Born in Tibet by Chögyam Trungpa

By Chögyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa—meditation grasp, pupil, and artist—was pointed out on the age of in simple terms 13 months as a huge tulku, or reincarnation of an enlightened instructor. because the 11th within the instructing lineage referred to as the Trungpa tulkus, he underwent a interval of in depth education in mediation, philosophy, and fantastic arts, receiving complete ordination as a monk in 1958 on the age of eighteen. the next yr, the chinese language Communists invaded Tibet, and the younger Trungpa spent many harrowing months hiking over the Himalayas, narrowly escaping seize.

Trungpa's account of his reports as a tender monk, his tasks because the abbot and non secular head of an excellent monastery, and his relocating relationships together with his lecturers bargains a unprecedented and intimate glimpse into the lifetime of a Tibetan lama. The memoir concludes along with his bold get away from Tibet to India. In an epilogue, he describes his emigration to the West, the place he encountered many of us wanting to find out about the traditional knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Surmang now included Namgyal-tse, Diidtsi-til, and several small monasteries, each of which had its own abbot. The fourth incarnation, Trungpa Kiinga-namgyal did not follow the camping way of life of his three predecessors, and a descendant of Adro Shelu-bum gave him the entire castle of DUdtsi-til for a separate monastery. Brought up by the disciples of his predecessor and also by the lamas of Namgyal-tse, he became a renowned teacher throughout East Tibet, and was widely known for his ability to continue for a long period in meditation without any bodily movement.

If I wear a red hat the Gelugpas will be looking down their noses, and if I wear a yellow one, the others will be at me. " He was referring jocularly to the fact that the Gelug Order of monks wear a yellow hat and aU the remaining Orders a red one. This was a little joke about inter-monastic rivalries! 'The hermit did not understand what he was saying, so Petriil Rinpoche began asking him why on earth he had come to live in such a remote and wild part of the country. He knew the answer to that one, and explained that he had been there for twenty years meditating.

These were made of clay and painted gold, while about forty images of saints of the Ka-gyii line were placed at the back of the hall. A second assembly hall was built on a higher slope of the mountain for the monks of the Dechen-tse tratsang (college); it held some four hundred and fifty monks and was intended particularly for those who were interested in the intellectual approach; to start with, it had its own abbot. Another monastic building was erected on the lower part of the slope; it became the Ling-pa tratsang, and its three hundred and fifty monks specialized on the administrative side of Surmang.

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