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Chögyam Trungpa—meditation master, scholar, and artist—was identified at the age of only thirteen months as a major tulku, or reincarnation of an enlightened teacher. As the eleventh in the teaching lineage known as the Trungpa tulkus, he underwent a period of intensive training in mediation, philosophy, and fine arts, receiving full ordination as a monk in 1958 at the age of eighteen. The following year, the Chinese Communists invaded Tibet, and the young Trungpa spent many harrowing months trekking over the Himalayas, narrowly escaping capture.

Trungpa's account of his experiences as a young monk, his duties as the abbot and spiritual head of a great monastery, and his moving relationships with his teachers offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the life of a Tibetan lama. The memoir concludes with his daring escape from Tibet to India. In an epilogue, he describes his emigration to the West, where he encountered many people eager to learn about the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism.

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (November 7, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570621160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570621161
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,760,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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By Gwen Pollara on November 17, 2014
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Always good to read about amazing people. This is not different. His story is epic. Read it and be inspired .
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