Reply Jessica, you are very brave and just keep telling the truth. Great work! I know several people who are older than you are and know this history to be a long one of silent abuse. If we do not remember or know our history, we are doomed to repeat it. Its all in the day to day practice.

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This wonderful truth is clearly manifest. Let this be recognized by all people of both elevated and ordinary station. Of Trungpa, the Dalai Lama later wrote, "Exceptional as one of the first Tibetan lamas to become fully assimilated into Western culture, he made a powerful contribution to revealing the Tibetan approach to inner peace in the West. As we are human beings, there must be that kind of feeling. You must feel it in this city or building or community. So whatever community it may be, it is necessary for it to have this kind of spiritual support.

That is why I respect Trungpa Rinpoche. He is supporting us. You may criticize him because he drinks alcohol like I drink water, but that is a minor problem.

He trusts you completely. He knows that if he is always supporting you in a true sense you will not criticize him, whatever he does. That is not the point, you know. This kind of big spirit, without clinging to some special religion or form of practice, is necessary for human beings.

The more I deal with Western Dharma students, the more I appreciate how he presented the dharma and the activities that he taught. Whenever I meet with difficulties, I begin to understand — sometimes before solving the problem, sometimes afterward — why Trungpa Rinpoche did some unconventional things. I do consider him to be the father of Tibetan Buddhism in the United States.

In my opinion, he left very early — too early. His death was a great loss. Everything he did is significant. One of the reasons that people were in his circle was that they were willing to be honest and direct with him.

He definitely was not one of those teachers who asked for obedience and wanted their students not to think for themselves. He thrived, he lived, on the intelligence of his students.

That is how he built his entire teaching situation. From my perspective, I could always be pretty direct with him. Maybe I was not hesitant to do that because I really trusted the unconditional nature of our relationship. I felt there was really nothing to lose by being absolutely direct with him, and he appreciated that. In his own words, "When we talk about compassion, we talk in terms of being kind. But compassion is not so much being kind; it is being creative to wake a person up.

Tenzin Palmo , who met him in while he was still at Oxford , did not become one of his consorts, refusing his advances because he had presented himself as "a pure monk.

Later, he described this event as a pivotal moment that inspired the course of his teachings. Some accounts ascribe the accident to drinking. David Chadwick recounts: [82] Suzuki [Roshi] asked Trungpa to give a talk to the students in the zendo the next night. Trungpa walked in tipsy and sat on the edge of the altar platform with his feet dangling.

In some instances Trungpa was too drunk to walk and had to be carried. The Steinbecks said the cocaine use was kept secret from the wider Vajradhatu community. Joni Mitchell said Trungpa cured her of her cocaine addiction during a meeting with him in The poet W.

Merwin had arrived at the Naropa Institute that summer and been told by Allen Ginsberg that he ought to attend the seminary. At seminary the couple kept to themselves. At the Halloween party, after many, including Trungpa himself, had taken off their clothes, Merwin was asked to join the event but refused. In a letter to members of a Naropa class investigating the incident, Merwin concluded, My feelings about Trungpa have been mixed from the start. Admiration, throughout, for his remarkable gifts; and reservations, which developed into profound misgivings, concerning some of his uses of them.

I wish him well. The Naropa Institute later asked Ed Sanders and his class to conduct an internal investigation, resulting in a lengthy report.

While knowingly HIV -positive, Tendzin was sexually involved with students, one of whom became infected and died. Some put his birth in Ordained as a bhikshu full monk. Injured in a car accident, leaving him partially paralyzed. Establishes Dorje Khyung Dzong , a retreat facility in southern Colorado. Founds The Naropa Institute, a contemplative studies and liberal arts college, now fully accredited as Naropa University.

Forms the organization that will become the Dorje Kasung, a service group entrusted with the protection of the buddhist teachings and the welfare of the community.

Establishes Ashoka Credit Union. Hosts a visit of Dudjom Rinpoche , head of the Nyingma lineage. Empowers Thomas F. Establishes the Kalapa Court in Boulder, Colorado, as his residence and a cultural center for the Vajradhatu community. Receives the first of several Shambhala terma texts see termas. These comprise the literary source for the Shambhala teachings. Founds Alaya Preschool in Boulder, Colorado. Establishes the celebration of Shambhala Day.

Observes a year-long retreat in Charlemont , Massachusetts. Founds Shambhala Training to promote a secular approach to meditation practice and an appreciation of basic human goodness. Visits Nova Scotia for the first time.

Conducts the first annual Kalapa Assembly, an intensive training program for advanced Shambhala teachings and practices. Conducts the first Dharma Art seminar. Forms Amara, an association of health professionals. Forms the Upaya Council, a mediation council providing a forum for resolving disputes. Conducts the first annual Buddhist-Christian Conference in Boulder, Colorado, exploring the common ground between Buddhist and Christian contemplative traditions.

Directs a film, Discovering Elegance, using footage of his environmental installation and flower arranging exhibitions. Creates a series of elocution exercises to promote precision and mindfulness of speech. Born in Tibet , autobiography, story of escaping from Tibet. Meditation in Action


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