New paperback edition. An extraordinary concise and insightful treatise on Buddhism's relevance, particularly for young people in today's global culture, written by a modern Tibetan lama.
Dzogchen Ponlop presents traditional Buddhist philosophy and practice for Generations X and Y in this refreshing new take on Buddhism for modern times. Each of us has an inner rebel, he teaches, and that rebel represents our innate wisdom. The inner rebel is the voice inside that tells us we don't have to conform to the materialistic status quo. If we listen to that voice, we discover the courage to pursue a genuine spiritual life.
The authentic Buddhist path is based on testing for oneself the wisdom attributed to the Buddha that has been passed down through the centuries. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche encourages his readers to do just that: to investigate any presentation of "spiritual truth" and to apply our own reasoning and logic to analyzing it from top to bottom. When we've examined what it means and its implications for us and for others, then we'll have the conviction to "live up to it", and serve humanity with generosity and compassion.
"In Rebel Buddha, Dzogchen Ponlop shatters old myths and sweeps away cultural baggage, presenting the essence of the Buddha's teachings in a fresh, contemporary voice. With uncommon clarity and authority, he offers a new vision for the future of Buddhism that is at once shocking and hopeful. This is a small book with a big message that is timely and important." Pema Chodron.
"Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche has a remarkable ability to present the wisdom of the Buddha's teachings in a manner that is as fresh and accessible as it is profound. With Rebel Buddha, he goes straight to the core of the spiritual path, showing how the Buddha's liberating insights transcend race, religion, and culture. This book is sure to provoke, inspire, and move us one step closer to creating a thoroughly modern approach to spirituality." Mingyur Rinpoche.
"A seminal work for the growth of Buddhism in contemporary society. Fearlessly and intelligently, Ponlop Rinpoche invites the reader to make these ancient tools meaningful in our lives, without any fetishizing of someone else's culture...In Rebel Buddha, Rinpoche establishes himself as something we need now much more than a Tibetan lama: he is among the first of the American Buddhist masters". Ethan Nichtern, author of One City.
"Rebel Buddha is an exploration of what it means to be free and how we can become free...According to the Buddha, our freedom is never in question. We're born free. The true nature of the mind is enlightened wisdom and compassion." Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.