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By Chogyam Trungpa

ISBN-10: 0877733333

ISBN-13: 9780877733331

Chögyam Trungpa—meditation grasp, student, and artist—was pointed out on the age of merely 13 months as a big tulku, or reincarnation of an enlightened instructor. because the 11th within the educating lineage often called the Trungpa tulkus, he underwent a interval of in depth education in mediation, philosophy, and superb arts, receiving complete ordination as a monk in 1958 on the age of eighteen. the subsequent yr, the chinese language Communists invaded Tibet, and the younger Trungpa spent many harrowing months hiking over the Himalayas, narrowly escaping catch.

Trungpa's account of his reviews as a tender monk, his tasks because the abbot and religious head of an outstanding monastery, and his relocating relationships together with his academics bargains an extraordinary and intimate glimpse into the lifetime of a Tibetan lama. The memoir concludes together with his bold break out from Tibet to India. In an epilogue, he describes his emigration to the West, the place he encountered many folks wanting to find out about the traditional knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism.

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This was contained in thirteen volumes, and was a selection of the sacred writings of renowned gurus of all the various Tibetan schools which had been collected by his predecessor. So many monks from outside monasteries kept coming, that so MY CHILDHOOD AT D'ODTSI-TIL J amgon Kongtriil found Diidtsi-til too crowded and disturbing, and it was decided to move to Dorje Kyungdzong. The rites began on the day of the full moon; first with offerings at the shrine, followed by chanting and ending with a communal meaL However, since Jamgon Kongtriil was so renowned as a meditation teacher, hundreds of people came to hear him as well as to receive his blessing, and in some cases to put their private troubles before him.

This sudden movement of troops might mean that the Chinese were about to use force in order to occupy the whole of Tibet. Since we were already under Chinese control, this new move seemed suspicious; could it mean that they intended to destroy aD the monasteries and towns and to capture the important people in every district? We held a consultation; a second messenger arrived to tell us that on the route the Communists had followed no villages or monasteries had been disturbed as the army had only marched through.

He held his rosary in his hand and was smiling and talking to my senior secretary. We began our lessons on the following day in my residence above the assembly hall. It happened to be the first day of the winter and snow was falling. Always before, when the monks came to sweep the snow off the flat roof, we children would play among them throwing snowballs at each other; on that day I could hear my little friends shouting at their play outside, whilst I had to remain indoors to do lessons. Asang Lama was very kind; he gave me a clay panel made in relief depicting Amitabha the Buddha of Infinite Light which delighted me, and he told me how glad he was to be able to be my teacher, for he had been a devotee of the tenth Trungpa Tulku.

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