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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (December 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590302079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590302071
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 5.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This compilation of essays and reminiscences about one of the pioneers of Tibetan Buddhism in the West is a whole lotta Trungpa. Trungpa was a far-ranging teacher, who made contributions to art, poetry, theater, translation, education, psychology and even dressage in addition to popularizing a profound spiritual tradition. At the same time, his "crazy wisdom," as the eccentricities of his life were described, went beyond the pale for some. That Trungpa was a major figure in translating Tibetan Buddhism from a little-known cultural tradition into terms Westerners could appreciate is an achievement noted by the Dalai Lama himself in a brief introduction. The essays that concentrate on explicating Trungpa as a teacher are the strongest. The enduring significance of his contributions in other fields—theater, for example—is more open to debate. The book needs tighter editing of chatty anecdotes and greater overall clarity. A biographical sketch would increase its usability, and a few essays are annoyingly turgid ("the alchemical practice of solve et coagula at the heart of speech makes this dance between the relative and the ultimate spiritually operative"). Nearly half the contributions are by those with very close ties to Trungpa, so while this isn't hagiography, it's a pretty fond book. (Dec. 13)
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"We buy—and read—Recalling Chögyam Trungpa because it's full of stories about the greatest rock 'n' roll, zero bullsh*t guru this side of paradise. The next best thing to having been there in the first place—these stories present enlightenment in fun, bite-size chunks."—Elephant

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ira Abrams on February 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
In brief, this book is chockful of great ideas about what Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche--the late transplanter of Tibetan Buddhism to the West--was doing and teaching... what he might have thought he was doing in the bigger picture and how he did it. If you are interested in questions about why the ancient path of Tibetan Buddhism is of timely value in our world, and what is the true heart of this tradition... you must read this book. Many insightful people who had contact with VCTR make efforts her to put their understanding and experience of him in a nutshell, and the result is, well, enlightening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith Jackson on February 19, 2012
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There is something for everyone to enjoy in this wonderful book. Some of the more academic pieces I found rather difficult reading, but that is certainly no reason to give the book a pass. There are also many wonderful accounts of personal experience of knowing and interacting with Trungpa, his unorthodoxy and his teachings.

After years of hearing all the controversy surrounding Chogyam Trungpa I chose to read this anthology to see what I could learn for myself. I was astounded by how much of what Trungpa taught has extended thread-like into teachings extending beyond his own students, into many New Age teachers concepts as well. Regarding controversy, I should admit I have always found it odd that people expect yogis to be other than human; it seems to me that no matter how highly we are developed spiritually, as long as we are in these human bodies, we are subject to the potential for human failings. In truth, I think we need to be able to accept both the light and dark in ourselves, in our teachers and in the world around us. When it comes to Trungpa Rinpoche, he put it all out there with no attempt to hide his humanness. After reading this wonderful anthology of essays it occurs to me that was the point; I believe his whole life was a teaching, a powerful example to the world that (for lack of better expression from this non-Buddhist) we are all both sacred and profane.
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... and one of the 20th century's spiritual supernova's. Chogyam Trungpa stories need to be there for future students to have any fragment of an idea of what it was like to be in his presence and hear his teachings.
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For the person who is asking "who was this guy", this is a good starting point. Chungyam Trungpa is vast, deep and yet light-hearted. This anthology gives you a view of him from many perspectives. I've just started into the book and find it fasciniting.
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