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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2021 Diana J. Mukpo (P)2021 Shambhala Publications

Critic Reviews

"The teachings in this magical book come from the same period I first met Trungpa Rinpoche, which marked the radical turning point in my life. Reading this brought me right back to those days when he pointed out to me the pitfalls of spiritual materialism and how I could discover my own basic sanity. I hope a new generation of readers can catch the spark from the wisdom they will find here from Trungpa Rinpoche in his truest essence." (Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart)

"A book of deep wisdom that offers Trungpa’s signature profundity permeated with humor, Cynicism and Magic illuminates the path of the heart-warrior with crystal clear light. There’s a kind of music under these words - a treasure!" (Devendra Banhart)

"This book shows Trungpa Rinpoche’s genius, his superb talent in communicating traditional teachings of the Mahayana buddhadharma. He presents seminal topics in an elegant and easy-to-digest way, always full of humor and common sense. His ability remains unmatched among authors on the subject of buddhadharma. I am so glad that the addition of this book to the collected treasures of Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings will inspire, educate, and move generations to come." (Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, author of Peaceful Heart)

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Loved it, will listen to it again!

This is my first exposure to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (that I know of), and I find his perspective to be very helpful and insightful. I will definitely listen to this several more times! I found this via the Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast in which Duncan interviewed the narrator, and that gave me some context for the vocal approach. Another reviewer complained about Devendra's tone, but to me it came across as sincerely reverent, based on his deep appreciation of Chogyam and commitment to Buddhism. Personally I found his voice very relaxing. To each their own I guess, but I thought it was good quality all around.

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Narrators voice is perfect for this book

This is one I'll listen to more than once to really take in all of the thoughts and information. Given the topic, information and way it's presented makes it compelling.

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and just let it play in the background on repeat and you will make connections that you didn't the first time or the third.

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Well worth the Listen

Refreshing in it's directness. Writing more words in this because Audible requires 15 words minimum.

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Incredible

I will listen over and over and over again. Rinpoches brilliance Illuminates like a diamond in the reading is beautiful

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ruined by a sloppy reading

The soft put-on "spiritual" voice of the reader and the odd pronunciation of Chögyam Trungpa's name and easily researched words like "prajna" were annoying and distracting. Also the reader's difficulty articulating any word over 5 syllables is equally frustrating and irritating.

I'm not sure there is anything new here but it is always good to hear Trungpa Rinpoche teach and re-teach and re-frame the Dharma.

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Very inspiring content and great narrator

Great book! Very inspiring!
Devendra is the best audio book narrator I have seen and is very much in touch with the material.

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Wonderful book read perfectly by Devendra

This is book is extraordinary. It requires all your attention. Study it. It’s simply the truth of being. You can also hear Devendra’s care and his own understanding of Trungpa and the Buddhist path. He is the perfect reader.

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I don’t get it. I’ll keep listening but it’s like listening to something super simple being completely overthought by someone thinking out loud. I don’t know. It’s an important subject so 5-stars. CTR is challenging enough on his own. Interpretations & explanations are so weird - they almost turn into a seperate subject. Like he sort of intentionally contaminated it & dumbed it down to transmit it and now a bunch of dummies go and pontificate on it. WTF