The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa: Volume Five: Crazy Wisdom; Illusion's Game; The Life of Marpa (Excerpts); The Rain of Wisdom (Excerpts); The Sadhana of Mahamudra (Excerpts); Selected Writings [NOOK Book]

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The
Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa

brings together in eight volumes the writings of one of the first and most influential and inspirational Tibetan teachers to present Buddhism in the West.
Organized by theme, the collection includes full-length books as well as articles, seminar transcripts, poems, plays, and interviews, many of which ...

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The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa: Volume Five: Crazy Wisdom; Illusion's Game; The Life of Marpa (Excerpts); The Rain of Wisdom (Excerpts); The Sadhana of Mahamudra (Excerpts); Selected Writings

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Overview

The
Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa

brings together in eight volumes the writings of one of the first and most influential and inspirational Tibetan teachers to present Buddhism in the West.
Organized by theme, the collection includes full-length books as well as articles, seminar transcripts, poems, plays, and interviews, many of which have never before been available in book form. From memoirs of his escape from
Chinese-occupied Tibet to insightful discussions of psychology, mind, and meditation; from original verse and calligraphy to the esoteric lore of tantric
Buddhism—the impressive range of Trungpa's vision, talents, and teachings is showcased in this landmark series.

Volume
Five focuses on the lineages of great teachers who have transmitted the Tibetan
Buddhist teachings and on the practice of devotion to the spiritual teacher. It includes inspirational commentaries by Chögyam Trungpa on the lives of famous masters such as Padmasambhava, Naropa, Milarepa, Marpa, and Tilopa, as well as an excerpt from
The
Sadhana of Mahamudra,

a tantric text that Chögyam Trungpa received as
terma
in 1968. Among the selected writings are "Explanation of the Vajra Guru
Mantra," an article never before published, which deals with the mantra that invokes Guru Rinpoche; seminar talks available in book form for the first time; and previously unpublished articles on Milarepa.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834821545
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,161,567
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

The compiler and editor of The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Carolyn Rose Gimian has been editing the works of Chögyam Trungpa for more than twenty-five years. She is the founding director of the Shambhala Archives, the archival repository for Chögyam Trungpa's work in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Chögyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books, including Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom.

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From
Milarepa: A Warrior's Life

The yogi Milarepa lived in Tibet during the eleventh century. A famous religious figure in the development of Buddhism, Milarepa is also one of the greatest folk heroes of the Tibetan people. In modern times, his life story and beautiful songs have become well known throughout the world. We might regard
Milarepa's life as a mythical tale of a saint or a superhuman person, but there is another approach that we could take. During his own lifetime, Milarepa was considered to be such a highly developed person that many of his students felt that his achievement was far beyond their own abilities. Milarepa seemed to find his students' attitude both somewhat touching and amusing, and he would regard any modern deification in a similar manner. He always reminded his disciples that he came from a humble background and that he had achieved his understanding and realization of the dharma by a simple, straightforward process that was possible for any human being to follow—through the application of effort and devotion. He encouraged his disciples to do as he had done. For us, his life story is similarly an invitation to follow his example.

It is said that the path of dharma is good at the beginning, good in the middle,
and good at the end. Good in this instance does not mean "ideal" or free from obstacles and suffering. Goodness is the quality of genuineness that we discover as practitioners of meditation. At the beginner's level,
genuineness is applying wholehearted dedication and diligence to our practice.
When we start out, it is necessary to apply one hundred percent effort to working with our confusion and developing the foundation of discipline. That kind of energy never ceases, but taking the first step in that direction is extremely important. In the middle, goodness or genuineness

has to do with our relationship with our teacher, who is the embodiment of the genuineness

that we are striving for. At this stage, surrendering to the teacher is the most important step we can take. So genuineness

here takes the form of complete devotion.

At the end, genuineness

means that we have completely identified with the teachings, so much so that we can no longer speak of any separation. We have overcome any form of self-deception,
and we are completely ourselves. At this level, the quality of genuineness is relaxed and confident and extremely powerful, absolutely skilled in working with things as they are. The final attainment of genuineness is thus the embodiment of compassion, and it expresses itself as buddha activity. In
Milarepa's life story we see the complete unfolding of these three stages.

This kind of development can also be described as the birth, training, and fruition,
or attainment of the Warrior. It might seem odd to talk about Buddhist practitioners as "warriors," since buddhadharma is synonymous with

nonaggression
Yet in the Buddhist scriptures, many of the great teachers and the Buddha himself are frequently described as great warriors.

A
warrior, in this sense, is someone who is not afraid of himself or herself and who is also fully dedicated to wakefulness and to helping others. Not being afraid means being willing to acknowledge one's own confusion and suffering.
The warrior sees that the anger, hatred, lust, jealousy, and ignorance in the world are enemies of wakefulness and compassion. He or she also sees that false beliefs about oneself and clinging to those beliefs are what generate the endless cycle of passion, aggression, and ignorance—three poisons. So the illusion of ego is the Warrior's fundamental enemy.

The tools of the dharmic warrior are discipline and dedication and, most importantly, gentleness, which is the essence of nonaggression. By joining these attributes with meditation and devotion to the teacher, the warrior forges an invincible weapon of compassionate action. Along the path, one encounters many obstacles of self-deception. One is bound to make mistakes,
which are part of the learning process. The warrior must be willing to acknowledge his or her errors and to learn from them. What characterizes the warrior is the fearless energy to go forward, which he or she learns to join together with sanity and concern for the welfare of others.

