12 May

CHOGYAM TRUNGPA, RINPOCHE

Rinpoche has probably done more to adapt the ancient traditions of the East to the 20th century Western experience than any other spiritual teacher. Born in Tibet and discovered at the age of 14 months to be the 11th incarnation of the Trungpa Tulku, he was raised to become Abbot of the Surmang Monasteries. While still in his teens, he was forced to flee to India when Tibet was invaded by the Chinese Communists. From India he went to Oxford, where he studied fine arts, comparative religion, psychology and Western culture. After five years of such study, he founded his first meditation center in Scotland and published his first two books – his autobiography Born in Tibet, and Meditation in Action. In 1970, he came to the U.S. and has since then established two meditation centers, Tail of the Tiger, in Barnet, Vermont and Karma Dzong, in Boulder, Colorado. This interview with the hard-drinking, chain-smoking lama was recorded at Tail of the Tiger in August, 1972.


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