Works by Chögyam Trungpa and His Students

INTRODUCTION
The goal of the bibliography is to list and briefly describe all of the published work by Trungpa Rinpoche, and his students, as well as a few works by other authors specifically recommended by him. 

The original page was getting far too long, so we broke it up into these three pages. This page gives descriptions of published works by Trungpa Rinpoche and his students, including collaborative works, works he recommended, and works by his students. A companion page, Works by Chögyam Trungpa, covers works authored solely by him.  Another companion page, Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa and His Students, has information about the authors and links to centers they founded and to other relevant Web sites.

All of these titles are published by Shambhala Publications unless another publisher is specified.   Links are provided for purchasing them online from Tara's Webstore.


Please note: Descriptions from publishers are not given in quotes except for passages echoed from the work itself. Outside quoted passages, our editorial revisions of publishers' descriptions (corrections, additions and deletions) are not noted.


 INDEX OF WORKS 
This index includes all works listed on both pages.

The links will take you to the appropriate page.

WORKS BY TRUNGPA, RINPOCHE
The Art of Calligraphy
Born In Tibet 
Crazy Wisdom
Cutting Through
Dharma Art 
First Thought Best Thought
Glimpses of Abhidharma 
The Heart of the Buddha
Journey Without Goal
Illusion's Game
Lions Roar
Meditation in Action
Mudra
The Myth of Freedom
Orderly Chaos
The Path is the Goal
Shambhala

Transcending Madness

TIBETAN TEXTS TRANSLATED BY
TRUNGPA RINPOCHE, AND HIS STUDENTS 
The Life of Marpa the Translator 
- with the Nalanda Translation Committee
The Rain of Wisdom
- with the Nalanda Translation Committee
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
- with Francesca Fremantle
Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness 
- with Judy Lief

COLLABORATIVE WORKS 
The Dawn of Tantra
- with Herbert V. Guenther
Speaking of Silence:
Christians and Buddhists on the Contemplative Way
- Susan Walker, editor

WORKS RECOMMENDED BY TRUNGPA RINPOCHE 
Gampopa / Herbert Guenther
The Jewel Ornament of Liberation
Takpo Tashi Namgyal / Lobsang P. Lhalungpa
Mahamudra
Shunryu Suzuki
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

WORKS BY STUDENTS OF TRUNGPA RINPOCHE  
Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Chödzin 
Entering the Stream
Pema Chödron
Awakening Compassion
Awakening Loving-Kindness
Start Where You Are
When Things Fall Apart
The Wisdom of No Escape 
Rick Fields
How the Swans Came to the Lake
Jeremy Hayward
Gentle Bridges
Letters to Vanessa
Perceiving Ordinary Magic
Sacred World
Shifting Worlds, Changing Minds
Reginald Ray
Buddhist Saints of India
Emily Hilburn Sell
The Spirit of Loving
Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin
Buddha In the Palm of Your Hand
Karen Kissel Wegela
How to be a Help Instead of a Nuisance

 

 
 


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COLLABORATIVE WORKS
Speaking of Silence:
Christians and Buddhists on the Contemplative Way
- Susan Walker, editor

 

 
 
 

Speaking of Silence is a selection of edited transcripts from five Buddhist - Christian conferences hosted by Naropa Institute between 1981 and 1986. These historic conferences brought together practicing contemplatives interested in deepening their understanding through interfaith dialogue.

Speakers include David Steindl-Rast (Benedictine), Thomas Keating (Cistercian), Tessa Bielecki (Carmelite), Thomas Hopko (Orthodox), George Timko (Orthodox), John Yungblut (Quaker), Joseph Goldstein (Theravada), Jack Engler (Theravada), Eido Shimano (Zen), Reb Anderson (Zen), Tai Situ (Vajrayana), and Chögyam Trungpa (Vajrayana).

Questions and issues that cross sectarian boundaries are examined under the lens of contemplative practice.

