WARRIOR KING OF SHAMBHALA: A Memoir of Chogyam Trungpa by Jeremy Hayward, foreword by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, preface by Diana Mukpo
A loving--but truthfully warts-and-all--memoir of one of Buddhism's greatest modern teachers, by one of his most influential students. A pioneer in introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the West, Chogyam Trungpa is also one of its most controversial figures--considered one of Buddhism's finest teachers by some, and viewed with suspicion by others.
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. Trungpa defied notions of how a holy man should act. Dressing in Western clothing and at times exhibiting unconventional behavior, he was above all an inspiration, embodying the kind of compassion and charisma that would make him a magnet for a generation of spiritual seekers. One of those seekers was Jeremy Hayward, who in little time became a close confidante of the teacher. Warrior King of Shambhala, Hayward's intimate memoir of Trungpa, begins with their first meeting in 1970, progressing 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 the inimitable Chogyam Trungpa as his guide.
DRAGON THUNDER: My Life with Chogyam Trungpa by Diana J. Mukpo with Carolyn Rose Gimian
"It was not always easy to be the guru's wife," says Mukpo, who began her marriage to Chogyam Trungpa at the age of 16. "But I must say, it was rarely boring." This intimate, fascinating memoir takes us behind the scenes of life with this enigmatic, powerful teacher who left such an impact on Tibetan Buddhism in the West.
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 hig Tibetan lamas. It is not a simple matter to be a modern Western woman married to a Tibetan Buddhist master, let alone a man who is sought 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.
KING OF THE EMPTY PLAIN: The Tibetan Iron Bridge Builder Tangtong Gyalpo by Cyrus Stearns, a Tsadra Foundation book
The legendary Buddhist master Tangtong Gyalpo (1361?-1485), "King of the Empty Plain," is familiar to every Tibetan, yet nearly unknown in the rest of the world. His incredible lifespan, profound teachings, unprecedented engineering feats, eccentric deeds, and creation of Tibetan opera have earned this fascinating figure a unique status in Tibetan culture. Believed to be the great Indian master Padmasambhava appearing again in the world to benefit living beings, Tangtong Gyalpo discovered techniques for achieving longevity that are still being in highest esteem and frequently taught six hundred years later. His construction of fifty-eight iron bridges, 118 ferries, 111 stupa monuments, and countless temples and monasteries in Tibet and Bhutan remains an awe-inspiring accomplishment.
"King of the Empty Plain: The Tibetan Iron-Bridge Builder Tangton Gyalpo" is a detailed study of the life and legacy of this great master. An extensive introduction discusses Tangtong Gyalpo's Dharma traditions, the question of his amazing longevity, his "crazy" activities manifested to enhance his own realization and to benefit others, and his astonishing engineering and architectural achievements. The book includes a complete translation of the most famous Tibetan biography of Tangtong Gyalpo, as well as the Tibetan text and English translation of a unique early manuscript describing his miraculous death. The text is further enriched with ten color plates and seventy-seven black and white illustrations.
"King of the Empty Plain" is a fascinating account of the life of Tangtong Gyalp, one of the most innovative and eclectic Tibetan masters of all times. By translating and elucidating his biography in a very readable style and in great detail, Cyrus Stearns leads us through his wide-ranging achievements, from building iron-chain bridges and architectural masterpieces to mystical accomplishment in his personal life. [Stearns] unravels some of the historical mysteries that have surrounded this master for centuries, such as how he may have lived until he was 124, but keeps his discussion deeply informed by the Tibetan tradition. An excellent work of cultural translation!
LIGHT OF FEARLESS INDESTRUCTIBLE WISDOM: A Brief Account of the Life and Legacy of Kyabje Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche by Khentrul Tsewang Dongyal
Master of masters, visionary, poet, revealer of profound spiritual treasures, Dudjom Rinpoche was a paramount figure in the history of twentieth-century Tibet. He worked closely with the present Dalai Lama to reinvigorate Tibetan culture and spiritual practice following the Chinese invasion of their homeland. Nyingma masters and devotees, both lay and ordained, unanimously appointed him Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, and he served in this capacity until his death in 1987. He wrote over two dozen volumes of poetry, music, history, and philosophy. In addition, he assembled and published texts which might otherwise have been lost and delivered unprecedented numbers of initiations and teachings to thousands of individuals.
Written by a Nyingma master who served for several years as Dudjom Rinpoche's secretary, this biography celebrates a teacher whose hardships in exile did not diminish his zest for scholarship and practice. "I, the tiger, do not need a rich mansion," he wrote after leaving Tibet. "The tiger's forest thickets are my rich mansion."
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LION OF SIDDHAS: The Life and Teachings of Padampa Sangye translated by David Molk with Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche
Padampa Sangye's influence on the Buddhism of Tibet and China is profound. All four schools of Tibetan Buddhism consider him a seminal teacher. This translation of his biography introduces us to a transcendent, irascible, and iconoclastic figure who was the teacher of Machig Labdron. Padampa Sangye encouraged his disciples to disregard social conventions, disdain social contacts, and break through their cultural conditioning. Although able to deliver lengthy sermons, Padampa Sangye taught just as often entirely without words, or with cryptic messages similar to Zen koans. His outlandish style and miraculous deeds will captivate readers. The comprehensive presentation of his spiritual career, teachings, and deeds will make it an indispensable reference work for students of Eastern spirituality.
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WORDS OF MY PERFECT TEACHER: DVD, Featuring Dzongsar Khyentse Norbu by Benardo Bertolucci and Steven Segal
Dzongsar Khyentse Norbu is one of the world's great Buddhist masters, but he is not your typical teacher. He is a cell-phone toting soccer-obsessed monk and film director whose feature films The Cup and Travellers and Magicians have been resounding international successes.
This is a poignant, often hilarious tale of students who follow Khyentse Norbu - a teacher who defies convention. Shot in the UK, Bhutan, Germany (where the monk meets the hooligans at a World Cup qualifying match), Canada and the US, the film features appearances by Benardo Bertolucci and Steven Segal and music by Sting, Joy Drop, Manu Chao, Eva Casidy, Laur Fugere and many others. Khyentse Norbu was born in a remote area of Bhutan in 1961 to a royal family of poets and yogis. At age seven, he was recognized as the third incarnation of the great Buddhist saint, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, but a glimpse of a Bollywood epic on TV irrevocably changed his life. In his own filmmaking, he relies on the ancient Buddhist divination system called "Mo" to make key decisions on subjects such as film stock, production schedules and casting.