Chogyam Trungpa & the Backwards Ati Path
Chogyam Trungpa & the Backwards Ati Path
A book on the life of the Vidyadhara by Ken Friedman

Chögyam Trungpa & the Backwards Ati Path

A Treasury of Pith Instructions and Stories from the Life of the Vidyadhara

Chogyam Trungpa and the Backwards Ati Path a book  by Ken Friedman

His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche once said:

“Trungpa Rinpoche is the most rare and precious kind of teacher. He is a ‘Backwards Ati’ teacher’—he presents the ati view (i.e., pointing-out) at the very beginning and then teaches the entire path from the perspective of that view.”

What's Inside

This 360-page book (delivered in a PDF format) examines the full range of the Vidyadhara’s Buddhist and Shambhala teachings to show how he presented the entire nine-yana journey—from the basic disciplines of hinayana and mahayana all the way through to mahamudra and maha ati—from the perspective of the mind transmission. The book explores topics such as:

  • Dealing with heightened neurosis and discouragement on the vajrayana path;
  • A chapter on how to invoke the dralas, based on previously unpublished teachings from a personal interview between the Dorje Dradul (Trungpa Rinpoche) and the author;
  • How to accomplish the hinayana (not causing harm to others) and mahayana (the practice of kindness) after receiving pointing-out transmission;
  • Why you must practice mahamudra first (including the development-stage sadhana practices) in order to practice maha ati;
  • The four dignities of Shambhala (meek, perky, outrageous, inscrutable) and the four stages of maha ati (revelation of dharmata, increasing the nyam, awareness come to its full measure, exhaustion of dharmata);
  • The Vidyadhara's oral instructions about how to go forward when he died;
  • Numerous stories from the lives of Trungpa Rinpoche and the Crazy Wisdom lineage-holders.

What early readers are saying:

I read your book carefully and I think it’s amazing, simply amazing. It really touched my heart. No words to describe what I felt when reading. Thank you so much for inspiring me to follow the pith instructions of the great Chogyam Trungpa.
— Sonia Gomes (Portugal), Founder/Administrator, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche—A Tribute [Facebook Group]
I just finished your book and it is such a treasure. It is full of blessings from the amazing master, Trungpa Rinpoche. I must confess, at the beginning I thought several times: ‘How does he dare to write about such topics?’ But the more I read, I thought: ‘Who cares? It is so good! I really want to read this!’…I will definitely read this precious book again and again. I congratulate you on this wonderful work.
— Hanna Ebinger (Berlin, Germany), Instructor, Dharma Gar West
I really treasured reading your book. It is very precious indeed.…I think I should tell you that I am a pretty hard nut, but your book made me cry at least five times. All praises to Trungpa Rinpoche and the dakinis smiling through your eyes.
— Douglas Mills (Australia), Instructor, Dharma Gar West
The most interesting Trungpa Rinpoche book—by far—I’ve yet seen. Simply reading through the Table of Contents provoked chills, hair standing up, etc. By the time I finished reading, I felt a little like someone whose really great dream stays with them after they wake up. It was like a transmission. What a great gift! Bravo!
— Ashley Playfair-Howes (Mexico), former Governor/Head Tutor for Gesar Mukpo (Sechen Kongtrul Rinpoche)
The pith instructions in The Backwards Ati Path provide a precious key, handed down from the mahaguru, Trungpa Rinpoche, to one of his students, Ken Friedman, that opens a door for all those inspired to follow the Vidyadhara’s teachings and to preserve and enhance his legacy.
— Drew May (Los Angeles)

Plus Four Q&A Webinars
with Ken Friedman

When you purchase Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Backwards Ati Path you will also become eligible to attend a series of four Q&A webinars hosted by the author.

The cost for Backwards Ati is $25 USD.

The book will be delivered in a digital format (PDF).

Please do not copy or share, except with your significant other.

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