Rebel Buddha Book Review
The author of this book is the 7th Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche who is the abbot of Dzogchen Monastery, a renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar, meditation master and is also one of the highest Tulkus (reincarnations of previous lamas) in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
He is also the author of such works as: “Emotional Rescue”, “Penetrating Wisdom”, and “Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen”. He is a witty and humorous speaker who is beloved by many throughout the world.
In this book, the focus is on the “Rebel Buddha” within which is the voice of your awakened mind. The author guides the reader through the inner revolution and explains how by training your mind and understanding one’s true nature, one can free oneself from needless suffering.
This book is a good introduction to the basic teachings of the Buddha and argues that if we are to apply these teachings to our personal lives we should go beyond the cultural trappings of traditional Buddhism as it is practiced in Asia.
Dzogchen Ponlop covers a wide variety of topics including the teachings of nonexistence of the self, compassion, and relationships with spiritual teachers.
He says at one point: “We all want to find some meaningful truth about who we are, but we can only find it guided by our own wisdom – by our own “Rebel Buddha” within.”
Chapter 1: Rebel Buddha
Chapter 2: What You Should Know
Chapter 3: Getting to Know Your Mind
Chapter 4: Buddha on the Road
Chapter 5: The Way to Go
Chapter 6: Relating with Confusion
Chapter 7: The Three Trainings
Chapter 8: Untelling the Story of Self
Chapter 9: Beyond Self
Chapter 10: The Altruistic Heart
Chapter 11: What’s in Your Mouth
Chapter 12: Turning Up the Heat
Chapter 13: The Good Shepherd and the Outlaw
Chapter 14: A Lineage of Awakening
Chapter 15: Building Community: Heart Advice of the Buddha
This book is a great introduction to Buddhism which is presented in easy to follow, straightforward and informal language. If you are looking for a book that can help you apply Buddha’s teachings to our personal lives, then this is definitely it.
Overall, this is a great book for beginners on the Buddhist path, or for those who are interested in learning more about Buddhism.
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