Part One, "Tradition, A Way of Speaking," gives the flavor of several Christian and Buddhist traditions, with first-hand accounts and excerpts from Christian mystical writings and liturgies, and a Buddhist liturgy and devotional song. Various speakers then explore the tension between traditional integrity and change.

Part Two, "Comparing Ways," includes views and some lively discussion on such pithy topics as god and emptiness, self and ego, sin and suffering, and prayer and meditation.

Part Three, "Everyday Journey," provides the practitioner with inspiration and practical guidance.

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The Dawn of Tantra
with Herbert V. Guenther 

 

 
 
 

By alternating chapters, the authors show us how the scholarly perspective on Tibetan Buddhist tantra complements and illuminates the earthy perspective of a seasoned meditation master.

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TRANSLATIONS OF TIBETAN TEXTS
BY TRUNGPA, RINPOCHE, AND HIS STUDENTS 
The Life of Marpa the Translator: Seeing Accomplishes All 
Chögyam Trungpa and the Nalanda Translation Committee 

 
 

This engaging traditional biography portrays the eleventh- century Tibetan scholar and saint, who was the student of Naropa and the teacher of the great Milarepa. It describes not just the outer events in Marpa's life but also his dreams and visions and the spontaneous songs that he composed as an expression of his enlightenment. This book paints a vivid picture of the hardships that he endured during his training with Naropa. Yet Marpa succeeded in mastering the tantric teachings, translating important Buddhist texts, and establishing the Practice Lineage of the Kagyüs.

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The Rain of Wisdom
Chögyam Trungpa and the Nalanda Translation Committee  
"In the East, in glorious Taklha Gampo,
Dwells the Physician of Takpo.
So on this occasion let the vajra brothers 
make this supplication.
The guru has said, 'Come back,' so we are 
going back up and up.
We are climbing the steps of the higher realms, 
going up and up.
We are stamping down the lower realms, 
going up and up.
Sho mo! What a joyful, good experience!"

 
 

The art of composing spontaneous songs that express spiritual understanding and devotion to ones teachers was practiced for a millennium in Tibet, and continues today, at least outside Tibet. Over a hundred of these profound songs are found in this collection, The Kagyu Gurtso, works of the great masters of the Practice Lineage.

Chögyam Trungpa wrote in his "Forward:" "The Kagyu tradition is said to be the most stubborn and honest in following its heritage. We take delight in our heritage. Doubt, challenge, hesitation -- in brief, any form of second thoughts -- are not regarded as obstacles, but rather as fuel to push us further and cause our devotion and heartfelt longing to blaze, to increase our intense desire to follow the example of our forefathers. So we, as Kagyus, have thrived on the transmissions of our forefathers, and sustained and nourished ourselves in reading and reciting their vajra songs along with their life stories."

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead:
The Great Liberation through Hearing 
in the Bardo
- Francesca Fremantle and Chögyam Trungpa 

 

 
 
 

In this classic of the world's religious literature - traditionally read aloud to the dying - death and rebirth are seen as a process that offers the possibility of attaining ultimate liberation. This unabridged translation emphasizes the practical advice that the book offers to the living. The insightful commentary by the renowned meditation master Chögyam Trungpa explains what the scripture teaches about human psychology.

See also Transcending Madness by Chögyam Trungpa.

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Training the Mind
and Cultivating Loving-Kindness 
with Judy Lief 

 

 
 
 

WARNING: Using this book could be hazardous to your ego! The slogans it contains are designed to awaken the heart and cultivate love and kindness toward others. They are revolutionary in that practicing them fosters abandonment of personal territory in relating to others and in understanding the world as it is. The fifty-nine provocative slogans presented here - each with a commentary by Chögyam Trungpa - have been used by Tibetan Buddhists for eight centuries, to help meditation students remember and focus on important principles and practices of mind training. They emphasize meeting the ordinary situations of life with intelligence and compassion under all circumstances.

This text provides the source teachings for the tonglen practice of "taking and sending," The Seven Points of Mind Training. See also Start Where You Are, byPema Chödron.

