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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead (HC) (Jan. 7 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573222062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573222068
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 404 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #547,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Logan on Jan. 14 2003
Format: Hardcover
I like the voice that comes across in this book. There is a nicety of tone, a coolness that makes me think of the writings of Wallace Stegner. The author delivers the traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings on meditation in a matter-of-fact tone. There is no dramatic language here to pull you in. No, what compels me to keep reading is the precision of the imagery. Using the fine detail of building a relationship with a horse, the author conveys the fine detail of building a relationship with one's mind. I like the uncluttered elegance of the writing. Words that come to my mind are maturity and "no-big-deal."
I've been meditating for 21 years - ho-hum, still not enlightened yet... But, reading this book refreshed my interest. After reading it, when I sat down to meditate, it was like meditating for the first time. I was fresh. I paid attention to the technique. (What a concept!) I was present. Later the same day, I took my car out on the highway. I drove 50 miles in the slow lane. I realized it was natural to just be present with my driving. My habitual tendency is: I don't like to drive. I play music to distract myself. I pass other drivers. I just want to think about getting home. This time, while I felt the pull to get ahead, I was aware of having the choice not to act on it. I just phut-phutted along behind the car in front. This time driving was just a pleasant thing to do - no-big-deal.
Anyhow, enough of that. This is a nice book. I recommend it. It's a treat. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bourdon on Oct. 1 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book for those who are beginning meditators, those looking for information on meditation, or those who have been practicing meditation for some time. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche uses more Western language versus Tibetan or Shambhala language, which makes this easier to read and understand. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche also has expanded the traditional Shambhala meditation practice to include "contemplation" meditation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Joyce on March 26 2003
Format: Hardcover
Sakyong Mipham has written an excellent A to Z primer on basic meditation techniques. I will keep my copy in an accessible place, because I intend to read it again and again. I recommend this book to both experienced meditation practitioners as well as to those who are interested in exploring the benefits of meditation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Newsum on June 22 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was written by the son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He distills the wisdom of his father in a simple and easy to understand style of writing. After reading a few pages you will realize that the greatest enemy is your mind; the only obstacle that is making you unhappy. This book will show you how to turn your mind into your ally. A good book for anyone pursing peace of mind and harmony with others.
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By Aaron on July 12 2014
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Very well written. Inspiring and encouraging. Explored the multi faceted ways that meditation and other means of transforming your mind towards enlightenment are doable
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I really liked this book - some of it is a little over the top for me but its good to have something to strive for.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kyle schaffhauser on Jan. 29 2003
Format: Hardcover
For all of you folks out there that have any interest in figuring out what meditation is all about this is the book for you, so easy to understand. the ideas are so lucidly explained that you can just read and read and it all just makes sense. Its like all those things that you have felt deep down but could not put your finger on placed out on the table for you in plain and simple language.
also for all of you like myself who have been meditating for a few years its a great book to reinvigourate your practice, i have found that his examples just jump into my mind through out the day and remind me of what this path is all about and why i am on it
i really recomend this book for all
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ethan Nichtern on Jan. 19 2003
Format: Hardcover
Sakyong Mipham's writing style is simple and to the point. Sometimes you don't even know you're being hit with deep wisdom until the 2nd or 3rd time you read it, which is the way most good books seem to work. His style is very different from his father Chogyam Trungpa's. What's great about this book is that he actually explains in precise detail, using simple but profound metaphors, exactly why somebody would want to do meditation, and exactly what the benefits are for you and the people around you. His instructions are never vague and mushy the way so many new-age teachers seem to be. He makes it all accessible and the barriers to actually starting to practice meditation seem to fall away in a hurry. It's not some ancient tradition of mystic-worshippers; it's something that can inform and aid our lives right here and right now, no matter what kind of lifestyle we lead.
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