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Not About Self Improvement

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Jul 01, 2006

“Meditation is not a matter of trying to achieve ecstasy, spiritual bliss or tranquillity; nor is it attempting to become a better person. It is simply the creation of a space in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self-deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes.”

—Chogyam Trungpa (1939–1987) was a Tibetan Buddhist monk, a master teacher of Buddhism in the West, and the founder of Naropa University (in Boulder, Colorado), the only Buddhist-inspired accredited university in North America.

To learn more about Trungpa Rinpoche, a title translated as “Precious Jewel,” and his teachings, go to

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at