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It's Up to You: The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path Paperback – October 10, 2006
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“After reading It’s Up to You, you will be eager to be exposed to more of Kongtrül’s teachings.”—Spirituality & Health
“An immensely enjoyable volume.”—Library Journal
“Kongtrül is an innovative teacher who is successfully transposing Buddhism in a Western key.”—Shambhala Sun
“Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche has written an enthralling and practical book that speaks to us all with an exceptional clarity about confusion, uncertainty, and fear, about fearlessness and courage, and about awareness, joy, sanity, and freedom.”—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
“Like Dzigar Kongtrül himself, this book is warm, direct, and potent. Its intimacy is transformative.”—Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, author of Turning the Mind into an Ally
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In It's Up to You, Dzigar Kongtrul emphasizes that every being has the potential to be free from suffering and that it is up to us to recognize this and take the necessary steps to get there. Dzigar Kongtrul expresses that self-reflection is the key to obtaining the peace we all strive for. In It's Up To You, he explains that self-reflection is not always a comfortable process and emphasizes that it must be done with care and compassion. He suggests that having a non judgmental stance is imperative and that self-reflection requires both observation and description without bias. He outlines some of the steps he feels are crucial to this process.
I have read this book more than once and will continue to benefit from its teachings for the rest of my life. Thank you, Dzigar Kongtrul for putting these teachings on paper.
Dzigar Kongtrul has a gift for explaining Tibetan Buddhism in a way that is very accessible to Westerners. He doesn't get bogged down, for example, in the more esoteric points of Tibetan cosmology. Rather, he uses examples that any person from the West can relate to and explains Buddhist concepts in ways that not only make sense but also are very engaging and leave the reader eager for more. This is one of the best books about Buddhism I have ever read, and I recommend it highly and without reservation!
Reading this book was a pleasure; it deepens stuff you already *thought* you knew. I'll read it two times and probably more, just to continue discovering new things. Why not 5 stars: I think that's because English is not my native language, so it sometimes complicated the reading a bit.