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Warrior-King of Shambhala: Remembering Chogyam Trungpa Paperback – December 28, 2007
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"Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche is the father of Tibetan Buddhism in the United States." (Gelek Rimpoche, author of Good Life, Good Death)
"A tender, candid, beautifully written memoir by one of Chogyam Trungpa's closest, most senior students. This eloquent, affecting account shows what it was like to be with Rinpoche, in intimate proximity, throughout the excitement, turbulence, and unceasing creativity of his seventeen years teaching in North America. A unique, extraordinary book by an exceptional practitioner, teacher, and writer." (Reginald A. Ray, author of Touching Enlightenment, Indestructible Truth, and Secret of the Vajra World)
"In Warrior King of Shambhala, Dr. Hayward pulls the reader into his own spiritual journey. He also allows us to clearly glimpse the mind of a complex and important leader. This book belongs with anyone who wants to go behind the scenes of the development of an immensely important American spiritual community." (Ethan Nichtern, author of One City, and founder of The Interdependence Project)
"Trungpa Rinpoche was a true trailblazer of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. His wit, his humor, his scholarship, and most of all his understanding of the Western mind made him an outstanding teacher. We all owe him our deep gratitude for his wisdom and compassion. Jeremy Hayward, being a long term student of Rinpoche, has done us an invaluable service in introducing his life and teachings to the general public." (Traleg Rinpoche, author of The Practice of Lojong)
"Dr. Jeremy Hayward has written yet another beautiful book about his understanding of the path of Shambhala Buddhism. In his autobiographical account as a close student of the legendary Chogyam Trungpa, Dr. Hayward reveals to us what it was really like to learn firsthand from such an extraordinary teacher. His story is by turns funny, poignant, inspiring, astonishing, and heartbreaking. I believe it will be a lasting and unique contribution to the growing literature about the birth of the buddhadharma in the Western world." (Prof. Frank Berliner, Naropa University)
"Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable masters of Tibetan Buddhism. His vast vision paved the way for the precious teachings of Buddhism to be firmly planted in the West. Rinpoche was the true example of brilliant wisdom, warrior's courage and immeasurable unconditional love. This book on Rinpoche's life will undoubtedly be precious for all connected with Buddhism and will for generations inspire people to connect with this most remarkable master and bodhisattva. It is a wonderful and loving offering of a devoted student to his most precious teacher." (Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, author of This Precious Life)
"I am deeply touched by the beautiful way in which Jeremy's profound love for Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche shines through in this personal memoir. Jeremy describes him exactly as I knew him--wrathful, penetrating, loving, kind, merciful, maddening, irritating, frustrating, challenging, but most importantly constantly pushing us to go further, deeper, and become more genuine. He also portrays Rinpoche's loneliness and sadness in a way that cuts directly to the heart. The writing evokes so many wonderful images and memories, as well as the continuity of joy that Jeremy writes about in regard to Rinpoche's passing." (Dr Mitchell Levy, personal physician to Chogyam Trungpa and currently Professor of Medicine at Brown University Medical School)
"A completely fresh and mesmerizing account of British physicist Jeremy Hayward's close relationship with his Tibetan guru, Chogyam Trungpa. Beginning with bashful nerdiness, Hayward chronicles his mounting appreciation for this charmingly bold teacher, weaving engaging personal stories and sweeping perspectives on Rinpoche's evolution from dharma teacher to warrior king of Shambhala. Uniquely qualified to contextualize the Shambhala terma (treasure) teachings, Hayward provides the link missing in previous accounts of Rinpoche's life and teachings, showing the centrality of his daring vision of enlightened society beyond mere Buddhism." (Judith Simmer-Brown, Naropa University professor and author of Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism)
"Warrior King of Shambhala is a personal chronicle of the skeptic's journey, as well as an insider's account of the events that marked the establishment of one of the more vibrant and lasting Buddhist communities in North America. Those who come to this book seeking either a sordid tell-all or a saccharine endorsement of "the good old days" will be equally thwarted. In the end, Hayward demonstrates the difficult personal and public business of sorting out the ambiguous legacy of a powerful teacher. His honesty is courageous and imperfect-and that's likely the way Chogyam Trungpa would have had it." (Shambhala Sun)
About the Author
Trained as a physicist at Cambridge University, Jeremy Hayward is the author of several books, including Gentle Bridges: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on the Sciences of Mind and Sacred World: The Shambhala Way to Gentleness, Bravery, and Power. He lives in Nova Scotia.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is Chogyam Trungpa's son and Dharma heir, and is the bestselling author of Ruling Your World.
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Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this book. I bow in appreciation!
I had brief encounters with Chogyam Trungpa at Naropa Institute in the early 70's, but didn't stick around long enough to get to know him personally. I followed his brilliant career through his writings, and lamented his death in Nova Scotia in 1987. For me, Jeremy's book fills a gap between knowing Chogyam Trungpa as a teacher and knowing him as a human being.
Warrior-King of Shambhala is written with piercing honesty and clarity. I return to it frequently, opening it at random and reading a few pages at a time. It doesn't fail to uplift and inspire me. Thank you, Jeremy, for your faithful service to your most demanding teacher, to basic sanity and the kingdom of Shambhala.
8/21/2012 - Three years after writing this review, I would like to add that this book continues to serve as a valuable guide. As much as it documents Chogyam Trungpa's efforts to transmit Tibetan Buddhist teachings to the West, it also documents Jeremy Hayward's gradual evolution from student to beloved teacher and mentor. In addition, the excellent Glossary, Notes and Index sections enhance the book's usefulness as a reference book.
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