November 22, 2010

Rebel Buddha—On Emotion

During the month of November, the Tricycle Book Club is discussing Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's Rebel Buddha! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here.

From Rebel Buddha:

"Wisdom is not a treasure concealed inside our emotions. Openness and wakefulness are already present in that first flash of anger, passion, or jealousy. The distinction between mind and mind's true nature, or the emotions and their true nature, turns out to be valid only through the lens of thought. From their own side—their own perspective—no such distinction can be made. Therefore, the direct experience of our unprocessed, raw emotions can generate a direct experience of wakefulness. These emotions are powerful agents in bringing about our freedom, if we can work with them properly."

Have something to say? Visit the Tricycle Community Book Club to discuss Rebel Buddha!

and Shambhala Publications have joined together to offer Ponlop Rinpoche’s new book, Rebel Buddha, to all Tricycle Community members during the month of November at a 20% discount with free shipping, plus free e-book for instant download.

Here’s how:

  • Join the Tricycle Community at any member level. If you are already a Tricycle Community Member, you are pre-qualified for this special offer.
  • Purchase Rebel Buddha online via the Tricycle site, and receive a 20% discount plus free shipping.
  • Download your free e-book and start reading immediately.

Already a member?

Click here to take advantage of this special offer.

Share with a Friend

Email to a Friend

Already a member? Log in to share this content.

You must be a Tricycle Community member to use this feature.

1. Join as a Basic Member

Signing up to Tricycle newsletters will enroll you as a free Tricycle Basic Member.You can opt out of our emails at any time from your account screen.

2. Enter Your Message Details

Enter multiple email addresses on separate lines or separate them with commas.
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
shiwapema's picture


First thank you tricyle, Tyler and Cindy for facilitating this discussion group.

Since I spend and frankly no doubt waste a lot of time both on and off the cushion "dealing" with my emotions, today's excerpt caught my eye. The last sentence of the excerpt:

"These emotions are powerful agents in bringing about our freedom, if we can work with them properly"

spurs me to dive into the book to see what more dpr has to say re: working with them properly. I would so much like to be surfing the crest of the emotion wave, enjoying the experience in all it's power and beauty than to be pummeled by it's crashing down on me :-0 But knowing that every surfer falls a lot of times before riding even the small waves, I keep getting up on that board!

It would be helpful if there was a reference to the page(s) in rebel buddha where the excerpts are taken.

In gratitude