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 L...