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Kindling the Teachings

January 6, 2011

I love books. I love the weight of them, the smell of them, all the words in them. I love having them on my bookshelves, cozying up to read one in the evening, sharing a book with a friend. I love books. (I’m a little less crazy about all the trees that are killed for paper to make books, but I have some hope that we’ll soon be using bamboo for paper, or another renewable resource.)

But I also love my Kindle! And, here’s why: I frequently go away to a remote cabin to work on editing the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa. I don’t like lugging all the books I need to have with me, not at all. Sometimes, they fill a whole suitcase. Really. A small suitcase, but a suitcase nonetheless. I drive my car to my retreat house, and then I have to unpack all the books—as well as the food, clothes, computer paraphernalia, etc. The older I get, the more arduous it is. I wonder if e-food will be coming out soon. Could be great!

So I love having most of Chögyam Trungpa’s books on my Kindle. Love it, love it, love it. Last night, I snuggled into my retreat bed with Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism on my Kindle. Maybe snuggling is not the right word when it comes to that book, but it was fairly cozy. I decided to start from the beginning and reread the chapter on “Spiritual Materialism.” Trungpa Rinpoche was saying:

When you receive spiritual instruction from the hands of another, you do not take it uncritically, but you burn it, you hammer it, you beat it, until the bright, dignified color of gold appears. Then you craft it into an ornament, whatever design you like, and you put it on. Therefore dharma is applicable to every age, to every person. It has a living quality.

Yes, I’m thinking. You can even Kindle the dharma and it can still feel fresh and alive!

Then, without getting out of bed, I could switch to The Myth of Freedom to read a short teaching on “Working with Negativity,” or I could open up Smile at Fear to learn all about the education of the Shambhala warrior, who is dedicated to peace rather than aggression.

For that matter, the next time I get on an airplane, I can bring twenty-two volumes of Chögyam Trungpa’s teachings with me, as well most of Pema Chödrön’s books, and books by many other authors—all in this one little device that fits in my purse. (And if I should stray from the path of dharma and want to read a mystery novel on the plane, well, there’s a place for that on my Kindle too. But don’t tell anyone.) I love my Kindle.

So with all this in mind, here’s the latest contest from Shambhala Publications and Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week: Tell us what you like or don’t like about eBooks, and you’ll be entered in the contest to win a Kindle loaded with a selection of eBooks by Chögyam Trungpa.

The Kindle contest is now closed. The randomly selected winner, Number 508, is Eman F. Thanks to everyone who wrote in. There were a lot of interesting and helpful comments about the pros and cons of eBooks.

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678 Responses to Kindling the Teachings

  • J. Andy Lambert says:

    I'm not sure what difference it makes. The Dharma cannot be contained in a book in any form whether the ink is e-ink or dried on dead trees it's still just the finger pointing at the moon.

    That being said, I too love books, and I too would dearly love to have a Kindle. I had one for a short amount of time, but it was given to me under circumstances that I felt broke the precept about not stealing so I gave it to the original owner.

    There's no reason the kindle changes anything the Dharma teachings are just as valid and accessible on a Kindle as on paper, more so, in fact. I can make notes and highlight and everything is stored on my Kindle account all backed up on the web. If I drop my kindle down a hole and buy a new one (ha-ha) the notes and such are all there right where I left them.

    I've never read anything by Trunngpa but I'm certainly interested to do so.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:03 am

  • Erik Crew says:

    I have Kindle on my iphone, and I must say, I love the experience of reading on it. The "page turns" are more frequent; only a paragraph can fit on one screen; only one thought can be taken in at a time. It supports my efforts to focus on one thing in front of me and discourages peeking to see how far till the end of the chapter or how many pages till the end of the story. It encourages being lost in the literature.

    I fear ebooks because I fear how the publishing industry will survive in their presence. I worry about the continued quality of our literary production. I hope we can keep the respect of the written word as we shift towards a pageless world.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:08 am

  • Brent H. says:

    My wife, father in law, mother in law, and niece all have Kindles. They are all linked to the same account at Amazon so they all can share the same books. One person buys one and everybody gets to read it just like it would be if you passed a hard copy around from person to person.

    Another bonus is all of the free books available from Kindle. They provide many relatively new books as "teasers", usually one in a series, so if they're good we can buy others.

    I don't have my own Kindle but am reading BUDDHA: A STORY OF ENLIGHTENMENT by Deepak Chopra on my BlackBerry with the Kindle smartphone app when I can steal a few moments of time.

    Good Stuff!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:09 am

  • Matt says:

    I love the ability to shuffle between books and have different volumes in one place. I read various chapters of books at one time and having an e-reader is a big convenience.

    That said, holding an e-reader in bed or on the beach is awkward compared to holding a real paper book. I'm not sure that will ever change in this generation.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:35 am

  • Wendi says:

    I love ebooks because I can sit and read them on my comp without waking my son and its just easier for me to have them on a comp or handheld device and keep up with the little ones. I would love a Kindle for my ebooks so that I can take them with me when taking one of my parents or kids to their Drs and having to do the eternal waiting room sit.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

  • Barry says:

    Having an eBook seems like a very efficient way to carry a good portion of one's library! It seems like it would be a great thing to have on a bus, in an office, etc.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:41 am

  • Jim says:

    I will miss paper - but I like that these books do not eventually end up in landfill. I enjoy reading books on my iPad - even though the experience differs from reading from paper. I can carry many more ebooks with me than I could ever fit into a bag. The printed page is changing. Of course, of course.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:43 am

  • Christopher says:

    I love my books too, yet the these eBook readers do help make the entire massive library brilliantly portable. In the practical sense, I love the lack of a hand-cramp from attempting to hold open a book with one hand. Perfectly sized, eBooks seemingly evaporate leaving you alone with the words and the thoughts. I did miss underlining the best parts and making notes in the margins . . . sure, they gives you some of that functionality . . . but it doesn't quite replace picking up an old friend and flipping through to find the jewels . . . getting lost on the way.

    What really gets me excited about putting Chögyam's teaching in ebook format is the concept of making the Dharma key-word searchable . . . Seriously powerful stuff . . . Seriously.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:52 am

  • Diane says:

    I too like everything about books, especially their heft and the smell of the pages. Indeed, I get giddy walking into a library with that lovely book aroma. That said, as someone who travels a lot, I *love* having my favorite dharma books with me wherever I go. (And how cool would it be to have all of CTR?) It's a great support. Those who know me know that half of my luggage used to be books I wanted to take with me on trips, so with my Kindle, my back is a lot happier. Maybe we can have e-books that emit the smell of pages? :)

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:54 am

  • Shelley Jackson says:

    I love paper books best. However I have a number of health problems and don't like to take my books to hospitals and drs offices with me...germ factor. Books on kindle would allow me to take them and clean them off after I leave just like my hands...

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:56 am

  • Mike B says:

    Love turning pages, but the future is here. Already have kindle on my droid phone. Would love to have so many books in a small epackage via a kindle instead! I cant take all my pema or CTR books with me otherwise.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

  • Jackie says:

    I was initially sceptical about e-books, it just didn't seem right to me. Where was the smell of new books we all love, the pages to bookmark, the cover illustrations to admire. However since getting an e-reader application on my iPhone, I am totally converted. As a voracious reader, I'm never now without a book as my phone now features an esoteric collection with everything from mark twain and david sedaris to the dalai lama and the tibetan book of the dead. I love the fact that in a few minutes I can download and add to my collection and whenever I'm stuck in an airport or on a train, I can be reading a great book within a few short clicks on my phone. I've passed many hours on a flight or train journey basking in the light of an e-book.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

  • penelope sands says:

    I dont know what I like about eBooks yet. I know I would love to have the Complete works of CTR available so easily. I have been traveling between Australia and the US over the past 10 years specifically to study the dharma in this lineage. The idea that I could take so much dharma with me from continent to continent is very pleasing. I could share with others at a moment's notice all over the world!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:58 am

  • Kathryn Rile says:

    What I find the least attractive about ebooks is that I have actually never held a kindle or ipad in my hand, and have therefore never read one. I hear wonderful things about portability and the ecology of trees, but it is all hypothetical to me.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:00 am

  • R says:

    What do I like about e-books? I like that one could have a Kindle, loaded with brilliant dharma books. What an amazing, amazing thing. Great idea!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:00 am

  • Benjamin Brisjar says:

    I like the fact that we can do away with the tons of heavy books we have been carting throughout all our moves.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:01 am

  • Chris says:

    I would love to be able to travel with as many books as I like rather than the number of books I can justifiably fit into my suitcase without injuring myself trying to carry it.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:01 am

  • Mark Bourdon says:

    What I love about eBooks is I can carry a library of wisdom with me at all times. Helps provide a rich contemplation practice.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:01 am

  • Scott Zimmer says:

    I like the feelings of profundity, history and solidity that come with holding a traditional book, but I don't like carrying books around with me.

    What I like about ebooks is their portability and their ephemerality - one minute they are not there, then you order the book, and the intangible, invisible bits of wisdom fly through the air and into your device. What a great metaphor for the wisdom that constantly surrounds us!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:02 am

  • Sean Hatt, Ph.D. says:

    It's a great idea to increase the availability of the Dharma. The teachings will be powerful and fresh no matter what medium holds them. They are timeless and pure.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:02 am

  • Rich says:

    I love the idea of ebooks but have never tried one myself. My wife however loves her Kindle! What I don't like so much about that is when we're both peacefully reading in bed at the end of the night and I here the click, click of her pushing the Next Page button! :)

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:03 am

  • julia Ferguson says:

    ebooks are a way to hold all the lovely friends and lessons books have become for me in a small compact place that can travel with me wherever I go.

    I think I would miss being able to write notes or underline certain passages that inspire or teach me. However, the convenience of having more than one book at a time in the palm of my hand sounds delightful and exciting. Just thing Dharma of mind "on the go".

    Much success to all who enter and whomever wins!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:03 am

  • Michele Hauschildt says:

    Kindle and anything Shambhala publishes sounds fantastic. I am usually rushing around just before a trip gathering the books I want to read. With a Kindle, my life would be much more simple...Zen almost! Although I would miss turning pages and yes, dog-earing them too, I know it is the way things are headed and am willing to do my part.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:04 am

  • Kate says:

    I love the smell of books and the feeling of the paper - I love the sound of cracking a book for the first time - and I love the silky cover - I really do love books. ultimately I am not convinced that electronic is necessarily a more environmental option (cheemicals that are involved and the waste is still signifigant) - but I do love that the availability of e-books does increase access to the written word and allows so much more sharing. As a child I was limited to searching for books in my local libraries card catelogue - now I have access to see every book printed on every subject imaginable. I love that !!! My world and my development has expanded so much. Its amazing

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

  • Aaron says:

    EBooks are a valuable resource because they provide vast opportunities for the transmission of information via digital means. Populations that might not have access to these materials via conventional means will have new resources for the future. In addition, eBooks are conservationally minded as they limit the use of natural resources.

    I do, however, like the tactile feeling of many pieces of paper bound together, the smell of the ink, and the feeling of progressing through the pages. Also, it's a dangerous proposition to use an eBook reader in a bathtub.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

  • Danielle says:

    I like ebooks because you can learn so many things from them. Instead of going to libraries (which I LOVE, anyway), there are unlimited resources right at your fingertips!

    Love it!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

  • David says:

    My wife is a voracious reader and would spin books over to me that she thought I would like. Now that she has a Kindle (which she loves) that doesn't happen. Think I need one now too.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

  • Sheri Gaber says:

    I'm like you about books. I love everything about them. They way they look, feel, smell. The weight of them in my hand. Except at bedtime, which is when I usually end up reading. It's a hard to get comfortable because whatever position I want to be in doesn't seem to work well with a book. I drop it or it gets heavy or the pages close while I move.

    I have an e-reader app on my iPod Touch and it is so much easier at night! The problem is it's pretty small so I only get so many words on the screen. I didn't think I would like ebooks because of my love of books. But I really do like them. And I like the fact that you can download them instantly! A Kindle would be better than the tiny screen of my iPod, though.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

  • Daniel Dickens says:

    There is something to holding an actual book. It has character and a relationship is forged between the reader and the read. I wouldn't go as far as comparing the differences between an ebook and an actual book to the saying "pointing at the moon is not the moon" or maybe more accurately, "the menu is not the meal", however, there are advantages to both formats. Books also have a presence in your home. Friends or strangers come over and look through my collection, physically touch them, smell them, admire the art. That being said, I'd love Kindle because sometimes its just more fitting for the situation, and it looks cool.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

  • Alyson Bolles says:

    I have never read an eBook but would like to give it a try! My sister loves her Kindle. I personally enjoy turning the pages, dog-earring pages, and underlining and making notes in my own books. I wonder how different the experience would be... And to have all of Chogyam Trungpa's books on one device! Sounds divine.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

  • Seth says:

    I still love reading paper books especially when I find a good deal at the used books store. I also enjoy having the kindle software on my phone so I can read when I am out somewhere.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

  • Erika says:

    The Kindle is such a great study tool - I use the iphone app, and it was great to sit in level V Shambhala Training talks and be able to refer to any of the cited texts by CTR or the Sakyong instantly. I also love both the environmental and financial benefits of ebooks. Truly the way of the future.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

  • Andre La Velle says:

    I like that you can look up words and but I don't like that if you fall asleep with an eBook, that it may drop or you may roll on top of it.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

  • Isabelle JACOBS says:

    I don't know ebooks, but i want to try it, yes!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

  • Jen says:

    I'm torn. I love books, everything about them. This must be how record collectors felt 20 years ago. The future is here but it's so hard to embrace! I'm not sure if I'll feel the same way about an E-reader. Time will tell.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

  • Sarah says:

    I truly love holding a book in my hands, and it's smell as I turn the pages. It is appealing, however, to use less paper and use less space by having my books conveniently located on one device that I can carry with me everywhere.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:07 am

  • Christina says:

    I don't have an e-reader. I'm afraid of how it will change my life. I love books; their feel, smell, texture...all of it. I can also see the value of these electronic devices, and the portability of these things. Plus as I get older, they will make it easier to continue doing the one thing I love so much, which is read.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:08 am

  • kristina says:

    ahhhh, to paper or Kindle...that is the question. i love books, i love reading, i love the ability to pass information from generation to generation through words on a page (and now, a screen). i don't have a Kindle and would LOVE one...the thought it would be filled with works by Chögyam Trungpa is something beyond words for me. when i first heard of the concept of eBooks i was a little hesitant but literally over the last few weeks having a Kindle has crept in. plus, Trungpa would always say to, "lean into the sharp points", so although the concept is slightly foreign to me i find the vast array of information at your fingertips via eBooks is outrageous and i would be thrilled to read Trungpa's words of wisdom, insight, and inspiration from my very own Kindle! ki ki so so!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:08 am

  • Lori says:

    I love the feel and smell of paper and the weight and heft of a book but I love the magnification option on ebook readers. It's the way it is.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:08 am

  • Bryan says:

    I too love books. I love being surrounded by them. I love holding them in my hand. I love going to the "book temple" (the local Barnes & Noble looks like a temple) to buy them, or looking at them online. I spend countless hours weekly doing this. And yet, there are always those books that remain with me...the ones I don't have to search for. They are the ones that I go to over and over and over again. The Kindle would make all of these "go to's" accessible to me no matter where I am. And my partner wouldn't have to harass me about cluttering up the house with even more books! No Zen! :-)

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:08 am

  • Diego Gonzalez says:

    I'm still a little attached to the look and feel of paper books as they're easier for "navigating" between chapters and I like to think that I can get away from technology in general when I'm reading...but I definitely like the portability of having a single device with tons of books inside. The Kindle is also probably greener, but only if you load it with a big amount of books.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:09 am

  • Eric U says:

    From where does it come? To where does it go? When I turn it on or off? Plus saving so much paper is a very good thing. However, books are almost like living beings. You cannot flip through the pages on a Kindle and skip to the end. Cannot page mark the folded corners to mark your favorite sections. The ebook is a different creature altogether. I like having both for different reasons.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:10 am

  • Seth Segall says:

    My bookshelves are overflowing from over 50 years of buying and reading books: If I love a book I want to keep it for future reference, especially a good Dharma book. Prior to e-readers I had to institute a strict policy of no new book could cross my threashold unless an old one went out. A real heartbreaker! Now I can keep adding new books without moving to a larger house! I also love the convenience of reading a review of a new book and being able to buy it instantly without having to travel to a bookstore and discover it's not in stock. (Not to mention the times when I'm traveling and a good bookstore may not be anywhere ro be found.) Lastly, when it comes to really thick tomes, thousand-pagers, a thin little e-reader is a lot more portable - it takes us less suitcase room.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:10 am

  • richard heilbrunn says:

    i love traditional books, but i also love the environment. in keeping carbon footprint low and not destroying forests, i feel i can apply skillful means to my study and enjoyment.
    ebooks don't need to be delivered by trucks fueled by fossil fuels and save trees. ideally i can sit under a tree and read an eBook~~~

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:11 am

  • Kim Welter says:

    I love having both options. I only have an IPOD Touch now but being able to keep many books on it allows me the chance to read the dharma when I am feeling low or just need some time to unwind and calm down during my day. There are also times when I might want passages or quotes from different books. I obviously can't carry the whole collection with me if they were in hard form, but a Kindle would allow me to have them with me always when I needed them. I love BOTH forms of Media and think each has its place. I LOVE books and feeling them in my hands but believe the E-Books have their place as well. Plus, I think that Chogyam Trungpa would want us to be curious and have an open mind and just see how it goes with this new media. Curiosity is the key!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:11 am

  • Will Jayroe says:

    For contemplative study of spiritual and philosophical books, I enjoy physical copies for the first read. However, when it comes to having my entire library in one place, eBooks are a revolution that I've been waiting for my whole life.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:11 am

  • Helen Fitzsimons says:

    Im visually dislexic, reading less text from an illuminated screen is so much easier than reading from a paper book. Its nice to live lightly.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

  • NadineDB says:

    I love holding a book, especially old ones, the whole page turning feel of it. But I LOVE that e-books save the trees - they have a more important role to play on our planet than to feed our love of the printed word.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

  • Diego Gonzalez says:

    I like that you can carry a whole library inside a tiny device, and the fact that it can be better for the environment if you buy enough books that way. I still don't love the idea of using a gadget for reading, but that'll probably have to change anyway.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

  • Rick says:

    What I really like about ebooks is the fact that trees are not being cut down to supply my reading media. The future is happening, and the possiblities are endless. I look forward to opening my mind without the outer dissolution of the material world. :)

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

  • Sian says:

    I love the fact that my mum can't steal my copies of books and lend them to other people, but I hate the fact you can't dry it out on the radiator and expect it to read the same

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:14 am

  • Romain says:

    I like eBooks because you can get them while you are anywhere in the world with an internet connection. But paper books have a merit over eBooks because they don't need electricity to charge them.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:15 am

  • Elspeth says:

    I too, love the fact that ebooks enables you to carry loads of virtual books - what a save for your back! It also allows you to save a lot of bookshelf space, which is especially valuable in my NYC apartment. My dislikes: I have to re-purchase if I want my existing books in a virtual format...and an ebook device is something that requires an electrical outlet to be charged every so often - something that may not be readily available on some retreats or adventures outside of civilization!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:16 am

  • Jeff Imig says:

    Don't like: 1) eBooks have no resale value [not as a business, just can't sell them used ... a church booksale for example], 2) they can't be given away... like I sometimes give old books to friends, 3) when you die who and how do they go to? can't donate your collection, your children don't get them. etc.

    Do like: convenience and save trees.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:16 am

  • Steven says:

    I liken it to adapting to mp3 players like the iPod. It was a bit odd at first with e-music, but then I learned to love the fact that hundreds of albums fit into something not much bigger than a deck of cards...and now much smaller!
    With e-books, it's the same. Imagining most of my library onto a small tablet no bigger than a paperback that I can take anywhere, anytime is an amazing thing. I will miss the tactility of paper and even the smell of paper, but the experience of reading remains constant.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:16 am

  • Deepti Pascual Srivastava says:

    Hi there,
    I actually haven't read any eBooks, though i love reading books and have spent way too much time recently on the internet, reading, doing some variation of phenomenological research/inquiry. I have spent a lot of time traveling over the last year and can see the value of eBooks, to be able to transport great amounts of knowledge/stories/texts in a very small space. There is something that I love about holding a book and being able to connect w/ actual pages and print, especially teachings of the Dharma, as they are in form - even though transmission of teachings is not limited to form/time/space - there is something that is tangible that stays. I can also see the value of eBooks/Kindle in the emerging intersections of mixed media in our evolving and globalizing world, and great for the ethno-technological nomads aka pilgrims of the earth. Anyway, I love the teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche, I studied at Naropa some years ago, and the teachings/view/foundation stays. I have been back and forth between Asia and the States this last year and thought i would put my two cents out there, since it was being asked for, and see if I could win something and make the switch or give it to a friend as a gift:-)

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:17 am

  • Kimberly W says:

    I love my Kindle. I love having an entire library at my disposal any time, anywhere. The one inconvenience I see is trying to flip back and forth to read a passage that was read before or to find another place further forward. I find the navigation in this situation to be awkward. However, the benefits outweigh the small inconvenience!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:17 am

  • Jeffery Black says:

    Kindle is the way of the warrior. The warrior can fearlessly switch from one book to another ( a kindle can hold up to 3,500 books) The fun thing of switching between books is you often find that they all say the same thing.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:17 am

  • Beth H. says:

    I haven't used an ebook yet, but I think they would be great for traveling, backpacking, day hikes, and expeditions. An ebook loaded with Ocean of Dharma teachings would be wonderful! It would definitely be a "Pocket Chogyam Trungpa".

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:17 am

  • Sally Livingston says:

    The Dharma teachings are ageless. We all know this, right? So having the ability to read them on a Kindle would be a real trip! A way to embrace the ancient with the present moment.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:17 am

  • Luci says:

    I've read e-books for years on my old Palm, appreciating the portability and size. As much as possible, I've avoided looking at new technology "just because." But the idea of a Kindle already loaded with Chögyam Trungpa's books, which are on my reading list but not yet purchased ... what a wonderful gift this would be.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:17 am

  • beherenow says:

    I might like one if I had it. I was looking at a dictionary on the bookshelf today and thinking about how much I used to use one ten years ago. Now, I haven't touched one since Google. I guess a Kindle would further streamline the reading process, make it very accessible. That's fine. I do miss paper. I also used to love journaling but now my writing has become more disposable due to Microsoft Word and the social internet and it seems to have lost its previous value. Anyway, send me a Kindle. Thanks.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

  • le castillo says:

    nothing like having tons and tons on hand to read at the push of a button! nothing keeps me occupied better than when i have a bit of free time and an ebook to read!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:20 am

  • Gwen Bell says:

    I plan to get an iPad when the news of the next gen is released in the next few months. I just finished reading What Technology Wants (worth the read) and it's nearly 400 pages. Hardback. You don't so much carry as LUG a book like that. So, what I most appreciate about digital is how much information we're able to pack into an increasingly smaller space.

    If What Technology Wants is right, and I think it is, we'll see those spaces get smaller, faster.

    So my question to you is, how small would you want your reading device to be? If it could fit over your eye like a contact lens, would you want one?

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:20 am

  • Victor Cosby says:

    I like: the idea of having my entire library in a portable format (I may be forced to live on the road soon); using fewer natural resources to produce and transfer wisdom and knowledge (like the Internet).

    I don't like: the idea of requiring electricity to read (even in the daytime); if I drop it or get it wet, it might break; I prefer the physicality of books (texture, smell, act of turning a page, writing notes in the margins, handing it off to a friend when I'm done); lower resolution than paper might hurt my eyes.

    I also wonder what a move to eBooks could mean for libraries (where I now have to get most of my books) and access to books for the poor if we do away with physical books. I hope we can at least preserve master copies of texts for library lending. Then again, maybe providing book readers to the poor would be a way to empower them.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:21 am

  • Jen says:

    I like the efficiency of ebook readers, but I miss the "feel" of holding a paper book and seeing words on an actual page.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

  • Stephen C Vanderver says:

    I like ebooks. I've got a pretty good PDF reader on my iPhone and it is very convenient, when I'm out and about, to read or reference the books I have on there. I only have a few, but I would probably get more ebooks if I had a larger format device.

    The look and feel of a regular book has two sides for me...I like them, but sometimes I get intimidated by how "thick" I have to go to finish. With this, I think I am a more successful ebook reader. I just plow through the book like I'm playing a video game.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

  • Tammy says:

    I love the convenience of carry lots of books in one tiny device. I can read what ever I am in the mood for at any given time without carry tons of books. : ) I also love the dictionary function...if I don't know what a particular word means I can just highlight and there it is. I miss the smell and feel of a "real" book...but like the fact that ebooks are saving many trees and environmentally friendly! <3

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

  • Judy says:

    I don't have a Kindle yet but purchased my first e-book over the holidays to read on my laptop. As much as I have enjoyed the feel of books in my hand, I embrace this new technology. Think of all the trees that will be saved!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

  • Tom - Chicago says:

    eBooks allow me to easily share quotes and passages across the digital spectrum and integrate my readings with some of the other online activities I participate in. The fact that in the long run, less use of paper will hopefully sustain our forests makes it an easy trade-off over paper.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

  • Claire Rose says:

    Love that essentially every book is the same size! No matter what edition, no matter where you by it. I love that there need be no heartaching decisions when traveling about which books to take. And I like the paper saving nature of e-books - although I don't know how green those e-books are! I

    I dislike that no longer would I get to take in the smell of a new book! Nor sit amongst my bookshelves in the calmness.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

  • Ilona Anderson says:

    The essential thing is to have access to the teachings and the great thing about the kindle and about ebooks is that you can take them with you in a very easy portable manner. They expedite reading, help with research and make cross referencing very easy. All that, so much wisdom and energy in such a small package and at the same time not destroying the trees and the greenery and so on.
    OH yes I forgot, the quick and easy way to download the material makes it ideal for one to think about a book or have someone suggest a chapter to read and in an instant you can have it at your fingertips.
    I do wish the kindle was up the minute technology like the iPad but eventually I think they will all converge. I would like it to have the ease of reading which it does with the colour and touch screen technology the iPad has.
    I like also that it makes reading for young people who had turned away from that pleasure now more accessible and appealing. It is the way things are moving.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:23 am

  • Ashley says:

    I like to be able to have a large reference library of works with me for all situations.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:23 am

  • Eric Lopez says:

    What I love about ebooks is that I can take them with me whererver I go. Besides, I sometimes like to read several books at once, so having them in electronic format takes much less space if, for instance, I am traveling.
    One downside about ebooks is that they don´t have the "look and feel" of a traditional book. For me, nothing beats having a traditional book in my hands and reading it.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:23 am

  • Jeanne says:

    It would be lovely to take a dharma library on retreat without lugging an extra suitcase. The touch of my fingers on a page, the smell of inked paper, the colors of the cover are all just phenomena, after all.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:25 am

  • Barrie says:

    I have never tried Kindle, so I can't really comment. I like going to a book store to see and touch books, and I like to see my old best friend books on the shelf. I still have my 1973 CUTTING THROUGH SPIRITUAL MATERIALISM.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:26 am

  • Ciara says:

    I love ebooks because I read and re-read my books constantly and they end up battered and worn. Ebooks allow me to keep my reads in tip-top condition and I never have to deal with dog-eared pages!
    I also love that I can access tons of chapter previews of books I am considering, never mind the fact that this also introduces me to a whole host of authors I'd never even heard of!
    Basically... ebooks enable me to carry round a library... and essentially, a BRAIN in my bag! :)

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:27 am

  • Ajit Fisher says:

    On the like side, the ease and convenience is fantastic. Particularly when I am looking for a reference I know of or the possibility of a cross-reference, and I can use a search function! That saves me tons of time. It becomes a multimedia tool rather than a solomedia experience.

