Cynicism and Magic: Intelligence and Insight on the Buddhist Path
Based on a series of talks given by Chögyam Trungpa during the first session of what was to become Naropa University, Cynicism and Magic introduces key Tibetan Buddhist concepts, including karma, the structure of ego, the paramitas, and the bodhisattva. Employing a unique and intimate teaching style, Trungpa Rinpoche presents these concepts in a larger framework of questions we all have: What is authentic spirituality? Can I find enlightenment and freedom? How should I approach life, death, suffering, and boredom? How can I develop some discipline, patience, and sanity? Through these accessible teachings, this book will show you how to approach a living dharma with intelligence, and with a sense of openness and wonder.
The book was published in 2021 by Shambhala Publications and was the first editorial project completed by the Opening the Dharma Treasury Editors Group. The online course celebrated the publication of the book and featured many of the editors as presentors.
Learn about the online class that took place through Extended Studies at Naropa University
Watch the Book Celebration that took place
Purchase the book from Shambhala Publications