The British author is a renowned Buddhist meditation teacher who began practicing with Chogyam Trungpa in the early sixties when he first came to England and then with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Rigdzin Shikpo (Michael Hookham) is the author of Openness, Clarity, and Sensitivity and he has his own unique style with inspiring insights into practice.
The title comes from a teaching he received from Trungpa, who said that we should always turn toward those things that scare us, open to them completely, and never turn away from them. This path of direct openness is a hallmark of Dzogchen practice, and Rigdzin Shikpo's words shine with authenticity and freshness.
"This is one of the finest, most compelling books on Buddhism I have ever read. In its simplicity and clarity, in its depth and extraordinary subtlety, it surpasses most of what has been written on the subject. Expressing the profound essence of Tibetan Dzogchen in contemporary, highly experiential language, the author not only opens the innermost mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism, but shows us how we ourselves may follow the path to complete human realization. This book expresses the remarkable, unique, life-transforming dharma of his own teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, who taught meditation as a way to open up the full, liberating depth of our human experience as modern people. In his study and devoted practice, Rigdzin Shikpo has been working on this book for forty years and the result is brilliant and joyful and truly stunning." Reginald Ray.
"Never turn away - a simple suggestion, encouraging us to enter into direct communion with all aspects of our lives. Why? The answer is delivered here with brilliant, clear teaching that is inspiring, practical, and valuable for all meditators." Larry Rosenberg.
"These teachings are brought vividly to life in Rigdzin Shikpo's characteristic style, which is very clear, direct, simple, and down to earth. Making inspired connections across the boundaries of Buddhist thought, the techniques described here are linked to the Four Noble Truths, the traditional basis of the Buddha's teaching." Francesca Fremantle.