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Awake Mind, Open Heart

The Power of Courage and Dignity in Everyday Life

Cynthia Kneen, David Schneider (Foreword by)


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Twenty-five years ago renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche introduced teachings of the Shambhala warrior tradition-teachings that show how we could live as enlightened citizens and help create an advanced society based on fearlessness and non-aggression. Now Awake Mind, Open Heart makes these teachings accessible to the widest possible audience. Author Cynthia Kneen, who has conducted Shambhala Training workshops for more than twenty years, shows us how to develop personal power through direct, genuine experience and how to cultivate natural bravery, authenticity, and gentleness. Directed especially to readers new to Shambhala Buddhism, she also teaches how to develop genuine dignity by connecting to the strength and wisdom of the world as it is, and how to transform fear into fearlessness. This is an invaluable introduction to these ancient Tibetan teachings.

Da Capo Press, 9781569245514, 288pp.

Publication Date: December 11, 2002

About the Author

Cynthia Kneen is a senior student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the current Shambhala lineage holder, and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She has directed Shambhala Training (TM) weekends and advanced programs for more than twenty years. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

David Schneider, ordained as a Zen priest in 1997, is Director of Shambhala Europe and the author of Street Zen.