Book Review – Ocean of Dharma: The Everyday Wisdom of Chogyam Trungpa, edited by Carolyn Gimian.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 31, 2008
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I grew up reading the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa, the “crazy wisdom” meditation master who pioneered the transmission of Tibetan Buddhism into modern, Western terms…which was great. I developed a framework in my mind and heart that oriented me toward trying to do good, and sitting down on a meditation cushion instead of spinning out on my still-frequent Big Ego Attacks. The side-effect, however, is when you grow up immersed in something, by the time you “grow up” 1) it’s old hat 2) yet you have much left to learn. So this book is a great gift—it’s practical—this isn’t an intellectual exercise—it’s kitchen sink wisdom that strikes a heart’s chord, sticks with you, and bears attitudinal fruit when you most need it.

Edited by Carolyn Gimian, who also edits our own Chogyam Trungpa column.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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