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WORKS RECOMENDED BY TRUNGPA, RINPOCHE

"When you do something, you should burn yourself completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself."
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind


The Jewel Ornament of Liberation
by Gampopa
translated and edited by Herbert Guenther

 

 
 
 

A comprehensive and authoritative exposition of the stages on the Buddhist path.

Gampopa was one of the founding fathers of the Kagyu lineage and was the teacher of the first Karmapa. This text presents the six paramitas and the stages of the Mahayana path in detail. The author combines the teachings of Atisha and the Mahamudra instructions of the lineage of Marpa, the translator. Study of the Jewel Ornament is considered essential for a follower of the Kagyu lineage.

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Mahamudra:
The Quintessence of Mind and Meditation
- Takpo Tashi Namgyal
- Trans. by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa

 

 
 
 

This text is still the primary source used by living Tibetan meditation masters for instructing their disciples in this practice. The levels of meditation covered are as follows: the differentiation between stages of tranquility and insight meditation; meditation on two kinds of selflessness; preparation for mahamudra meditation; the various methods of mahamudra; how one achieves realization; and the four yogas of mahamudra. Includes many key instructions and sayings by the past Mahamudra masters.

Traditionally, working with this book would require an oral transmission (lung) by a qualified lama.

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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
by Shunryu Suzuki
Published by Weatherhill, Inc.

 

 

See also:
The Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teachings of  Shunryu Suzuki

Shunryu Suzuki, one of the most influential Zen teachers of this century, was the founder of the Tassahara Zen Mountain Center in Northern California -- the first Zen training monastery outside Asia. Here he speaks simply about how to practice Zen as a workable discipline and way of life, about posture and breathing, and about the basic attitudes and understanding that make Zen practice possible.

The practice of Zen mind is beginner's mind. The innocence of the first inquiry -- what am I? -- is needed throughout Zen practice. The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the expert, ready to accept, to doubt, and open to all the possibilities. It is the kind of mind that can see things as they are, which step by step and in a flash can realize the original nature of everything. This practice of Zen mind is found throuought the book. Directly or sometimes by inference, every section of the bookconcerns the question of how to maintain this attitude through your meditation and in your life. This is an ancient way of teaching, using the simplest language and the situations of everyday life. This means the student should teach himself.

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The Crooked Cucumber:
The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki 
by David Chadwick
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Interspersed with previously unpublished passages from Suzuki's talks and correspondence, Crooked Cucumber evokes a down-to-earth life of the spirit that goes beyond religion to reveal what it means to be fully human. Retracing this man's journey, readers will find more of the warm-hearted guidance that so many have already found in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Along with Suzuki we can find a way to "practice with mountains, trees, and stones...and to find ourselves in this big world."

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WORKS BY STUDENTS OF TRUNGPA, RINPOCHE

Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Chodzin

Samuel Bercholz is the founder and editor-in-chief of Shambhala Publications. He has taught Buddhist meditation throughout North America

Sherab Chödzin Kohn (the Buddhist name of Michael H. Kohn) worked closely with his teacher, Chögyam Trungpa, from 1970 to 1984, as an editor and personal representative. He has been teaching Buddhism and meditation worldwide since 1973. In recent years he has continued to edit Trungpa's oral teachings for publication and has translated many books from German, French, and other languages.


Entering the Stream:
An Introduction to the Buddha and His Teachings 
- Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Chödzin

 

 
 
 

The grandeur, simplicity, and freshness of the 2,550-year-old tradition of Buddhism are reflected in this collection of writings intended as a primer for newcomers to the subject as well as a reference for those familiar with Buddhism.

The selections include: The story of the Buddha’s life; A concise historical background; Key writings of Theravada, Mahayana, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism; Meditation instructions; A Buddhist explanation of reincarnation; Simple explanations of terms; and A Pictorial survey of Buddhist art and architecture.

