A groundbreaking and accessible presentation of the Tibetan Buddhist path from Chögyam Trungpa, a renowned Buddhist master and teacher. The spiritual quest is the highest pursuit for humankind, and before we embark on the quest for spiritual self-betterment, it is helpful to examine who we are, what the "self" really is. In Cynicism and Magic, Chögyam Trungpa offers a view of spirituality, and of the Buddhist path, from the point of view of "no-self." From this perspective, the core teachings of Buddhism are not tools to add more good qualities to our repertoire, but rather a road map to using discernment on the spiritual path and uncovering the patience, compassion, and wisdom naturally present in ourselves. Based on a series of talks given by Chögyam Trungpa during the first session of what was to become Naropa University, Cynicism and Magic introduces key Tibetan Buddhist ideologies, including karma, the skandhas, the paramitas, and the bodhisattva, through relatable, everyday examples. Whether you are new to Tibetan Buddhism or interested in returning to the fundamentals of your practice, this book will guide you toward experiencing a living dharma that is both contemporary and timeless.