Born in Tibet by Chögyam Trungpa

By Chögyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa—meditation grasp, pupil, and artist—was pointed out on the age of merely 13 months as an immense 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 high-quality 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 studies as a tender monk, his tasks because the abbot and religious head of a good monastery, and his relocating relationships along with his lecturers bargains a unprecedented 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 desirous to know about the traditional knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Mter a foreword such as 'It is like moulding an image; it has to be hammered into shape', he would prostrate himself three times before me, and then administer the chastisement on the appropriate part. About this time I had some strange dreams: though even in pictures I had never seen the things that are made in the West, I dreamt I was riding in a mechanized truck somewhat like a small lorry, and a few days' later in another dream I saw aeroplanes parked in a field. Also about that time, in my sleep, I was walking through a shop which was full of boots, shoes, saddles and straps with buckles, but these were not like Tibetan ones and instead of being made of leather they appeared to be of sticky dried blood.

Occasionally some of the retreatants, and particularly my tutor's friends, would come to our room to talk; I enjoyed this, for it gave me a little break from my lessons, while in the summer a group picnic was also sometimes arranged, very welcome after so much hard work. This life continued until I was seven, when I was taken back to Diidtsi-til where all our monks were assembled, as the Venerable Genchung Lama had been invited to give a kalung (ritual authorization) for all the scriptures forming the Kangyiir; these are the sayings of the Buddha, translated from Sanskrit and filling one hundred and eight volumes.

3 Amituyur, Buddha of Limitless Life Tara (Saviour) Vijaya (Viaorious One) BORN IN TIBET One old house, built by the fifth Trungpa Tullcu on the mountain slope was kept for the very severe retreat which every monk had to observe for the period of one year twice in his lifetime. It was called the gonkhang (house of the Guardian Divinities). The kitchen and food stores were in the east wing of the main assembly hall, and cooking was done on a huge stove made of stone and clay into which the fuel, consisting of dried yak dung and wood, could be shovelled through holes at its sides.

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