By Chogyam Trungpa
Chögyam Trungpa—meditation grasp, student, and artist—was pointed out on the age of basically 13 months as a massive tulku, or reincarnation of an enlightened instructor. because the 11th within the educating lineage often called the Trungpa tulkus, he underwent a interval of extensive education in meditation, philosophy, and wonderful arts, receiving complete ordination as a monk in 1958 on the age of eighteen. the subsequent 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 reviews as a tender monk, his tasks because the abbot and non secular head of an exceptional monastery, and his relocating relationships together with his academics bargains a unprecedented and intimate glimpse into the lifetime of a Tibetan lama. The memoir concludes along with his bold get away from Tibet to India. In an epilogue, he describes his emigration to the West, the place he encountered many folks wanting to find out about the traditional knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism.
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A big tank of water drawn from the nearby river was always kept in the kitchen. , indeed all the things required for performing various traditional rites: the geko was responsible for this department and both his and his subordinates' rooms were in the same wing. The sanitation of the monastery was by large cesspits the contents of which were periodically cleaned out and used to manure the fields; scrupulous cleanliness was observed everywhere. Such was Diidtsi-til when I the eleventh Trungpa Tulku was enthroned supreme abbot of Surmang.
It was all very worrying. ss CHAPTER FIVE IN THE STEPS OF THE TENTH TRUNGPA EVER since Jamgon Kongtriil of Sechen had visited Diidtsi-til, when I was nine years old, his presence had been foremost in my mind. He had planted a spiritual seed; I wanted to go to him for extended teaching, and while I was at Rolpa-dorje,s centre I had felt more strongly than ever that the time had now come for me to go to my guru. At the end of the year I returned to Diidtsi-til with Apho-karma, the lamas seemed satisfied with my studies and as I was nearly twelve, they encouraged me to be more independent over deciding what I wanted to do.
They thought that it would be a good time for me to learn the rules for a novice (sramanera), and I began my first instruction in metaphysical doctrines, though at the time it was not known that I was to be ordained. il of Pepung was going to Tsurphu Monastery to give his disciple the Gyalwa Karmapa some further spiritual instruction while at the same time visiting his mother at Lhasa, Rolpa-dorje and my secretary decided to ask him to ordain me, since his route would take him near Surmang. ' He was warmly welcomed at Diidtsi-til.
Born In Tibet by Chogyam Trungpa