    On the less-like side, I have yet to experience a screen that is inherently enjoyable to stare at for hours, much unlike a good book.

    On the downright concerned side, I see a significant ethical manufacturing, landfill and toxic materials waste management issue.

    e.g. blood and rape for critical materials for our gadgets

    e.g. cell phones

    e.g. the export of electronic waste to the majority world, where there are few norms or environmental laws

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:27 am

  • andre says:

    It's really great to have a whole selected library in one device so small, above all with so many extra functions; Kindle has a search function, right? Some even read out loud with a soft, android voice…
    On the other hand, it doesn't seem to be very ecological to produce them, like all digital means…

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:27 am

  • Barbara says:

    I want to be able to download eBooks from the library and to reduce the number of heavy paper books that I own. The electronic format is here to stay, let's stop cutting down trees!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:28 am

  • Kelly says:

    I love getting a new or used book in the mail and being able to turn pages. I feel like I'm receiving a gift from the author. I also love the smell of a new book. I live in a small place and space is limited so having an ebook would be helpful. I know that the words of a writer are the gift, not the package they come in. :)

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:28 am

  • Susie Anderson says:

    I have loved books my entire life. I grew up in libraries, earned a library degree, and have worked in them for over 20 years. But I am acutely aware that we need embrace technology to stay current. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche understood this and I think he would applaud the current e-book revolution as a way to make the dharma more accessible. The thought of having all of his works -- and others -- in one easily portable format is indeed exciting. I am certainly open to these new possibilities, but I will still hang onto my beloved book collection for old time's sake.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

  • Lex says:

    I too like the weight of books, one page after another after another and that all adding up to something fairly heavy. So I guess what I like don't like about eBooks is how they're different from books, from what I know. And I'm tired of staring at screens. I feel like paper is better for the eyes.

    That said, eBooks are not necessarily awful simply because they're different. They are convenient for more than a few different reasons. They too have their purpose. And like books, they carry with them info/knowledge/wisdom--all very valuable things.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

  • Nathalie says:

    I love books, turning the pages, reading it whenever I wanted and sharing a book with a friend or a special person. But I understand, from an environmental point, ebook may be a better alternative if we know how to manage electric waste.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

  • Shane H says:

    i do love a good book...the feel, the smell, dog-earing the page i left off on, etc. however, i do love my kindle app on my droid x. i like that it doesn't take up a lot of space (like my ipod did for hundreds of cds), it remembers where i left off, it all fits in a tiny space but still affords me all my great books. the fact that it's very eco friendly in terms of not using up paper is a great bonus. being a book geek, this is a technology i hope continues to flourish.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

  • Alfonso says:

    I like the portability, it allows to carry a lot of books while traveling, also like the idea of stopping the use of paper in favor of an electronic device, wish the devices had longer lifetimes tough...

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:33 am

  • Jeff says:

    I love that you can carry around multiple books without having to carry around multiple BOOKS. I don't like the kindle 2's inability to scale up graphics. Pretty much anything with a graphic on the kindle 2 is a lost cause.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

  • C. Robin Janning says:

    I love my Kindle. I love switching from book to book -- and carrying so many of my books around with me. My only issue is that not every book I want to read is available in e-book form.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:35 am

  • Victor Cosby says:

    Apologies for multiple posts but a few other things occur to me about the problematic nature of eBooks.

    What will happen to the already embattled independent bookshops?

    Will a move to eBooks further our disconnection from each other in the physical world and hurt the commons and the "Great Good Places" where people meet and share ideas? I have started many conversations in public and met new people when they see the cover of what I'm reading in a coffee shop or the library. (Maybe eReaders should allow you to display the cover on the back side, though I'm sure that would increase the cost of manufacturing the devices.)

    Also of concern is where the minerals come from to build our electronic devices and the waste involved. Please see the following.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:36 am

  • Sue says:

    I love that you can read at night without a light!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:41 am

  • Marnie says:

    Some of the advantages I like with e-books include ability to do quick searches, copy and paste sections to essays or blogs, highlight or add notes without destroying the copy and some of the disadvantages include reliance on electricity, wireless function if one is not in an area or country that connects to wireless, closed formats, non-transferability and lack of availability of e-books, not all publishers provide that option.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:43 am

  • Donniee says:

    I don't have a kindle yet (wink, wink!) but I imagine it will be sweet having so many reference material on me without killing my back with all the books I so often carry around. I probably won't like not going to the bookstore hours at a time, with all those lovely paper books!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:44 am

  • Bev says:

    I like that ebooks use few natural resources, but I dislike the dependence on an electronic device.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

  • Lyn says:

    What I like about e-books is quite easy to sum up. I could have an entire library with me when I travel, I could annotate the book, make highlights, and share text with others. The new potential in this current generation of Kindle to loan books to others, now that is a neat idea. Just imagine! Sharing a text with friends one their own device (with the upcoming two week loan option!), so that they can also enjoy my books easily, sometimes from a distance (sharing e-books with family and friends in other states and nations, now that is priceless!)

    And of course, my back very much loves the ebook concept.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:46 am

  • Richard says:

    I like the eBooks on my Android phone because I have a whole library with me at all times so I can always be productive (and learning). The Kindle would be nice for those times I want (and need) the larger screen. All Kindle devices sync to continue reading at the same place.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:47 am

  • Madhu says:

    In books I like the feel of the paper on my fingers, and the scents books develop as they age. I like the remnants of folded-over corners on the pages so I can unexpectedly see what was important to me years ago when I first read a book. Notes, stars or underlining help me see where my mind was then and where it has come to now. With e-books I miss the scent of the book in particular, but LOVE word or phrase searches and copying and pasting into my notes. When reading a book I often wish for these. With books there is serendipity and sensuality, with e-books great precision.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:51 am

  • Dennis Johnson says:

    What I like about ebooks is that they don't catch dust and are easy to carry from one place to another due to their digital nature. As a spin-off they are searchable, which comes as a great aid when you are looking for a specific topic in any work. Furthermore, if the reading device is connected to the internet, it is easy to share inspiring or alarming quotes via social networks, something I usually don't think about when reading a printed edition.

    For me a big drawback of ebooks is that, as far as I know, so far they cannot be marked and it's impossible to scribble notes into the margins - something that I enjoy doing very much. Another problem seems to be the whole legal situation with purchasing and lending digital material like ebooks - its relatively easy to grab a real book from the library, but it seems to me that rules are less clear for ubiquitous material.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

  • chris jones says:

    i like the smell of books...the weight in my hands...the feeling of the paper...and the ability to look at all of the titles on a giant bookshelf at once and skim through them to find just the book i'm feeling or catches my attention...

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

  • Alma Carpenter says:

    I love the search feature the best. You can look up absolutely anything in the book. Much better than an index.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:53 am

  • Rhonda says:

    I worry about whether or not I will be able to migrate my virtual library onto another device should I decide to move in that direction or if the technology changes and forces me to move.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

  • shawn says:

    I can't imagine seeing children learning to read by e-book!! Love the smell and feeling of paperbacks. I will miss that ... Ebooks are just very convenient. We must get used to change, I guess. I do not have a kindle but would love this pre-loaded one!! I also want your retreat ... That is another giveaway I suppose :)

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

  • Gandharva says:

    I like the feel and smell of a real book.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:56 am

  • Anna says:

    I love ebooks but sometimes the smell of a vintage book can't be beat.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:58 am

  • Diana says:

    What a cool idea for a giveaway! I did not initially think I would ever want an ereader but the idea has grown on me. I get most of my books from the library and now that I know you can borrow ebooks that definitely appeals to me, as does the idea of instant gratification when I want a new title to read.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

  • Trish says:

    I love that they can be carried anywhere so easily! And instead of having a stack of books on the nightstand, there would just be a Kindle! More room for sacred antiquities!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

  • Keith says:

    Likes: I like that they are portable, as you said, carrying a suitcase's worth of books in a couple of pounds. I like that there are many features, such as the ability to look up a word easily without having to hunt down another book. I like that they reduce paper/wood consumption. I like that authors have a more direct marketing to their end user, reducing the influence of the publisher.

    dislikes: I dislike that you don't truly "own" the book: you have only purchased permission to read it, and that can be, and has been, withdrawn by the publisher or Amazon at any time and you will lose the book. I dislike that this increases demand for more plastic, electronic devices: paper is at least wholly recyclable, while electronics contain toxic materials and non-recyclable materials. I dislike that this increases consumerist demand for another gadget; that "Oh, boy!" there's this other thing that I "need" to go out and buy.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:03 am

  • Trish says:

    So much easier to carry around a Kindle than a backpack full of books! Plus it leaves extra space on the nightstand for sacred antiquities!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:04 am

  • Tara says:

    I love being able to get a book instantly, as soon as I hear about it. That can also be a bad thing because I can spend all my money on books. :)

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:07 am

  • Dawn Bell says:

    I don't like the backlit versions of eBooks ala iPad and the computer, but I do love having all of my cherished texts in one place so that I can pull up passages and cross-ref at the touch of a button. I love having access to so many texts no matter where I travel to (I would be lost without my regular excursions to Kripalu). I do worry about sustainability and "electronic waste" as new hardware gets introduced and older units pass on.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

  • Malcolm R. Campbell says:

    Writing seems to require more and more reference books. Like you, I find they are heavy and time-consuming to pack, tote, re-pack, keep track of. . .

    I like paper books much better, but there are times when it's handing to carry a lot of information in a very small space.


    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:12 am

  • DeWayne says:

    I like the space saving aspect. I dislike the "wired" aspect. There is something calming in reading from paper. I wonder if the heart rate increases while reading e-books as compared to paper?????

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:13 am

  • Mary says:

    I love the idea of eBooks because it simplifies life and makes so many works accessible that were at one time inaccessible. The idea that I could download multitudes of books and carry one object in order to read them is revolutionary in the same way the iPod was when it came out.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

  • Claire says:

    I've never handled a Kindle - so I guess I would miss the rustle of paper and even the smell.
    But to carry a whole library in your bag - to read poems on the train or dharma books in a mountain retreat - well I imagine that could be quite an adventure.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:20 am

  • Maureen Rayburn says:

    eBooks do not provide the same tactile experience as a paper book - the smell and texture of the paper, the sensation of a pen gliding over the pages as I make personal notes, the wrinkles in the cover of my best-loved favorites...

    However, an eBook provides so many things that your traditional book does not. We can now carry volumes of information with us everywhere we go, without the distraction of the internet on a laptop or iPad. What a wonderful way to stay on the cusp of technological advances for those of us who want to live simply - I can take my entire traditional library with me, and I can leave the games, social media, and other mind-numbing devices behind.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:24 am

  • Aly J Pewtress says:

    Oh books! The delight of my soul. The wisdom that comes from the experiences and travels of others. The journey reflected in words. I do not watch television or spend my time in mundane activities but use my freedom to study and practice the knowledge of others. I have not wanted to switch to the digital form of books because I love wandering through book stores for hours or randomly flipping pages. Smelling the paper as I read and feeling the texture with my fingertips.

    However...times change. We must be open to change and willing to accept what comes to us. We must live with our present, and in all honesty...this is just to good an offer to pass it up. Shambhala publishes my favorite books and I would be blessed to have these particular copies in my collection whether digital or printed. Whether I win or not I am grateful for the opportunity and excited to know that you are putting the spiritual vibrations out there.
    Thank you, Aly June

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:24 am

  • Basit Mustafa says:

    I think they're not a good replacement for real books. I value the tactile experience of reading a book that has the real experience of turning a page as I progress through that experience. Also, it is simply more physically pleasing - perhaps through the programming of habit.

    But, I do not expect (or want) an eBook to replace that for me. I enjoy the flexibility of highlighting, context searches, and on-demand nature of the eBook platforms that are out there. It is wonderful to carry a wide array of reading material in a very small form factor, too.

    Two very different experiences. So, I tend to focus my eBook reading more on soft news, technical/non-fiction items, and enjoy the fiction, philosophy, and Shambhala texts I read in real books.

    But, if I win the kindle full of wisdom, well, I'll settle for reading those online :).

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:28 am

  • Katherine says:

    I love that I don't need my glasses to read and that I can carry the novel, nonfiction, poetry and inspirational books I'm always reading simultaneously without needing a purse the size of the Queen Mary.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:28 am

  • Bruce Lloyd says:

    The eBook experience closely shadows the experience following our first glimpses of impermanence.

    The book itself is not there yet its contents are available. There are subtleties to delve running the scale from web searches on phrases to creating our very own dictionarylexicon. Even when we're finished remnants exterior to us of our personal development for good or bad remain in storage, waiting to be revived when needed.

    I might even go so far as to say what comes into being before, during and after reading the book are something not really possible with a printed book unless I've gathered all the cumbersome printed or hand-written accouterments and have them at the ready.

    eBooks are simple and exemplify that simplicity.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

  • Lee New says:

    1000 books of knowledge and spiritual power all in the palms of your hand.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

  • Victoria says:

    I love ebooks because with my massive collection of real books (close to 20 large boxes of books) I need to start reading digital copies of books so I don't end up living/sleeping on stacks of books. I am a very avid reader, I can't go a day without a book in my hand.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:33 am

  • Heather says:

    I love how many trees I am keeping from being cute down, by using an e book instead. That is the biggest joy for me, being able to cut down on that sort of deforestation. I can read anywhere, and switch books easily without carrying them all with me everywhere I go. Being a person who reads 5 or 6 at a time, it makes my load that much lighter. I also love that I can listen to an audio book while reading along to get a better feel of the text. I am doing that now with Pema books.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:34 am

  • Janis Hutchison says:

    The portability of a whole library with less than the weight of one real book is exciting.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:36 am

  • Tish Jennings says:

    I really want to start collecting e-books but I don't have a reader yet. I am a big book collector and it really doesn't make sense to keep buying paper books anymore. We recently moved across the country and my books filed a whole container! We had to unload them and re-distribute them across several pods because it was too heavy. Yikes! I also like that you can search words and make notations. Rinpoche was one of my first teachers so it would be wonderful to start my collection with his books!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:38 am

  • Maggie Tuck says:

    Although carrying the knowledge in a big, heavy bag of books, or on a slim, light Kindle, is not the same as using the knowledge, the Kindle would make accessing it simpler. It often helps, for instance, to read CTR's thoughts on a Lojong slogan, and then perhaps Pema's and Traleg Kyabgon's too, to gain a more rounded understanding, dipping again and again as questions arise. The Kindle could be there easily but the bag of books, not so much.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:41 am

  • Eduf says:

    The possibility to get a simpler life, carrying less weight around.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

  • Rick G. says:

    I love the portability and knowing that people are still reading, even in this age of electronics and distraction.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:43 am

  • Debra Saturday says:

    I like the ability to read anywhere and any book....and I do read a few books at a time. Say I want to read 'ABC' and then when I arrive..I do not feel like reading 'ABC'....with ebooks..problem is solved...I can read whatever I have loaded. And I do not lose my book mark (which happens to me with print books)

    Yet...I do miss the smell of a book...and tactile feeling of reading. The cover art...the musing over the art...

    I have both e books and print books for now they both share my heart.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:53 am

  • vivian nosti says:

    What I lke best about a Kindle or ebooks in general is that they are made available for more reasonable prices to people who might not other wise be willing or able to spend a lot on books. Therefore there are more people reading especially the younger generation who grew up with this as the format for reading. What I dislike is that It will obliterate many book stores espeically independent ones which need the support of patrons now more then ever. I still love the possibility and joy of opening a new book but realize this is the wave of the future to not embrace it is to not move with the times.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

  • virginia bryant says:

    Yes there is something materially sensual and comforting in the material realities of books,
    However, for the sake of ecology Kindle Rocks!
    If I get one,
    I will sing its praises on facebook and else where!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

  • Connie Moffit says:

    No doubt about it - the conservation of resources is the most wonderful thing about e-reading; and the portability for all reading, plus the ease of having a library at hand wherever you go. Especially a dharma library!

    I do feel sad though that e-books are not sharable. It only seems right that there should be a few uses of the material included in the price - perhaps three downloads - so that these books could be shared, as paper books are now shared - especially the dharma!!!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:59 am

  • Cynthia says:

    I am at least ambivalent about ebooks. I love the portability and the benefit of having so much material at my fingertips & being able to read w/o a night light is glorious but I very much miss the weight of the book the feel & smell of the paper, tactile experience of handling a book. I cannot imagine that ebooks will entirely replace for me the pleasure of the paper & ink library.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:01 am

  • Amy Dumke says:

    I've never actually used an ebook of any sort. But, I am guessing that you could pick different font sizes...and it seems I am always looking for my reading glasses.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

  • DalaLuz says:

    I would miss the feel of paper, the fresh smell of glue, the lovely sensation of just letting your eyes slowly glide over your bookcase and remembering the lovely thoughts and teachings they contain and smile. To just peruse and pick up a book, hold it, and glance at a chance page, as teachings always answer questions, even if you did not know you had one... I love books, I confess, and it will be surprising if I'd willingly let them go, but who knows :-)

    Because e-books... they can tag along with me without maxing out any weight restrictions on the airline. I can move from book to book just reading in the bus, when I feel so inspired. When I visit friends or family and want to share an inspiring reading that comes to mind, I can leave through my Kindle & find the quote and precise background, rather than offering up some poorly parafrased quote from memory.

    I could bring all my favorite books with me, at all times, everywhere. And if it has a backlight, I could even read my books under the covers at night (because that reading arm always gets so cold in winter :-)

    And to have all those wonderful, sharp, witty, ground shaking, mind shattering, ego thrashing teachings of Chögyam Trungpa with me, e-version or paper alike, that is just the greatest blessing one could wish for.

    So may they find their way to where ever they will be able to help the most _/_ Thank you for so generously sharing their blessings!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

  • Christopher Miller says:

    Aside from saving some trees, I love the portability of it. I travel for my job and it is nice to take one e-reader rather than a stack of books. There is a great variety of dharma books now available that make the teachings available at the press of a button. The downside is that I now have more books at my fingertips so I am more apt to have too many books going at once.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

  • Jonathan says:

    Although there are many positives, I feel the glow of the screen would be less relaxing than paper books, there's less comfort, texture wise, in holding it and turning the pages, and you cannot lend a book with one.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:11 am

  • Katie says:

    Love being able to fit many books in one place !I commute on the bus ans subway, so this is important to me.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:16 am

  • Jonathan says:

    Best thing about eBooks? Adjusting the font size so when I forget my glasses (or, ok, mindlessly misplace them, which is more often the case) I can still read! I have to say that for me, it's all about the read and the content - there is not one single book that I can remember loving because of the paper or the binding or weight or feel.

    What I don't like? Finishing up one book before jumping on to others...

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:20 am

  • Nate says:

    While I do enjoy the smell and feel of a book, as my library grows it would be more effective, space wise, to have something like a Kindle.

    I would downsize my physical library but I refer to a number of books frequently. The Kindle would be handy, and the teachings would be within a click or two away.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:22 am

  • Viola says:

    So many books. So little time (and money). Books made more affordable and more accessible; fewer trees cut down; ability to transport a whole dharma library - what's not to like?

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:24 am

  • Susan says:

    I have never tried e-books! I like the idea of carrying lots of books around in a neat package, but having one dodgy eye makes me wary of taking that first step. Maybe by the next time I go on retreat I will take the plunge and take a Kindle.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

  • Chris says:

    While I still cherish the idea of a good book and I have a huge library that requires a great deal of space and uses up resources, I love the idea of being able to have huge amounts of information in a tool that is smaller than many of my books. I still get all the benefits of my books in a socially responsible manner. There is also a constantly growing number of books available electronically to include many of the classics that are either free or very inexpensive. With all that in mind, I am definitely ready to make the move to e-reading.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

  • Amanda says:

    I love that you can change the size of the font (those of us over 40 will understand this), that ebooks are less expensive, and that ereaders (not the iPad!) are not backlit, and so don't make your eyes sore.

    What I don't like is that you don't get the tactile wonder, the pure aesthetic joy, of holding a book in your hands. Nor can you readily flip forward and backward through an ereader to see how much of a chapter you've got left to read.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:35 am

  • Katarzyna says:

    I like reading from paper but I inevitably I am switching to e-books as they are less space consuming, they allow me to put notes while reading and it is easy to take my library with me while travelling. Last but not least e-books are greener than paper.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:43 am

  • tessa says:

    Less clutter is the best part about ebooks. Though I love books and opening up to ranom pages. I cant do that with ebooks. Pros and cons.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

  • Jacqueline says:

    I have to confess that I have to yet cross over to an e-reader--I have been steadfastly committed to the codex. But one of the things that really appeals to me about a kindle or any other e-reader is that the texts are supposed to be searchable. Instead of trying to remember where I read about x, y, or z I could actually search not only a book but any number of books for everything that's been said on a given topic--at least as far as it's connected to a specific word. For example drala. How great would that be? I can imagine this capacity of the kindle could deepen one's knowledge and appreciation.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

  • John Miller says:

    I love that I don't have to get new bookshelves every so often to store all my books! Having them all in one easy carry-around gadget is awesome!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

  • Diane O says:

    My house is on book overload! It's now past the point of function. I can't organize them or find them when I want them. I may run across one and say "Oh Yes...I was going to read that!" I now have to buy another bookshelf which will have to be in the basement. So...I think it's time for an e-reader. I don't know what it's like to have one but I think I will love it. I will read more and finish books more. And having Chögyam Trungpa and Pema so easily accessible will help keep me "awake!"

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

  • martin says:

    for backpackers like me roaming around in Asia eBooks are exactly what we are yearning for - not sure how many eDharma gems are available yet so not sure if getting a reader like kindle is something to think about already

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

  • Evan Trimble says:

    I love the portability, and the possibility of having a library at my fingertips. It's like the best days of college all over again. I do however pause for concern at the integrity of ebooks, meant quite literally. It's difficult to take away a physical book, hard to change it after publication, and books are easily passed from person to person.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm

  • Kifferie says:

    I like all of the points made so far and agree with most. Sharing especially! I love to share something and have things shared with me. I would go as far as to say it had been life altering. I must admit I have just recently come around to the e-book way of thinking. I didn't want just another gadget to plug in and tote around. I kinda like carrying books...I know, strange. I am a student and a mom and when I have to leave the house to find some peace and quiet in a library for research, carrying 15-20 books, I must admit, would be more convenient on one gadget. Not to mention, sharing some awesome e-books with my little one on road trips. And the fact that I would be saving trees at the same time is very appealing!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

  • Andrew says:

    What I love: Luggage space! I love taking books with me when I travel, I also like not checking bags. This would solve the equation.

    What I less than love: Being able to quick reference things read a few months ago and highlighted. The cracking sound that the binding of a brand new book makes.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

  • Vincent John Geoghagan says:

    My grandmother broke her arm recently, and the kindle proved to be invaluable in her case. Even for myself, reading can be complicated when commenced in bed and a page won't lay down properly! With a kindle, you can lay in bed in any position and read at leisure.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

  • Denise says:

    I don't yet own an ereader, but am leaning that way. As a library assistant, I love the interaction with "real" books. The tactile sensations; the turning of the pages, the fonts, the type of paper, the covers, the weight; they are all a part of the reading experience.
    However.... I think there is a place for the ereader as well. The frugality of space, the sheer "fun" factor, less trees used up.. I find myself softening my position.
    To have one already loaded with Chögyam Trungpa's teachings would indeed be a savory icing on the cake.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  • Justine says:

    I like ebooks for myself, but the only books I don't like to have on an e-reader are for my young daughter. I enjoy having her take a more interactive role in turning the pages and touching the pictures.

    For myself, I would enjoy an ereader because I am constantly away from my home and it would be very convenient to have a packaged bundle of books rather than lugging around 5 or 6 at a time.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  • Kevin Jackson says:

    Well, firstly, I love the opportunity to read anything by Chogyam Trungpa. His teachings have always had a currency to them, so it seems wonderfully appropiate that his texts should be availabe electronically.

    It's also wonderfully ironic that something so materialistic and "modern" should be able to convey the powerful Vajrayana insights of CTR!


    Kevin L. Jackson

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

  • Simon says:

    I don't like eBooks because they are too tempting and easy to buy when in a impulsive mood so I end up spending a fortune.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm

  • Neil says:

    I am a book junkie. I prefer the physical ones, to ebooks, but winning this might change my mind.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm

  • Margo Glass says:

    I still have mixed emotions...when I am home I still love to be able to pick up a book to read. But for traveling, I can see how a Kindle would lighten my suitcase, but still enrich my journey. Perhaps a solar powered charging system would allow us to use it in remote areas.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

  • Michael says:

    I must admit that the instant electronic delivery is appealing. So much for patience! I am not giving up on paper books (which is why I don't already have a Kindle), but there is room in my life for both.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm

  • eileen says:

    my mind and heart inch slowly toward e-books. The inches would probably become feet and yards if money were more fluid, so I'm not completely sure which is holding me back: $$$$$, or staying true to the touchable printed page. Would having a Kindle or another toy help release me from my attachment to books? Nah, but I'd love to try one out someday.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm

  • Sigrid Haugen says:

    My dream is to have a library when I get a proper and established place for myself (whenever and wherever that will be). It is so great to be able to pick out a book from the shelve and pass it to someone visiting, knowing it's a small treasure you give away. Or to get a book someone has read, and also made small notes in! Makes you feel like you are sharing that experience with your friend.

    Although I love the site of books filling up my shelves, I have to face facts and see that I am young, with no real space for all these books yet. I am soon moving to a different city, and have to make the choice of what books I can bring with me to my new, but smaller place. Would actually be great to have a Kindle at this stage, so I can worry about other things (..:P) instead of what books to bring with me on my journey.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm

  • Amber says:

    eBooks are great for the fact that you can carry a great variety of different books without all the bulk and weight making them fantastic for travel.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm

  • nic weathersbee says:

    I do not like e-books. Too much pollution in the manufacturing, too much waste/pollution when they are discarded. Books made from a sustainable resource would be my choice for any kind of reading. It's simply the right thing to do.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm

  • Heather says:

    My step-mother said she's read more books in a few months than she had read in whole years. I think that says enough.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm

  • Jennifer gersch says:

    i like being able to take all my books on the road, since i basically work out of my car, so of course I love ebooks, wish they were really cheap though

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm

  • Jesper Olsen says:

    Hmmm.. I've never even heard of a Kindle, but it sounds pretty awesome.. I'm a big fan of books and will probably never stop buying them, but this Kindlething would be perfect for travelling and such. Would be nice to check one out :)

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm

  • Robert Ogilvie says:

    I love being able to have digital versions of books that take up no space except the electronic device I need to read them on; not having to lug around (or keep around the apartment) the weight and space books have is great. Because I want to be able to share with others good texts I've come upon, I prefer digital copies because it means I share with others while still having a copy for myself to use. The enjoy the simplicity of being able to literally hold huge amounts of texts from various time and places and teachers in the palm of my hands; it's empowering. And as new authors & writers begin to make their writings available, digital formats are much cheaper and easier to be able to use (rather than printed books from normal publishing companies) so it puts me in swifter contact with new writers with new ideas much more easily than printed text allows; digital texts allows me to access many teachings, both old and new.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm

  • Susan MacLeod says:

    I love that my 93 year old mother can read books easily again, despite being blind in one eye and near-blind in the other. No more figuring out if a book of interest is in large print or not. They're all available.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm

  • Gina Anderson says:

    E-readers like the Kindle are so portable - easy to slip in a purse or pocket and carry all the things you like to read (books, mags, papers). And finally I can stop packing and moving all those boxes of books everytime I move!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm

  • Carrie says:

    In my mind there is something romantic about my library of books. Until recently I have had resistance toward the idea of not holding a paper book in my hands (smelling and feeling the pages while I make annotations in the margins). I have come to accept the idea of a book in digital form. The convenience for me would be the portability, but I haven’t made the leap yet

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm

  • Len Edgerly says:

    I love my Kindle and have owned every model since the first was introduced in 2007. I got so excited about this device that I started a weekly podcast, and I'd love to have whoever wrote this lovely blog post as a guest on the show for a 15-minute interview. You can reach me at PodChronicles AT . The show notes page for the podcast is . Thanks for creating this contest!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm

  • Jim says:

    Jeff Bezos says you can stick them in a ziplock bag and read in the bathtub!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

  • Miv says:

    I love the idea of saving trees. I love the portability.
    I would hate to lose the whole culture of books - browsing book stores, libraries; dog-earing corners; finding old notes within the pages; lending and borrowing books; the excitement of holding a new book - the feel, the smell, the look of print on paper.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

  • Joanne Conger says:

    I know that you can carry 20,000 thousand books at a time with the Kindle but why would you need to? The intimate relationship with a book's author is a intimate, at times, can be just as substantive as a good friendship, and there is something so much more alive than the plastic casing of a Kindle. I just can't imagine falling asleep with a Kindle in my hand. The Kindle as a resource in schools and colleges is a GODSEND and I am JEALOUS of students who have access to textbooks through Kindle. I wonder, also, when different colors will be available for the product. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm

  • Sean says:

    What I like about eBooks is the possibility that we'll be able to harness the technology to cheaply and easily share great ideas for no cost. What I dislike is not being able to smell the paper when I close my eyes to think about an important passage. And my wife likes the idea of getting rid of the pile of books on my bedside.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

  • Mike Blais says:

    Would love to have all my favorite books in one handy (and ready to travel) location - i.e. Kindle! What a way to practice more and more - and quickly share with others.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm

  • Al Jigen Billings says:

    What I enjoy about ebooks is that I have the ability to carry an entire reference library, as well as current books, with me at all times. In that way, I can have a collection of works by famous teachers but also the sutras, the Pali canon, and other texts. This allows me to do Dharma study whenever I am inclined or have free moments, which is a great boon.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

  • Pam Ring says:

    To be honest, I don't know whether I like ebook readers or not. I've never tried one. I love the heft of a book. I like passing a book along to a friend. I like holding a book that someone else has read and that carries a bit of that spirit. Shelves in libraries and bookstores fuel my imagination and my reading.

