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"This is precisely the book about Trungpa Rinpoche that has been needed for a long time. I feel that it is absolutely what Rinpoche would have wanted written about his major accomplishments and teachings. My husband was so brilliant in being able to use many different media to express his teachings. Rinpoche demonstrated that the awakened mind can be expressed in many ways, through various art forms, as well as in all the forms and details of everyday life. His approach made the buddhadharma available to all kinds of people who have different interests in their lives. As well, it is a hallmark of the vajrayana teachings that you fully engage everything in your world. My husband was a master of this, and Fabrice Midal has beautifully captured this quality in his book."—from the Foreword by Diana J. Mukpo

About the Author

Fabrice Midal is a professor of philosophy at the University of Paris. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and teaches the dharma in France and elsewhere in Europe. A practicing Buddhist in the tradition of Chögyam Trungpa, he is well known in Buddhist circles in France and has published books on religious topics with major French publishers, among them several titles on Tibetan Buddhism.

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  • File Size: 1225 KB
  • Print Length: 581 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 159030098X
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications; 1 edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00452VFCQ
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful By J. Layton on January 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'd like to start by saying that I am a Buddhist student in the lineage of Trungpa Rinpoche, and am deeply devoted to the man and his teachings. It seems like such an admission is necessary at the outset of this review.

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.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Docta Puella on June 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This isn't really a biography of Trungpa Rinpoche and he deserves a good one. Whereas Chogyam Trungpa was a man who took risks, Midal's book stays within the safe bounds of cult worship. David Chadwick's biography of Suzuki Roshi (Crooked Cucumber) describes the difficulties that Shunryu Suzuki faced (and sometimes caused), bringing the man closer and making his life an example, an inspiration. Midal on the other hand keeps the messy and chaotic life and legacy of Chogyam Trungpa at arm's length. Not only is this a superficial examination but it doesn't inspire, which a biography of a great man should do.

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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Dean on May 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I felt this book was rather poorly put together. As other commentators have noted, it presents only half a picture, and overlooks very important and potentially very illuminating aspects of a great man's life. Still, even in the half-a-picture we are afforded, the style is hodgepodge and the author seemed very intent on letting us know about his own thoughts on Cezanne and sculpture and other things that simply break up the flow. The flow, such as it is, is more along the lines of essays joined together, not by any means a biography. The author poses a lot of questions "Why did he drink?", "why did he break his vows?" but after several hundred pages I didn't really fell like I knew much more about Chogyam Trungpa than when I had begun. Instead of answering the questions, the writer often launches into a prolonged litany of praises better left to guru yoga. The author keeps telling us that Buddhism is really all about living in the here and now in our full nakedness - which I'm not really sure is true of Tibetan Buddhism - but this book did not present its own subject in full nakedness. As another reviewer stated, the write should have given us a full picture, and then we would decide. Instead we got something along the lines of a very, very long fan letter.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J Doyle on January 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm a student of Trungpa Rinpoche. Midal's biography is informative in certain respects and a decent read. Like many reviewers here though, I agree that it's too sanitized and lukewarm by half, and carries very little of the actual crazy wisdom that Trungpa radiated. If you really want a feel for the man, read John Perks "The Mahasiddha and His Idiot Servant", the only book I've ever read that really does the job, in spades.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sylvain on November 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a student in the lineage of Trungpa Rinpoche, I have great respect for his brilliance. This hagiography, however, was alternately infruriating and embarassing. If there is an official North Korean biography of Kim Il Sung, I imagine it reads much like this book in tone. As other reviewers have noted, Midal violates the first lesson of writing in that he tells, he doesn't show. I agree with Midal's objection that it is silly to expect a biographer to savage his subject. That doesn't mean, however, that one must write a slavish piece of propoganda instead. There's no need to tidy up and oversell Trungpa Rinpoche.
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