Rebel Buddha by DPR

Rebel Buddha by DPR

Postby Johnny Dangerous » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:43 pm

The few Dharma talks I have seen by him I liked alot. Could't find a thread on the book, is it a "basics of Buddhism" book?

I'm not a multi-dimensional super scholar like some of you :heart: , but I read sutra, commentary etc. without much problem.

So is this book something I would find edifying, or is this mainly a text explaining basic tenets in a readable way?
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Re: Rebel Buddha by DPR

Postby justsit » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:51 pm

"Rebel Buddha" is basics from a modern perspective and with practical applications.

If you are looking for something a bit more scholarly (not shedra stuff, though), try Wild Awakening, Penetrating Wisdom or Mind Beyond Death.

DPR also teaches at the highest level most summers at Nitartha Institute in Bellingham, WA. His Nalandabodhi organization offers a full 3 yana curriculum (vajrayana courses limited to DPR students), some courses available online.
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Re: Rebel Buddha by DPR

Postby Johnny Dangerous » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:22 am

justsit wrote:"Rebel Buddha" is basics from a modern perspective and with practical applications.

If you are looking for something a bit more scholarly (not shedra stuff, though), try Wild Awakening, Penetrating Wisdom or Mind Beyond Death.

DPR also teaches at the highest level most summers at Nitartha Institute in Bellingham, WA. His Nalandabodhi organization offers a full 3 yana curriculum (vajrayana courses limited to DPR students), some courses available online.



Yeah, i'm not far away and he comes highly recommended by my sangha, probably worth a trip some time! I will check out one of the other books, thanks!
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Re: Rebel Buddha by DPR

Postby JKhedrup » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:38 am

For an introduction with a similar style I would recommend "What Makes You Not a Buddhist" by Dzongsar Kyentse Rinpoche, in my opinion, it is the better read.
In order to ensure my mind never comes under the power of the self-cherishing attitude,
I must obtain control over my own mind.
Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
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Re: Rebel Buddha by DPR

Postby JKhedrup » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:38 am

For an introduction with a similar style I would recommend "What Makes You Not a Buddhist" by Dzongsar Kyentse Rinpoche, in my opinion, it is the better read.
In order to ensure my mind never comes under the power of the self-cherishing attitude,
I must obtain control over my own mind.
Therefore, amongst all empowerments, the empowerment that gives me control over my mind is the best,
and I have received the most profound empowerment with this teaching.
-Atisha Dipamkara
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Re: Rebel Buddha by DPR

Postby Punya » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:44 am

I'm reading Mind Beyond Death at the moment. For someone like myself who is a bit past beginner and understands some basic buddhist concepts I think it provides some very clear explanations. I especially like the Stage of Meditation section.
Unless the inner forces of negative emotions are conquered
Strife with outer enemies will never end.
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Re: Rebel Buddha by DPR

Postby greentara » Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:58 am

"There’s a rebel within you. It’s the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It’s your rebel buddha—the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It’s the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth" At first glance it looks good but on closer inspection I'm not so sure. It reminds me of all those 'spiritual warrior" books that were published around10 years ago. Starting with ....how to be a hero?
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