Cultural Theism

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When it comes to opening our minds and hearts to spiritual teachers, are some of us in the West allergic to our own culture? Could an attraction to the exotic keep us from finding spiritual wisdom in our own backyard?


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Hear Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche talk about the possibility of freedom offered by awake mind

Dzogchen Ponlop’s book tour kicks off on Sunday, November 14 in New York at the Great Hall of The Cooper Union, site of historic addresses by such luminaries as Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Salman Rushdie, Pema Chodron, andMORE…

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If you want to judge this book by its cover

then you need to check out the artist.  Gonkar Gyatso is a London-based Tibetan artist who founded the London art gallery The Sweet Tea House. His work appeared in the 2009 Venice Bienniale, and can be seen at the RubinMORE…

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Sweeping the Shrine Room Floor

Photo by Conor Lawless at flickr.

In his earliest teachings, the Buddha taught that the “wheel of action” begins with sweeping the shrine room floor, with mindfulness and awareness, of course. We sweep the floor mindfully and we accumulate something called “merit.” Sounds like a goodMORE…

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Rebel Buddha is fomenting a global uprising

Editions will be published in Italian, German, French, and Dutch. A spoken-word version will be released by Audible.com.  Translations into other languages are coming.

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The rebellion begins on November 9, 2010

when Shambhala Publications drops Rebel Buddha.  Pre-order now from Shambhala Publications or Amazon.  Dzogchen Ponlop was named one of the Top Ten Buddhist Teachers Living in America by the Huffington Post.

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Pema Chodron

“At once shocking and hopeful . . . a small book with a big message that is timely and important.”

Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart

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How Do You Know What Works?

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When we’re choosing a spiritual practice, a path or even a meditation teacher, what guidance can we rely on? Even though a friend may be having a great experience with it, how can we know whether it’s right for us? Shouldn’t we be at least as cautious as we are before we buy a pair of jeans or take a class in Japanese? How do we decide if the teachings of the Buddha are going to be a good fit?

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Yongey Mingyur

“Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche has a remarkable ability to present the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings in a manner that is as fresh and accessible as it is profound. With Rebel Buddha, he goes straight to the core of the spiritual path, showing how the Buddha’s liberating insights transcend race, religion, and culture.”

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, author of Joyful Wisdom

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Ethan Nichtern

“Rebel Buddha is a seminal work for the growth of Buddhism in contemporary society… In Rebel Buddha, Rinpoche establishes himself as something we need now much more than a Tibetan Lama: he is among the first of the American Buddhist Masters.”

Ethan Nichtern, author of One City: A Declaration of Interdependence

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