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Not About Self Improvement

“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 www.shambhala.com/html/learn/features/ctr/index.cfm.

Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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