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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (October 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570627576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570627576
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's Journey Without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddhas was published 25 years ago. Though the language is somewhat dated, this compilation of teachings on Vajrayana practice is an excellent introduction and explanation of the methods and intentions of the ordinary and extraordinary practices. We are indebted to Trungpa Rinpoche and will always be grateful for his courage in bringing Tibetan Buddhist dharma to the West in English. Some have been critical of the trend resulting from this 1970's me-decade contact that produced what Gary L. Ray in CyberSangha (Spring 1996) says could be termed
THERAFIRMA BUDDHISTS: Intellectual Buddhists, usually psychotherapists, who believe in Buddhism strictly as a psychological process and reject any hints of extraordinary aspects of the tradition.
Indeed, in Journey we find explanations of one's emotional life as it relates to the five Buddha families, and we are made conscious of the characteristically Western (it seems) tendency to what has become known, after another famous title by him, as spiritual materialism. But if you are looking for a concise, clear explanation of what is meant by tantric Buddhism ie. Vajrayana, and how it accomplishes the transformation that certain individuals with a strong attachment to sensory input may seek, this is a good book with which to begin.
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I really wanted to get this book to teach myself about egolessness. However, when I read the introduction there were warnings about reading on and trying to learn the last step first. Apparently, the Hinayana and the Mahayana are the first and second steps (in that order) to be mastered, before one reads this book. I read on into the beginning of the first chapter, and the warnings were correct, I was lost and had no idea what was going on. So Warning to all others, get books on the Hinayana and the Mahayana first before you dive into this book. Learn and master them. It is a great book otherwise, I just wish I knew about those other steps first.
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I am so impressed with the writing in this book. The contemporary erudite way this book is written makes it a joy to read. I am looking forward to rereading this many times. Trungpa speaks of the Hindu Tantric path (alongside at times ) with the Tibetan and this fascinates me. I think this invaluable if you are interested in this topic.
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As someone who is beginning to study vajrayana practices, I found this a nice introduction to tantric practices and now I want to read more details, which this text does not provide. This felt like a teaser for wanting more. If you are a tantric practitioner, this may be too much of an introductory text.
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This introduction to Tantric Buddhism explains the importance of mindfulness in mastering more advanced teachings. Chogyam Trungpa was a great story teller; this book like all of his books explains Tibetan Buddhism in a down to earth manner.
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By W.F.S. on August 12, 2014
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One of the great classics in American Buddhist practice.
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Everything as promised! Exceptional service.
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