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Chögyam Trungpa (1939-1987) was a Buddhist meditation master, the eleventh Trungpa tülku, as well as a poet and writer of books such as Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (Shambhala Library), Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness, etc. He established the Shambhala Meditation Centers, and died of complications related to his habitual very heavy consumption of alcohol. He notes in the "Acknowledgements" section of this 1966 book (revised in 1971), "This book was begun spontaneously as an authentic record of the wisdom and culture which existed in Tibet for so many centuries, and of the events of the last decade during which the Communists have destroyed everything its peace loving people held dear."
He recalls an early (1955) encounter with the visiting Dalai Lama, "We were beginning to lose heart, for the Communists were becoming so powerful; it seemed as if our happy days were coming to an end: however, the presence of His Holiness gave us renewed hope that the spiritual teaching and culture of Tibet would not be entirely swept away. Yet it was sad to see him looking so thin and strained as a result of the heavy burden he had to carry." (Pg. 106) While escaping to India, he told his fellow escapees, "Our journey to India must be thought of as a pilgrimage; something that in the past few Tibetans have been able to make. Whether or not India has changed, the spiritual blessings imparted to that country by the presence of the Buddha remain... We should not be thinking only about the enemies threatening us from without.Read more ›
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