Among the contributors both classical and modern, are: Ajahn Chah, Pema Chödron, Dogen, S.N. Goenka, Dainin Katagiri, Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi, Milarepa, Nyanaponika Thera, Padmasambhava, The Second Dalai Lama, Shunryu Suzuki, Chögyam Trungpa, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Burton Watson.

Samuel Bercholz is the founder and editor-in-chief of Shambhala Publications. He has taught Buddhist meditation throughout North America and Europe.

Sherab Chödzin Kohn worked closely with Trungpa Rinpoche as an editor and personal representative, and has been teaching Buddhism and meditation worldwide since 1973. He has edited many of Trungpa's oral teachings for publication.

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Pema Chodron 
Pema Chödrön was the first American woman to be ordained as a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She is now the Director of Gampo Abbey, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for westerners. 

Awakening Compassion:
Meditation Practice for Difficult Times
- Pema Chödron
Clearly explains how to awaken the power of compassion, from the Tibetan Buddhist perspective.

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Awakening Loving-Kindness
- Pema Chödron

 

 
 
 

This book is about saying yes to life, about making friends with ourselves and our world, about accepting the delightful and painful situation of "no-exit." It exhorts us to wake up wholeheartedly to everything and to use the abundant richly textured fabric of everyday life as our primary spiritual teacher and guide.

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Start Where You Are:
A Guide to Compassionate Living 
- Pema Chödron

 

 
 
 

An inspiring and practical book on how to make friends with ourselves and develop genuine compassion toward others. With insight and humor, Pema Chödrön presents down-to-earth teachings on how we can overcome our own suffering as well as the suffering of others. This is only possible, the author says, if we "start where we are," embracing rather than pushing away the painful aspects of our lives.

Pema Chödrön frames her teachings on the fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist slogans that make up the Seven Points of Mind Training by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje. The slogans include such maxims as:

"Always apply only a joyful state of mind." 
"Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness." 
"Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment." 
"Be grateful to everyone.

 

 
 
 

Working with these slogans and through the meditation practice of tonglen -- sending and taking -- the author shows how anyone can develop the courage to face difficulties and discover inner joy, well-being, and confidence. Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart.

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When Things Fall Apart:
Heart Advice for Difficult Times
- Pema Chödron 

 

 
 
 

The beautiful practicality of her teaching has made Pema Chödrön one of the most beloved of contemporary American spiritual authors--among Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. This new collection, taken from talks she gave between 1987 and 1994, is a treasury of wisdom for going on living "when things fall apart"--when we are overcome by pain and difficulties. The Good News The good news, according to Pema, is that when we fearlessly approach suffering, relaxing into the groundlessness of our situation, we will discover a simple, subtle, yet indestructible kind of happiness. With clarity and humor, she shows how we can cultivate maitri, loving-kindness, and a fearlessly compassionate attitude toward our own pain and that of others.

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The Wisdom of No Escape 
and the Path of Loving-Kindness 
- Pema Chödron

 

 
 
 

This book is about saying yes to life, about making friends with ourselves and our world, about accepting the delightful and painful situation of “no exit.” It exhorts us to wake up wholeheartedly to everything and to use the abundant, richly textured fabric of everyday life as our primary spiritual teacher and guide.

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Rick Fields 
Rick Fields is a writer whose books include The Code of the Warrior and Chop Wood, Carry Water. He is contributing editor to Tricycle and editor in chief of Yoga Journal
How the Swans Came to the Lake 
A Narrative History of Buddhism in America 
Third Edition, Revised
- Rick Fields

 

 
 
 

"The definitive treatment of the impact of Buddhism on American thought." - Roderick Frazier Nash, Professor of History & Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Heroic in scope and of undeniable historic importance." - Los Angeles Times 

This new updated edition of How the Swans Came to the Lake includes much new information about recent events in Buddhist groups in America and discusses such issues as spirituality, the role of women, and social action.