    But I'm willing to try.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

  • Stacey Wilkerson says:

    What a gift of teachings, all available in my backpack!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm

  • Jessica says:

    I love the smell of books, the weight in your hand, the sound of the paper turning, etc. All of those things you can't get in an electronic device. But I do love the volume you can place on the electronic readers and the ability to get a book instantly.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm

  • Laurie Fisher Huck says:

    I live in an small Zapotec village in southern Mexico. My friends and neighbors speak their pre-columbian language and Spanish. I enjoy them both. But sometimes I just yearn for an deep swim in my mother tongue. It's like that. I want to run my tongue over words I really do understand, used well by great writers. But hey! It's not all that easy to go to the local bookstore and find a gooooood book. Hooray for kindle!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm

  • LJ Huck says:

    I live in a small rural village in southern Mexico. Sometimes I just crave to swim in my mother tongue, used well by great writers. But it's not that easy to find a gooooood book. Kindle could do the trick.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm

  • LJ Huck says:

    Ooops. Hope I didn't do that twice!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm

  • cintra says:

    ...haven't had an experience to!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm

  • Benjamin says:

    I recall the Karmapa saying we rely too much on technology in the modern age. If I get to live through the Chinese wars, I will be lucky to know there is something people refer to as dharma in their physical speech, let alone Kindle the Teachings.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm

  • Sharyn Fischer says:

    To satisfy my deeply archetypal teacher/ student self, I delight in reading 3 or 4 books at once. "Randomly" jumping from novel to spiritual teachings to memoir to technical writing creates connections between seemingly disparate areas, and brilliant new ideas and neural pathways... I love having everything accessible anywhere! And what better form for sparks of thought than electron form - so much lighter and more mercurial than paper.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm

  • Leigh Powers says:

    The thing I like the most about e-books is that they don't add to the weight of my backpack!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm

  • Kat says:

    What I like about ebooks is being able to carry multiple books with me in one easy small package. What I dislike about ebooks...they don't give me the same sensual pleasure of an actual paper book...the smell, the feel of the paper in my heads, the weight, the sound of the turning pages.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm

  • Glenn says:

    I can carry as many books as I have available memory. Plus I don't have to find room in my already full bookshelves.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm

  • Kathryn says:

    The Kindle allows easily accessible gifts from the universe: free books! I've downloaded prepublication and public domain material--including remarkable, enduring works -- at no cost from their site. I am so grateful.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm

  • DEE says:

    I love the idea of e-books...
    Technology is amazing, all my books on one tablet and all my music on my I-pod...
    I can carry many books with light load.
    I can read a book, no one knows what book I'm reading.
    I can read a Dharma book..a mystery...or one knows what I'm reading !!! fun is that!
    The size of the lettering can be adjusted for my middle aged
    Don't need a night light..
    thanks for listening...

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm

  • Rami Benhameda says:

    For me, its the smell. I take so much pleasure in the sensory connection I get from reading the words, connecting them to images in my mind, and connecting those to the smell of the book and the sounds (especially music) around me.
    I can read from my computer or phone, but I LOVE to read a book made of paper.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm

  • Pam says:

    My Dad got one for my Mom, who is an avid reader. It's been a huge boon to her as it is so simple to hold and much, much lighter than her regular books. I would love to get one as I am simplifying my life and moving into a fairly small home without much extra storage.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm

  • chris says:

    Yes to books in any medium!!!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm

  • Benjamin Brisjar says:

    The thing I like about e-books is that they take up so little space! Imagine accumulating years and years worth of books, mostly in boxes, and carting those books across the imagine 1 little kindle! Wow!!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm

  • Marie-Rose Hagen says:

    I was lucky enough to get one as a gift for xmas but would love to win one to give to my friend in Mexico who loves reading but has much difficulty accessing books!!! This one would be for Maryann!!!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm

  • Beckie says:

    Nothing will replace the feeling I get when I crawl inside a book. But having a Kindle gives me a sense of library portability...I can be reading a great work wherever I am when I want. I love the idea of having hundreds of books at my fingertips!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm

  • Anne says:

    Having a kindle would be great for traveling. Also being able to access a dictionary as soon as one encounters an unknown word would be very conducive to increasing one's vocabulary.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm

  • Victoria S says:

    I love the feel of books as well as the words they contain. I hope they will never be completely replaced by ebooks. However, the thought that I could have so much information, inspiration, and entertainment in one place is thrilling. I always have at least one book on me and to be able to have an entire library is grand!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm

  • Trent Bingham says:

    I am eager to see what paper books become. Will that be seen as eccentric gifts of exception, much like the handwritten note?

    The benefits of the e-books come at some loss, including an even greater capability to try to read more than you can absorb. With the dead tree edition, my bedside table knows when I've collected too many books that I mean to be reading.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm

  • Rebecca says:

    I personally am still hanging on to the concept of physical books. I like having a tangible object and turning its pages. I also tire of staring at a screen, so I think I'll be slow to adopt the eBook technology, although it's incredibly convenient.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm

  • Zach says:

    Like: Library in my pocket.

    Dislike: DRM.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm

  • Tarver Adcox says:

    Love my Kindle! Keep books I have studied and current study darma with me at all times. Can jump back to a study help as the situation arises. My kindle is named "a monks sanctuary"

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm

  • Sylvia Madrigal says:

    Getting a book in my hands in under a minute! No more waiting for a UPS delivery; no more driving to a bookstore or waiting in line to pay. A few keystrokes and it's mine. Second best thing: the free sample chapter. Has saved me from major purchasing mistakes.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

  • Shambhavi Sarasvati says:

    I have no particular attachment to either the paper or electronic book form. What I would like to see is an environmentally nonharmful reading device. Many of us have been recycling paper and cutting back on paper waste for decades now. But I'm not convinced that the constant handling of all of these electronic devices is safe for human beings, and certainly their manufacture and disposal could proceed more compassionately on many levels. If ahimsa were the measure, what would reading look like? That being said, I would love to have a library of CTR's teachings in any format!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm

  • Al says:

    The rise of e-books are a sign that, even as technology changes, the wisdom contained in book will not be obsolete. The medium keeps the message alive!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm

  • lynn decker says:

    I love carrying books with me but love carrying a library more. ebooks and devices like the Kindle make this possible.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm

  • Kevin Bogle says:

    The teachings of CTR are enough to fill dozens of books, so many that the vast majority of people don't have space or money for them. Having the ability to buy them in digital format breaks that barrier. I believe that the vidyadharas desire to make the teachings accessible to all can actually be realized through digital media and that ebooks are a great step towards this realization.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm

  • Sue Howes says:

    What freedom and delight to have such a treasure trove in the palm of your hand!

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm

  • Chantele says:

    I enjoy reading and referencing many books at a time. Plus, if I am going on a trip or something, I don't know what book I'll 'feel' like reading at any given time. With ebooks, I don't have to choose one or two to bring with me. It is especially useful when I'm traveling by motorcycle.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

  • Julie says:

    I love the idea of ebooks, especially for when I travel, but I have a significant investment in my library, so won't be trying to duplicate many of my holdings. I do feel that ebooks are also too expensive--why should an ebook be few dollars less than a paperback (from Amazon, admittedly) when there is no printing cost, no inventory or storage cost and no risk of unsold copies?

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm

  • Crystal says:

    Books I read and love feel like good friends. I like to open to a random page, be directed by the "hidden hand", and take that as my spirit guide for the moment/day. It's nice to share books with guests while they are in my home. I work in front of a computer all day, and find the tactile feel of a book relaxing and comforting. However, I can see the value and usefulness of eBooks while traveling. Who thought the horse would yield to the car, the train to the airplane? They don't disappear when they yield, they co-exist. Probably same with books and eBooks.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

  • Alka says:

    I like E-books for the sake of convenience and portability. If traveling, it's so much more convenient to have an e-reader than to carry around books; same goes for students. A lot less weight to carry around in your backpack is always a plus. I hope they don't completely wipe out physical books and other printed media though. Sometimes you just really want to curl up with a good book- an actual book.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:02 pm

  • Carey says:

    What I love about ebooks is that they can be accessed from anywhere on many different medias and they don't take up extra space in my bag or suitcase. I potentially have thousands of books with me at all times :)

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm

  • Tony Spadarella says:

    I admit: I start in the midst of my own confusion. I love the idea of not lugging 500-600 page novels around, trying to read on tastefully small bistro tables. On the other hand, it is difficult to find a quote or recall a character, a clue or an incident by scrolling backward on a Kindle, with "location" numbers that are virtually meaningless. I sell books for a living and love the beauty of books. I also enjoy the feeling of satisfaction from finally closing a book I've finished. Yet "the book" really happens in our minds. Perhaps I can learn to love my new Kindle, too.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

  • Michelle says:

    I love paper books for the opportunity randomly open to a page and discover some rare and unexpected insight. I especially love poetry in the book form - it's a form of writing that forces me to slow down and experience words using all the senses.
    I've found myself turning to ebooks more regularly because I get the instant gratification of downloading and jumping right into a book. I love that they're compact, lightweight, and I can continuously shuffle books to find the right one that fits my mood.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm

  • Freddy says:

    I haven't read ebooks yet, but it seems to me that it's the perfect way to save place in my library, that I can take my library with me and that I allways will find back the last page I read etc. And I would love to read all the CTR books on it.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm

  • Eike says:

    I like about ebooks that you can take them with you without occupying a lot of space. I don't like the fact that they are not, well, real books...

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm

  • Karolyn Hoover says:

    I love real books, the look, the smell, the tactile sense of holding them in my hands.
    I don't have an e-book device, but would love to, for travel, so I don't have to lug along a heavy bag of books. And I'd never be without good reading material.

    Posted on January 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

  • Jenny says:

    I love that I'm about to begin Peace Corps service and am able to fill one little device with 1000s of books to read while I'm I'm in country. Sure beats lugging a bunch of heavy books with me. Though, I'll admit that there's something special about the smell and feel of a book on my hands. And, the ebook format doesn't do justice to illustrations in heavy books. Still, for the run-of-the-mill paperback, it's a great way to read on the go! Love Kindles!

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 12:22 am

  • Berna Wang says:

    simplifying my life having less material stuff feels good. Dependency on electricity is not so good.

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 12:45 am

  • Cre says:

    Being able to use a normal device to borrow standard books from the local library even if you're partially sighted. You don't need to rely on them having the book in large print.

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 12:53 am

  • carly says:

    I love to read , and sometimes too busy to go to the library so i think this invention is amazing and a brilliant idea , hopefully i can get one someday. I would give it a thumbs up positive review .

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 1:46 am

  • ian england says:

    i look forward to having less stuff and more experiences, less clutter and more words in front of my eyes, less books to give away, more stories to tell.

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 2:25 am

  • Lynn Carney says:

    I hate killing trees to make more paper books. But there is something about a used book. When you begin a book, it's almost like a love affair. It is new, fresh, perfect, smells good. But then as the story progresses You get frustrated, happy, sad, tired of it, excited by it. Those dog eared pages and crumpled corners tell a story of your experiences together. Just not the same with electronics!

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 2:47 am

  • Eric says:

    E-books are just ideal on the go. Especially because I have the bad habit of stuffing my books in my pocket which drives my wife absolutely bonkers... I am sure hoping a Kindle will be able to tackle my sloppy kind of care, because I do respect the preciousness of books fully! And I really enjoy sharing them with friends as well!

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 3:47 am

  • Brad Hoffman (Yeshe Rangdrol) says:

    Prefer books because the computer screen tires my eyes. But books must be forced to stay open which requires a weight or a clip. That's it.

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 3:53 am

  • A says:

    I love Trungpa Rimpoche. He gives me what I need: wisdom to unveil my wisdom. Let me learn from him in any format that is available.

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 3:57 am

  • Christine Visco says:

    So far I haven't liked ebooks because they're on my computer and I want to cozy up on the couch and read that way. It would be interesting to give a kindle a try, but I might still be a paper person.

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 4:16 am

  • Lissa Lord says:

    eBooks are easier to read for people with Dyslexia, like me. Digital text is easier to read and therefore ebooks enable me to carry a book that I can read with ease!

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 4:31 am

  • Michael Mallett says:

    E-Books allow a means of complete portability without relying on deforestation. That is good. I would like to see a solar charging apparatus to minimize the impact of keeping devices running effortlessly and cleanly.

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 4:56 am

  • Hotei says:

    Dharma is platform and format neutral, so I'm trying to be as well.

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 5:17 am

  • Stewart Lundy says:

    eBooks provide the possibility of a more sustainable form of literature, free from the need to destroy trees. Dependency on electricity itself is not good or bad, but rather whether sustainable energy will be tapped. eBooks also open up the chance for many more people to access works in ways they normally could not -- and places they might not be able to. A Kindle allows me to take an entire library with me. And a latest Kindle feature allows people to "lend" their eBooks to friends!

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 6:09 am

  • Justine says:

    I enjoyed my Mom's e-reader when we were traveling because it had numerous books in one convenient spot. I still enjoy actually having a book in my hands, but an e-reader is good for the practical side of the scale as well as saving on trees by not printing books on paper.

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 6:40 am

  • Ed Dowding says:

    I don't like that I can't read it in the bath.
    I do like that it's tiny.
    I don't like that it breaks if I drop it.
    I do like that I don't have to sit at my computer to use it.
    I don't like that it requires a lot of energy to make, and will likely be upgraded making the lifetime energy cost higher than the books it replaces.
    I do like fact it's getting more people reading the classics.
    I don't like that I don't have one yet.

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 7:03 am

  • T Bigs says:

    I have never tried a kindle, but I know staring at a computer screen for more than an hour or two hurts my eyes and head. Sometimes I am so in love with a book that I will read it for 6 to 7 hours straight. I therefore imagine that a kindle may lessen my ability to be caught up in a book

    But the weight and size of books, when I travel, is a lot of pain for me. Finding the time to look for books at a bookstore is a luxury I can't often afford. I therefore would welcome the experience of a kindle with open arms :-)

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 9:01 am

  • Francoise Guyaux says:

    I love to be able to do a search in the text of all books as well as my own notes. But I would still miss the feeling of the book...still, it is great! and it does save a lot of paper.

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 9:04 am

  • Gary Sander says:

    Ebook readers are SO great for traveling. I normally read 3-4 books at a time, and if I have to be in Vegas for work for a week or so, I want all my books with me. Without an Ebook reader, I would have to settle on only 1 or 2 of the smaller sized books. No more settling with Ebooks...I can bring my whole library with me now! And now I don't have any good reasons to waste my free time in the casinos.

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

  • Christina Almond says:

    I definitely love the space saving aspect of ebooks and an ereader! My shelves are overloaded and I don't have room for more books though I love the ones I have! I also love the idea of being able to easily choose from numerous books to read on the go instead of being obligated to carrying only one!

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

  • Karolyn Hoover says:

    Forgot to say what I like & don't like about e-books.
    Like: Handy, portable, lots of books in so little space, saves trees, saves lugging abound a heavy book bag.
    Don't like: The electronic thing seems sterile, without the tactile satisfaction of holding a book, but I'd probably grow to love the convenience

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm

  • Mo says:

    Actually I'm more addicted in the good old Application, called "Book". You can touch it. You can smell it. You can hear it, when you turn the "Pages". You can use it without electricity. You can use it at any temperature at any place. "Book" i love you

    Posted on January 8, 2011 at 2:46 am

  • Patricia Colleran says:

    Simplicity, lightness, freedom: I'd love to carry uplifting and encouraging books and thoughts of wisdom on a mobile device like the Kindle. Technology, when used well, helps us unfold our potential and live better lives in connection with all human beings.

    Thank you for your inspiring website!

    Posted on January 8, 2011 at 6:14 am

  • Jennifer Freda says:

    Great to have 24 hour access to books! Also love saving the lives of trees :-D

    Posted on January 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

  • Natasha H says:

    I like the fact that paper is not is also like being in Star Trek :) The thing I hate the most is that the book smell will be missing. There is nothing like walking into a book store and deeply breathing in the book smell.

    Posted on January 8, 2011 at 9:33 am

  • Yan says:

    -I like that the Ebooks are cheaper.
    -I Like that it makes avoid any shipping cost.
    -I love that it make me pollute less , since i live 2 hours of driving from a major city.
    -I love that it reduce my impact on our only planet.
    -I like that it get book instantly.
    -I like that it would be easier on my eyes then my computer.
    -I like that Ebooks in it don't get yellow or broken over time.
    -I Like that my little girl would not be able to draw her funny looking cat in it like she does with my poor books.

    -I don't like there price so far.
    -I don't like, that all the books are not available for it yet.

    I wish it was Solar,but i wonder price wise . Thank you

    Posted on January 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm

  • Anwar says:

    I'm still in love with physical books. How they smell, feel and age over time. My ability to mark them with scribbles or underlines, the sound of flipping pages and the stories of my own book collection - their unique history. Recently I held a 400 year old book in hand and wondered: who had read it? what had it witnessed and who had witnessed it. Will an ebook reader still be able to read a file from 5 years ago in 10 years time? (Will it matter?)

    Reading eBook's is a different experience. I love the accessibility, convenience and ability to travel with a library. Still, the experience seems more transient, the media more discardable even though the message and words are the same with an eBook or Book.

    Posted on January 9, 2011 at 3:51 am

  • Kenji Liu says:

    As a writer, I like the concept of eBooks, while I have various opinions about the eReaders that are on the market. I like eBooks because it's possible to have hundreds, possibly thousands of books in one small device. I read every chance I get -- on the train, while waiting for an appointment and after work to relax. I appreciate that I would be able to bring my writing with me wherever I go. I really hope that one day I will be able to have the majority of the books I love on one reader, so that I can easily read, research and bookmark. This makes it much easier to work when I am writing.

    What I don't like about eBooks is more about the capabilities of eReaders themselves. As a poet, accurate text formatting is an important issue since poetry often takes full advantage of the page with unusual line spacing and tabs. It seems like eReaders are not capable of being very accurate about this at the moment. Also, some eReaders are able to read many different file formats while others are more closed, only able to read files specific to the corporations that manufacture the eReader, or unable to read even eBooks from libraries.

    However, I'm still very interested in an eReader with Trungpa's collected works! :-)

    Posted on January 9, 2011 at 7:48 am

  • Barry Daly says:

    I like the concept of the paperless office and the end of the devastation of forests and the the poisoning of waters with dioxide paper bleaches.

    Posted on January 9, 2011 at 8:13 am

  • Gabriel Csanalosi says:

    I like eBooks because they allow distribution of information without a lot of overhead and or use of trees for paper. I don't like them because much of the formats used in the mainstream cost money. I prefer open-source. But everyone's gotta earn a living :)

    Posted on January 9, 2011 at 9:23 am

  • Ravi Chandra says:

    I love the feel of a book, but recognize that e-media is the wave of the future, both to conserve resources and to have access to the world of knowledge.

    Posted on January 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

  • Graeme says:

    The thing I like about ebooks is that I can have a whole library in my pocket. I can ride the subway to work and finish reading Homer's Odyssey and then on the way home start reading an equally long book without having to kill so many trees or fill shelves with books at home.

    Posted on January 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm

  • Kristen says:

    I like the ease of carrying it anywhere and having loads of reading material at my fingertips.

    I don't like staring at a computer screen for so many hours.

    Posted on January 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm

  • Catherine Campbell says:

    An Ereader would be great, as would the Kindle. Would like to read more.

    Posted on January 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm

  • Branko Bozik says:

    I am new to e-books...but it seems very handy to have all the treasures -which Chogyam Trungpas books undoubtably are with me at all times!

    Posted on January 11, 2011 at 1:10 am

  • Katarina Labasova says:

    To have insightfull books with me wherever I go is a very pleasant illusion: ))) I am new to E-books but very cuious to give it a try: )

    Posted on January 11, 2011 at 1:17 am

  • Sharon says:

    Wow! That would be so awesome to have the Kindle with the teachings already on it.

    I love reading in bed and could prop the Kindle on pillows so my arms/hands can stay warm while reading. Having a Kindle with you would be great for any time you spend waiting, taking busses, flights, etc.

    Posted on January 11, 2011 at 6:05 am

  • Evan Silverman says:

    I agree with you - I'm currently studying to become an MI and downloaded CTR Collected Works, Volume 3 onto my iPhone. Wow, finding things is so easy now! And you can highlight things you'd like to return to, or make numerous bookmarks...finally, my iPhone is dharmic! hahaha....

    Posted on January 11, 2011 at 6:19 am

  • Vicky says:

    I like ebooks because they can make my entire library portable.

    Posted on January 11, 2011 at 6:46 am

  • phyllis says:

    I love that I can download newspapers and many books
    And take them with me in a compact device .

    Posted on January 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

  • Patrick says:

    I definitely like the idea of a kindle to take with me anywhere and have a library of books to choose from. It means reading what I want, anywhere I want to read it. It's also nice that it's eco-friendly, and easier on the eyes then reading from a standard desktop or laptop computer.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:37 am

  • Stefan Carmien says:

    like kindle gimme dharma

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:40 am

  • Linda Douglas says:

    I love the heft and smell of a book. I love turning pages. I love looking at a pile of books by my bedstand. When I look at my books I feel like Midas in his castle looking at his gold. However, that said, I am buried in them. I need a way to keep from being overrun by bookcases. I fear being found dead beneath a pile of books with my cat sitting on top wondering where I went. A Kindle would reduce the chance of that avalanche occurring.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:41 am

  • Ruth T. says:

    I like the convenience of ebooks - having multiple books, newspapers and magazines in a teeny device that you can carry in your bag. As I get older (!) I also like the fact that heavy books can be transformed into this light-weight format that is easy to hold for long periods of time, and that the font size can be enlarged.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:42 am

  • Barbara says:

    I cannot say anything that i like or dislike about ebooks as i've never seen one, had one or read one!

    i can say that i have read repeatedly about how much those who have ereaders love them and appreciate the portability of ebooks/readers vs travelling with books.

    i am curious but have not yet made the leap into owning a reader nor an ebook which i guess i could put onto my computer...with the right software.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:43 am

  • eileen says:

    shambala lady
    dharma at my fingertips
    neither good nor bad

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:44 am

  • Susan Bone says:

    Great for travel, and you can read in the dark when the power goes out. One of the few truly useful electronic devices. I love that it's not a telephone and can't play music, and doesn't try to be anything but what it is.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:44 am

  • Jocelynn says:

    Like many others have said, an e-book will never replace holding the "real" thing in your hands. But e-books are great for traveling. Sometimes, I have several books on the go at a time; having e-books loaded on a Kindle would allow me to take them all when I travel. Thank you for your inspiration.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:44 am

  • Emily says:

    I love the tactile nature of a book...I spend too much time with a screen as it is. But I also travel far too much, and am intrigued by the Kindle...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:45 am

  • Jan says:

    I, too, am new to e-books and feel a bit behind the wagon on this one. I am an old-fashioned lover of paper and words that I can hold in my hands, feeling my way through the soul expression of another. I'd like to make the transition though. As students and teachers of dharma, I sense it is important for us to keep up with the technology of our day so that we can continue to be of benefit to all beings. As the Buddha taught, we should speak in the idiom of the people. In this way, even electronic media can be the language of the dharma. Thanks for this lovely contest! I look forward to the new look of "Ocean of Dharma." I love this work...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:46 am

  • Cy Englert says:

    I travel a lot and love to read on planes and I'm often reading several books at a time. How PERFECT of a solution: one e-book device. I also heard you can load other PDFS (like work manuals, reference guides, etc.) Imagine carrying your library on every trip, vacation, and retreat. : )

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:46 am

  • Guy says:

    I love the fact that I can research the dharma, and download most of the books that interest me from the comfort of my home in the country! no driving, no traffic, no gas being spent. all from the comfort of my own home. E-readers are a bit scary (I do love the feel of a good book) but I also love the simplicity of obtaining books at reduced cost. Having the dharma on hand while travelling would be sublime and would reduce the backache of carrying all of the books that I want to read.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:46 am

  • Frederik says:

    hopefully ebooks are, or will be, better for the environment. The forests are an endangered species...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:47 am

  • césar says:

    i think they serve a purpose, eBooks. definitely an impact on environment as far as the destruction of trees. personally, i do enjoy a "book". new books with their crisp, clean, pages and new smell. old books, with their old, weathered pages and old smell. whatever the format, let's just watch our attachment, and aversion.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:49 am

  • Irene Woodard says:

    I love underlining, taking notes in books...
    But HHK17 said in NY, "Dharma doesn't have traditions."
    Whatever works...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:49 am

  • mimi says:


    ebooks are a curious thing for me, especially since im not a technogirl really, but more curious is the venerable poet/teacher that legends are made of, Trunpa Rinpoche. If i had an ebook with his teachings at the click of a button i would feel more resourceful than ever. Love Mimi

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:49 am

  • Cathleen says:

    As someone who works with rare books every day, I love the word on the page--the form of the book and type, the complexity of design. Newer books fill my house, and I'll admit to never having handled a Kindle or a Nook.

    I am a fan of ebooks because of their accessibility and portability. They allow you to bring a library anywhere you go. As a librarian, I think this technology offers a lot. It joins many other promising technologies, and is one more form that makes literature available to wider audiences.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:50 am

  • David Hykes/Harmonic Presence Foundation says:

    My dharma masters all celebrate the good qualities of technology like the Kindle-- so amazing to have a Dharma library 'almost weightless' at one's fingertips.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:51 am

  • Susan Piver says:

    I like that it relieves me of poundage in my backpack.

    Not crazy about those faux woodcut screensavers.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:57 am

  • Kathleen Singh says:

    Dharma is like water. My being needs it. I'm thirsty for it. Nice to be able to carry it around.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:57 am

  • jason says:

    I actually have no experience with reading e-books, but I am highly concerned about the increasing computerization of life. I don't see it as a great advance of our species. Our attachment to convenience is worrysome. Would Milarepa have gained such accomplishment with a Kindle in his cave?

