September 25, 2011

REBEL BUDDHA now available in paperback

In October 2010, Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche made its debut in hardcover. The Rebel Buddha Tour followed, with Buddhist leaders coming together in 5 cities on the occasion of the book’s release to discuss the direction of “Western Buddhism.” Kindle and Audiobook versions of Rebel Buddha appeared. Now, one year later — a year during which Ponlop Rinpoche’s controversial blog post “The Buddha Wasn’t a Buddhist” stirred things up at The Washington Post — Shambhala Publications has released Rebel Buddha in a softcover edition with a new subtitle: “A Guide to a Revolution of Mind.”

December 22, 2010


The first Rebel Buddha Book Group to be held in Seattle will meet at Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave. North. The group will meet on Wednesdays at 7 pm in 2 cycles of 4 classes, January 5 – February 23.

Read and discuss the exciting new book by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.
All are welcome!

November 22, 2010


The Rebel Buddha edition for the Amazon Kindle e-reader is now available from Amazon – go here to purchase and download it, and be reading Rebel Buddha in seconds!

November 22, 2010

Rebel Buddha does HALIFAX

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche brought Rebel Buddha to the McInnes Room at Dalhousie University on the evening of Thursday, November 18, and blogger Debra Ross has filed a report on her blog. 

His opening remarks included this gem: “The most powerful agent for change and for transforming our own fixation, clinging and suffering rests within our own ability to work with our mind through the practices of contemplation and meditation. True freedom comes from pursuing an open-minded, inquisitive, ordinary human path to awakening and enlightenment.”

A panel discussed followed, moderated by Barry Boyce, and featuring Mitra Tyler Dewar, Carolyn Rose Gimian, and Scott Wellenbach, as well as Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.  The panel addressed the important question of what societal structures and social environments will be conducive to a “culture of awakening” and realization in the West?

 Read all about the evening here.

November 17, 2010

New AMAZON Review - Rebel Buddha

5.0 out of 5 stars very nice clear synthesis, November 16, 2010


Robert W. Smith “Robert Smith, Ph.D.” (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom (Hardcover)

Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What’s this?)

This book provides a very fine synthesis of many of the principles of Buddhism without so much of the jargon, dogma, and robes, if you will, of traditional Buddhist oriented books written by other easterners who are tied to a specific orientation. We don’t find that here. The author, acutely aware that much of the eastern language is an impediment to westerners’ understanding, seems to adeptly present techniques, some philosophy, and problems of cultural “integration” (my quotes). This is a refreshing read. I suspect that one of the major tasks in this 21st century is our understanding, appreciation, and acceptance of others’ approaches to spiritual growth. I found it refreshing, particularly, in that we didn’t get hung up on formalities and dogma found in most books. It is a concise description of spiritual growth. I think that most courses in comparative religion wouldn’t use this so much, as it is generally free from the bonds of a specific tradition. It is an example par excellent of how an eastern approach to spiritual growth can do so in the western world. I can see it being an excellent addition in courses on the psychology of religion and the sociology of religion. Psychologists and clients with an integral orientation, and some practicing Buddhists and philosophers of religion will also greatly enjoy and learn from this work. I always give books I review a grade, and I give this a solid, “A”. It comes highly recommended.