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Jeremy Hayward
Jeremy W. Hayward, Ph.D., is a physicist and science educator, and a pioneer in the work of joining science and spirituality. He helped to found The Naropa Institute as well as Shambhala Training and Alya Preschool, and is now the officer in charge of Shambhala Training on the Executive Council of Shambhala International. His books include Perceiving Ordinary Magic: Science and Intuitive Wisdom; Shifting Worlds, Changing Minds: Where the Sciences and Buddhism Meet and Sacred World: A Guide to Shambhala Warriorship in Daily Life.

Unlearning to See Sacredness is an online summary of a talk he recently gave to The Naropa Institute's Spirituality in Education Conference. Spirituality in Education OnLine is an electronic enhancement to that Conference.


Letters to Vanessa
On Opening to Life and Meaning in an Enchanted World
- Jeremy Hayward

 

 
 
 

A mind-expanding new window on the cosmos and our place in it -- from a physicist’s letters to his teenage daughter. 

The world we inhabit is enchanted -- every tree, rock, and star, even “empty” space itself, is teeming with living energy and awareness. And it’s all nearer to us than our own breath. Why can’t we see it? Because, says Jeremy Hayward, we are taught not to by the partial view of reality that a strictly scientific worldview imposes. 

Letters to Vanessa is a guidebook for a generation caught between the hard realities of science and a genuine yearning for experience of the sacred. In a series of letters addressed to his teenage daughter, Dr. Hayward points the way past the limits of science to the magical, multidimensional universe of soul. Along the way he presents, in a most engaging and understandable way, recent findings of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, biology, and physics that support his expanded view of reality. He also provides practical meditation instructions that will enable everyone to reconnect with the joyous dimension of ordinary life.

    The ordinary world is already enchanted. The enchanted world is not a fantasy or a hope for the future; it is real, and it is now. What keeps us from seeing the enchanted world -- really, now -- is the Dead World story we tell ourselves and each other. We soak up this story unconsciously as we grow up. It comes from a narrow, poverty- stricken vision that our world is made only of lifeless matter. This story was invented over the past few centuries in the name of science. -- from Letters to Vanessa
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Gentle Bridges
Conversations with the Dalai Lama on the Sciences of Mind
- Jeremy Hayward

 

 
 
 

In 1987, Hayward, Francisco Varela, and several other Western scientists were invited to India to discuss the interface between the cognitive sciences and Buddhist psychology with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This volume gives a clear presentation of the themes discussed at that meeting, including the mind and the brain, the self, perception, evolution, artificial intelligence, and much more. A mind-expanding new window on the cosmos and our place in it.

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Perceiving Ordinary Magic
Science and Intuitive Wisdom
- Jeremy Hayward

 

 
 
 

A mind-expanding new window on the cosmos and our place in it -- 

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Sacred World
A Guide to Shambhala Warriorship in Daily Life
- Jeremy Hayward

 

 
 
 

Step-by-step instruction and real-life illustrations of basic concepts from the Shambhala Training program. The practical companion to Chögyam Trungpa's classic volume Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior, the book takes readers from the beginnings of self-awakening to true warriorship. 

Sacred World uses stories of Shambhala students and detailed instructions for meditation and other mindfulness exercises to teach warriorship, the practice of awareness in daily life. This radical reawakening of ancient traditions combines Tibetan Buddhist teachings and pre-Buddhist shamanic practices such as invoking dralas (living energies) and raising windhorse (a natural inner power), deeply interwoven in the spiritual life of Tibet.

This new old tradition of warriorship emphasizes working with others to found a new Shambhala -- which is both an inner peace that fosters compassionate connection, and an external "enlightened society." Shambhala philosophy comes alive through these practical guidelines, threading the earthy sanity of Buddhist mindfulness practice with the energetic aspect of shamanism and providing a way to re-create oneself and one's world. 

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Shifting Worlds, Changing Minds
Where the Sciences and Buddhism Meet
- Jeremy Hayward
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Reginald Ray
Reginald Ray studied Tibetan Buddhism in India as a Fulbright-Hays scholar for a year. Formerly assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Dr. Ray came to The Naropa Institute in 1974 to plan and initiate the Buddhist Studies Program. He is a member of the Nalanda Translation Committee.

