Dragon Thunder My Life with Chogyam Trungpa ( Pdf ) AUTHOR Diana J. Mukpo

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Dragon Thunder My Life with Chogyam Trungpa

Er intimate life with one of the most influential and dynamic Buddhist teachers of our time Diana led an extraordinary and unusual life as the first lady of a burgeoning Buddhist community in the American 1970s and '80s She gave birth to four sons three of whom were recognized as reincarnations of high Tibetan lamas It is not a simple matter to be a modern Western woman married to a Tibetan Buddhist master let alone to a public figure who is s. Dragon Thunder is Diana Mukpo s memoir of her marriage to the controversial Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche the founder of what is now known as the Shambhala organization The book can be a bit ponderous and is not recommended for the casual reader but it provides a uniue history of the evolution of Trungpa s life and teachings Although Mukpo like many of Rinpoche s students has a tendency to explain away some of his apparent vices she s remarkably candid and speaks honestly about several occasions unflattering to Rinpoche that could have easily been left out The end of the book is almost heartbreaking as she recounts watching Rinpoche seemingly spin out of control in a storm of strangely purposeful chaos in the final few years before his death What emerges is a very humanizing portrayal of Rinpoche one that allows that he was capable of poor judgment and moments of pettiness and balanced with his incredible ability to read people and situations and the vastness of his vision A important work than than Fabrice Midal s sycophantic biography The Black Ice Score (Parker, unusual life as the first lady of a burgeoning Buddhist community in the American 1970s and '80s She gave birth to four sons three of whom were recognized as reincarnations of high Tibetan lamas It is not a simple matter to be a modern Western woman married to a Tibetan Buddhist master let alone to a public figure who is s. Dragon Thunder is Diana Mukpo s memoir of her marriage to the controversial Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche the founder of what is now known as the Shambhala organization The book can be a bit ponderous and is not recommended for the casual reader but it provides a The Black Painting uniue history of the evolution of Trungpa s life and teachings Although Mukpo like many of Rinpoche s students has a tendency to explain away some of his apparent vices she s remarkably candid and speaks honestly about several occasions Fire and Desire unflattering to Rinpoche that could have easily been left out The end of the book is almost heartbreaking as she recounts watching Rinpoche seemingly spin out of control in a storm of strangely purposeful chaos in the final few years before his death What emerges is a very humanizing portrayal of Rinpoche one that allows that he was capable of poor judgment and moments of pettiness and balanced with his incredible ability to read people and situations and the vastness of his vision A important work than than Fabrice Midal s sycophantic biography

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“It was not always easy to be the guru’s wife” writes Diana Mukpo “But I must say it was rarely boring” At the age of sixteen Diana Mukpo left school and broke with her upper class English family to marry Chögyam Trungpa a young Tibetan lama who would go on to become a major figure in the transmission of Buddhism to the West In a memoir that is at turns magical troubling humorous and totally out of the ordinary Diana takes us into h. A pretty candid and revealing memoir of the author s life with the Tibetan Buddhist teacher I enjoyed the book and read it uickly The middle chapters full of digressions on the history and art of dressage a specialized form of horse riding and euestrian competition almost demand to be skimmedMukpo doesn t hold back Early on she tells that Trungpa forgot her name the day after their wedding She tells of numerous adventures his constant affairs and her many and sometimes violent fights with him Hard to say how much some of this might be part of any honest history of most marriages Except that Trungpa was utterly unconventional and a Buddhist master who we perhaps don t expect such outlandishness from I admire Mukpo for not excessively glorifying him by hiding some of these unpleasant aspects It s all very complicated as Mukpo remains devoted to him and will write in the same paragraph a sentence or two about a fight with him and then a couple others on how much she learned from him and what a vast and moving presence he was in her life And how all he did he did for others benefit out of a cosmic kindnessI m still on the fence on Chogyi and leaning away from him His early teachings on meditation the path is the goal eg are brilliant and he did have a supreme gift for the right image and uniue if shocking phrase But things turn bizarre in the mid 70 s on with the creation of a medieval style Kalapa Court the increasing role of some weird militarist ideology and style and the offensive luxury indulged by the Shambhala inner circle I keep saying to myself now I m not going to go THERE with him Which attitude of course he d have a lot of fun cutting through

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Ought out and adored by thousands of eager students Surprising events and colorful people fill the narrative as Diana seeks to understand the dynamic puzzling and larger than life man she married and to find a place for herself in his unusual world Rich in ambiguity Dragon Thunder is the story of an uncommon marriage and also a stirring evocation of the poignancy of life and of relationships from a woman who has lived boldly and with originali. A young Scottish lass marries an enigmatic Tibetan teacher following his drunk driving accident when he crashed into a joke shop You can t make this stuff up There s a lot of information but mostly felt like skimming the surface Trungpa was essentially undefinable and thus the difficulty The story is fascinating and bizarre I knew a lot of it but some of it the court and the monarchy that grew up around Trungpa was new to me The book is interesting to those who are interested Diana Mukpo was very into horses and all the horse stuff was boring to me although I admired Mukpo s efforts to relate the discipline of dressage to mindfulness training I constantly had money uestions though who was paying for the white Mercedes and the horsey life in Vienna This book ultimately raises uestions than it answers and somehow that s a good thing


10 thoughts on “Dragon Thunder My Life with Chogyam Trungpa

  1. says:

    Diana Mukpo was a rebellious teenager when she first began studying with Chögyam Trungpa a Buddhist Rinpoche who had escaped Tibet in 1959 and began teaching in England several years later She was just sixteen when they defied both her famil

  2. says:

    A pretty candid and revealing memoir of the author's life with the Tibetan Buddhist teacher I enjoyed the book and read it uickly The middle chapters full of digressions on the history and art of dressage a specialized form of horse riding and

  3. says:

    This book could absolutely be used as a case study in psychology classes on the nature of co dependent relationships Diana comes fro

  4. says:

    As a newer member of the Shambhala community I was devastated when the Sakyong Chögyam Trungpa’s heir and lineage holder and senior teachers were found guilty of numerous incidents of sexual violation upon members of the community I’ve sat with various sanghas over 15 years from the east to west coast and even in Thailand without feeli

  5. says:

    I gave this 5 stars because for me it was amazing I have always had an affinity for the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism is one of my favourite spiritual books and I've always known about some of his controversial behaviors so to be able to get such an intimate first person account of his life from

  6. says:

    Dragon Thunder is Diana Mukpo's memoir of her marriage to the controversial Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche the founder of what is now known as the Shambhala organization The book can be a bit ponderous and is not

  7. says:

    A young Scottish lass marries an enigmatic Tibetan teacher following his drunk driving accident when he crashed into a joke shop You can't make this stuff up There's a lot of information but mostly felt like skim

  8. says:

    This was a very intriguing book a personal account of an English woman's marriage to a very influential Buddhist spiritual leader from Tibet Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was the founder of the Shambhala school of Buddhism same lineage that Pema Chodron is a part of and helped found the first Buddhist university in the United States Married at only 16 years old Chogyam Trungpa was 28 at the time Diana found herself in a very unusual marriage to

  9. says:

    This book is one of those I lived with and loved a famous person booksin this case one of the Buddhist spiritual leaders who was responsible for bringing Buddhism to the west Chogyam Trungpa His estranged British wife tells her tale of meetin

  10. says:

    This book was nothing like a expected Knowing the spiritual background about Chogyam Trungpa left me with judgments of what I thought he would be like in everyday life Boy was this book a lesson on judgments I loved it because he was as human as human can get with all kinds of uirky flaws if you will It gave me hope that even I can

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