Crazy Wisdom

Crazy Wisdom

The Life and Time of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Streaming Video - 2011
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Explores the arrival of Tibetan Buddhism in America through the story of Chogyam Trungpa, the brilliant 'bad boy of Buddhism' who fled his homeland during the Chinese Communist invasion. Trungpa arrived in the U.S. in 1970, and legend has it that he said to his students: 'Take me to your poets.' Trungpa eventually became renowned for translating ancient Buddhist concepts into language and ideas that Westerners could understand.
Publisher: [United States] : Alive Mind : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 86 min.)) : sd., col.


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Jun 27, 2016

Great sceneries of Tibet and the people! The historical reels of the Chinese takeover of the Tibet!
Chogyam was a thinker, a philosopher! He was and is original! He is a good subject to study! His innovative methods of trying to bring the Buddhist philosophy relevant to the Western mindset deserve a detailed study! He was also different from his fellow monks in Tibet! He discouraged the mindless mantra repetitions! HIs meditations were legendary. He is and was difficult to comprehend at times! The cultural divide and philosophy of the Western people and the Buddhist monks are very vast! He worked very hard to make it all relevant!
It is obvious that he was revered to the god-like statue almost!
He lived his life to the fullest, despite the very serious car crash he had and the resulting paralysis! He did recover, but retained partial paralysis!
He was married with kids! Yet, he was unfaithful, and had a serious drinking problem later!
There are gaps in the narrative. It was never made clear why he got ill again and died! Although, it can be assumed it had something to do with the previous accident! His funeral was a big public event! It was done with the Buddhist monks and the dignitaries!
He didn't seem to make the emotional connections with his family! Due to his monastery upbringing, perhaps??
This documentary leaves questions unanswered.
It could have been better, I suppose! Yet, it seems that the Director had limited information available to her to begin with, and she possibly made the best of it!

Nov 15, 2013

An interesting portrait of a complex and complicated human being. Trungpa's influence is still rippling through our world.


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