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:58 am

  • Helena says:

    I do appreciate the way they save my poor back and shoulders and how easy it becomes to have everything at hand... But I miss the inspiring smell of a paper book. And sometimes I feel I become more attached to having everything accessible just because it is possible! As regards the mystery novels, I guess the e-books are not yet living up to their potential. Where are the sound effects??

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:58 am

  • Linda Morse says:

    I really like having my magazines to come to Kindle (reducing clutter & saving paper), I love getting free classics because their copyright is out, like the portability, the amazing amount of reading that can be fit onto such a small item! I'm not happy that PDFs are so difficult to load and read, I miss the feel and smell of a book, that I can't really "share" what I'm reading with anyone and a Kindle just isn't the "same" as a book! I have an enormous library in my home which I feel great joy just in looking at - yes, I know "desiring" - and I will keep buying books. I'm a history teacher so books are an addiction! I still use and enjoy my kindle though. The newer one is even better I hear.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:59 am

  • JanPattersonRN says:

    The grand thing about eBooks is being able to get them without having to physically go to some place difficult to reach. I remember driving downstate to borrow a book from UC Santa Barbara before interlibrary loan.

    But I do so love the feel of a book- the paper, the weight of it, the sound of a page turning, the way the ink floats on top of the weave of the paper. . .

    So. If I read on my laptop, I appreciate the availability. And when I hold a book in my hand, I appreciate the substance of it.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:00 am

  • Mary Noll says:

    Like you, I also spend much time in remote and quiet places, and though I don't own a Kindle, I can only imagine how lovely it would be to have so many beautiful readings available at those times. Thank you for your generosity and time. Peace,

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:00 am

  • Rochelle Weithorn says:

    My neighbor has a Kindle and she loves it She read Rebel Buddha on it. I worry about the effects of any mirowave or toxic energy that may be coming from the Kindle -- like a cell phone has that's placed close to the head. We place it close to our body to read. That would be my only hesitation in using one.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:04 am

  • John Reacroft says:

    I love my books and I love my new kindle. But I already own most of Trungpa Rinpoche's teachings twice. I bought the books as they came out and I also bought the collectec works because they are beautiful and they contain additional material. I wish I could afford to have Trungpa in my kindle because I cannot carry him around except bit by bit due to his weight in books. Perhaps I will win. Whatever happens, I will do my best to 'always maintain only a joyful mind.'

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:09 am

  • Jane Robinson says:

    I love books in any form and to have a Kindle loaded up is to have a whole library at my fingertips. It's fantastic to have the option of ebooks .. for travel, for economy.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:09 am

  • laura simms says:

    What I love about Kindle is the ease with which I can carry a library around the world and read and study dharma on airplanes, in waiting rooms, and hotels in third world countries. What I often miss is the delight of writing in the margins and the habit of turning pages. But I have a new array of tiny journals for notetaking with small nearly weightless pens. it is a great relief not to have pounds of books in my luggage!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:12 am

  • David Grosh says:

    I love the e-readers because they would be a great way to practice not grasping, and to recognize impermanence. I have a habit of wanting to own a book, and place it on my bookshelf because it gives my ego satisfaction that I own it, and the knowledge within it, and the book becomes a permanent trophy to my ego. The e-reader would allow us to have less "forms" to attach to, allowing us to get closer to our authentic selves.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:13 am

  • Karuna Rockwell says:

    Though I love the physicality of books, I am at heart a lover of words and truth. I am very much a child of the modern age and have an appetite for knowledge that has been fed by the our instant gratification era.

    Jokes on me, though. In the field that said mail, I put my snail mail address and it was not accepted!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:13 am

  • Donna Shea-LeBlanc says:

    I've never used one. Like you, I have a love affair with my library of books, and can't imagine getting excited about a Kindle. BUT, we are a household of Arborists, my husband being a second generation Tree Guy from Boston, so the thought of saving trees is attractive. The travel ability is inspiring too, as like yourself, I'm always toting many books and wishing I had still more for cross referencing. I could be a convert. Care to give me a chance?

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:18 am

  • Gina E says:

    I love the idea of using a kindle to hold all of the books I read. I often think of all of the trees and forests that have been destroyed so that I may have the privilege of information and entertainment. I have moved passed my intital resistance and I am now embracing the idea.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:19 am

  • Rasa says:

    What's not to like about eBooks? I could still curl up with a book when I felt nostalgic; but I could hold "shelves full" in the palm of my hand, anywhere, any time, any place. Any new generation is born out of the wisdom of the old.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:20 am

  • Liam Phillips Lindsay says:

    I like the tactile experience of turning pages, especially if the paper is heavy and textured, and I think I would miss that with Kindle. But I did adjust to going from typewriters to computers, and now I wouldn't want to go back -- so I would be willing to give it a try.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:22 am

  • Suresh Varma says:

    Books on the Teachings of Enlighten One as well as thoses of other Masters' are timeless. They are not like fiction where having read once they are either discarded or put on the book-shelf for sentimental reasons.

    My Kindle allows me to carry all that is worth reading for me at all the time without the botheration of weight or cost of ownership. It is like carrying a personal shrine or sanctuary.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:24 am

  • Laura Wathen says:

    I love books. When I get a new book I first feel the texture of it's cover, smell it's pages, appreciate it's size and weight, the type of edge the pages were cut with and the feel of the pages. I also appreciate appropriate technology. Like the computer I am writing this message on it can be very handy or if abused it can divert me from my family, friends, practice and on and on. So I think there is a place for ebooks. I would certainly think twice before taking "Shabkar, autobiography of a Yogi" as well as "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism" with me on a long flight. An ebook might come in handy in such a situation. Either way, with books or ebooks it's important to not miss the journey your actually on.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:24 am

  • Kondratowitch says:

    When I'm standing in line, or waiting for a late plane, I envy those who just pull out this small, slim instrument and start reading, instead of me who weighs the effort of taking out my heavy book, balancing myself so I can turn pages, and then hurrying to repack it when the wait is over.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:26 am

  • Roxie Lauer says:

    I've actually never tried a Kindle, but have longed (samsara?) for one. At least if I win one that is loaded with dharma books it will bring this longing into question. :-)

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:27 am

  • Pam says:

    I think I fear the change but it is also psychological as I love the comfort of what is familiar and the touch of turning the pages soothes or relaxes me as books have always been my retreat and sanctuary.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:28 am

  • Bridget Fitzgerald says:

    My favorite thing about the Kindle is that my teen-aged son just got one for a gift and is excited about all the books he is going to read and that he can put his text books on it, etc. It is making my kids excited to read (!). That sums it up for mom me and that it would be something we could connect on. For the rest of me, it would be nice to have a lightweight way of carrying my favorite books around with me during my day for the rare moments I can read, to have my dear teachers so easily at hand.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:28 am

  • Lilla Kultsar says:

    I cherish the capability to browse and search References without going through multiple volumes, some of which I can only find in a library.
    On the other hand, it is overwhelming to look at screens...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:29 am

  • Howard Austin says:

    I too love the feeling and experience of physical books but have become a convert to e-books (for the most part). The obvious advantage of having a whole library of books with you where ever you go is fantastic. And of course having books on a e-reader saves space that would be taken up by bookcases, and saves paper and ink that would have gone into the manufacturing of physical books.

    I think the format is especially good for dharma books. You can search them by specific words as well as make notations and bookmark favorite passages.

    E-Ink readers are not as well suited for books that have a lot of pictures or for things like cookbooks. Not being able to share books that are on a Kindle is another drawback to me.

    All in all, I think that e-books are great but there will always be a place for physical books too.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:29 am

  • Karen Idoine says:

    Recently, I spent time visiting my Aunt Carolyn in the hospital and nursing home. Her son bought her a Kindle and loaded it with several books and I read to her as long as my voice would hold out. It was so easy to bring the Kindle with me and to select our readings - sometimes the newspaper, a novel, or another novel... The visual beauty of the screen savers delighted us!

    To have a Kindle - as an alternative to those times when lugging collections of books feels burdensome - would be delightful! Not to mention the opportunity to study Chogyam Trungpa's writings as I deepen my practice and study.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:32 am

  • Bob Temple says:

    I've resisted the Kindle because I'm sure I would love it.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:33 am

  • Rose Kinder says:

    E-books provide me with the opportunity to travel lightly with a wide variety of reading material. Having a Dharma library at the touch of a button and flick of a finger on a Kindle would be such a nice way to be able to easily introduce these teachings to a wide variety of people as well.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:33 am

  • Candace Batycki says:

    If I didn't see the advantages I wouldn't be entering this contest :) I love the idea of fewer trees being cut, but it would be very interesting to see an environmental impact comparison as there are certainly toxic chemicals associated with kindle production, greenhouse gas emissions involved in shipping them (although this will be less than with books, obviously), human rights issues if coltan is used, and waste problems since unlike paper books kindles don't biodegrade. Life is complex! Here's something else: when I go to someone's house for the first time, I love to browse their books. It tells you so much about them, and is such a pleasure. Browsing their kindle just isn't something that's going to happen like that. So, I see a place for both. The important thing is literacy and learning, after all. Thanks Ms. Gimian!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:36 am

  • Bevis Martin says:

    Ebooks are the future, i cant think of anything better than an entire library at ones fingertips. My only hesitation regarding them, are the limited of image quality regarding artworks and photographs - i guess this will improve over time though.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:38 am

  • Gary Simon says:

    All of the Shambhala writings are gifts. Capturing Master Trungpa's wisdom with the Kindle device is efficient and convenient.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:39 am

  • Shrimala says:

    My husband got a Kindle for Christmas and loves it. He can take it in his pocket anywhere (he's got big pockets!)it's very light and he doesn't have to turn pages. He can read through the first couple of chapters of a book before he buys it, he can change the size and style of font and he can access books and download them very quickly at very reasonable prices.

    I'm now a Kindle widow and could do with one of my own!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:39 am

  • MR Staton says:

    To see the Kindle, books, blogs, retreats, and even the cushion as tools not necessities because stripped away all we have in the end is our awareness.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:40 am

  • Andrea Darby says:

    I hope that, just as there is no longer room for riding horseback from town to town, that we don't get to the point where there is no room for a paper book on an airplane. That said, I love that one could carry so much language around in one's pocket - like having many brains at once! I'll try it.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:40 am

  • Ryan says:

    As someone who often lugs a lot of books around, and is slowly realizing I don't have infinite space in my home to store them all, the appeal of the Kindle is beginning to dawn on me, despite my attachment to the physical medium of the book.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:41 am

  • sanneke says:

    Wow,that what you wrote about how you use the Kindle sounds so wonderful! After great teachers are available for all of us on the internet, sometimes in live streamings, sometimes decades after the teachings, this sounds to me like the next step in technology for spreading the Dharma. We can have ALL the writings and teachings that inspire us with us in one bag. I am so happy for you Caroline that you enjoy this little machine, and I thank you very much for all your work in sending us the wonderful quotes!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:41 am

  • Deena Widran says:

    I am a book lover. I still smell the pages as I open a newbook. I still love going to the library, browsing through musty used book stores and sharing beloved tomes with friends. I always have a book with me- at the very least I carry a miniature copy of "Shambhala- The Sacred Path of the Warrior" in my purse. I have been resistant to buying an e-reader, but that being said, I love the idea of being able to carry many books with me without the weight and bulk. I am getting ready to gently let go of the physical book...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:41 am

  • Kathy Gritz says:

    All school children should have e-books instead of lugging around
    heavy textbooks in backpacks, weighing down young backs!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:42 am

  • Jen says:

    I love the Kindle!! Not only Is it good for the environment and saving trees, I love that it reduces the amount of "things" I have in my environment. It's similar to how the iPod eliminated the need to have and store so many CDs. One thing i don't like is that you cant "loan" a book to someone without also loaning the kindle itself. What a wonderful contest, thank you!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:43 am

  • Janice McClain says:

    The Kindle is like me, like you, like everything. So simple yet so complex. Almost non-existent in its size and form, yet as expansive as the universe. It can be an empty vessel, and can hold all wonder...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:45 am

  • Beth says:

    I don't know if I love the Kindle. I have never tried to use one. But, I do love the smell of books.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:46 am

  • ccouture says:

    I think the kindle would be a good place to have your Dharma books. You could make notes and switch between books or passages quickly. I would just hope having the ability to automagically get books wouldn't make me too graspy! :)

    Thanks Shambhala Publications for getting these books out in the ebook format!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:46 am

  • Anne Marie says:

    I love my Kindle because it's so lightweight...I can lie in bed and read it easily. I love that I can upload pdf documents to it, too. And while I still love the feel of real books in my hands, I cannot help but love how fast and easy it is to download book after book in just minutes. It's nice to know, too, that I'm reducing the amount of paper used in the world. It's just a fast, efficient, wonderful way to read!!!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:56 am

  • April says:

    I love that they don't take up so much space! But, sometimes I miss having the actual book in my hand. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:57 am

  • Ellen Gwynn says:

    I like having a book available on the Kindle app of my iPhone to read, and I listen to books on my iPod, and if I had an ebook reader I would surely load it with delicious books, but I love real books too much to make the big move over to the Kindle. Books are among the prettiest things in life, to a devotee like myself, and books on bookshelves occupy every important room in my house. That being said, I was delighted to see the cover of Meditation in Action, in its glorious gold, yellow, and blue, on the Kindle in your short piece. It reminds me, however, of a comment I read -- someone lamenting that if we all switch to ebooks, a person who is romantically interested in another person will not be able to peruse that person's bookshelf while that person is in another room, to learn more about who he or she is. Sigh.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:58 am

  • Ed Pulsifer says:

    Being able to carry so many books of all types in your bag or pocket is a wonderful idea. I would always want to keep my book friends around but it would be so neat to have electronic cousins to take with me when I am not home. Thank you for sending the quotes. Little dharma snacks.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:59 am

  • Molly DeShong says:

    I haven't bought a Kindle yet but am eager to own one. What could be better than an automatic, paper-free way to consume all the Chogyam Trungpa there is to consume??

    Not sure the rules for this contest. I can't pretend to know much about e-readers at this point; I only know the DESIRE to know!

    Thanks Carolyn and Ocean aides for all the richness you blast us each week.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:59 am

  • Paula Breymeier says:

    The kindle is fabulous for my practice. Not only can I carry all of CTR's books with me, but I can download my shrine on it. If you have ever done a practice such as Vajrakilaya, you know how much stuff you need. The shrine box is crowded with tormas and offerings! And then there is keeping it all up which cuts down your actual practice time. OMG! So I just load a picture of the shrine onto my kindle and not only that, I have ghanta and dhamaru sounds on it too. No need for all those heavy practice implements! I just push the button at the appropriate time and kazaam. The dakinis are called. Of course, now you know the sadhana and mantra is on it too. Although the kindle will count for me, I still keep track of my numbers by hand even though I don't need to. I enjoy my mala. Some might object that this isn't the real practice…but they have forgotten that everything is appearance emptiness and the kindle is an excellent reminder of that. CTR thought we needed to spend more effort cultivating our connection with the earth. My kindle leaves me the time to stoke my wood stove and carry water to my house. It's great.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:59 am

  • Mark says:

    The feel of the paper, the heft of the book are part of the reading experience for me and that pleasure goes back many, many years. On the other hand, with e-books, it would be much easier to mark passages for future reference or to look up a word I may not know.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:59 am

  • Nying Gi Lam says:

    Thank you, Caroline, for your wonderful work. I look forward to and enjoy each Ocean of Dharma quote.

    About eBooks, my comments are like so many that I've read elsewhere. Pros: it's portable, one can have many, many different books in one convenient place, and it's easy on trees. Cons: it causes eye strain for some, it's hard to turn back and forth and compare passages, and it's difficult to underline or write notes in the margins. Then there is the feel of paper and the joy of holding a beautifully crafted book as compared to holding a few pounds of technology. Plus, accidents happen; compare dropping a book with dropping your Kindle. Oh well, things change!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:59 am

  • alyssa says:

    I like highlighting passages in a book. I like earmarking pages. I like to reread books and look at my notes or highlighted passages. I like to feel the pages in my hands. I like reading outside and I don't know if the Kindle is readable outdoors. Books don't need recharging.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:00 am

  • Brooke Oland says:

    I love the idea of having such a portable library, but I'd still have to read the books. At school I used to get some of my textbooks on tape due to a reading difficulty. It helped a lot to listen while i read along. It would be amazing to have a Kindle type device that would somehow be able to synchronize audio books with the typed text and pictures. What a great way to get a lecture, teaching or enjoy a story; visuals and all.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:00 am

  • charles keatts says:

    I like ebooks because they are very small and I can fit many books into my pocket or bag. I can pull up a book at many times during the day which is very helpful when I need some Buddhist teaching.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:05 am

  • Sharon Hopwood says:

    I love books and magazines. More than I can ever read, they are scattered around my house in case I create a free minute.
    Hmmm, how many Kindles do I need? One in my apron pocket!
    A Kindle will change my wish list from more book cases to money for a black box that can read.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:08 am

  • Dan says:

    I love the idea of bringing many books with me in a tiny package. I also love the concept that the Kindle is like iPod for books.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:09 am

  • stina says:

    I'm scared of eBooks. I'm scared of technology. And I'm scared of reading teachings that lead me to understand that I actually have to practise the dharma in my everyday life, instead of keeping it as a lovely abstract ideal that I aspire to, whilst continuing to cling to all my defence mechanisms and habitual responses that keep me safely in my fear. But I'll certainly be smiling at fear if it leads me to win the Kindle.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:09 am

  • Lori Brown says:

    I have not converted to an ereader. I am drawn to them but I love the whole experience of books. The weight, the way they smell, the way the pages feel against my fingers. I fill books with book flags to mark thoughts or quotes to use later. Books are transitional objects for me. I take them in the car when my husband is driving, even if the drive is only 30 minutes. I take them to doctor's appointments. If I go away for the weekend, I take several with me. Sometimes it is difficult to decide which books accompany me and which ones stay at home. What draws me to ereaders is just what you wrote about. You can have many books with you at all times eliminating the need to choose a few for a book bag. They are smaller and less cumbersome than some books and would fit more easily into my purse. I know that I will eventually have an ereader but I won't ever be able to give up my "real" books.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:10 am

  • Sharon Hopwood says:

    My comment is awaiting moderation.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:10 am

  • Carole says:

    Since I have never used a Kindle, I cannot compare it to
    books. Books I do love, and cherish. The thought of
    being able to go off and not have to lug a massive box
    is rather appealing. Thank you for the opportunity to
    try a Kindle out should I win.

    Thank you also for gleaning all these wonderful quotes, for all the work you do so that all beings may benefit.
    Please know how much Oceans of Dharma is welcome and
    appreciated, in any form, at this end.

    All the best for the new format and 2011.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:11 am

  • Diana says:

    I have to admit that the idea of a Kindle did not appeal to me, until I started reading the comments on this site and realized the potential for dharma books and practice information made so portable! To have all I needed in one Kindle for retreats and for traveling would be amazing.
    I'm looking forward to trying one sometime and I realize my resistance to techology is futile!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:11 am

  • Wendy Watson says:

    Love it! I recently did a week long trip to Mexico and took over 30 books with me on the kindle. In addition to the obvious advantage of portability the kindle will read out loud to me while I drive, I can make notes as I read, highlight key passages and download those with citations to use, load PDF documents for work (research publications that kill too many tress when printed out), and if I find that 30 books is not enough I just need internet access and can quickly download something new to enjoy.

    The bonus - screen that is glare free. I read while sitting on the beach with no problems seeing the screen.

    An extra bonus is the nifty cover that has a built in light. It is worth every penny. I now read in bed at all hours without disturbing my partner. Not to mention reading in the tent on pack trips.

    I still have my home library and will keep adding to it as well. They both have a place and use.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:12 am

  • Lutha Leahy-Miller says:

    I've not tried ebooks yet, but the Idea of the entirety of Trungpa Rinpoche's teachings in one device sounds incredibly appealing!!

    I only hope I am lucky enough to win such a portable treasure trove of Dharma...

    --Sarva mangalam...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:14 am

  • Jean Westby says:

    "To own a Kindle or not is the question"...."How do I love eBooks, let me count the ways"......I have yet to own one so I'm not sure.

    Would an eBook help my understanding of Dharma? I believe it might as I would have the teachings all contained and be readily available "on the spot".

    Do eBooks help me to be more understanding and helpful to society? The daily reminders and inspirations from our teachers would just be a "click away".

    Would I like to to win a Kindle? "You betcha" Thanks Caroline!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:17 am

  • Joe Remillard says:

    I don't have an e-reader, but I gave my wife one as a gift. She loves it and uses it all the time, which has been a source of joy for both her and I. For all the obvious reasons it's a great device, but what I am excited about is the chance to just have less stuff - there are no add-ons, no cables, no printers, no disposable cartridges. While books are wonderful things, books are physical manifestations of ideas. With the e-reader, the ideas remain, but the physical space they take up and the resources they consume are lessened. For the first time, I think we found a modern, electronic device meant to simplify our lives that seems to have actually done just that. It's just a little battery powered box of endless ideas. What a wonderful thing.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:17 am

  • David E. Anderson says:

    I too like the ability to carry a library with me rather than lug a pack full of books. I can easily fit it in my bag and reach for it when the time comes. I can store enough books to always have a significant dharma library available even when I have entertaining or work books available as well.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:19 am

  • Sally B. says:

    I had thought I would never be attracted to Kindle, in a totally closed-minded, attached-to-things-as-they-are way. Then I held one and saw how the screen is not so bright and lit up... and I realized the power of holding as many volumes as could be loaded on it... in this way my closed door cracked open. Now reading Carolyn's account makes it even more clear that there could be a very valuable place for Kindle in my and others' lives.
    I wonder about the environmental implications, as others have mentioned here, including the question of using more electricity for reading....

    I love to hold a book in my hands. For me, it's very useful to be able to flip back and forth through pages in search of that one phrase or segment, and I don't know how easy it would be to do that w/Kindle. I love to carry the one book I'm reading with me, in my shoulder bag. I also love browsing others' libraries, and the sensuality of lifting and flipping through a book...
    So I will continue offering this to my world, even if Kindle becomes a literary tool for me.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:20 am

  • Patrick Connell says:

    I have not yet given in to the temptation of the kindle, but I can certainly see its value. It is obviously difficult to take Rinpoches entire library with you everywhere you go. I can only imagine the feeling of having all of that wisdom at hand. On the other hand there is something special about holding a book and reading from the pages. I don't think the kindle will replace books but rather be akin to an iPod. Thank you

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:21 am

  • Klaus says:

    I´m very much attracted to books, to their feeling, smell, sound when opening anew, to their easy readability when printed good, but also to their personal appearance and from this the different personality each of them has. Also the confirmation they give - like friends - just by the look on them, on the cover as well as their grouping on the bookshelve. This is also generated by the content, but is beyond the mere content. I´d regret to miss this experience which is like meeting friends or people in general, each of them different and interesting to meet - both the familiar and unknown. But, maybe, this also is at least in part attachment.
    Could be interesting trying to go without all this.
    What´s a drawback is the weight. Carrying books around can be a heavy load. Using a Kindle would allow to get rid of this. Most important would be a very good readability regardless of the light, full and realistically coloured. Maybe in some future a Kindle that also has different possibilities in it´s outward appearance, - maybe even changing - would be the way.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:23 am

  • Jacqueline Schoonheim says:

    I've never had a Kindle or any other brand of eltronic book reader. I have actually never had many electronic things that I've enjoyed very much, except a laptop with which to consult Google, which I do truly love. Being available on a cell phone to everyone all of the time is something I find stressful, just like having to figure out how to use all the apps out there.But the idea of being able to read and to read easily on a screen, what I would like when I would like and especially to read the many wonderful books by Chogyam Trungpa, now THAT is a luxury that I find appealing. So, I am grateful to have the chance of winning such a machine!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:23 am

  • Andrew Rock says:

    To have Trungpa Rinpoche's teachings on a kindle is en-lighten-ment in action!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:23 am

  • Karin Johnson says:

    In the spirit of preserving our trees for future generations I would love to move to an ebook format. I give away my books to others in order to assure that as many people read the same pages in order to honor the life those trees gave for our reading pleasure.

    The one thing I would miss however is the feel of those pages, the smell of a book, old or new. The old books carrying the musty scent of time and all the other hands that have held it. The brisk forest-like perfume of the pages of a new book. All combine to make a complete experience. Yet the feeling that those trees could still be here, cleaning our air and water, co existing with us will also linger in the comfort of the musty old or the brisk new hard copy.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:24 am

  • s twiss says:

    What I like about eBooks is the reader -- you can store a bookcase worth of books onto one of those wee machines. Who knows what eBooks will look like in two, five, ten years, once the book artists/designers start pushing the edges of the new medium. We live in exciting times.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:24 am

  • Ann says:

    Reading a hand-held book puts us closer to the way in which life, work, emotions were first described on papyrus, parchment, and the like (after cave walls, that is), and continues the process of waiting on and being present to something in the here and now. Instant everything is simply not my cup of dharma

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:25 am

  • Kathy Plourde says:

    I would love to win a kindle and l love books - i love to hold them and mark them up and share them - i think i would love a kindle because then i can search for words that i vaguely remember and possibly find the thought again.

    I vaguely remember a quote that says something like "I spend my money on books first and if there is anything left then I buy food" - is a reflection of my love affair with books. I hope I win.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:26 am

  • bob says:

    I haven't tried the Kindle yet, but like the idea of having so many titles at hand. I am a (paper) book lover though, and will miss the feel and the smell of the volume, the weight of it in my hand or lap, the color and the other tactile and sensory experiences that I have come to associate with some 6 decades of reading.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:26 am

  • Susan Chapman says:

    I love my Kindle because I have a recently rescued old tomcat named Charlie who cuddles up on my chest with one arm on either side of my neck and his head nestled under my chin. It's impossible to navigate a book or a newspaper, but it's a perfect win-win to pull out the Kindle and catch up on an inspiring dharma reading. I'm really looking forward to loading it up with all my favourite teachings! Thanks so much.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:26 am

  • Karyn Young says:

    I travel a lot and always have this inspiration that I'm going to do some reading. So I'll take 5 or 6 books on a trip that involves driving. And I'll take 2 books on a trip that involves flying. I hardly ever read anything because the books are buried in a bag somewhere. However, I always use my computer wherever I am. So, I think an ereader would mean that I would read wherever I am. And the idea that I could read CTR wherever I am would bring at least some amount of bliss into my life.

    Thanks for all that you do to share Rinpoche with us.


    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:26 am

  • Beth H. says:

    A Kindle is a life raft in the Ocean of Dharma, small, like a tiny boat, not vast like a tower of pechas

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:26 am

  • Katherine Hamilton says:

    Well, like others responding, I have not yet gone the ebook route, but my husband especially is interested as he is a mass transit commuter, and there are some benefits to using a Kindle as opposed to a book when you are on a train and a bus. We both love the experience of reading from books, and are both avid readers. As for me, I have a number of Buddhist and personal growth books at my bedside with bookmarks falling out of them; I can see where having them easily accessible on one device would be quite lovely and cause much less clutter!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:27 am

  • Ian Mackenzie says:

    I've always been a bit suspicious of e-books. If I download something to the laptop, I generally print it out to read - not efficient, or cost effective or environmentally friendly. Your comments on your Kindle might just change my mind,

    I love books - but I travel all the time - mostly by train.

    So e-reading with a Kindle could work well for me - all those teachings available on any train journey, any flight, any hotel. I'm going to Nepal in April - long flight and much travelling.

    And I wouldn't have to move to a bigger apartment to accommodate all the wonderful books!

