The Backwards Buddhist: My Introduction to Dzogchen Barbara M. Fleming

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Published: October 13th 2009

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180 pages


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The Backwards Buddhist: My Introduction to Dzogchen  by  Barbara M. Fleming

The Backwards Buddhist: My Introduction to Dzogchen by Barbara M. Fleming
October 13th 2009 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 180 pages | ISBN: | 3.25 Mb

NOTE: This is a completely reformatted edition of the ebook version. There was a brief difficulty due to platform changes. As of August 19, 2011 the formatting has been corrected. Please redownload to mobile devices to correct formatting. If youMoreNOTE: This is a completely reformatted edition of the ebook version.

There was a brief difficulty due to platform changes. As of August 19, 2011 the formatting has been corrected. Please redownload to mobile devices to correct formatting. If you should encounter difficulties, please contact me through Amazon Author Central.Dzogchen is considered to be the highest teaching of Tibetan Buddhism, but may very well be the one, which is the most appealing to the Western student of Buddhism. In the Backward Buddhist, author Barbara Fleming chronicles her journey to find a more fulfilling spiritual life, which begins with Christianity and ends with Dzogchen after exploring Zen and the principle Tibetan schools.

With humor, compassion, and extraordinary openness, Ms Fleming describes her journey dealing with the trauma of grief, and the frustrations of being a Westerner trying to learn about Eastern philosophy.Using her first silent Buddhist retreat as a framework, Barbara describes the anxieties she feels as she secludes herself for two weeks for the first time. She walks the reader through the beginner’s experience of Buddhism, and a silent retreat, and shares her feelings and insights along the way.

She explains the Buddhist vocabulary, and the basic Buddhist concepts as she encounters them. From meditation through advanced Dzogchen philosophy, the author describes her initial response to each new idea, then goes on to discuss it in an easy, but informative way.

Her confident grasp of the subject matter reflects her commitment to the study of classical Tibetan scholars and contemporary Lamas over the years and her experience in applying the wisdom found there in daily life.The Backward Buddhist is a book that will appeal to those seeking a spiritual path, to those who already practice Dzogchen, and to those who would like to learn more about it.



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