Warrior-King of Shambhala
Remembering Chogyam Trungpa
Publication Date: December 2007
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A pioneer in introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the West, Chogyam Trungpa is also one of its most controversial figures. Born in Tibet and trained in the traditional manner, he arrived in the U.S. in 1970, a time when there was virtually no knowledge of Buddhism in the general culture. He defied notions of how a holy man should act. Dressing in Western clothing and at times exhibiting unconventional behavior, his "crazy wisdom" made him a magnet for a generation of spiritual seekers. One of those seekers was Jeremy Hayward. This intimate memoir begins with their first meeting in 1970, then progresses year by year until Trungpa’s death and beyond. Hayward vividly describes Trungpa’s powerful, direct way of working with students, his groundbreaking work in bringing Buddhism to the West, and the teachings Trungpa presented each year. He also describes his own personal spiritual journey with Chogyam Trungpa as a guide.
Sakyong Mipham is the leader of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and is spiritual director of Shambhala International, a network of meditation and retreat centers. He writes a regular column in the Shambhala Sun, he is the author of the best-selling Turning the Mind into an Ally, and he regularly offers retreats and workshops throughout the world. Sakyong Mipham is the eldest son of Chogyam Trungpa, who was instrumental in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. He is also an avid marathon runner and golfer, and he has been named one of the thirty global visionaries of our time by Planet magazine.