritual and religious beliefs.” (Spirituality Today)
About the Author
David Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. David was one of the initial American students of renowned meditation master Trungpa Rinpoche and studied closely with him soon after his arrival in the United States in 1970. David has been co-director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles and Karme Choling meditation center in Vermont, as well as Director of Expansion for Shambhala Training International and Director of Buddhist Practice and Study for OM yoga. His work has been featured at The Huffington Post, and he leads meditation workshops around the world and online. He has several online meditation workshops available through creativeLIVE.com. His DVD/CD package OM YOGA & MEDITATION WORKSHOP, created in conjunction with yoga teacher Cyndi Lee, is widely available
David Nichtern is also a well known composer, producer and guitarist. A four-time Emmy winner and a two-time Grammy nominee, he is the founder of Dharma Moon and 5 Points Records. David has recorded and played with Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Lana Del Rey, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon and many others. Among his many credits in records, film and tv, are the classic song “Midnight at the Oasis” and the score for Christopher Guest’s film The Big Picture. As the Beyman Bros, he collaborated with Guest and CJ Vanston on an album Memories of Summer as a Child and has produced multiple records for Grammy nominated kirtan performer Krishna Das.
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1) You will learn about, and have a greater appreciation for, concepts such as karma, samsara, impermanence, and the Buddha's Wheel of Life.
2) You will learn very specifically how to do several kinds of meditation, including Mindfulness meditation, Contemplative meditation, Tonglen ("giving and taking") meditation, Insight meditation, and Metta ("loving-kindness") meditation. This book will be very helpful for both those at the beginner and advanced levels of meditation.
3) You will learn under what circumstances you should apply each of these kinds of meditation.
4) Most importantly, this book will help you manage and give you relief from a variety of mindsets through meditation and related practices. If you answer YES to any of these questions, this book can help you: Do you feel anxious because you are constantly comparing yourself to others? Does your mind leap from one thing to another? Do you constantly long for something in the past or worry about the future? Do you fall into repeatable boring routines? Do you have relentless or obsessive cravings of one kind of another that you'd like to resist? Do you have fears, silent rage, or hopelessness?
So, go ahead and buy this book! I am glad I did!
My only suggestion is that larger photos of the detail would be most helpful to those of us who learn better with visual aids. The small picture of the wheel on the cover is not sufficient to view all of the realms.