    Seriously - thank you for all your work in publishing these teachings.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:35 am

  • Monica F says:

    I miss the physicality of books. I miss that you can't take the kindle in the bathtub. I dislike having light beamed into my eyes by a computer screen. I like that the kindle is lightweight and can be taken anywhere. I worry (a little) that the kindle will have too many choices and that I will flit around between books for much too long before settling down with one.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:42 am

  • R. Pratt says:

    I love the tactile nature of books and am not sure I will ever be comfortable with the digital version. However, I do love the idea of carrying around 20 books in a beautiful little package.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:48 am

  • Jessica O. says:

    I love the idea of having most of my book collection at hand, ready to be read at any moment, but I must also confess to a love of the smell and texture of paper, ink, glue and leather.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:48 am

  • Linda S. says:

    I haven't even seen an actual Kindle yet, but I know that eBooks will be the way of the future and we all must adapt! "Kindling the Dharma" would surely be the best way to start.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:49 am

  • Alex says:

    The occassion is the present moment; free of judgement and open to new learning. Kindling this presence present a freshness to learning in our own way. The Kindle brings freedom.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:50 am

  • Marita says:

    I travel a lot & I suppose having a kindle would be a good thing to have on hand in a hotel, on a plane, etc. I guess I'm a bit stymied that it only has one use. Whereas my laptop - I can write on my blogs, check e-mail, surf the web, etc. I always travel with a Pema Chodron book, so having a kindle would afford more dharma diversity!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:50 am

  • Peter T. says:

    Have not yet personally experienced reading from a Kindle, however having Chögyam Trungpa’s books at the tip of one's fingers at any given time is inspiring in itself! Looking forward to the new Ocean of Dharma format as receiving them is one of my weekly salvations. Keep up the unbeleivable work Carolyn.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:51 am

  • Kimbra says:

    A kindle loaded with e-books by Chogyam Trungpa... his teachings and others always seem to come to me when most needed. Wonder what e-dharma would be delivered my way at 'just the right time'. The weekly quotes from Carolyn always stop me in my tracks at my computer and I am reminded again how I am called to live.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:52 am

  • Clayton Benson says:

    I'm suspicious of the kindle. A great book can enlighten a whole group of friends and last decades. Will the cost and sensitivity of the electronics prevent me from sharing great titles with my friends, or will it present a new opportunity to develop trust? I look forward to finding out.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:58 am

  • Myra M. Kay says:

    The simplicity of e-books on kindles is appreciated. It
    It can easily keep the Dharma fires burning. Ditto for your joyful work!
    your joyful work!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:59 am

  • Mary Hunter Leach says:

    Thank you! You are the FIRST person to kindle my fire for a Kindle!
    I'm a book lover from childhood--love the touch, smell, friendliness of holding a book as I am transported into its world. I'm a lover of trees, too. In fact, in that childhood, I was either up a tree or in a book. In adulthood, twinged by the overuse of paper and loss of trees, I have favored less paper, more trees (I live with four acres of them around me that I'd be fierce to protect)--but I still resist electronic gadgets. Don't get me wrong, I completely LOVE my MAC--I have a toe in the 21st century--but I admit, I have resisted Ipods, Iphones, Ipads and--Kindles. You melted me! I completely get it! On the spot, I saw the advantages of carrying Chogyam Trungpa's or Pema's wisdom or the teachings of my lama with me everywhere I go, which is lots of places. I am COMPLETELY inspired by the thought of nestling up in my cozy warm bed at the end of a fully lived day with voices of dharma turning me into a warrior for the next one! This thought --absorbing life-changing dharma so effortlessly, so naturally, so happily, in my bed or on a plane, inspires me! Then, when I jump out of my bed or off a plane, I can carry forth into the world as it is, inspired and fully alive, living lightly no matter what, kindled by Kindle. Thank you! OM AH HUNG TRAM HRI, may all your chakras fill with glee! You are a blessing to all of us, embodying your teachers!(Fun contest! :~)

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:59 am

  • Nancy Brush says:

    For me, eBooks have been a survival tool. I've had trouble reading for years because of illness but the adjustable font size for eBooks made it possible for me to read. My reader and eBooks are steady campanions. Before I got my reader, I actually scanned Chögyam Trungpa’s books into my computer and reprinted them in in large print so I could read them. I wanted to get a Kindle; my geek son said it was the best. But it didn't work here in Canada at the time. Now that has changed. Without eBooks, I would not have had the little exposure to Dharma I have had.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:04 am

  • jon Feller says:

    Hmmm..... how are you going to give or loan dharma books to other when something on your kindle cannot be transferred to anyone else?

    Admittedly an editor or a researcher could definitely use a device when access to many sources is needed for fact checking or following written lines of reason. But most of us could probably manage with just a few volumes and a little more contemplation and searching for our natural intelligence after having been inspired by one or two short teachings.

    But then I don't own a kindle, since presently I feel they are too expensive for me.

    E-readers are certainly here to stay, but there's no reason for us to be passionately attached to one or the other form of reading.

    Thanks for all your work.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:04 am

  • Buck Clarke says:

    I am pretty technologically challenged so even a Kindle sounds a bit intimidating to me. However, I ride the bus a lot and a Kindle sounds, and looks, like a nice compact and convenient way to carry a book around (or several books around).

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:05 am

  • Donna says:

    eBooks deny us the sensuous pleasures of print books- such as the smell, the texture, the flexible, comfortable item resting in our laps with margins to scribble in... but balance those losses by giving us access to the endless collection of written human ideas, any time, day or night wherever we are. As life long learners, we need both!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:05 am

  • David says:

    I love the idea that I can take the Kindle anywhere. Our lives have become so fluid and compact that we can move in and out of situations rather quickly. I no longer need as much space to exist.

    Having a Kindle loaded with precious teachings seems like an old fashioned miracle.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:05 am

  • John Eberly says:

    I am but a caveman writer and reader. That I can operate this computation device is a miracle to me. If it had something other than a typewriter keyboard I would be lost. I still have a Brother typer. Its like family. Otherwise, I use paper and pen or pencil. Sometimes I paint the wall of my cave. I chew the pigment and blow it through my hand. I am amazed with the cellular phones and similar devices (kindle? this is used for fire, yes?). It's all Black Magic to me. And I want some.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:06 am

  • Sarah says:

    It may be that the Kindle available to us with teachings is yet another way to realize our spiritual nature. It can be wonderful! It can also be an interesting lesson in attachment... I am In gratitude of your work.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:06 am

  • Fred says:

    I keep being skeptical of eReaders. I love the feel of books. I love to put a bookmark in a book and, every few hours, see the progress I've made as I've read through it. eReaders don't provide anything like that.

    On the other hand, I'm currently in the middle of a 3-week business trip, and it's a hassle for me to go get new books every week or so. I am beginning to see the value of storing a lot of books on one small device. So, I guess that I'm ready to dive in and try this new technology.

    By the way, Caroline, I LOVE the weekly emails. Thank you so much for providing them.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:08 am

  • Juan Bustamante says:

    I like eBooks because they can be read everywhere. I don’t like them because I need to put on a machine. But Trungpa is a favorite!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:12 am

  • Erika says:

    I'd like to read more on the Dharma Art Seminars.

    I found a few chapters on line from The collected works of Chogyam Trungpa: The art of calligraphy ..., Volume 7.

    A kindle to read this material would be sweet. :)

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:15 am

  • Sara Piepmeier says:

    I write fiction, and when I sit down to read, it's usually at home or in a spot where I can enjoy the feel of the pages, leave markers in passages I love, etc. So: I've not been craving a Kindle until now. But this is an amazing offer! I love the idea of having these wonderful Dharma books all in one place and easy to have handy. Yes, that would indeed be a treasure. My Ocean of Dharma emails are already a delight, as they come right into my Blackberry and if I save them, are there handy to refer to in all sorts of circumstances. But goodness, the thought of having the entire manuscripts available in almost as portable a form is an amazing prospect! Suddenly Kindle makes sense for even me! Thank you.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:16 am

  • Alanda Wraye says:

    I don't have a kindle but I am ripe for it being one who also dips into many various volumes of dharma anytime anywhere.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:16 am

  • Robin Anderson says:

    I love the Kindle and its app that runs on my phone. I can read eBooks anywhere! I load up on religious and nonfiction books, for times that I have to wait in strange places for doctors or for transportation. I find the Kindle less helpful for seminary class readings - harder to refer back and forth to ideas being discussed within the book, now that my memory is, uh, less assertive.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:17 am

  • Erika says:

    I think the thing I like best about ebooks is the portability. You can literally have an entire library in your pocket!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:17 am

  • Sharon says:

    I love the idea of saving trees also, and the suitcase full of books sounds very familiar. I am also having a hard time pulling it thru the airports and everywhere I go. The kindle sounds like a great idea.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:18 am

  • minna says:

    I really like it because it's small, light and portable compared to a library with paper books. What I don't like so much is that I think we could manage with buying less new products all the time, but all these nice gadgets are made so that only the latest model works well with the latest applications.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:19 am

  • andrew merz says:

    I, woo, find myself lugging pounds and pounds of CTR books around with me, as I work on my CTR-related master's thesis. I have trouble concentrating for long periods of time without changing spaces--from home to coffee shop to library to other library, etc etc--yet I never know which of the books I will need, and so I end up carrying five or six of them, plus the several other non-CTR books that I need. And then I usually end up wishing that I had one of the one I didn't bring! So, a kindle would be a massive blessing.

    Thank you for your work!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:23 am

  • Robert Vogler says:

    I like ebooks and recently got a KOBO. I have been disappointed with the selection available for Kobo. They don't have all the Chogyam Trungpa books that Kindle has.
    What magic did you have to do to get Kindle to publish them? Thanks.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:23 am

  • Linda V. Lewis says:

    I am an old dog and, like most, love dharma books. Jill Scott and now you, Carolyn, say you love the I find myself open to the possibility that this might be quite a breakthrough. My little apt. is a current fortress reinforced with book shelves for insulation--mostly dharma related. And I always litter my dining table with a pile of dharma books that I am currently reading. A kindle just might be a way not only to lighten my life, but to tidy it!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:23 am

  • Pamela Grace says:

    Until two days ago I was convinced that I would never care for ebooks, I grew up so involved with paper books. My mother read the classics of childhood to us at bedtime, Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh. I still have those well worn, well loved copies with me, and that forged a great love of reading that I carried through my adolescence and I still read voraciously. If it weren't for Free Libraries I would probably have to give up eating. And in thinking of the Kindle I was sure that I would miss the paper, the feel of turning a page, the chance to peruse the inside of the dust cover to give a book it's first chance or even the picture on the cover which is each new book's very first lure.
    But two days ago a friend handed me her Kindle, and I held this small, light convenient packet that contained so many books! All the classic are there for free. Many books can now be checked out from libraries electronically. I realized with some surprise that I would adapt to the new format quite easily. And with a Kindle I would be less inclined to hesitate to add yet another Dharma book to my library thinking that it is too cumbersome, that the shelf is overburdened. The idea that one could with such great ease carry such a rich font of wisdom in a small packet is indeed a great inspiration.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:24 am

  • George Klima says:

    From my experience with one eBook reader, one drawback is that it's not as durable as I would like. A conventional book will tolerate bending, heat, damp, being dropped, and so on. Also, I find it takes more effort to keep reading from an e-reader.

    The factors in favour of eBooks are the price and the fact that all your books fit into one e-reader instead of taking up shelf space, where they attract dust and mites.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:25 am

  • Michele says:

    Saving the trees!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:26 am

  • Lissa says:

    I like that trees are not being destroyed. I would like having all of my books and magazines in one, compact place. I like that it's not so cumbersome.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:32 am

  • Adair says:

    I'm usually reading about 5 different types of books at a time so a kindle would be wonderful! It's an amazing invention and I wish I'd thought of it. But everything is as it should be in this moment :)

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:33 am

  • Adela Iglesias says:

    The first time I saw an e-book was the photo posted in this blog. My best friend just got a Kindle and carries it her purse but has failed to show it to me. I thought I would hate them, but after reading Carolyn's description I'm already in love: a lot of Trungpa R. + Pema Ch. + mystery novels we don't talk about - who could ask for more???!!!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:35 am

  • Kelly says:

    I don't have one, but love the idea of traveling lighter. I love to read anytime anywhere, so e books sound really appealing. Someday I'll own one.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:36 am

  • Fred Flego says:

    That is a very deep question for me. I would reply at this moment in my life that I enjoy eBooks and would like to own a Kindle because they are so easily accessible and there is an astronomical amount of titles now available for free and for sale. A big issue though, they are not perfect for the environment, the Kindle does save a lot of our trees (not to mention space and our backs lol). I enjoy my spiritual books along with other interests but they do begin to multiply and become a burden to carry. I must admit a kindle can't replace a book but I'm malleable and like my gadgets. I'm working on not holding on to materialism but the Kindle would make my life much more productive, informative and educated as well as enhancing my spiritual life. It would be a blessing to be able to read eBooks and I would be filled with gratitude. Thank you for the opportunity! I really appreciate and look forward towards my daily emails. It has become somewhat of a ritual and is a great way to start my day. I'm grateful for all the work and teachings Shambhala has put out for us to grow and heal and to be present...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:39 am

  • Stephen Pedersen says:

    I have had a SONY eReader for at least six years if not more. Right now I have 75 books on it. I also am a longtime subscriber to and with extensive libraries on each. Questia has an excellent version of the Diamond Sutra on it, but there are thousands of titles. My Sony Reader is getting on in years though still serviceable. In my view every single book on it is part of the dharma.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:40 am

  • Jai Crapella says:

    I haven't tried an e-book yet. But your endorsement, Carolyn, and the fact that the kindle that I might win, will be loaded with CTR books, certainly makes me curious.
    Thank you so much for Ocean of Dharma quotes!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:42 am

  • Sharon says:


    I can see why Kindle would appeal to some; I myself love books, the feel of them, the smell of them, I like to mark passages that are particularily helpful to me and I like to have a library where on any given day I can choose a book that I wish to read, where kindle would be helpful to me is for Dr. apt.s, or if I happen to go away and would like to take a few books with me but have to settle on one, I can see the advantage of having
    a kindle. I haven't seen one and they sound like they could be a nice asset but I couldn't see them replacing books. I Have loved the quotes you have sent Caroline and am happy that a Kindle helps you to do the wonderful work you do. It always gives me a happy feeling to see an email from you in my in box.


    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:42 am

  • Julie Reiser says:

    As an inveterate lover of the heft of the paper book in my hand and someone who relishes spending the afternoon reading The dharma in the tub, I haven't yet converted myself to the wonders of something like the Kindle. However, I often find myself cursing when I try to read a big fat dharma book in bed and drop it on my face--Dogen and Reggie Ray are two favorites who, while helping to open my Zen eye, frequently threaten to take out one of my "real" ones. Thus, I can think of no greater gift than to have the vast wisdom of Trungpa compressed into a lightweight Kindle!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:43 am

  • Nadia says:

    I love its uncluttered appearance. No cables! No shelf upon shelf of books to dust! My home is the hub of a hospitality business 24/7 and it seems that I continually busy myself creating and maintaining an uplifted environment. As a result I now crave fewer things, fewer belongings... I'd rather strive for beautifully designed open spaces where the few objects that there are, are very carefully chosen and placed. Looking at the kindle, I'd love the keyboard to be hidden for a simpler look, so that nothing detracts from the essence of the message on the 'page'.....but I could see it lying there modestly in the library area of this ancient house, subtly loaded with dharma, waiting for a guest to discover its treasures. I don't think it would detract from the essence of this place, I think it might contribute to it.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:44 am

  • Stephen Pedersen says:

    I have had a SONY eReader for at least six years if not more. Right now I have 75 books on it. I also am a longtime subscriber to and with extensive libraries on each. Questia has an excellent version of the Diamond Sutra on it, but there are thousands of titles. My Sony Reader is getting on in years though still serviceable. In my view every single book on it is part of the dharma. In my personal library I have a large assortment of Rinpoche's books and I've read them all. A complete library is perhaps not at all necessary. But what can be omitted in studying the Dharma, even though, read properly, a single sentence is perhaps enough.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:44 am

  • Patty says:

    I have been leery of ebooks -- no way to underline text or make notes in the margins! (Or is there...?) However, if I were to win a Kindle, I would approach it with an open mind.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:44 am

  • Christian says:

    My great fear with the Kindle was: it couöd falls down and be kaputt. Then I understood that this can not be the reason not to have one. That would be as if I would not drive a car because I could have an accident. Well, impermanence is everywhere, but not visible at every time - one can usefull use a Kindle for a long time till he breaks.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:46 am

  • Tanya says:

    I love my Kindle because it is light weight and fits into either my purse or pocket. I spend a lot of time in doctor's waiting rooms and find that I can read and reference several books plus the dictionary with just one small item. I can make notes and bookmark passages without having to carry notebooks and pens. Never thought I would like an electronic book because I like paper books and have an extensive library of them, but the convenience of my Kindle has made me a believer.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:47 am

  • Jeanne says:

    I don't have a Kindle but what I like about it, in theory, is that it allows you to search for a favorite phrase or subhead that you might remember and want to go back to. This search function can almost take the place of bending the corner of a page to mark favorite passages.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:48 am

  • Janet says:

    Several months ago, my husband wanted to give me a travel gift before I headed to Australasia. We went to the local Staples store to see up close the gift he so passionately wanted to purchase for my travels. I was speechless. The Kindle was indeed cute but I couldn't understand his zeal for acquiring one.

    "What about the feel, weight, and smell of all the books I love to read?" (But, they are a bit heavy for the trip.)

    "What about meandering around the used book store to see what jumps off the shelf and slides into my hands?" (I do end up with a number of unnecessary items, adding to my bookshelf woes.)

    Well, in the end we decided to hold off on the purchase; I needed more time to be convinced. He gave me gift money instead. I came home with a beautiful Cat's Eye Shell necklace from New Zealand.

    I figured it was only a matter of time before the question of the Kindle would re-arise. Now I have 'proper motivation' - to read all of Chogyam Trungpa's writings while on those awfully long flights down under. (However, I do not regret the gift of new bling-bling!)

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:48 am

  • Jim Katz says:

    For Christmas, I got this box from my wife that wished me "happiness and peace of mind." It turned out to be a Kindle. Reading even the daily news on it on the subway is so absorbing. I'm looking forward to collecting Rinpoche's and the Sakyong's writings on it, and building my own library of annotations. The only lack is the time to read when I'm not commuting.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:49 am

  • Suzanna says:

    I have a Kindle, and I love how easy it is to mark and return to favorite passages. The new option to lend Kindle books looks great too! I don't have any of Chogyam Trungpa's books on my Kindle...yet!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:56 am

  • Sarah says:

    The first reading is always fresh, penetrating. Holding a book with clean pages. Reading it for the first time, or the first of a hundred times. Still the first reading. Many books become are foundation stones with which I construct my life. Especially Chogyam Trungpa's books, which you have edited and delivered for so long. A two-fold fortune: his teachings and your editing.

    Many of these books are in my library. Some are original editions, with underlining and flags, and margin notes as testament to years of re-reading, testament of years of first readings. However, the collected works is unmarked. And other second and third editions are unmarked, left clean for giving away.

    Reading a book for the first time, or for the hundredth time on electronic media? I don't know. But it seems like it could be a clean read. Fresh and simple. No making margin notes, or underlining, just reading. Giving away an electronic book? I assume there is a simple way to do this too. Hum...

    Thank you for the Ocean of Dharma quotes. Gems from the treasury, tossed each week in to the... well, the Ocean of Dharma, like wish-fullfilling jewels. How prescious!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:58 am

  • Jessica Schilling says:

    Favorite idea about an e-reader: Having a stack of books that fits into a handbag, to be able to steal time to read whenever it's available. Plus, as others have said, it reduces the amount of physical stuff you've got - we live in a tiny house, which I love, but the book habit is one of the more difficult "stuff" issues to shed.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:58 am

  • Mich says:

    A foot in the past-books. A foot in the future-kindle. My feet firmly planted in the present moment. ahhhh

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:00 am

  • P.A.T. Hunt says:

    Thank you for offering an e(nlightened)book loaded with Chogyam Trungpa's writing. I just returned from a ferry, bus, train, car trip and brought along The Pocket Chogyam Trungpa for my travels. That little book came to me in a most unusual way, prompting me to enter this contest.
    I listen to people commenting on and comparing the different formats books have in the 21st century. My experience is only with the printed page book which I pick up at our locally-owned independent bookstore or public library, venues I'd like to continue to support should I become an ebook user.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

  • sydney says:

    I would like a kindle ebook, because it is lighter than a heavy old book with pages to turn in my lap that slides on the floor off my chair where I can't pick it up and I have to call the aid and explain why everything is on the floor again and now I need to find the page and start again and it sucks to have a mind in a body that quit working so well long ago.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

  • elaine yuen says:

    I like the idea of the Kindle, and work quite a bit on the computer, smart phone and so forth. Only worry I have is that if someday we don't have sufficient electricity to charge the thing!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:02 am

  • Claudia Murphy says:

    I have not experienced e books yet but would enjoy having
    them to take to work and when I travel. I think I would read more during those times.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:05 am

  • Carol Busseau says:

    I have been using a Kindle for a little over a year now. I find I occasionally 'need' to feel a 'real' book in my hand-- the heft, the feel of paper, the smell of ink on paper.....but I'm finding the Kindle to be a boon. Travel with it--absolutely without contest, especially in these days of baggage fees (I used to take 10 books for a week away). It's a disturbingly easy to shop, but I figured I've saved hundreds of dollars-- and who knows, maybe hundreds of trees? I will always gravitate towards books, and I love to see the art that my collection of books makes on the shelves, and going back to a previously read book is like welcoming an old friend. I would like to pass my Kindle along to a friend so I can upgrade, but that's my materialistic self peeking out!
    in peace:hope:love

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:11 am

  • chuck says:

    "snuggled into my retreat bed with Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism on my Kindle" - been awhile since I read that book, paper or pixels, but your words are enough to set up a rather perplexing paradox. Happy dreams!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:11 am

  • Catherine Atherden says:

    I am retired and love to go to the libray and peruse books. I love to read and hold books. I love knowing that many people have read and learned from them before me. I rarely purchase a book anymore and when I do, I t is used. I also recycle back to the library. However, I can see the use of a Kindle for those who travel a lot, especially via public transport. I can also see the handiness of being able to search for a forgotten passage or subject. There is, of course the enviornmental aspect, but I do feel libraries help compensate - after all, there are environmental aspects to making a Kindle, transporting it, keeping it running and, one day, disposing of it. All that said, should I be lucky enough to win, I would use it (especially with the Chogyam Trungpa books on it) - I just do not wish to buy one :)
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you Carolyn for Ocean of Dharma. At times a quote applies to exactly what I have been pondering about - a bit unnerving sometimes :).

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:14 am

  • upperwoodsj says:

    I felt as though I was a staunch and ardent practitioner
    of the wonderful tactile nature of holding the book in my hands.
    I sense that I will always honor that special relationship with the printed page, however can now see my self embracing
    the certain technology (ever evolving) of that which is to come with even greater applications snd would like very much to enter the flow of that experience and see where it leads me.
    It is my hope that my spiritual growth may be further enhanced by the ease and portability of such technology

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:22 am

  • Shelley Mackinnon says:

    I have not experienced Kindle reading though your description inspires me to do so. I don't think more is better and instant access to information tends to make me less focused and mentally hyperactive. I already verge on becoming an information addict so staying with the printed book may provide a structure that keeps me grounded. Having said all that, here I am trying to win a KIndle!!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:22 am

  • Dean Jensen says:

    What do I like about e-books? Being able to get a ton of new books and not have to find storage space for them in my house! That, and to be able to subscribe to newspapers and magazines without the continuous accumulation of back issues, etc. I would massively prefer a Kindle that did not force me to purchase only from Amazon (which, among other things, seems to me to suggest a lack of confidence in their reader).


    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:24 am

  • Brita D says:

    Kindles are definitely good for trees, and for people who can read more than they can carry! I would enjoy the opportunity to read more Chogyam Trungpa!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:24 am

  • Jennifer Cuevas says:

    I do not have one, but I love efforts to move toward going paperless. I do have to admit it is a bit of an adjustment moving toward electronic copies. The tactile pleasure of books is replaced a more simplified and compact storage besides the obvious benefits to the environment. I am always trying to minimize the stuff in my life. When I move, I am faced with the burden of my stuff. Books have always been a large part of that. Simplifying and decluttering is liberating.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:26 am

  • Darlene Stefani says:

    I don't have an e-book, but have been watching the information closely. I like books, the feel and look, the comfort of them. On the other hand, I think it's time to get current and be able to carry more than one book in my purse when I travel and e-books seems to be the best way to go.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:33 am

  • Catherine Pruszynski says:

    Hello Carolyn,
    First, thank you for your efforts providing Ocean of Dharma Qoutes of the Week. I am always happy to see one in my invox.
    I have not used e-Books yet. Last time I tried via my wonderful public library, there was something about the system that wouldn't allow me to download to my computer. I'll keep trying, as I feel committed to keeping up with technology, even though I love the feel of books as you do.
    I am encouraged by hearing of your successful experience with the e-Book, so will try soon. That motivates me to enter your contest, so I may have a chance at winning a Kindle. Thank you.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:33 am

  • Linda Sperling says:

    While I love the physical feeling of a book in my hands, as my hands and eyes age, I appreciate being able to make typefaces larger and find that I do a lot of reading on my computer most comfortably. To be able to search for a phrase half-recalled is a wonderful thing and the Kindle is
    certainly on my list of materialist manifestations that help sustain a spiritual life.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:35 am

  • Ruth says:

    Do not have a Kindle...using a shared iPad...have appreciation for portability especially for travel, instantaneous downloads and access to whatever is of interest, affordability of material, text that can be read anywhere with/without natural/artifical light, and text size that can be adjusted. Though there is still appreciation an actual book in hand, beautifully bound or illustrated, that can be shared, pages turned and substance felt.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:36 am

  • Helen Berliner says:

    The image of a small suitcase full of books made me smile. I'm driving a station wagon--while all around me gravitate to Smart Cars and bicycles--for the sole purpose of transporting the various books needed in annual programs and retreats. The small suitcase? Well, one has to take some clothes. But my rush to Kindle is always stopped short by the fact that I already own many of the books I need/want/use (including all of CTR) and I'm reluctant to purchase them again. Yet the trees, the oil, the environment--the horns of a dilemma.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:44 am

  • Faith says:

    I am not a gamer, or at least I have never considered myself to be one, but when invited to join this "contest" to win a Kindle with Rinpoche's books, I was intrigued, even delighted. So here I am, e-novice and booklover, putting my virtual hat in the ring.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:49 am

  • Damaris Williams says:

    Kindle = all my books in one slim light weight digital book. No need for more bookshelves in my small apartment.

    Books = simply. The paper. I love paper. I love writing side notes on paper. Add highlights and post-it notes. I love paper.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:50 am

  • Sarah Dester says:

    I love the idea of e-readers because it is a way to simplify our lives. I love my books, but they are beginning to become a burden for storage. I am fully behind the effort to reduce the usage of paper as well!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:51 am

  • Scott says:

    If I had a pantry stocked with every type of food and spice, and a kitchen equipped with every possible implement, would I ever again enjoy a simple apple?

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:53 am

  • Bob Gailey says:

    I love books, i.e. physical books, but they come at a price, to the consumer and to our natural world. I also love information tools that treat knowledge as weightless, flexible, cross-referenced and searchable, just like our brains on a good day. I would regard a Kindle full of the Vidyadhara's books as a great treasure !

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:55 am

  • Andy says:

    It would be hard for me to let go of my real books. I think they add a nice vibe to a home. A book changes its physical form throughout the course of reading it. folded pages, stretched spines, perhaps notes in the margins, knicks on the cover corners.

