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Recalling Chogyam Trungpa Paperback – December 13, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
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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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.