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Training the Mind

By: Chögyam Trungpa,Judith L. Lief - editor,Pema Chödrön - foreword
Narrated by: Roger Clark
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Publisher's Summary

Warning: Using this book could be hazardous to your ego! The slogans it contains are designed to awaken the heart and cultivate love and kindness toward others. They are revolutionary in that practicing them fosters abandonment of personal territory in relating to others and in understanding the world as it is.

The 59 provocative slogans presented here - each with a commentary by the Tibetan meditation master Chgyam Trungpa - have been used by Tibetan Buddhists for eight centuries to help meditation students remember and focus on important principles and practices of mind training. They emphasize meeting the ordinary situations of life with intelligence and compassion under all circumstances. Slogans include, "Don't be swayed by external circumstances," "Be grateful to everyone," and "Always maintain only a joyful mind. "This edition contains a new foreword by Pema Chodron.

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A great experience

I've been through the this book twice in retreat and have read it once, even still, I found hearing it gave me a much deeper understanding of the topic. The narrator was excellent and I found his pronunciation clear and helpful.

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  • 05-26-17

hard book

i struggled to finish this book, btwn the narrator and uncaptavating content. The voice is too harsh for me and hard to follow - reminds me of one wrestler whose name i forget, the content is too deep for a beginner in the spiritual journey, it needs someone who has heard abt bodichita, sharmatar, mahayana etc, im soo lost! too many references to what i dont know

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Slow but informative

Narrator was flatline in delivering the information. Content was more than I anticipated. Going to listen again this week for a second time.

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Useful Wisdom and a Soothing Voice

conducive to meditation. I listen before sleeping for tranquil rest and contemplation. I feel as though I finally am able to grasp the most fundamental aspects of Buddhism. This text efficiently translates abstraction to practice. I strongly recommend it.

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  • 02-04-15

Life Changing.

Would you listen to Training the Mind again? Why?

Yes, I can't wait to read it again. Why? Because it's so profound, I couldn't take it all in at once.

Any additional comments?

These are essential life instructions from a true meditation master.

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Made me want to become a Buddhist

This is a great teaching/lesson. I've learned so much. Will listen to it again. Also, I really like the reader's voice.

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Fundamental

Must have this book,it's essential to those seeking the truth. keep an open mind about life.

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The book title is misleading

Would you try another book from the authors and/or Roger Clark?

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Has Training the Mind turned you off from other books in this genre?

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The title says: "Cultivating love and kindness", yet this book does not carry love and kindness. As I was listening to it, it left a bitter taste. It was not a pleasant experience.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I love the part about breathing in the bad and sending love. I try to apply this practice at times and as the author predicted, it is very powerful. It also feels like doing something to heal our planet.

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It feels like the author does not have much respect for his audience. For example, a lot of ideas says: you do this, and you do that... with the "this" and "that" describing negative behaviors. This is not an attitude which transpires kindness. Why would I read a book about love and kindness when the author does not exhibit these behavior?

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Great insight

This book is a great guide to help you on your path. I can see this book being most useful if studied over and over. Take notes and research meanings for a mindful aspect of it.

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  • GB
  • 01-02-20

A sterner, more crazy-wisdom take on Tonglen.

I definitely recommend reading "Start Where You Are" by Pema Chodron before tackling this text by her teacher. not that it's harder to understand, it just demands much more of you. Whereas "Start where you are" is an invitation, "Training the Mind" is more of a boot camp.

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  • ben
  • 10-23-16

Brilliant

Phenomenal book and practise
Narrator makes it
Chogyam Trumpa was some boy!
This 20 words review is a little annoying though

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  • Michelle Robert
  • 05-10-18

Entire Buddhism in one book

Though the content was excellent, it was really really hard to get through this book. The reader was expressive yet difficult to keep listening to. I dunno how to explain it. The teachings are overwhelming cos I'm just beginning my spiritual journey. So many expectations that I'm sure if I can do all that is asked of me.

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  • Coatsie
  • 01-28-18

So worth it!

If you could sum up Training the Mind in three words, what would they be?

Insightful
Enlightening
Beautiful narration

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clear and easy to grasp explanations elaborating on a very important subject.

Which character – as performed by Roger Clark – was your favourite?

The narration of this book was just so excellent and so easy to listen to.

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I found the advice and instruction in this book to be extremely helpful and I am so very glad I chose to listen....

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  • tmcc
  • 06-21-22

Should be called "How not to be an assh#ole"

Basically this book is aimed at people who are assholes. Those people who just take and take and don't give back. Those people who don't appreciate others. The thing is I'm not like that and I've given all I can to my fellow men so it's time to put myself first for once. So yea I hated this book. But hey if you think you're an asshole maybe give it a go?
Also I found the narrators voice very similar to Matt Berry from the I.T crowd. So I was waiting for him to shout "FATHER!" the whole time. Very off putting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-22

GREAT! -NBabuse survivors listen with caution

I really did love it and absorb many of the lessons, however just a word of caution, if you are healing from codependcy or abuse, some of the later lessons could really trigger a fawning response and invite abuse, also his tone is pretty condescending throughout . I love the ethos behind and I will take alot of teachings from this listen, but just be mindful and take it all in as part of a bigger picture, as it can come across, slightly bad at times . I can easily understand , through listening to this text, how many gurus and spiritual teachers have emotionally abused victims to the point of suicide. I just never understood how that could be . but in the description of allowing pain to come to you to grow you , I see the point , but I think this could be very detrimental to someone early on their healing path from abuse . so I just would like to advise caution, always listen to your own inner self , but it really is a decent listen and I've listened twice. 💚

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  • David Ball
  • 04-12-18

Training the mind

I didn't enjoy this book much and found it quite hard to get into. Wasn't what I expected

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  • Paul
  • 08-30-17

New way of thinking

For a non Buddhist, I found this very enlightening.
It pretty much leaves you with a choice. Whether to change complete, or not?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-20

Very interesting

I enjoyed the teachings and received a lot of information out of it that I will apply to my life

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  • Vera Gu
  • 04-05-19

like it

Very good. l like the narrator's voice and the book. I may listen to it again. thanks