October 22, 2010

The Rebel Buddha Book Tour, coming to a town near to you!

Get ready for the Rebel Buddha Book Tour! Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's new book is the biggest Buddhist book in a long time. The official publication date is November 9th, 2010, but we were lucky enough to receive a shiny new copy in our office today. We'll be covering Rebel Buddha in the Tricycle Book Club at tricycle.com in November, and you can also catch the author in his various stops around the country on the Book Tour, in which Rinpoche will be joined by other western Buddhist figures in a panel discussion.

The tour kicks off on November 14 in New York, N.Y. at the Cooper Union's Great Hall. The tour will continue on to Halifax, Toronto and Boulder and will conclude in Seattle.

Buy tickets online at rebelbuddha.com! Also be sure to check out Rinpoche's latest Huffington Post piece, "Letting Go of Labels and Seeing the World Anew."

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No Way's picture

Funny - with the label Pop Guru you can neatly put down both Eckhart Tolle and all those who have found inspiration in his words. To state that one cannot get rid of labels entirely, is not to say that labels are needed. It is almost like the Boddhisattva vow where we state that 'The Buddha Way is unattainable, I vow to attain it'. You reject labeling, yet you are labeling his statement and shamelessly putting that out on the internet for all to see - and why not? I don't even mean to infer you are doing something wrong... just pointing out that with your response you actually demonstrate the point he is making. I am doing the same to you. Isn't the problem our attachment or aversion to the labels - not the labels themselves? Peace.

NellaLou's picture

With all they hype, slick adverts, websites, columns in HuffPo, EJ, Youtube channels and so forth it is my profound wish that Ponlop Rinpoche is not being set up to be the next Chogyam Trungpa. HH Karmapa has already attained a certain "rock star" status, and fanaticism amongst some of his devotees too. What is with this desire for fetishizing teachers and attaching so desperately?

@anonymouse If labels are seen as provisional necessities that's one thing but I see your point about justifying that utility as a self-serving means. Especially when one has a book to push.

It will be interesting to see what happens in this scenario should the book become well known. And with the Rinpoche's fondness for quoting people like Ekhart Tolle and similar pop gurus on Twitter I wonder too how long before he too becomes another pop guru. Not implying that is his intention, which is obviously unknown to me, but it seems to be the intention of people in his entourage if the amount of media coverage, and the hyperbole within that coverage (case in point, the post above) is any indication.

anonymouse's picture

While reading the piece in the Huffington Post "Letting Go of Labels and Seeing the World Anew", i came across a statement that Rinpoche says we can not do away with labels completely. I disagree. Nothing is labeled until our minds look back on the word or title that we used to circumscribe any phenomena. It is in this looking back that labels are created and there is no need to look back except for self-importance, and political/social correctness. I guess he still believes that he has to be "right", not spontaneous. But, this behaving spontaneously in others company takes a bit of practice and self-effacement. When one is so involved with presenting a view of the Dharma as Rinpoche does I can see where he is still needing to label some things so that he is not embarrassed by people who disagree with him. :)