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Chogyam Trungpa: His Life and Vision Kindle Edition
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Given the above, I was, needless to say, highly excited about the release of this book. I bought several copies, and gave a few as gifts. Nevertheless, having read the book, I must say that I am a bit disappointed.
This book does provide a nice overview of Buddhism, the Vajradhatu path as elucidated by Trungpa Rinpoche, and Buddhist concepts. The unfortunate flaw of this book, however, is that it is absolutely rife with butt kissing and sweeping statements of praise, the vast majority of which are uttered in Mr. Midal's own voice (it would have been much better to let a wealth of anecdotes speak for themselves). The end result is that the tone of this book comes off as an unfortunate "do no wrong", glossed-over tribute to a complex and un-glossable individual (and, in my opinion, clearly a Buddha).
Since the Vidyadhara was a great man, we should be afforded with a more discerning and textured look at the play of his manifestation. For a man who encouraged us to lean into the sharp points, to feel and examine them, this array of rounded corners and nerf controversy seems an incomplete tribute.
So, flatly, I would have liked to have seen more of Trungpa Rinpoche in this book-- the whole man. Midal dilutes the Vidyadhara's legacy by not presenting the "things as they are" of his life in all their vivid glory. The end result is a transparent attempt to glaze a razorblade fortress with feel-good honey.Read more ›
Perhaps it's too early for a real biography of CTR; there are still too many people whose careers are dependent on Shambhala International. But Trungpa Rinpoche would want and deserves the naked truth to be told--that a real analysis of his life, his successes and his mistakes be laid out and examined for us to learn from. Midal's tepid biography attempts to keep CTR in a hermetically sealed casket. I look forward to someday reading a biography by someone who will fearlessly engage with the fearlessly lived story of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
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Amazing story, amazing man ! I can't believe a monk raised in Tibet could do some much in such a short life in a foreign country ! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Elisabeth S. Ducasse
I am very pleased with this book about Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
The author gives a comprehensive look at Chogyam's life.
This man was a genius. Read more
The writer brings Trungpa's unique ways of transmission of the Dharma making me feel alive and inspired by this man's journey! I simply love reading this book!Published on August 25, 2013 by Julie R.Russell
This book not only includes the life story, but also the many teachings of Chogyam Trungpa. Warmly recommended for anybody who would like to understand more about the Shambhala... Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Fred van Welsem
Hopefully this biography will inspire others to write more and better about Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Read morePublished on November 26, 2008 by M. Sørensen
I first read Fabrice Midal's book about a year ago. My impressions then, when I just beguin to read, were that I was before an easy reading biography about someone I knew very... Read morePublished on July 29, 2005 by Pablo Guerra
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