Mr. Ray is on the faculty of Spirituality in Education OnLine, an electronic enhancement to The Naropa Institute's Spirituality in Education Conference. 


Buddhist Saints of India
A Study of Buddhist Values and Orientations
- Reginald Ray
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Emily Hilburn Sell 
Emily Hilburn Sell is the editor of many of Shambhala's most popular authors, including Marion Woodman, Linda Leonard, Natalie Goldberg, Peter Matthiessen, Chögyam Trungpa, Pema Chödrön, and John Welwood. 
The Spirit of Loving
- Emily Hilburn Sell

 

 
 
 

"For one human being to love another human being," Rainer Maria Rilke said, "that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation." Love is a mysterious and powerful force that can lead us from desire to attachment. It can also lead us beyond ourselves toward spiritual freedom.
 

This inspiring collection of quotations celebrates the liberating spirit of love, revealing its deeper dimension as a vehicle for self-knowledge, inner work, and greater intimacy. Excerpts from writers as diverse as Carson McCullers, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, C. G. Jung, Thomas Moore, J. Krishnamurti, and Hildegard of Bingen reveal the deeper dimension of love as a vehicle for self-knowledge and inner work, letting go of our self, being more open and intimate in our relationships, fully experiencing the present moment, and rediscovering the joy of playfulness and spontaneity.
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Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin 
The American dharma heir of Chögyam Trungpa, Ösel Tendzin was empowered in 1976 and became the leader of the international Vajradhatu/Shambhala communities in 1987, following the death of his teacher. The Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin passed away in 1990. 
Buddha In the Palm of Your Hand
-Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin

 

 
 
 

A clear and comprehensive overview of the entire path from beginning to explore the causes of suffering, through the study and practice of meditation, to the attainment of enlightenment, from the Tibetan Buddhist perspective.

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Karen Kissel Wegela

Karen Kissel Wegela, who began studying with Trungpa, Rinpoche, about a quarter of a century ago, is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, educator, and writer. In her private practice she works with adults and couples. She is director of the M.A. Psychology program in Contemplative Psychotherapy at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.


How to be a Help Instead of a Nuisance:
Practical Approaches to Giving Support, 
Service and Encouragement to Others
- Karen Kissel Wegela, Ph.D.

 

 
 
 

Despite our good intentions to help others, we often hold back because we don't know what to do or are afraid to intrude. And even when we overcome our hesitations, we sometimes find, to our horror, that we have made things worse with our attempts to help.

Mindful Presence, without Agenda: The author combines the insights of traditional meditative practices and modern psychology to address these problems, concluding that the most important thing we can offer to anyone in distress is our mindful presence, without agendas or expectations. When we learn to cultivate this ability to be open - heartedly, compassionately present, we find that we can intelligently apply a variety of skills and techniques, including listening, being mindful companions, and forming supportive teams for individuals and families.

We may find that our actions benefit us as much as they do the people we seek to help. You will learn:

How to really listen
How to be truly comforting companion to the ill or dying
How and when to offer advice--and when not to 
How to face uncertainty and pain 
How to give and receive helpful feedback 
How to form effective support teams 

 

 
 
 

In her step-by-step handbook, Karen Kissel Wegela guides readers through the process of becoming present to oneself so as to be able to offer meaningful help to friends, relatives and clients in distress. She states that a sense of lovingkindness toward oneself will flow naturally toward others as help is offered.

A practice of give-and-take grounded in Buddhism and meditative practices such as tonglen (learning how to breathe in someone else's emotion and breathe out reassurance and compassion) forms the basis of the techniques she presents. Writing in simple, direct language, she uses brief clinical and personal histories to illustrate her points.

Three appendices offer useful information on additional professional resources, the Naropa Institute's contemplative psychology program, and meditation centers.

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