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Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness Paperback – February 8, 2011
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"Powerful dharma encouragement to awaken our own fearless and wise heart—from one of the most remarkable and brilliant teachers of modern times."—Jack Kornfield
"Chögyam Trungpa offers us a rich banquet with many inviting, intriguing, and delicious glimpses into the Buddhist perspective on our mind and life."—Daniel Goleman
"Chögyam Trungpa's new book provides the longed-for missing link between deeply powerful teachings on spirituality and the realities of twenty-first century life in the West. Personally, I am beyond grateful."—Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart
“Work, Sex, Money is a terrific reminder of Trungpa’s great gift to American Buddhism.”—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly
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He often criticizes "spiritual materialism," the solidifying of the ego into some mystic flight that only traps the self rather than liberating it into a rarified realm. For, the compassionate approach makes us look at the mundane, to find in it our destiny: to seek inspiration in the irritating surroundings in which we were raised, as our "true scripture." Speaking at a time when many sought "back to nature" as a panacea, he sharply corrects his listeners and connects their misconceptions, for the familiar must be confronted, and compassion must arise in the offices, cities, suburbs, and homes of a less romantic life.
Learning to admire without possessing what one marries, sleeps with, works for, and accumulates means not to grasp at a spouse, a job, a product, or a lifestyle. This is where the title of the book matters.Read more ›
In "Work, Sex, Money", Chogyam cuts through the ritual and prose of many books on the subjects. His explanations, and advice, are tactics we can all easily adapt to our lives. Each subject is broken down simply, and our attachments to them are clearly defined.
He challenges us to combat our own egos, checking our intention when it comes to compassionate action. He says, " The popular, confused notion of compassion suggests a certain idea of charity, which is trying to be kind because you feel you are well off and therefore you should be kind to others who are not well off."
I thought about this line for a while, and thought I'd remembered teachers always saying that those that are wealthy, should most definitely offer more because they have more. And it is right, as is CTR. It is all about intention though. If it's meant to pity someone, it is not compassion. If it is done clearly, and with heart, that is compassion.
One of the other points he makes in the book is a concept I have never pondered, but will truly bring this into my every day practice. He says, "In the materialistic round of life, there are endless advertisements for things to buy, and endless things are produced, but nobody explains how to clear everything away-- how to dispose of the garbage."
Why have I never thought about that? Seriously, does any of us think that when we are buying the latest flat-screen, that new MacBook or anything else we "need" to have?Read more ›
Stretching the brain to accommodate new ideas isn't a bad thing, but I bought this book for practical ideas. Title words like "real life" and "Work Sex Money," seem to imply something more concrete than what this books offers. I'm happy with concepts that I figure out how to apply on my own, but this is almost abstract poetry.
"Resistance to creativity also comes from being unwilling to relate to the earth." I was hoping for something like: when people are in conflict, it helps to consider...
"But a true approach to mysticism would involve appreciating the mysteriousness of the play of phenomena, which is not really hidden from you." What is true about an approach to mysticism? And what does it have to do with work, sex and money? I was hoping for something like: grasping is why people are troubled about sex and here's how you might learn to let go.
I really wanted examples like: My friend John used to work 80 hour weeks so he could make more money even though he already had plenty. Then one day he...
Yes, I know I suffer from expectations and judging. I'm working on that, but could use some practical tips. Maybe this book is brilliant and I'm just not ready for it.
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This book has directed my further development as a human being and deepened my understanding of the dharma of everyday lifePublished 20 days ago by Stine Hansen
Chogyam Trungpa was a master. He had an ability to understand thoroughly the western mind and teach Buddhism in a way that no teacher previously could.Published 23 months ago by Pema Kathy
The Book, Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness, was in like-new condition, and very helpful in my buddhist studies.Published on February 24, 2014 by tmiler7210
One of his more accessible books. Practical teachings for everyday life. A good read for his students or anyone seeking understanding.Published on February 23, 2014 by holyoak
Some people take themselves too seriously so much so that they will write a chapter on the "myth of happiness" and lo and behold you are reading two kinds of materialism: physical... Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Ibrahim
Chogyam Trungpa was a pioneer in bringing the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism to 1970's and '80's America. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Daniel H Hessey