    But having suffered back pain in college and in airports from lugging textbooks around, a Kindle can alleviate that back pain by enabling you to bring all your books on that one device. Less pain---clearer mind, better meditation!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:56 am

  • Denyse says:

    eBooks are a marvelous invention! Anything that gets people to read is a wonderful idea. Reading opens up a new world to people giving them the opportunity to travel without leaving their couch. To have a device that enables you to pick from thousands of books is truely remarkable, it's like your birthday everyday. Because children are so electronically savy these days, using an eBook would be a natural for them and then their world would explode with wonder. I would love a Kindle because I read every night and my books are always falling off my bed, a Kindle would be so much easier, and my knowledge would expand exponentially.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:01 am

  • Amy S says:

    Re-*search*! In a word, that's why I'd love to have a kindle loaded with Rinpoche's books. Imagine being able to search across that library to prepare for a study group, a talk, or simply to follow a contemplative thread that has arisen on the cushion! Trungpa Rinpoche's dharma at your fingertips... oh my, how lovely that would be. What fantastic karma we all have, to live in a time that this is even possible!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

  • Paul Belserene says:

    A young friend of our family is about to set off to Australia for four years of study. Thinking about how to help him lighten his luggage and also thinking about how he might occupy himself on the 20-hour flight, we gave him an e-book for a Christmas/graduation present.

    for myself I treasure the Ocean of Dharma quotations that I've saved on my computer for years - in part because I can search them for words like "drala" and "gentleness" and find teachings from Chögyam Trungpa on those topics - as if across several printed volumes. The notion of having a completely searchable e-edition of the Druk Sakyong's works enchants me.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

  • Todd Jailer says:

    E-books are a great way to share information and insights vertically, from the author to me. Unfortunately, they don't share so well horizontally, from me to my friends and colleagues.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:08 am

  • soile says:

    Being a passionated reader, I consider an e-book and a handy storage for it like Kindle and its like as one of the wonderful blessings of modern technology. I travel a lot and have therefore really a need of minimizing both the volume and the weight of what I carry with me, and at the same time I need to have certain books with me also when I'm not at my house. Finally, talking about house: e-books stored in a Kindle minimize the need of house size as well, at least with a book worm like me. So, in addition to trees, e-books can save some other resources too :)

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:08 am

  • Denis says:

    They can read to me.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:13 am

  • Lisa Wu says:

    Oh e-book, how do I love thee? I fawn over you on trains, angling my head over to look at you, to see what wonders are contained within. I imagine you joining me, on retreat, like a dear friend - wise, generous, supportive, and always available. I imagine you traveling with me, the best kind of traveling companion - non-judgmental, slim, and never blocking my view of the sky and oceans beneath me. I imagine you, convenient one, smooth under the palm of my hand providing me with inspiration and instilling me with a creative spirit as I hold onto yet another greasy subway pole, squashed like a sardine with other commuters as I make my way to work each day. Oh e-book, oh how I love thee...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:14 am

  • chris begnoche says:

    I grew up with books, and like many ardent readers, the physical experience of books is unmatched, its ingrained, cellular. I have had a kindle for over a year, the first 9 months it sat on the slelf, a gift. Then, finally taking a long trip I decided to give it a shot and I have to admit its pretty nifty. Then when I found out that all of CTR's teachings were available recently, WOW! That is a lot of books I dont have to lug around anymore! And being able to highlight and bookmark at will, no more little tabs of paper falling out of the pages. I will never get rid of some of my old dogeared copies of favorites, but I think the kindle does have a place. Tell you what Carolyn, you can keep the kindle and I'll take all CTR library if I win! Thanks for the weekly quotes, I often foreward them to friends, and all the work that you do.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:17 am

  • SEH says:

    I am an avid reader married to an English national and living in the US. We travel often to visit his parents in the UK and back to our home in the US. I'm forever trying to take more books than I should on the long plane journeys and would love to be able to simply have all the words, the stories, the knowledge in a format where I could always have them with me. As someone who is learning how to live in a more minimalist way, something like this would simplify and unburden my path through life! The added blessing of the Kindle coming with the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa’s meant that I had to make some comment and to try...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:18 am

  • Margarite says:

    Love the transportability and ease of storage with electronic books.
    Love the texture and warmth of the pages of a printed book in my hands.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:18 am

  • Kenny Roberts says:

    I love the idea of being able to carry your book collection with you at all times, rather than being tethered to boxes and boxes of heavy books (which I love).

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:19 am

  • Lini Lieberman-Erich says:

    Desire comes up!!!! All this talk about the wonders, convenience and joy of e-books . . . I love and adore books. I have a two-story library complete with rolling ladder which is fantastic. So the thought of not adding to it by buying e-books at first pass wasn't a thought. I also highlight and write in my books so when I re-visit them I just read passages. But with all this talk from friends and the media DESIRE and WANT are rearing their heads. I WANT one! And truthfully I do see their usefulness. Just don't know if they can replace books.
    Thanks for the opportunity to perhaps win one.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:20 am

  • pamela wedding says:

    A wonderful opportunity for Emptiness! (on my bookshelves)
    And a pledge to donate those books to my sangha's library!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

  • Sean says:

    I love my real books. And they get worn out. They get bookmarked, dog eared, highlighted, underlined, carried to work, carried on trips, etc... I know you can do all these with a kindle, but its not quite the same as being able to flip through the pages to re-read what I've marked as important and read it again with fresh eyes. But I've turned this weakness into a strength. I always carry my journal when reading an e-book so that I can copy down those passages and then write about what they mean to me. And writing things down helps me remember them and integrate them into my life.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:22 am

  • Christine LaFortune says:

    efood sounds convenient, but I would miss the sight, smell, and taste. ebooks sound convenient, but I would miss seeing the roundness of the letters and the shapes of the words in a beautifully cut classic font, smelling the musty cottony pages, touching the deckle edges.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:22 am

  • James Rowe says:

    Good morning,

    I have been thinking about the ebook solution for sometime with mixed feelings about giving up getting paper cuts. Like you, I love

    Paper. Books have been my refuge and friend all of my life. My fear is I will forget about books or not have the same experience.

    Talk about duhkha!

    Lately, I have been thinking about resistance to new things and fear related to ebooks and know I am on the path to eventually buying one.

    So I am submitting this to win the Kindle so I can read all those beautiful books which do not work unless I think about them after I read them.

    Reading does nothing. Thinking and doing do. Make that a lot of thinking and musing and rereading certain passages and pages.

    Then after reading the books and enjoying the Kindle I will give it to my father a devoted reader so he can increase the font size and see it better.

    Love your stuff, Carolyn and thanks for sharing your journey with us all.

    Jimmy Rowe

    Have a rocking day.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:26 am

  • Lonnie Turner says:

    E-books have come along at just the right time for me. My eyesight is failing. I'm retiring soon as I can't see well enough to vontinue to work and drive safely. I was afraid the time was coming when reading would be very difficult and impossible without holding a magnifying glass with the book. With the adjustable fonts and other features of E-book readers it will allow me to continue to read. They are not just a convenience for me, they are a very real blessing.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:27 am

  • Jing Ye says:

    I smiled with the image of carrying a Kindle loaded with a selection of eBooks by Chögyam Trungpa.  I am usually not fond of electronic devises. However, I've been in awe with Chögyam Trungpa's brilliant teachings.  My experience with his words varies depending on the level of my journey.  Frankly, many years ago,  I had love and hate feelings towards the teachings in Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism.  I was not ready to be confronted with his insight, and yet could intuitively recognize the incredible truth in it, and was gravitated towards it.  There was a period, I grieved over not having a chance to be Chögyam Trungpa's student directly, as I live in a rural area longing to have a teacher I can relate to at such  a deep level.    

    I'd love to carry Chögyam Trungpa's teachings with me and be nourished by the energy his teachings embody.

    By the way, I so appreciate receiving quotes from you, Caroline.  I often use them in my weekly meditation group on campus of a liberal art college.  THANK YOU!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:28 am

  • Roland Cohen says:

    This is interesting...... I was longing for a Kindle recently when returning to New Zealand for 6 months to live and teach, bringing with me 3 big volumes of the Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, the huge volume of the Collected Kalapa Assemblies and many of the Vidyadara's and Pema's and others books.I paid a lot of money for the extra bag necessary just for my books!!! I looked into what was available on Kindle and couldn't find the books I needed, so it's very good news indeed that the Buddhadharma and Shambhala-dharma taught by Chögyam Trungpa and by Pema are now available in e-format!!!! If I don't win this contest, I'll still be getting a kindle now. Thanks for the contest and good luck to all.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:28 am

  • Maria Rodriguez says:

    E-books are cheaper then printed books, which helps with keeping access to literature high while keeping personal overhead low. Of course, environmentally, it helps save tress from being cut down for paper, and also cuts down on trash generated when people need to through away books they no longer need/want. Ebooks also make it easy to have a copy of a book in many locations, so that with a Kindle for instance you can use whispersync technology to look at the same book in your office, apartment, or on the go, helping your experience of the teachings you are reading continue through different manifestations.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:33 am

  • sean says:

    E-books offer many wonderful possibilities such as those you've mentioned: access to a library from one book-like device, search (!), and saving trees. Yet it is still early in the e-book universe.

    My wish is that one of these days there is an e-book that looks and feels like a typical hardcover book with maybe 250 pages in it. It would be made from recycled materials and raw materials that were acquired sustainably and traded fairly from wherever.

    However, (first edition) printed copies for books i love will always have a home on my shelf.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:34 am

  • madeline a says:

    It would just be fascinating to have all that information with me at all times,to breeze through in extra moments. And also...I love the trees,they share so much wisdom with us when we listen,... like everyone, I prefer sparing them in the use of so much paper.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:36 am

  • Val L says:

    I smile imagining travelling light but large - one kindle - filled with lovely access to all the wisdom of words and all that inspires my heart.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:38 am

  • JO says:

    There is a wonderful warmth that comes with being surrounded by the books we love and cherish.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:41 am

  • Luke says:

    I'll keep my paper books and vinyl records, but e-books are great as long as I remember they are there on my laptop.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:41 am

  • Therese Lahaie says:

    What I really miss in the e-book experience is turning the pages. There are video books where one watches the pages turn and this action is so much more connected to how we live...every moment is a new page and we never know what will happen next. Scrolling will never have that sense of anticipation.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:42 am

  • Barbara Weaner says:

    Paper books. EBooks. Handling them, I appreciate the difference. Both good. Neither can replace the other.

    Best yet, the words of the masters.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:43 am

  • Deborah H says:

    Portability, accessibility make these wonderful. Adding heat to the environment and encapsulating potentially dangerous chemicals in plastic make these questionable. This is our world! Thank you Rinpoche for you precious teachings, in every form.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:45 am

  • marke slipp says:

    The concept of having many books in such a small vessel does appeal to me. But not having such a thing as a Kindle, I'm not sure what all the benefits are. Paperless, yes. Inability to share, no. Simplification, yes. Flipping back & forth ...not sure; does it? Storage, yes, seems to keep things tidy. (But is 'tidy' what we need?) Travelling, absolutely. More electronica...hmm, no.

    Verdict is out, please send along a Kindle so I can light this fire.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:45 am

  • umnia says:

    For writing and researching purposes, I think an e-book would be very helpful, since I like to travel, and find much of my writing inspiration while on the road. Books are my first love though, and there is nothing quite so tactile as turning pages, underlining great quotes and admiring the vastness of a library. Books use paper, e-books use electrical energy. Just need to make sure we are conscious either way.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:48 am

  • Adrienne P says:

    I have been a voracious reader and book hoarder all my life. I love being surrounded by books - those I have read and cherished, those I "should" read, those given to me by loved ones. The feel and smell of them is wonderful. But I am starting to let go of the hoarding aspect, using the library more and letting go of many of my old friends that I haven't opened in years. As I go through this process, the idea of e-books becomes much more appealing in its efficiency and conservation of precious trees, though they will never replace the wonderful presence of actual books.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:54 am

  • Diana Bowen says:

    I received a Kindle this past Christmas. It wasn't a surprise, I asked for one after downloading the application for my Mac. I was embarrassed at first to ask for a Kindle, but the thrill continues to grow!

    Like others, I love saving trees. I love that I can read the first chapter of an ebook and decide if I want to buy it; I love the convenience of having lots and lots of knowledge, all in one space, with the click of a key. I am in awe that I can browse through ebooks online and be educated from many different books and authors, all at the same time, just by turning it on! The Kindle has made education infinitely more possible.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:55 am

  • David says:

    The idea a slim, sleek e-book reader can contain untold multitudes of books is tantalizing. Conversely, and similarly, the feel, weight, heft, smell, and experience of a dead-tree format book has real riches in of itself. I am a book man. But I haven't had to lug a suitcase full of books with me. VIVA LIBRO!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:56 am

  • david beam says:

    kindle or paper
    responsibly used, both great
    what is the question?

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:57 am

  • Tamcho Pawo says:

    With right view all is accommodated.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:57 am

  • Sarah Canfield says:

    I have always loved books since I first discovered them as a child. I became a voracious reader especially the series kind like the Nancy Drew Mysteries. Finding a good book was the discovery of a treasure. As an adult I still feel the same about books so I haven't been too keen on replacing them with a Kindle. Not being a techie I'm a little in awe of any kind of techno toy, so to speak. However, I must admit having a single container and immediate access to all the Vidyadara's writings one can refer to on the spot does intrigue me. I would even be willing (sigh) to learn how to use the Kindle.
    Sarah Canfield

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:57 am

  • Shivani (Jennie) says:

    Truth be told, I have never even SEEN a Kindle. I love the look, the feel, the texture, the smell of printed books. Perhaps this is due to the fact that both my parents worked as printers- they are both deaf and this used to be one of the only fields available to the deaf for employment. I still recall the rattle and loud CLICK! of the old linotype machines. During the holidays this year I went into a Borders and one of the employees showed me their E-Book device, and to my surprise I found it rather intriguing. I realized upon looking at it, that my parents would have LOVED it (technology primarily equalled access for them). To be able to access that many books at once, wow.. That was a CLICK! in my brain all my own.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:59 am

  • Irene Smith says:

    I love the convenience of e-books, but find it difficult to read on screen. A kindle would solve that problem!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

  • colin wolf says:

    Ebooks are amazing in that they allow one to carry a library of books without all the weight, which is important given that I have 2 herniated discs in my neck.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:10 am

  • Dan Anderson says:

    While I'm a fan of actual books that I can hold in my hand, I expect I would enjoy the convenience of an ebook for many reasons.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

  • Norma Booth says:

    Due to my job, I've had to move 4 times in the last 5 years, and I'm getting ready for another move. I love my books, but the boxes of books I've lugged around is becoming too heavy.
    I've been thinking about going to e books. Maybe the time has come!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:12 am

  • Natalie Dawson says:

    I don't have an MP3 player or even a cell phone, and I don't download any music, films, etc., and have no desire for any of these. But the idea of having an eBook device is the only one of these kinds of newish technologies that has appealed to me for a while. Certainly if I traveled more I would have definitely bought one by now!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:16 am

  • Deborah says:

    I awoke in the middle of the night last night and decided to read Dragon Thunder. It was really cold and the lighting is less than perfect. I was wishing I could take the book under the covers to read and realized that is actually possible if you have a kindle. May all beings enjoy kindles, if they so desire !

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:16 am

  • Zea Mays says:

    enlargable font (great for older folks), lighter to hold up (for older folks), remembers your page (great for older folks) get the picture But I'm concerned about the livlihood of small booksellers, publishers, who are challenged already due to corporate store market domination.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:17 am



    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:20 am

  • Maryanne deGoede says:

    Books take up a lot of room and perhaps in the future, we won't have that luxury. As we get older, we can't lift and carry all those boxes to each new destination. I am not a big fan of technology but see how it makes life easier, especially for the elderly and disabled. I love my physical books, especially the first editions of Trungpa Rinpoche's books, better than video, better than Kindle. Original price, original underlining etc. Memories and that is what they hold and are. Plus the mind to mind transmission I feel when you meet a friend in a book. I can certainly see that it will be a necessity before long like all the rest.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:21 am

  • Rich Stinnette says:

    I don't know if there will ever be anything to replace a good book collection. For me it can represent the pride of ownership, the start of a great conversation or an opportunity to grow and connect. However, it will be exciting to see how technology can use tools like the kindle for art work, illustration, and various kinds of media.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:22 am



    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:22 am

  • Elisa Gonzalez says:

    Most of all, the fact that using ebooks saves trees. I also like them for their portability and the fact that they are easy to hold with one hand. All the features, such as the ability to highlight, etc. are also pluses.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:23 am

  • Dale Pressnall Jr says:

    I prefer books, but a kindle would allow access to multiple books and help ease my environmental conscience. Not to mention being loaded with Chogyam Trungpa teachings.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:23 am

  • katherine says:

    I'm not convinced. Not yet, anyway. I'm an old-fashioned gal. I love REAL books. But I must say I'm starting to look into it. I've been traveling a lot lately and the idea of one little device with all my dharma books on it seems too good to be true. So even though I'll never give up my old paperbacks with writing in the margins, I'm starting to wonder if there isn't something to this whole new e-phenomena...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:25 am

  • Martha G says:

    I love the kindle for reading while reclining! I also appreciate that they are good for the environment not just due to lack of paper but on gasoline saved going to the book store. I would really love a kindle loaded with Chogyam Trungpa - its like getting an iPod with all your favorite music on it!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:25 am

  • Art P. says:

    Kindles can be used to create love and compassion..good! Books can be used to create love and compassion..good!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:34 am

  • Janet Webber says:

    I like that I don't have to wait for a book that I want. I live in a rural area so going to the book store has to wait for a trip. I usually order online. I know that patience is good to cultivate but when it comes to books I get very excited and impatient.

    I like the larger font and narrow column's for reading.

    I love books but also I don't have any room for more books. I have a tiny house and books are taking over my living space. I'm trying to simplify my surrounding. Plus want to save trees.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

  • Pat S. says:

    Were I to receive a Kindle through the hands of another, I "would not take it uncritically," but I would receive it gratefully! A tiny basket of endless reading - what weightless, paperless, joy.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:41 am

  • Gretta says:

    The sensual feel of turning paper whilst reading can never be replaced. Whether the paper is cheap thin paperback stock or illuminated sheepskin, the act of completing one page and turning it over is wonderful.

    Ebooks represent efficiency. They are hard. They are also dependent on some sort of exterior energy (battery, etc.) which actually is a limitation. When in bed, I would rather roll over a book than a hard ebook reader. I also do not like the fact that what I am reading can be monitored without my knowledge.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:47 am

  • erik blagsvedt says:

    I am impressed with being able to bring many texts with me and with the possible eco-friendliness. I don't like the idea of looking at a screen to read for very long and I'm not sure I need the convenience of having as many books as I want with me. I miss paper and ink when reading off a screen and if I forgot a book I think it's okay to relax into not reading and enjoying the world around you. It seems like both are good, just different.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:48 am

  • Chris says:

    I think saving the paper is a great idea.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:49 am

  • JON D'ORAZIO says:

    An eBOOK with the wisdom teachings of CHOGYAM TRUNGPA ~ MARVELOUS. Let the KINDLE burn and burn and burn !

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

  • Rod Riley says:

    Let me start by saying that of all the high tech gadgets I have purchased over the last 20 years the kindle for its price stands out as numero uno, hands down. Yes I am an avid book reader and having books I can purchase with the simple press of a button and start reading a few minutes later at any time and at almost any place I travel to that has G3, is cyberspace heaven for me. But add to that is the free book samples plus the high caliber book reviews, and then if I need more information I can do a Google search, but the big bonus is I can check and answers all my emails [without the need of a internet service provider] anywhere I am, day or night. Last week a friend of mine who lives near me here in Ottawa, Canada replied to my email on his kindle saying he was now in New Zealand for three weeks and therefore could not accept my invitation for lunch.

    All of these features for a flat one-time-cost of under $200, you got to be kidding me, no, it's true !!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:58 am

  • Dustin R says:

    I would love to read without a night light. Great for bus trips I imagine.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

  • Lynn says:

    I haven't tried using a Kindle, but I think it would be much easier to read than a regular paper book. I have arthritis in my hands, and turning the pages can sometimes be painful. Holding a standard book up can also be tiring. Of course, you have to appreciate the preservation of thousands of trees. I live in a very wooded area, and it hurts me deeply to see them cut down, as they are a source of spiritual strength to me.
    To have the Kindle loaded with the writings of Chogyam Trungpa is a wonderful bonus!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

  • Amelie Laberge says:

    + saving trees
    + versatility
    + enlarging text
    + travel
    but i still get fascinated with picking up a book, opening it, feeling its weight, the paper, etc.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

  • Michael S says:

    As an old fashioned medieval scribe, I love the texture, smell and heft of a genuine book (and just try doing hand-gilding on an LCD screen. It looks terrible). And with dharma teachings for I feel as though the physical object emanates the teacher's wisdom in some mysterious way.

    But while books present information in esthetically pleasing way, ebooks offer better access to information--more of it, in more compact form, more easily navigable. As far as dharma teachings go, what better way to be reminded of impermanence to to read digital text, which is more obviously empty of inherent existence than print.

    And best of all, no trees had to be killed to bring the teaching to me.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

  • Claire Crevey says:

    When traveling, Kindles reduce the weight and volume of luggage. They save trees. You can bring all your books with you at once rather than carrying only one or two at a time.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

  • Karen Lucas says:

    All the arguments for and against e-books ring so true. However, the main obstacle between me and e-books is a simple, age-old love of physical books and the aversion to their supposed usurper. One of the best reasons for me to embrace e-books is to become free of a habitual tendency and embrace a change that I would most certainly revel in, especially considering the great blessing of having the words of the masters so concentrated in one place, and right at my own fingertips. Even in writing this, my mind has already changed... thank you!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:07 am

  • Mark says:

    I also love the way books feel and even smell. I think the Kindle would feel weird at first, but human beings are highly adaptable. It is definitely incredible that you could carry a whole library on the one small device. I think back to high school and college days when I had to lug this big backpack around full of books. Often I had to return to my locker to retrieve books, which would invaribly make me late for class.

    If I had a Kindle I would give it to my older brother who will soon be living in a Volkswagon van on the open road, without easy access to books. He's the one who actually introduced me to the teachings of Chogyam Trunpa and Shambhala.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:07 am

  • Jan Cowan says:

    I love to knit, and what better way to knit than listening to a downloaded e-book -- I buy the audible ones -- and settle in for a quiet evening of meditative, illuminating and creative activity.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:09 am

  • Janet Thompson says:

    I am a book lover. I don't own any kind of e-reader yet. But since I work in computers I imagine that I will one of these days. Recently we found our household had been invaded by a tiny invisible mite. We've got that under control. But much purging went on here, and at one point i needed to consider giving up a 30 year collection of books. I have many volumes on Tibetan Buddhism. I have a lots of work by Carl Jung and his followers. Works on fairytales and works on the mind-body connection. I could stand throwing out a lot, hard as it was. But my books, mu ability to come down in the middle of the night and pull a volume out that calls to me, and randomly open to hear what a voice in the world has to say to me... I am glad that we were able to spare the books. I know it is a form of attachment. But I these belongings are a part of me. The voices of comfort and challenge that lie in my books. I can't imagine who I would be without them.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:10 am

  • David McKinney says:

    I think I'll miss turning physical pages, but I love the idea of saving space at home and being able to carry numerous texts with me!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:11 am

  • Heather S says:

    I have yet to explore the e-book territory. Partly, I cling to the romance of the tradition and the visceral experience of inked paper. Also, I have heard that when you read something off the page, you retain more than when you read something off the screen (has something to do with the light being reflected off a page versus projected through the screen).

    Perhaps it's time to give the electronic version a try. These days the electronic books are supposed to have screens that use reflected light, rather than emitted light, to display the text (there goes the rational argument). As for my love of good old-fashioned paper? I recall how I once stubbornly refused to write on a computer, preferring hand cramps to eye strain. Now I can hardly imagine a life without glasses and laptop, though my love of scribbling notes and poetry on everything from scratch paper to fine handmade fibers has not diminished in the least.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:12 am

  • Bo M. Wiberg says:

    It's just fantastic to be able to take all your favorite books with you wherever you go, without having to carry 50 pound around.
    i always bring too many books, and having a single light item would be wonderful.
    Still have lots of books at home on my shelves.
    I would like one of those.


    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:13 am

  • Deborah G. says:

    I won't like the feel or look of the Kindle, but I will love it's efficiency and the many words it can hold.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:15 am

  • Eman Fallah says:

    I love ebooks because you don't have to wait to get them. You can read it then and there with a click!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:16 am

  • Ingrid says:

    This is the first time I've ever been tempted by a kindle~ Only to know it is loaded with such gems as Shambhala's. Otherwise, my soul resists...longs for pages to turn, something tangible in the hands. Why does kindle challenge my attachment to tangible piles of things? Gosh- this might be very positive.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

  • Scott C says:

    Love the portability of having many different e-books in one place rather than lugging around the hard copies. So does my back.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

  • Barbara B says:

    Love the idea of not having to haul books, hate the idea of what it's doing to my eyes... Would LOVE to have my whole library w/ me everywhere I go. But, like my iPod, which has 3932 items and will take 45.1 days to listen to them all, I bet I would still revert to the old favourites!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:23 am

  • Melony says:

    I love the idea of ebooks for retreat especially. It would be amazing to have so many resources at your fingertips without the heavy load of multiple books.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:23 am

  • Richard D says:

    Don't own a Kindle. Like the idea of a more compact library but would miss the solidity of actual books (attachment on my part). Agree that the words in the teachings are more important than the medium through which we receive them. Most important is to receive them receptively and openly and with appreciation for the opportunity.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:25 am

  • Kathie Paul says:

    A contest to win a Kindle loaded with a selection of eBooks by Chögyam Trungpa - that I like. As for the Kindle itself I have never used one - yet!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:27 am

  • Lynne Navin says:

    I'm at the age where new technology is beginning to be a bit too much for me. I like the idea of a kindle (easier to read in bed, not so many books piled up by the chair or the bed)but have always considered books to be very good friends. Having a kindle is perhaps a lesson in letting go???

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

  • Heather Nauss says:

    I love what they do for the environment. To have all that information in one place would be a gift. Love the idea.......

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:31 am

  • Gordon says:

    Anything which makes the teachings more widely available is good news!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

  • Claudia Chender says:

    I'd love to try out a kindle. It wouldn't replace books for me, but would be great for portability. And I'd love it even more if it were full of dharma!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

  • Cris says:

    Oh we are so fotunate to live in an age where all the teachings of the Buddha are accessible to us, not only his own teachings but those through realized masters such as Chogyam Trungpa, who, out of immeasurable compassion from the Primordial Buddha's mandala, has manifested himself in this world to help us cut through our ignorance. Having the possibility to have such teachings in one handy device can is definetly a huge blessing from the Buddhas of the past, present and future.

    May all beings benefit from it!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

  • Virginia Smith says:

    I love my teacher and I already have all of his books, but the thought of being able to take them all with me in microcosm is irresistible, and probably the only thing that could make me consider ebooks over my preferred paper models and my support of the book industry.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

  • David MacClelland says:

    I don't have an E book reader, but have been thinking of transitioning to one. I have been concerned that the sorts of books i like reading are generally not available as E books (genres such as spirituality, psychology, philosophy and physics), but i am encouraged by Shambhala's move into E books, and seeing other publishers do likewise. The idea of having a selected library of the latest books covering all the genres in which i am interested, in a small portable package to be opened whenever i wish, and saving forests, is very appealing. Maybe now is the time.

