Cynicism and Magic: Intelligence and Intuition on the Buddhist Path Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Based on a series of talks given by Chögyam Trungpa during the first session of what was to become Naropa University, Cynicism and Magic introduces key Tibetan Buddhist concepts, including karma, the structure of ego, the paramitas, and the bodhisattva. Employing a unique and intimate teaching style, Trungpa Rinpoche presents these concepts in a larger framework of questions we all have: What is authentic spirituality? Can I find enlightenment and freedom? How should I approach life, death, suffering, and boredom? How can I develop some discipline, patience, and sanity?
Whether you are new to Buddhism or returning to the fundamentals of your practice, this book will guide you toward experiencing a living dharma intelligently, with a sense of openness and wonder.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 59 minutes|
|Author||Chogyam Trungpa, Opening the Dharma Treasury Editors Group - editor|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 17 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #40,316 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The back cover has beautiful quotes about women "who employ multiple techniques of ecstasy to soar away on the wings of trance to distant metaphysical realms where they can work their deeds of medical, mystical, and magical rescue." I was uber excited to get the book, because I am a Buddhist, and also very interested in shamanic cultures.
Yet, for this reader, I feel that the book is well written, but that the shamanic material was not explored deeply enough. There were no "wings of trance" vibes, nor any "mystical and magical rescues".
I understand the difficulties the authors had with access and time, and, in all honesty, the last part of the book did delve into one woman's shamanic visions. This woman lived at the beginning of the 18th century, and her biography was translated by one of the authors, detailing her "Journey into the Eighteen Hells". This was the part I had been most excited to read, and it was super detailed.
But its rambling format was repetitive, sinister and crazy. For this reader it seemed much like the ramblings of a disturbed mind, detailing visions and procedures that were punitive and dark.
After reading this book, I am not sure if these women actually are shamans, or suffering from illnesses, or trying to garner some kind of status and power through their actions. Be that as it may, I am left no wiser about the shamanic deloms of Bhutan, than before I read the book.