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  1. Thank you so much, Rinpoche! I have been able to use many of the Rebel Buddha teachings in my work as a psychotherapist… and you are very photogenic! Much love and devotion to you, Beth

  2. avatar carloslokko says:

    Such a relaxed and comfortable way of explaining the title and yet it feels tome like there’s a great teaching for my current life state.

  3. avatar namkha says:

    Being rebellious does not seem that difficult at first. Pump up the ego, think about what good one could do, adopt a devil may care attitude, and one’s on the way. To rebel in a mindful way to truly help others and self seems to take a lot more work. Lots more contemplation in the queue. Guess that’s where the Buddha part comes in.

    You’re talking about an egoless rebel!

  4. avatar Ceci Miller says:

    It’s so helpful to me to remember, as Rinpoche points out, the journey of Siddhartha, as an example of determination to root out whatever it is — in my conduct, and even deeper, at the causal level within my own habit patterns — that keeps me from experiencing the truth. Siddhartha’s rebelliousness wasn’t a reaction against an “other,” it was his own personal movement against his own ignorance, in favor of finding the unchanging truth. Remembering this noble example gives me courage to keep going.

    • avatar buddha on the dashboard says:

      Well if you consider a reaction against “other” to be “bad” then obviously the sanitized and politically correct version of buddha as heroic idol will not have done this. Creation of the idea of “other” begins in your own mind. So does the rejection of any reaction to this idea. You cannot reject the idea of reacting to “other” without conceiving of this idea in the first place.

      But it seems clear that Siddhartha at least reacted to the previously established traditions of asceticism and found them insufficient. Hence the middle way, hence the renouncement of starvation and mortification which supposedly initiated the process of his enlightenment under the bodhi tree.

      It is wonderful to have inspiration, but if you are truly following the teachings of the buddha, at some point you must go beyond the stories. You must discover the origin of the teachings for yourself. It is not solely a way of devotion to some heroic ideal.

  5. avatar fitri says:

    Rebel Buddha is something within that escapes itself out of the net of brain damaging, talent eraser, confidence destroyer, intelligence killer, misleading & unfair human made social,cultural, and spiritual norms and values.
    It escapes and liberates itself free with one quick, slick, smooth, clear-cut movement in great force, and arrives at a state of readiness for the freshly new, exciting, positive & genuine journey to enlightenment. It departs and takes on the journey with devotion, persistence, patience, diligence, and commitment as the fuel. Then it moves on and live..

    Another way of saying:
    Rebel Buddha is like a rocket. Pushing itself up with great force that creates huge burst of fire, taking off and shedding unnecessary parts. And once in orbit, it just simply floats away accordingly to the final destination..

    Aaaahhhh……

  6. avatar Mike Munro says:

    When we are made to feel like failures for making choices that we know are more awake on some level, and not just an easy way out, it seems that that we are also connecting with the heart of the Buddha and that anyone could do that. We could use that encouragement. I’m grateful for that as well as the reminder that rebelliousness for its own sake is not particularly the point or helpful. It has to go in the direction of wisdom and compassion to be of any use in the long run. That is what I get from it.

  7. avatar salman says:

    Throw the doors open – friendly wisdom is galloping through!

  8. avatar SvR says:

    DPR’s impish smile belies a deep understanding of the paradoxes and tensions that are key to self transformation, and to a revolution of the heart.

    In his video promotion of the book, DPR alludes to the central dilemma of revolutions generally – how to be true to the forces of change, while minimizing the destructive power that often accompanies it. As we change, we impact others. It is a fact of our interdependence that as some things grow, other things suffer. DPR makes the excellent observation that in our struggle to change the world around us, we also need to be mindful of that interdependence.

    Thankfully, there are many examples of peaceful, constructive revolutionaries to learn from: Christ, Buddha, Gandhi, Sojourner Truth and Martin Luther King, come to mind. These individuals were “dangerous” in the sense they threatened the status quo around them. Nonetheless, their social activism was motivated by a deep concern for others, and fueled by the powerful combination of forgiveness, tolerance and fearless perseverance. In their service to others, they found their own path to liberation.

    To my mind, that is truly revolutionary.

  9. avatar Linda says:

    Rebel buddha touches each of us by shaking us awake. Now let rebel buddha touch others gently by dialogue–one rebel buddha to the next. Hey! Hey!

  10. avatar Ryan says:

    …No-thing…..

  11. avatar Kevin says:

    I work in a treatment center. I am trying to get as many audio or visual tools to help me spread the Dharma.
    I have some but would love to get DVD or CD.
    The counselors and I buy stuff all the time but need help.
    This is for drug and alcohol beings.
    Most are Dual DX as well.
    Thanks
    Any one in Austin is more than welcome to come up here and talk to the groups.
    Please contact me directly.people should respond to me directly,not on
    the RB web site.
    Kevin.Klauber@atcmhmr.com or call
    512-804-3555.
    Thank you so much.
    Kevin
    Oak Springs Treatment Center
    3000 Oak Springs
    Austin Texas
    78702

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