    I wonder how writers view E books. In the less popular non-fiction genres noted above, they must question if their readers are interested in investing in an E book reader? Cost of publication is low, but the initial niche market share may be lower. Congratulations Shambhala for taking the plunge and showing leadership in that somewhat limited psycho-spiritual-philosophy market.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

  • Bernie Flynn says:

    I bought a Kindle a year and half ago just to see what it was all about.I am a bookseller so I wanted to know if the end of the world as I knew it was arriving and how fast!I bought one book of poetry and subscribed to the New Yorker Magazine.
    The good news was that it was totally different than reading an actual book or magazine.The bad news was that it is excellent in it's own way.
    I left my Kindle on an airplane after I owned it for a couple of months and Amazon was not interested in helping me find it(even though they knew exactly where it was and is)so that was the end of that.
    Books will survive but so will e books it's all good and we booksellers will have to adapt or perish.The Dharma will survive and flourish in the virtual world as well as the actual one.And no more heavy lifting for Carolyn!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

  • Mark Hazell says:

    In the last couple of months I've had the chance to talk to several people who use Kindle, either on the Kindle device itself or on their IPads, and I'm now convinced that e-books do have a future. I, like many of the other people who have submitted comments, love the tactile sensation of books -- the beautiful cover of Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna, with the blue of the book peeking through the hole in the dust jacket, and the weight of the paper. On the other hand, trying to hold A Suitable Boy while reading in bed is enough to break your wrists! Reading that opus on a Kindle sounds really inviting, as does having the entire collected works of the Vidyadhara readily at hand, so feel free to send it along!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

  • Campbell says:

    I love to read and I love books. I have too many and periodically have to go through and let go and pass some on. I hope ebooks don't ever take the place of real books, but I also think they are part of our future. I would love to have a Kindle for it's portability and the ability to carry a large number of books in little space. One of my biggest challenges when I go anywhere is deciding which books to take! A Kindle would take care of that. I'd also really love to win a Kindle, because as useful as it would be to have one, it's clearly a want and not a need. And for the foreseeable future, the only way I'd get one is if I won it.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:47 am

  • R Lechner says:

    I personally haven't 'kindled', yet, but I have a friend, who actually hasn't 'kindled', yet, either, but she is getting a Kindle for Christmas (which hasn't arrived as of the last time we spoke), and is very excited about the prospect of being able to download all sorts of books for her reading pleasure. She thinks, too, that the Kindle will make reading in bed easier. I like books, for their concreteness, the smell and feel of the paper, their weight, the accessability of their contents. My friend's excitment, however, has given me pause for thought, and I wonder if I might not learn to enjoy e-books as much as the traditional kind.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:48 am

  • David says:

    I'm not too fond of the term e-book. I think it carries with it a certain connotation these days too. I think we should just call them books.---after all, we don't call digital music collections e-albums.

    The reduced spatial requirements is the best advantage though. I can understand the desire not to carry around or store lots of books.

    Even still, I prefer a bound book. I like to mark in the margins; I like the feel of the paper; I like to flip through rapidly; I like the weight; I like the individuality of each book.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:48 am

  • Chris says:

    E-books are the fix to books size, cost and updatability. You can build exactly the library you want and take it anywhere in a backpack. If a text is updated, a new version can be downloaded almost immediately on release. The obstacle now is getting all publications into electronic form so that people will not feel reluctant to download rather than order a book or go to the bookstore.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

  • Leah Mermelstein says:

    My husband props his Kindle on the treadmill while he works out. Cool!! So could I!!

    I am a former librarian who is tempted to try the new technology without sacrificing my love for the texture and feel of a genuine book.

    Having my favorite authors travel lightly with me is so appealing.

    And, I have loved Ocean of Dharma quotes since its inception!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

  • Lisa Johnston says:

    After sitting at a computer all day, the thought of nestling up with an E book doesn't sound that appealing. Not to mention the pitfalls of bathing with a Kindle.. However, Carolyn Gimian does have an irrefutable point in terms of travel.. And would it be any less tragic if I dropped a Trungpa book in the bath??

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

  • Pam G says:

    Great idea. not much into contests, but who could pass this one up? Recently I was cruising the Library using my iBooks app on my iPhone. Just as a lark I searched for VCTR. My jaw dropped when there they were, the Collected Works, Fabrice's book and more. the iPhone is great for alot of things, but it's a bit cramped as a book. the Kindle is a much better, roomier medium. Hard to cozy up with an iPhone, it keeps getting lost in the blankets.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:04 am

  • Yves Cormier says:

    Well working in IT and being in front of a PC all day, it is good to be able to pick up an actual book. However, I really would enjoy the freedom of being able to have a collection of writtings at my disposal with an electronic device such as a Kindle. Technology is making access to the Dharma much easier and convenient. I think it is a great thing!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:05 am

  • Martha says:

    I am more and more interested in using a Kindle having seen my daughter bring books by the dozen on hers on a recent trip. I love the fact that you can make notes in the margins! I also would love the ability to search through all my books to find that one quote that's eluding me. Or to see what multiple books have to say about, say, attachment!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

  • Charlotte Linde says:

    I have a Kindle app on my phone, and I love having a dharma book to nibble at while I'm waiting for whatever to happen. While I was waiting for my husband's operation to be done, I was VERY glad to be reading No Time to Lose.

    I also like ebooks on plane trips. Lugging 6 paperbacks in my briefcase is too hard on the shoulders.

    I'm glad more dharma books are becoming available. But a lot of the academic books I read are not, and some of them are so heavy they are real thumb-breakers.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

  • Clarke Fountain says:

    eBooks are an excellent solution for us older folks who need extra illumination in order to read easily. Plus, we can carry more books than we could ever have time to peruse and have that "I've got enough to read" feeling in all those waiting-room type situations, which is the apparent opposite of poverty mentality. The sturdier readers, I suspect, can even handle being dropped from the hand onto the floor when reading in bed -- a kind of double drop-off advantage. On the other hand, the smell, taste, touch of physical books is not there to seduce you, and it's probably not a good idea to toss an eBook across the room when something you're reading hits you the wrong way...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

  • Barry Boyce says:

    I have been dragged kicking and screaming into the e-lit world. I've known it was coming but have dreaded it. I love the heft and feel of books, the texture, the feel--all that stuff we fuddy duddys talk about. I'm sure they said that about papyrus. Copyists probably wanted to kill Gutenberg.

    I also love when the New Yorker I carry around and read-- on the bus, on the couch in my office, in the backyard, in bed--becomes distressed and is smudged in places.

    And yet, on the iPad that belongs to the Shambhala Sun I read Ponlop Rinpoche's Rebel Buddha and was able to highlight certain sections and make notations and return to them. The whole book is searchable!

    Same for the New Yorker. Plus, as Carolyn says, the weight of all that literature is hard to bear. I don't love e-reading yet, but I'm starting to embrace it.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

  • Christian says:

    I love the idea of an e-reader. I do love the texture and feel of (old fashioned) books, but nothing could be better than to have an entire library at your fingertips on a lightweight device. I live in a small space and have relatively little room for books--with an e-reader, I won't have to worry.

    Thanks to Shambhala for embracing this new technology.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:18 am

  • Gayle Van Gils says:

    I love the feel of a paper book, but I read so incredibly many of them, and my house is filled with double stacked bookcases because of my addiction to reading and learning. So, I like the fact that eBooks do not use up the resources needed to manufacture paper books, and that the new technology like Kindle is easy on the eyes, unlike a computer screen. If I could get all of Trungpa Rinpoches's books on a Kindle, I would be in heaven!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

  • David Wade Smith says:

    I'm a manuscript editor by profession. The job has changed drastically over the 30 years I've been doing it, but the greatest change, of course, has been in the transition to electronic editing. Now, for most of the clients I work for, I still work on paper in pretty much the old-fashioned way, but increasingly, aspects of the work are being done electronically. I don't like this for various reasons, but primarily because I find I don't work as accurately on electronic copy. I'm not alone in this; I've had many discussions with my colleagues concerning the issue, and there seems to be general agreement, though we haven't been able to find any one specific reason for the problem. So I haven't enjoyed reading e-books. But I haven't tried to read one on a Kindle, which I'm told is a somewhat different experience from reading on a computer screen.

    Given all the above, though, I think the Kindle is a fundamentally good idea from an environmental standpoint, and portability is certainly a positive attribute.

    I love books as objects--always have. And I would hate to see bookstores disappear; I worked in them for many years before going into publishing, and they're places I cherish for their quiet and for the riches they contain.

    But the Kindle and similar devices are clearly a huge part of the future of publishing, and Shambhala would be remiss in not exploring this method of spreading the dharma.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:27 am

  • Dan Magorian says:

    Great!! Except: beware format incompatibilities and DRM issues. Each of the ebook publishers wants to lock you into their format and store, and lock you out of the competitors'. This held up widespread adoption for years, and still isn't "solved". So some people will have Kindles, some Color Nooks and other Android devices, some Ipads, etc. See:

    and also the section on DRM which talks about how ebooks are basically revokable rentals and not purchases:

    YITD, Dan, raising nerdy issues as always.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

  • Kerry Seizinger says:

    I've also been considering getting a reader and weighing the pros and cons. With all the reading I've gotten into on the latest leg of my spiritual journey, I'm beginning to see some upsides that are making me seriously consider investment.

    For the ordinary novel, I'm not a fan of e-books. There is just something about the kinestetic feel/smell/etc. of the book, the page, the paper and so on.

    However, when it comes to non-fiction, I like the idea of e-books and wish more of my favorites were available. As mentioned in the blog, you can carry a bunch with you which is WAY better than lugging around pounds and pounds of paper. These days I find myself actively in the middle of multiple books, so I either have to choose one or lug around a book bag. With a reader, I can have everything with me all the time and not throw my back out.

    I also like the idea of being able to bookmark things so that I can quickly access important ideas rather than having to flip back and forth in one book or across multiple books. While having all the books side by side is easier in one perspective, having ready access to all my bookmarks at a moment's notice is pretty attractive.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

  • Dan Magorian says:

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    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

  • Peggy Hayter says:

    Change...not the same comforts of the written word. . .no smell of and feel of paper, perhaps no distraction of the word. . .closer to the word living with greater accessibility? And the open ended question is. . .Kindle?

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

  • Mike Mulhern says:

    Love the portability and the weight (or lack thereof...) of the Kindle.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

  • Arnold Zeman says:

    As pointed out in the blog post, Kindle is terribly convenient. If it's used for dharma texts, it might even be a 'skillful means' to awakening, depending on how one incorporates study into one's practice. The down-side is giving up the feel, smell of books (particularly hard-cover), the pleasure of physically turning the pages, their collection and display. Lest I continue this attachment to books as such, I am prepared to let it go and use a Kindle should I be so lucky as to win one.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:46 am

  • Rose Eliff says:

    Strange as it may seem, I am allergic to paper. My symptoms are worst with cardboard or old paper that's starting to deteriorate, but if I'm around a lot of new paper for an extended amount of time, same result. My eyeballs start to feel like they've acquired a coating of fuzz, I break out in welts on my arms, my entire body starts to itch, my throat gets smaller, my ears close up. I love to read, though, so try to deal with it as best I can. I really look forward to having an ereader one day so I can enjoy extended periods of reading without the allergic reaction.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

  • Tamara says:

    I love the idea of being able to throw the light weight Kindle in my bag with the five books I am currently reading on it. The portable library is wonderful. Plus for those of us who are getting older, it is easier to read the text with the the backlighting and larger print. And you can make notes without spoiling the pages.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

  • mark says:

    I think it's great that these teachings are now in e-format.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:57 am

  • Parlan McGaw says:

    I like the feel, weight, smell, and look -- the design and craftsmanship -- of books. I like being able to underline and make notes. I like being able to make photocopies of favorite passages. I like being able to lend books to friends. I like seeing what other people are reading. All of this is lost with e-books. But e-books offer tremendous portability and convenience. And anything that gets the words of Trungpa 
Rinpoche in front of more eyes is a good thing.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:05 am

  • Anne Stevens says:

    I'd love a Kindle instead of carting books around. And the screen does look like it's getting easier to read and not hard on the eyes. Plus, loaded with VACT would be great!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:08 am

  • Amelie says:

    Whatever venue is found to make these teachings available - and the closer to piercing a gap into our fast-paced life, the better - is wonderful. I'm also one of these people who can spend weeks in a dusty library inhaling old leather-and-parchment smell, but why not have dharma on ipad or kindle. May it be of great benefit!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

  • Steve says:

    I like books. I sit in front a computer all the time, so I can't imagine enjoying reading more from electronic media. But I'm willing to try it.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

  • Jesse Morrison says:

    There is something extremely convenient and nearly addictive about the advanced technology and ebooks. The simple, uncluttered design is very catchy, and to be able to travel around with so many 'books' at once is quite a blessing. I do love the feel and smell of books, but Id love to discover the new qualities and characteristics of an ebook. Especially if I could be reading tons of Chogyam Trungpa's writings!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

  • Amy says:

    I don't have an ebook so I can only guess what I would love about them.
    1. One can carry many books in a small device.
    2. There is a wonderful opportunity to display pictures and videos that are extremely helpful in my interest area of anatomy.
    3. no dog ears.
    1. Keeping the darn thing charged up.
    2. The texture just doesn't seem as warm as a hard or soft backed book.
    3. no dog-ears

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

  • David Lynch says:

    As much as I love books ebooks are really so cool and such an awesome way to carry your entire Dharma library with you. It would be so cool to be able to have the books and the answers to questions right at your fingertips. I would love to have Chögyam Trungpa’s books on my Kindle would be amazing and I would love that since I lost my leg carrying around books has been a difficult thing but I manage but the Kindle would truly be a blessing.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

  • Sushi says:

    I want to give all my books away (well ALMOST all my books) to others to share the dharma, but haven't let go entirely of wisdom printed word form. please kindle me.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

  • Kathy Wakeham says:

    I love the feel, smell, and weight of books as well as the sensuous texture of their paper. Also, I enjoy marking favorite passages and lines that bring teachings to quick fruition as I browse through a favorite book. These things may be missing with e-books. However, their easy accessibility is a joy. To be able to read unhindered in a crowded New York City subway is a joy. As is the wonder to take a library on a long journey without weighing down a suitcase that must be carried home up five flights of stairs. The wonder of all books ...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

  • Lee says:

    Attachment isn't to be valued on the Buddhist path. I am attached to books. Not only dharma books and novels but also plays and poetry hook me. However I am also attached to paper's feel, to opening and closing, to admiring on my shelf, to loaning and losing books. This I don't need to cling to. A Kindle would definitely assist me in cutting through attachment.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

  • Kathleen Martin says:

    As I look at my walls insulated with hundreds of old friends; ideas and experiences from my whole life, these books I hope will be with me forever--keepers--how to let THEM go? Other books do come and go. I don't have a kindle but imagine it would be like videos and DVD's. I think it would be wonderful to travel with my guides and my stack of books that burdens me no end all tucked up in a shoulder bag. I could take my favorite or current Pema Chodren as well as that book on Mahayana Buddhism, maybe those Miguel Hernandez poems, and possibly the bio of Darwin....

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

  • Paige Burkes says:

    I love the portability of so many books. I also love being able to easily find words, sections or passages to refer back to at the touch of a button. As I simplify my life and reduce the clutter, a Kindle certainly would help. Anything that takes up less physical space also takes up less psychological space (usually but not always).

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

  • Kathy Wakeham says:

    I love the feel, smell, and weight of books as well as the sensuous texture of their paper. Also, I enjoy marking favorite passages and lines that bring teachings to quick fruition as I browse through a loved book. These things may be missing with e-books. However, their easy accessibility is a joy. To be able to read unhindered in a crowded New York City subway is wonderful. As is the marvel to take a library on a long journey without weighing down a suitcase that must be carried home up five flights of stairs. The wonder and joy of all books ...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

  • Paul McIntyre says:

    Am ready to rekindle my love for any of Chogyam Trungpa's books, even on a KIndle!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

  • Sangeeta Tabor says:

    I love taking books on retreat, and, like Carolyn, the older I get, the more I like to streamline my life. So, eBooks fits the bill. On the other hand, I don't like to spend so much time staring at an electronic screen, with the white background and the low, inaudible, but still felt hum that creates yet another electronic pressure on my nervous system. Plus, I don't really want to purchase all those books - I like using the library! I like the experience of actually handling a book. Nonetheless, I've been considering a Kindle or other similar device.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm

  • Deryl Gilbane says:

    I've been getting rid of all my books slowly,( except the Chogyam Trungpa ones), since they are so cumbersome moving. Decided the library will do. I rarely buy books except used ones, so the e-reader idea wasn't an option. But to have changeable print size for a huge collection from my favorite writer! ha! what a great idea for a contest!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm

  • Catherine Summers says:

    Kindle, world at hand
    Blue sky, embracing
    Perfect match now

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm

  • Cheyenne Covington says:

    There are definite benefits to having portable and searchable ebook collections, but I find the relationship I make with a book is on a more intimate level. This may just be a familiarity of the mind.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm

  • Jean says:

    Manque l'objet. L'intuition de la page qu'on cherche, le geste pour découvrir celle qu'on ne cherchait pas. Bien sûr, l'informatique s'en sort aussi très bien avec l'aléatoire, pas seulement avec la quantité. Mais encore : le toucher, la matière, l'odeur. Tôt ou tard, l'écran des eBooks sera souple comme une feuille de papier, son épaisseur si fine qu'il reliera des centaines de pages, mariant la douceur de la soie aux parfums de santal ou autres alliages aussi étranges et improbables que ceux que dessinent déjà les instruments de synthèse virtuels. Le pouvoir de l'imaginaire, réifié sous nos yeux. Le signe des temps.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

  • Miriam Hall says:

    I have tried my parents-in-laws' Kindle and related readers and I like them, and yet hold back because of all the paper on my shelves. I am on the cusp generation in terms of this technology and love what Carolyn said about how it is not meant to replace anything - rather, take the place for a moment on the road, or in other places (and I travel to teach dharma practices, so I feel the book heft, too!) where dharma and mystery books would not be able to go.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm

  • MaryAnn Reynolds says:

    Two words on why ebooks are great: searchable text. I can find all quotes on emptiness, ego, laughter, dharma, and so on. Love that!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm

  • Jeff Shapiro says:

    Probably like many others:
    I like the idea of having many books easily available, and not cutting down trees.
    I don't like not being able to get any book I might like with my specialty interests.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm

  • geof bain says:

    real books are like a house you grew up in, spaces in which to dream that are themselves part of the dream. they have some advantages over ebooks; they don't run out of batteries, you can drop them on the floor without too much anxiety, and i think they offer a sense of privacy that i am not sure ebooks can. ebooks have the great advantage, as someone who has traveled with five or six books, of portability.thank goodness this is an issue with a comfortable shade of grey to it, let's have both.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm

  • Miriam Hall says:

    I am a lover of books for certain - no doubt about that. But I was born on the cusp of computers, and am growing into adulthood on the cusp of ebooks. Having used my in-laws' ereaders sometimes, I know I could grow to love one. But it wasn't until I read Carolyn's great description of how an ereader is not meant to replace books - rather, supplement them for when carrying them around just isn't plausible. I, too, travel to teach and study dharma, and how wonderful it would be to have all of that available to me at the not-cost of an extra suitcase!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm

  • Stefanie Selden says:

    I haven't purchased an e-reader yet, but hope to soon. I can imagine that not having to hold up a heavy hard back book when lying in bed would be delightful!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm

  • Ruth Luketic says:

    Books give me the feeling of having the knowledge presented within the pages. The books represent an accomplishment, something I have completed yet there are so many books I would like to read. I am often left with a felling of disappointment when I do not finish them. To have the electronic copy will be a sense of lightness, no clutter and dust siting. I also think I am a closet gadget junkie. :)

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm

  • Deb Pluck says:

    I will miss the sound the pages of a book make when they are turned...I will miss the sound the pages make when I thumb all the pages altogether...I wonder if I fall asleep while reading an ebook on a kindle if my chin will become brusied,then the kindle will sound a high-pitched alarm, which will scare me wide-awake for the rest of the night...but attachment to these all are only an illusion.... Chogyam Trungpa’s writings are not.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

  • Dylan DeLosAngeles says:

    The Kindle is small, cute, easy to hold and can bring hours and hours of pleasure, just like a kindle of kittens. I hope I win one...(the kittens or the ebook reader).

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm

  • Joshua Paul says:

    I love the portability of my selection of books. At any given time, I like to be able to pick up a book that appeals to my present capacities and interests to read - I'm not always capable of thinking about particle physics, whereas I'm not always interested in reading Through the Looking-Glass. It's nice to have physical books on the shelves at home, or in the library; but when I cannot reach for those, it's *very* nice to have an e-reader.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm

  • Jo Thompson says:

    e books are great for travelling - portable, weightless dharma and entertainment. You can be sitting in a tea house on the way up to a Dhzong perched high up on a mountain in the middle of Bhutan and you can sit quietly and read your ebook - whatever takes your fancy - a quiet piece of inspiration from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche or parts of the lastest release novel. ebooks allow one to experience the lightness of being!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm

  • Ziji Goren says:

    While most dancers/movers, including myself, are engaged in the kinaesthetic feel of opening the cover of a book, flipping the pages, and having the book to hold in one's hands, it would be an amazing gift for the traveling mover to have the kindled gems of the revered Chogyam Trungpa, this practitioner's very first teacher of mindfulness meditation, readily accessible for that teaching trip to the west coast or Europe, or even brazil for that matter. Aaaah! I can just picture myself on the plane or train reading and rereading Rinpoche's insightful offerings. Thank you for extending this sweet

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

  • Celine Lavoie says:

    Well, I don't know the Kindle, but since I'm a translator, it seems like it could be a great solution to carrying dictionnaries when I'm off to the country... and to also have the Vidyadhara's books at hand. Your text was very convincing!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

  • David Penney says:

    I bought my Kindle with the specific idea of putting dharma on it; the first book I bought for it was Smile at Fear, and Amazon has a number of good titles from Pema Chodron, Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche, and others.

    Of course I was too optimistic about getting those cluttery things from my paper bookshelf onto it (have done very little of that so far), but having the Vidyadahara's works on it will be a wonderful resource. I've yearned for those lovely thick volumes of the Collected Works, but they are beyond my reach just now, and not at all backpack friendly.

    I'll never get rid of my paper books, and can read my ebooks in the library if I want that lovely smell of old paper. Great news!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm

  • Linda Wiley says:

    ALL of those things you mentioned! I, too, love the feel of a "real" book: the heft, the smell, the different papers and fonts are an art form. However. mobility, volume, ease of use, saving valuable resources, and not least, for me anyway, facing the FUTURE! I hope I win :-).

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm

  • James Smith says:

    If you grew up in the world of books and were an avid reader as I am then you will understand when I say that nothing can replace a book. The feel the smell the anticipation of being pulled into the story. Also noting what page you were on when you stopped reading and using your favorite bookmark that your daughter gave you. However books can be bulky and heavy to carry around especially when traveling or working. In this case I would have to go with a Kindle as far as all round convenience and transportability.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

  • Michael Odom says:

    I've been a book lover for as long as I can remember. Love the smell, feel, etc. But as I get older, I realize that I may never get a chance to read many of the great works in print. Technology like ebooks may give me an edge. Thanks for the contest!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

  • Kent Keesecker says:

    Have grown up w/books so that is preferred but the conservation of resources make the Kindle appealing and the the new order of the times

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm

  • Lucy Buck says:

    I like the idea of ebooks as I don't have any more room for books in my apartment. Also, I wouldn't have to wait so long for a book on hold at the library as I would order most books on the kindle.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm

  • John Wypick says:

    I love e-books. I love having the ability to switch books, look up inspirational quotes from different authors, or ideas form different teachers. All without carrying my library with me.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm

  • Tara says:

    I've never read a whole book in digital format, but watch my partner do so all the time. I do love a real book in my hands, with pages to turn and the chance to highlight if I like. But it's great to think of the paper that can be saved and the transport to be avoided. E-books are a new experience I need to try, with an open mind.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm

  • Mark Manzutto says:

    I love to read too and have not tried the kindle or the ipad. I use technology constantly and have always been interested and fascinated with new products but have not been able to justify buying one of these items. It almost seems too convenient. We have so many things that truly make life easier but these readers just seem to be more of a gadget than an added helper. Books work, they are easy to carry and I tend to read two or three at once. Books, scrolls, articles, all transmit information. An open heart gets wise from the wind... whatever works for you works for you.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

  • Marei Montalvo says:

    With a Kindle I love the idea of an entire world of books right at your fingertips...on a plane, on a train, on a bus or just in bed.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

  • Jody Held says:

    I look upon the Kindle as a lesson in impermanence. Like many, I only like things to change when I am ready. I love many things about books, so I must open my mind and heart to embrace this new way to read, and acknowledge that an even newer version of the e-book will arise just when I get comfortable with the older one.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm

  • Carlos Valdez Cervera says:

    Portability is they key! I still like books like most of the people who have commented already, but an e-book is easy to carry around and bring wherever we go. It is almost like having an extension of the mind (which at this level, we are still not able to recall the wisdom from our teachers as precisely as we would like to) where we can pull out the e-book of our choice and recall the piece we like, as well as reading new material...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm

  • Kat Ramage says:

    I love ebooks' portability. I travel and love to read lots of books while spending time at the beach. Don't miss the "feel" of books at all. Plus, less printed matter is good for the environment.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm

  • derek says:

    i have hundreds of books in pdf format, but it is currently so much easier to find things in hard copy. so, if i had a kindle i would get really good at finding things in eformat as well.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm

  • Josephine Spilka says:

    I certainly love the idea of Kindle, especially since I have now paid for and lugged at least 25 boxes of books from one state to another for 25 years. Still, I can't imagine giving up all these books, mostly because they comfort me somehow in a way that a computer screen simply cannot. Kindle fuels my addiction to books and to the dharma without adding more stuff to my office, so in the end this is probably a good thing, but sometimes it is hard to tell...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm

  • Toni says:

    I love books... but I love trees more. Thus, I am trying to edge myself toward ebooks. I haven't ventured out yet to purchase any sort of portable reader or device. Instead, I have tried to download ebooks from my library; these "ebooks" are free, but Alas! I've noticed that the formats don't always work. So, here is what I propose for future portable ebook readers (like the Kindle and the Nook): let's create a format that can be shared across all platforms (similar to Adobe Acrobat); let's provide solar power as an option (so when people venture out with their ebook, they can really be "out there"); and let's figure out how to give them a better feel against the skin ~ a texture, that feels nice to the hand and less like a machine (in order to reach those other senses that miss the smell and touch of paper books).
    I think if I owned a Kindle, I might wrap it with paper recycled from my mother's sketchbook...

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm

  • Rochelle Johnson says:

    My feelings are not very different from yours. I LOVE LOVE LOVE books. I love to browse the book stores and find the one special book just for me, just for that day, buy it, take it home and crack open those crisp new pages. I love my old books as well they are like old friends, some times worn and tired but forever faithful. I enjoy time in book stores, it is alomst like a spiritual thing for me the feeling I get witn I am in a book store. Being surrounded my thousands of books and millions of words, knowing I can go to a shelf, pick up a book and be any place in the world or any place in time calms my spirit and gives me a feeling of tranquility.
    I also love e-books because I spent many years lugging a stack of books every place I went, not only on long trips, but everywhere. My friends called me the book lady. I was afraid that I would have a moment of down time and nothing to read, or concerned that I would have to much down time and not enough to read.

    In closing I would like to say that I think owning an e-reader would be like having one's cake and eating it too. Just because you have an e-reader doesn't mean you can't have a library loaded with the old fashioned books as well.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm

  • Cara Marinucci says:

    Like... limitless possibility of connecting with teachings
    don't Like... craving technology as the answer to challenges that are essentially internal and eternal

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm

  • Pat Hayward says:

    I have been an anti-Kindle snob (loving books, touching,smelling....), really based on resistance to change. But your many sensory images of snuggling up with your Kindle to read "Cutting Through", and your joyful description of using it more generally, was excellent promotion and I hope I win! Oh, now I want one! Carolyn, can we hire you as a marketing consultant??

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm

  • Erik says:

    I like the portability of ebooks.

    But paper has been a proven, durable storage medium for ages - compatibility issues are much rarer! - and flipping through a book can spark discovery.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm

  • JAN ANGELO says:


    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm

  • kathryn simon says:

    traveling with them...anywhere. I love the feel of books when I am home, the warmth of the paper, discolored from age and reading, page turning. In the past years I have found my suitcases loaded with books and very little to be impossible. the ease of a traveling companion of buddhist readings would certainly lighten my load.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:53 pm

  • JAN ANGELO says:


    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm

  • Katya Stewart-Sweeney says:

    I was one of five kids, with parents who were both writers.
    A bookworm, most of the time you could find me up in a tree with my book.
    Our house was filled with floor to ceiling bookcases, stuffed with books.
    I've always read a lot, and a few years ago I shifted to almost solely reading e-books on my phone. I love always having my book with me. bongo, my partner, also makes note that when I fall asleep reading, my phone is much lighter when it falls on my face- he doesn't worry about a huge tome falling on me as I drift off. In 2007 he and I spent a month traveling and snorkeling in the South Pacific, in the Cook Islands and in French Polynesia. After going through our books in the first week, we became starved for literature. This was before I began reading on my phone. The daily one page news at the hotel became highly entertaining in the vacuum of literature. One day we saw an ad for the "the biggest bookstore" on Rarotonga, and we were so excited, we headed right over there. To our shock there were barely any books at all in the "bookstore"- they were new, but just 20 or so romance novels or what you'd see in an airport newstand. They weren't even in alphabetical order! The other thing they sold was a selection of children's coloring books and school supplies. It seemed the locals had a wealth of knowledge about the ocean, fishing, their beautiful crafts, their sophisticated drumming and dancing, but I think their world didn't revolve around books. The next time we go on a long journey, I'll definitely load a lot of books on my phone or laptop.
    Recently my Mom died, and on her birthday my Dad searched the bookshelves for her manuscript for her Master's thesis, that she wrote in 1961: "The Art of J.D. Salinger: A Problem in Form and Meaning." He copied it for all of us kids, and we all started reading the Salinger books, "Catcher in the Rye", "Franny and Zooey", "Nine Stories", our own book club of "losers" and it was comforting to feel connected with the words and pages that had been so engrossing to her. I tried to download these books, and found that Salinger hadn't given that permission, so they are only available as physical books. I curled up on the couch in my meditation room with "Catcher" and began to sniff, wondering what the odd smell was I noticed. It was the smell of the paper of an actual, physical book! It smelled good, and it had been a while since I had communed with a paper book.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm

  • Abbey Pleviak says:

    What I don't like about the kindle is that many people say it will make books obsolete. I adore books.

    What I do like is that the actual machine appears to be very well-constructed. The screen is easy on the eyes, and it is very lightweight.

    I'd never give up completely on books, but it would be marvelous to have many CTR books on a kindle. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

  • Davina Daly says:

    I love books...old books, new books, information books, recipe books. I also have a short attention span so I like to read more than one book at a time. The e-book allows me to take more many books with me wherever I go...without needing a porter to carry them all.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm

  • Joel Mandel says:

    e-books are not for the feel of the paper or the smell of the pages - but they do help to ensure that I have my books with me and available foe study, research and occasionally entertainment. Publishing dharma electronically is a great boon to us all.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm

  • Helen Green says:

    Since I've never read an eBook, either with a Kindle or any other device, I cannot really say what I don't like about it. However, I'm open to having that experience. I do a fair amount of reading in the bath and I think reading with a Kindle there is not such a good idea, unless the Kindle is waterproof! For traveling, it's probably the best way to go. What the Kindle cannot replace is the beauty of the printed book, standing on the bookshelf, waiting to be read. And one more thing - my friends and I hand off books to each other after we've read them. Can that be done with a Kindle?

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm

  • ross lessard says:

    haven't jumped yet in that new techno tool...
    seems just like a passive receptor for book sellers...
    But indeed having one loaded with dharma teachings sound heavenly!
    Keep on with your good work Mme Gimian!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm

  • Justin J Engle says:

    I love e-books for their portability. You can carry hundreds of them and they still only take up one small rectangle, and they weigh the same as just one paper volume.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 7:49 pm

  • Ann Jarmusch says:

    I think you make a very good case for using a Kindle and I like the name, which I had not thought about before. But...I am very attached to the book as an object that physically unfolds knowledge, wisdom, history and imaginative entertainment and delights. I would certainly like to add one to my practice, if I were so fortunate as to have one presented to me. Thank you for this opportunity to open my mind wider.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:13 pm

  • Ilga Stoeppler says:


    I am a book person, very much so. I grew up as a bookseller's daughter and worked as a bookseller for years. I loved this work, I love bookstores and my own and other people's well-filled bookshelves - can't quite imagine life without books.

    There is more to a book than its contents - its "face", its "body", "spine" and "back", its "personality". Its size and weight, the look and feel of its pages, the type of fabric or paper binding under the dustjacket, ... - oh, the whole rich sensual experience of books!

    E-Books? Practical in many (if not all!) ways, certainly useful. But no match for the real thing when it comes to sensual pleasure of handling, the aesthetic and haptic pleasures of gift giving and receiving. Browsing in antiquarian bookshops, discovering lucky finds - not to be equalled by searching virtual archives.

    So, why not both?

    It remains to be seen how publishers and booksellers could possibly continue to cope when the "bread and butter" sales would largely go over to e-book materials and the necessary hardware. There was a great deal of concern and even anxiety when audio books began to become popular - by now there is a thriving market for both traditional and audio books. Publishers and booksellers have adapted to the change.

    E-books are going to stir up the market again, more change, different surely from the audio book business because the content will largely be transported non-materially, virtually, online.

    There will be negative effects to mourn and positive effects to praise until we get used to them all. That's what we do. Things change. We adapt.

    And the trees? Fewer books, less paper, fewer trees to die. No doubt, yet: the amount of paper used for the production of fine books with worthwhile content or even the least respectable bestselling paperback is probably a rather minor quantity in comparison to the vast amounts of paper that go to all sorts of bureaucracy and advertising. It is a known fact that modern means of data processing have not served to reduce the amount of paper used to print, distribute and file information - instead, it has lead to an increased consumption of paper.

    Experience shows that electronic hardware is a matter of most ambitious and competitive marketing that very rapidly churns up new products to replace the most recent "latest version" ... - exploiting resources, producing mountains of trash, and polluting "our" planet.

    Anyhow, the best we can do is choose responsibly.

    So - would I like to win a Kindle? Yes, of course!

    Best regards from Berlin, Germany,


    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

  • Glen Zorn says:

    I don't have a Kindle yet, but have installed the Kindle for PC application. I like it because it's very easy to read with my failing eyesight, but most of all for electronic delivery: it's tough to find many English language books (outside of the NYT bestsellers) here in Thailand and overseas shipping costs can double the price of a book, so being able to just click on a title and receive the text immediately is great!

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm

  • Joanne Burgess says:

    I don't have a Kindle yet, but everyday I think about "downsizing" and when I do, I think I want a Kindle with the Dharma. That way no matter where I go or what I do I always have my favorite readings with me. Thanks for all your good work.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 1:03 am

  • Richard Maxwell says:

    Did you ever need a reference, a need to confirm a concept? Usually, if in proximity to my library, I can rummage through the shelves and be reminded of a quote or a paragraph. With the advent of e-books, the ability to rummage is at hand where ever you find yourself.
    Each night at bedtime, I find my bedside strewn with books. Most often I read anywhere from two to ten books at a time. The thought of carrying an entire library in a devise no bigger than an ordinary paperback is a dream I await.
    Thank you Kindle, for making this dream possible.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 1:24 am

  • Tamara Megaw says:

    I like the idea of having a collection of books on hand in the bus,in the park,during lunch breaks,in a queue - all compact and lightweight. Often I damage paper copies of books by carrying them around with me for weeks. Another good thing about ebooks are that you can access rare authors or works easily online. Of course it also saves trees, ink and transport energy. So many advantages to ebooks!

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 1:28 am

  • Katherine says:

    I think it's great but I don't have the extra cash to invest in a Kindle right now. I'm finding that there are so many electronic gadgets to spend my money on and I seem to have one for everything I do. I can't even go in my car without my remote for a key! Then I have a garage door opener, ipod for music, laptop, desktop, Xbox, etc... the list goes on!
    Having a real book is nice because I can get off of my computer screen and curl up on the couch or my bed. Screen fatigue is a big issue for me because I work all day on the computer.
    Anyway, I'm sure it's just a matter of time or maybe I'll win one!
    Best wishes and may all this technology be used for the benefit of all,

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 1:51 am

  • Tom Klien says:

    i love ordinary books, their haptics, to have something "solid" etc. but i imagine it also very practical to have e-books on a kindle, specially when travelling... p.e. when being on a retreat or seminary and having several dharma-books with me without much weight. i would enjoy very much a kindle, in any case i always enjoy the ocean of dharma quotes :-)

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 2:55 am

  • York Stillman says:

    Ebooks are the best! You can search, highlight, comment and it has an auto dictionary! You can carry everything with you and pdf files for practice material as well. Now all my paper books can go to the Centers library! York

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 3:17 am

  • Colleen V. says:

    One nice thing about an e-book is that you can increase font size - a boon to those who normally require reading glasses to read a book. I would really like to be able to lie down and read a book without being jabbed in the temple by eyeglasses ;-). The downside to e-books is that they require battery power. If you don't have power, you can't read a single word!

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 3:28 am

  • Susanne says:

    Thank you so much for the daily reminders which keep me in touch with sangha and the dharma as I travel across the country in a consulting opportunity to work with Head Starts. I rarely have time to read anything but dharma - it's my first priority and choice - it's always a huge decision which book to take along - and usually it's the heaviest and I end of leaving it behind at home in lieu of a Shambhala magazine. Kindle is my dream - my 'grasp'?! - it would be so wonderful to carry around Trungpa, Pema and all my teachers and their teachings in one small compact, light more weight, no more space limitations, no more choices on what to leave and take. Thank you for all you do. In the dharma....Susanne

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 3:38 am

  • Debbie McGee says:

    I haven't tried a Kindle yet, but even if I am lucky enough to receive one loaded with the teachings from VCTR, I can't imagine that it would replace books in my life. But I can imagine that it would become part of my life, for travelling, and waiting for medical appointments. I'm for the Kindle middle way!

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 3:49 am

  • Modesto Delvalle Jr says:

    Good morning,

    I never tried a Kindle and I love books. Here I think are some of the cons going with a kindle.

    Can you mark pages or lines you want to remember and come back to on a Kindle?

    My favorite books have lines highlighted and little sticky tabs on pages I need to reread or remember by hard to share with a friend or post on some website.

    I love an old used book with marks and wondering what made this important to the last reader???

    I want to share my books with friends, unsure if I would want to share my Kindle and then friends and family would have to spend the money on a book I could have easily loaned them.

    I love a library, a shelf of odd books and a pile of books on my desk and I place them so anyone coming in the house can see my pyramid of literature, I think a pile of kindles might be too expensive...

    But most importantly I always use a photo of my children as my page marker and I would miss that if I used a kindle.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 4:15 am

  • George Laws says:

    I have been making books for 45 years. I have used all the printing technologies available. And though I still enjoy lifting a sheet of moist paper off metal type, with that distinct smell of fresh ink, dharma is dharma.

    "Therefore dharma is applicable to every age, to every person. It has a living quality". CT

    At one point it was only mouth to ear. Now electron to our eyes is the transmission. Dharma is still dharma.

    Thank you for keeping this beautiful words alive.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 4:26 am

  • Susan McCaffrey says:

    I like the freedom from having to use electrical/battery power. I also enjoy the touch (texture, heft) and smell of books, but that may be because of so many associations over the years.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 5:28 am

  • Tracy Suchocki says:

    Aside from having immediate access to many favorite books, I like the idea that each of us pays a little less for a product that uses less resources. However, even better than that, I like the idea that the $ we pay goes (at least in part) to the creator of the intellectual material being published, rather than the middle-man, the book store (i.e., used books.) Also, maybe it will mean that great books, such as Crystal Cave, will never go out of print, and we may all have access to them!

    Thanks for all your wonderful work Carolyn. I am really so grateful!

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 5:38 am

  • Bob Gillespie says:

    My wife loves, I mean LOVES her Kindle. That's reason enough for me to try it out.

    I do love really using a dharma book--marking it up, dog earing pages, to help guide me in what resonates the most. The main appeal about ebooks is convenience, particularly when traveling.

    Thanks for your work Carolyn.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 5:41 am

  • k.bird says:

    really try to keep up with new techno but at first was opposed to this device. After reading your experience Ms.Gimian, think i should very much like to win this prize.Lying in bed with the teachings sounds like something i could really get attached to.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 5:56 am

  • Ellen Hamblin says:

    do not know this technology yet. Being familiar w/ MP3
    though this "sounds" like that take on reading and books.
    Fantastic. A gizzmo loaded with books? A digital library?
    Can't wait to experience one.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 6:13 am

  • Nicolas says:

    Nice new shell for the essential Dharma that kindle!
    Haven´ t tasted yet myself this new toy
    but I can definitely see the benefits, I do like the
    ocr ebooks that are searchable, and of course
    the portability is the greatest advantage of ebooks,
    and not to mention saving trees... but on the
    cons side... what about the aditional electricity
    we consume to read them, and not being able to write
    notes, circling, underlining, highlighting, folding the
    pages... although you can do these thing up to some extent with ebooks, it does feel less personalized, more standard and mechanic.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 6:19 am

  • Robin Mcknight says:

    I like the concept of e-books as it will eventually allow us to cut down on the excess of physical property that we all feel the need to carry on our shoulders all through life. Also I feel that books and knowledge should be treasured and kept safe and the more mediums we have to treasure these wondful things the more our race will prosper.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 7:01 am

  • Laraine says:

    The Kindle makes it really easy to have anything you want to read 'at hand' anytime. There would be something amazing to me about being able to pick up a little computer out of my purse and being able to connect with Trungpa's teachings, either a few pages or a 'quick fix'....On the metro, waiting for an appointment, lying in bed, it would open up many possibilities for remembering the truth.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 7:09 am

  • Barry Gruessner says:

    I often recall a quote or teaching, but can't remember where I read it, so I particularly like being able to search the text of ebooks.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 7:41 am

  • Emily says:

    I love books. Would love to have a kindle to have access to lots of dharma at all times...

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 7:57 am

  • Timothy Cole says:

    I checked a friend's Barnes and Noble e-reader out recently when they got one for christmas. I think it would be wonderful to use one for carrying the Vidyadhara's books where ever I go.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 8:11 am

  • Lisa says:

    Storage capacity and portability of ebooks are phenomenal. They're terribly practical for a reader on the go. But I'm very multi-sensory. I love the look, smell, feel of books. As a youth, some of my best friends were books! I like the familiar, comfortable feel of a well-read book in my hands. The frayed edges tell a story that an ebook never could. Sometimes a book on a shelf will beckon me, just by the sight of it. Once open, an ebook offers much, but I don't think an ebook could ever beckon. :)

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

  • Rev. Liz says:

    The August 9, 2010, NEW YORKER cover art shows a rather overdone sunbather at poolside watching her eBook disappear under the circles where it plunked into the water. This tells it all. She loses not one book but 10,000.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 9:51 am

  • Cynthia Morgan says:

    I was inspired by your clarity and enthusiasm watching you online at the Smile at Fear retreat this fall in SF. Now, I'm inspired to "kindlehood" by your delight using the kindle. Thanks for your generosity.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

  • Eriall Steiner says:

    Everything has its 'pluses' & 'minuses'. e-books allow us to link Youtube videos into the narratives or information in books we read and watch them while we're reading without breaking to get online, and make several books much easier & lighter to carry. On the other hand, e-readers die every now and then, & have to be recharged, so if you like staying in places with a lack of electricity ( which I suspect some others like me do sometimes), that might be a problem that we never have with regular books. Plus e-books don't smell like paper and you can't experience the sound & breeze of pages flapping across your fingers...:)

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 10:31 am

  • Dave Mermelstein says:

    Hey there! I was about to write that the feel of a book, the look of it, the size, the paper, etc, are too important to me for me to enjoy an e-reader more than a book. But, I realized that... well, I am ATTACHED to all of that about books!

    Maybe winning a Kindle will help me in my practice; it would help me let go of one more thing-- my desire to have a "book", a thing very important to me, be a certain way.

    Yes, that's it! Having a Kindle will help me practice the Dharma! Hooray for the Shambhala sangha!

    ;} -Dave M.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 11:05 am

  • Paloma Santiago says:

    I am a tactile reader. I love to hold books and flip back and forth through them. I have recently rediscovered the library in my efforts to both read more (enforced due dates!) and minimize my collection of books I'll only read once. It's funny, before I thought Kindle would be great for those read-once books and that I'd want a paper copy of books that I know I'd reference over and over (much like my Shambhala books that I keep on my nightstand). But for the purposes of traveling and only having to carry ONE thing, the idea of a Kindle suddenly sounds great. One stop "shopping" for all things Shambhala? Sign me up!

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

  • Debra Dysart says:

    I love everything about books -- the look, the feel, the smell -- but it would be great to have a Kindle, especially for dharma books, to be able to search for keywords or titles. There are also many books I read just once and would happily read on a Kindle rather than purchasing them. (My local library is not very well-stocked.) I look forward to Ocean of Dharma quotes. Keep 'em coming!

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 11:32 am

  • Susan Sitzmann says:

    While I cannot lovingly feel or smell the leather bounding, or each marvelously textured page, I can load all of my all-time favorite books in one location and avoid the extra "heft" of carrying them in luggage on airlines or in the van! And I am excited to receive my brand new Kindle with Chogyam Trungpa...just in time for my spiritual journey out to Mt. Shasta to observe Wesak 2011 in May! :^)

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm

  • Mary Ann Boyce says:

    I would always carry a paper pocket Trungpa in case of a Kindle malfunction.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

  • sean maley says:

    It may be stating the obvious, but the mobility of it is marvelous. It's a collection on the go, which used to be impractical/impossible. It's the direction books are supposed to go. What would Gutenberg say?

    [ I will still keep and collect hard copies nonetheless. ]

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

  • John Peterson says:

    Paper which is responsibly produced uses a renewable resource. Trees are farmed in much the same way as other crops, albeit with a longer cycle. It is said that the energy cost of the internet exceeds that of air travel by a factor of two. This places the 'convenience' of electronic devices in a new light. The responsible course seems to be to use these items in furtherance of our boddhisattva vows.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

  • Namkha Trimé says:

    The coolest thing about an e-book is that you can load it up with Dharma! Sweeeet! Although I am a big fan of good ol′ fashioned books...and bookstores...hmmm... long live the independent book seller! May books and bookstores never disappear!

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

  • Kathy says:

    I love books, the feel, the smell, the craftsmanship...With that said, it seems that having an e-book would be especially great when travelling. I generally bring several books with me (even for a weekend trip), which gets heavy. The convenience of an e-book seems handy and light, but I doubt I will ever give up actual books as they hold a special place in my heart.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

  • Brenda Marita Mason says:

    I like the convenience of ebooks, but find it much harder on the eyes looking at a computer screen for long periods. I would miss not having any paper books, but do like the idea of not having to kill trees to create them. And I know just the person who would love to have a Kindle full of Chogyam Trungpa...they love computers and they love the teachings!
    Thank you

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm

  • Tim Cassidy says:

    Don't own a Kindle [though I would certainly like to] nor any other e-reader. So I can't say what I like most about them.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm

  • Kerry Kelly says:

    Well, The distribution of the reading material is probably economicaly and environmentaly easier.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm

  • Marie says:

    While I love the experience of holding a book and turning the pages, of having many books open in front of me when I do research, the smell and feel of paper, I know it is time to let the trees be and move on to the e-world. I like the compact nature of the kindle and it's portability. Also, the ability to carry many books around at once!

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm

  • Leo says:

    Having been a bookworm since age 8, the idea of being able to carry around some 3000 books in one slim package is a dream come true, all the better if some of those titles are Rinpoche's works.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

  • Will Brown says:

    Kindles and such are great. I want a couple. But I'll always love a book and besides you can throw a book and it will usually survive!

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm

  • Susan Helmer says:

    I am usually slow to adopt new technologies, and ebooks are no exception to that rule. I love books, I love bookcovers, I love judging books by their covers. I like to underline and mark up books when a passage moves me and return to it later when I need a reminder of what has moved me, and perhaps to go off in a direction in my own writing following that lead. But as I get older I feel the increasing need to lighten up, to shed some of the things, including a lifetime of accumulated books, that I sometimes feel buried under. The idea of vast worlds of imagination and spirit contained in a tiny, miraculous machine is appealing, a happy way to lighten up.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm

  • Janice Widran says:

    I can relate to all the (+)s & (-)s you brought up about both "real" books and e-books. I too would love to have this handy tool to have easy access to the dharma teachings.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm

  • Victoria says:

    I don't have a kindle and while reading on an airplane might be useful. I don't much like airlines anymore ... I do love Books .I still have lots of books . I have purchased some Buddhism books more than once to read them . It would be ok to get one as a gift especially if it was free... I have so enjoyed reading the writings on line ... AGAIN

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm

  • Fiona Dimas-Herd says:

    Even with a Kindle
    My love of hardcopy books would not dwindle
    My book shelf in some ways
    is a reflection of myself
    With a Kindle however
    My whole bookshelf could travel with me where-ever
    I happened to travel - to work for example
    my Kindle would have resources ample
    It could assist my teaching
    My students reaching

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm

  • Jessie says:

    The anti-tech and book-loving part of myself thought I would have great aversion to ebooks. However, I have found the opposite to be true. Having to travel quite a bit lately, growing older, sustaining injuries etc etc etc, the ease of kindle is a true gift.

    Posted on January 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

  • Marcia Gunzburg says:

    i love reading, i love my books, especially learning and deepening my understanding of self and the universe - it is a part of my life and daily practice to find the pieces of myself and mirrored by other's understanding and perceptions. My books are scattered around my bed at night, they sleep with me as i unfold into dream consciousness like a security blanket that reminds me of who i am. i travel a lot and can see how the Kindle can hold the books i cannot carry or when i teach i can find the information that i am always look back to to find - i guess i can sleep with my Kindle and hold Chogyam Trungpa close to my heart.

    Posted on January 14, 2011 at 2:47 am

  • Shari Perrotta says:

    E-books save the environment by not needing trees for paper and by not using fossil fuels to transport and store books in climate controlled warehouses and stores. They are less expensive for consumers and are less expensive for publishers to produce and sell (no printing, transporting or storage of books). E-book readers such as Kindle are easy to learn to use and are not terribly expensive. What's not to love about this? I truly wish all publishers would see the immense ecological benefit of e-books! I have put a personal moratorium on purchasing any more paper books due to the ecological distress on the planet -- distress that can be reduced with e-books.

    Posted on January 14, 2011 at 4:35 am

  • Annie says:

    A Kindle appeals to be because of its compact nature. I've looked at both the IPad and Kindle and the Kindle's size is better for toting around. Any device that cuts down on waste is pretty great too. I do love our trees. Thank you for the opportunity to win one!

    Posted on January 14, 2011 at 5:35 am

  • David says:

    I also love that I can travel and have teachings at my finger tips. Next I would prefer all my liturgies and chants and practice manuals also loaded on my device, then I would have all my practices handy as well. Then throw in some video clips to demonstrate a shrine setup or punctuate a point. Consider where computers were 40 years ago, and I presume in forty years hence these devices will store so much that the entire video archives of the Vidhyadhara might well travel with us into retreat, indexed by topic and term. May that help spread the dharma wide and far.

    Posted on January 14, 2011 at 6:56 am

  • Carole Milligan says:

    While I love books, as I age I realize that not only do I no longer need to "own" everything that I like and want to read, but that I no longer want to create more for my daughter to dispose of. While I still buy some books, much of my reading now is obtained from the library unless it will be a reference book such as a cookbook. I have very eclectic reading tastes and love to read on trips, which being retired, I do fairly frequently, so an e-reader is the perfect solution for carrying many books in a convenient and compact form with me. It would also be very handy for being with me as I move about each day, encouraging moments of reading while waiting in various situations.

    Posted on January 14, 2011 at 8:25 am

  • Sarah S says:

    As someone recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, where initially I was functionally a quadriplegic, I have a new appreciation for ebooks. Whatever hardware you are using to read them, they are generally easier to hold with weak hands and arms, can be read in a dark hospital room (so you don't keep your neighbours awake), and you can have as many books as you need to help you through the long hours of therapy and rehabilitation. Thank you for making one of these available with the dharma to help anyone, in whatever situation they find themselves in.

    Posted on January 14, 2011 at 9:07 am

  • Cat Fink says:

    I have been in love with books since I learned to read in grade 1 (yes, 'Dick and Jane', 1964). I don't know yet what I think about ebooks and ereaders, whether I fall on the yes or no side. I think I'm more on the middle side. I love the compactness (is there such a word?) of the ereaders, but I also love the physical feel of a book in hand. I love that trees are being saved but I hate that the ereaders run on batteries (solar ereaders anyone?). So I have a runnning argument going in my head. As Buddhism has taught me, everything is interconnected and I cannot imagine all the ripples caused by a choice I make. I just have to make the best choice I can with the information I have at hand. So, ereader when I am travelling, book when I am at home. Yes, firmly on the middle side.

    Posted on January 14, 2011 at 9:52 am

  • Jane Elle says:

    At first I was horrified—the Vidyadhara on Kindle? Quelle idée! Then I read Carolyn's description of going on retreat with all the Vidyadhara's books—or at least lots of them—on a Kindle instead of having to lug cases of books.

    That set me thinking. Suddenly all I saw on the tube (this is London) were ebooks, being read by interesting-looking people. I even started up a conversation (not something one does lightly on the tube in England) with one, who was delighted to praise his ebook to the skies.

    So now I want one too. To take on the tube. To take to bed—imagine the joy of being able to dip in and out of a dozen of the Vidyadhara's books in cosy safety—without losing any amongst the covers, or under the bed, or balanced precariously on the water-glass, or on teettering piles on the bedside table!

    Posted on January 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm

  • Lawrence Pettener says:

    I don't have a kindle, but what's not to like could include the worry/the possibility of it diminishing the book industry (it might just help it); addiction problems, if it's as good as they say (but it will also be helping me by getting me off my computer in the evenings); not getting the smell of new and old books might be a disadvantage.

    Posted on January 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

  • Emily Utz says:

    I can't get behind the kindle or other online readers.

    The fact is that bookstores are one of my favorite things on earth - they are energetic and physical vectors for creative thought and connection.

    A digital device store just won't ever compare.

    Posted on January 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

  • Jim says:

    As a writer, editor and former bookstore employee, I have a difficult time letting go of my passion for physical books. At the same time, though, I realize that this too is an attachment. For environmental reasons, it does make sense to consider ebooks as a way to lessen the impact of the publishing world on the environment. I appreciate Ms. Gimian's comments, and look forward to spending more time trying to learn to love--or even like--ebooks.

    Posted on January 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm

  • Dave Mazza says:

    As a writer, I've struggled with every technological change that's come creeping into my professional world: laying out a newspaper on a computer rather than the old light table; creating "content" online; shifting to reading my newspapers and magazines on my laptop and, of course, the rise of ebooks. In each case I eventually accepted the new without abandoning the old.

    The question of whether a book or a kindle better serves us can easily become a question of our identification with the impermanent world outside of us. I think its important to focus instead on what impacts our choices have not just on ourselves but all life around us. That's far from easy since all technology cuts both ways.

    If we focus on making sure the vessel we choose in our hunt for wisdom causes the least suffering - either inherently or by action on our part - we will find that wisdom more quickly whether its is found in ink on paper or in the dance of energy within computer circuitry.

    Posted on January 24, 2011 at 11:18 am

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    Posted on February 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

  • Laura Quilligan says:

    I would be very happy to receive a copy of Work, Sex, & Money! I'm a fiber artist looking for tips on how to sustain myself financially in this economy! Thank You, Laura

    Posted on February 22, 2011 at 10:37 am

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