Milarepa's life exemplifies the development and attainment of warriorship. His life began in very difficult circumstances. When Milarepa was only seven years old, his father died suddenly, and the family was left in the care of Mila's aunt and uncle. They were extremely cruel and scheming people, so much so that they treated the family as servants and stole the entire inheritance. Milarepa's mother had been known to her neighbors as a kind and generous woman, but when she found herself a servant in her own home, she could think of nothing but revenge. Her only thought for her son was that he might grow up to be a powerful person who could help her to reclaim the family's wealth and position.

As a loving and dedicated son, Milarepa felt that he should help his mother. As a first step, Milarepa left his village to study reading and writing. This was quite unusual for a person of his means, but he realized that without training he could do little. He proved to be a very good student, and his natural talent and energy thrived on his studies. He enjoyed this formal learning very much and might have continued his schooling, but his mother kept reminding him of their situation, and she urged him to apprentice himself to a teacher of black magic who could teach him spells to exact revenge on his aunt and uncle.

Milarepa joined a group of young men traveling in search of a tutor. He was quite curious about magic, as well as wanting to please his mother. He and his companions journeyed until they found a magician who was highly respected as a master of the black arts. When they arrived at the teacher's farm, each student made an offering and asked for instruction. While the others presented small gifts, Milarepa gave all of his possessions and offered his body, speech, and mind. The teacher accepted all of the travelers as his students. For the first year, he taught them only insignificant magic, such as little spells to make thunder and lightning. At the end of the year, the other students returned home, believing there was nothing further to learn. Milarepa remained, and for a second time, he requested that the magician teach him the black arts. The man was extremely impressed by his student's perseverance. He thought to himself,
"Here is a student who sincerely desires to learn." He decided to teach him everything he knew and even thought about sending Mila to study with another magician who knew even more powerful spells.

Milarepa progressed swiftly in his studies of magic. He learned to control the natural energies around him and could call on guardian deities to carry out his commands. When he became confident of his strength, he turned his thoughts to his village and to the plight of his mother and sister. Using magical incantations, he called up giant scorpions as well as the local deities and sent them to the home of his aunt and uncle. When the guardian deities returned, they carried with them the heads of thirty-five people who had been attending a wedding celebration in the house. The scorpions had uprooted the pillars of the house, causing the roof to collapse, killing everyone except
Mila's aunt and uncle.

At this point, Milarepa had developed quite a lot of skill in working with the phenomenal world. Of course, his approach was extremely misguided. He had learned to combat violence with violence, which has been a crude strategy for working with our problems for a very long time. Mila had not yet understood that his own aggression could only breed further destruction and misery. So,
although in some sense Milarepa had become accomplished and powerful, he had not yet learned how to actually help someone else. He had not yet discovered the greater power of the dharma or the truth of nonaggression, which transcends clinging to primitive beliefs about oneself or others. Without this clarity or insight of egolessness, his actions might bring some immediate relief or victory to his family, but ultimately they could only lead to further suffering. Ironically, the apparent source of Milarepa's suffering, his aunt and uncle, were left alive. Later in his life, they became important reminders of the futility of his aggression.

Milarepa knew that the villagers would be angry about what he had done and that the lives of his mother and sister would be endangered. So he used his magical powers again. This time, he conjured up a hailstorm that descended onto the fields in the village, destroying the crops and leaving huge gullies in the earth. The villagers realized that this was his work as well. Although they were still very angry, they were also afraid of Mila and left his family alone.

Mila had accomplished what he had set out to do, fulfilling his mother's desire for revenge, yet he didn't feel any satisfaction. In fact, he began to sense that there was something missing in his life, Milarepa's intent had been to master the arts of magic in order to avenge the wrongs done to his family. However,
the most valuable qualities he had mastered were actually his sincerity,
bravery, and resourcefulness. His belief in violence as a solution began to fall apart, but his sense of basic discipline remained. The degradation of his life and his own aggression began to dawn on him. He experienced great remorse for all the harm he had caused. Finally, it occurred to him that there might be another way to overcome evil and misery. His desire to discover such a path grew, and he began to think of finding a teacher who could show him this way.



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Table of Contents

Introduction to Volume Five

ix

Crazy
Wisdom

Editor's
Foreword

3

Crazy
Wisdom Seminar I: Jackson Hole, 1972

7

1.
Padmasambhava and Spiritual Materialism 9

2.
The Trikaya 17

3.
Primordial Innocence 26

4.
Eternity and the Charnel Ground 35

5.
Let the Phenomena Play 44

6.
Cynicism and Devotion 55

Crazy
Wisdom Seminar II: Karmê Chöling, 1972

63

1.
Padmasabhava and the Energy of Tantra 65

2.
Hopelessness and the Trikaya 81

3.
Fearlessness 93

4.
Death and the Sense of Experience 105

5.
The Lion's Roar 114

6.
Intellect and Working with Negativity 123

7.
Dorje Trolö and the Three Styles of Transmission 135

Notes
149

Illusion's
Game: The Life and the Teaching of Naropa

Editor's
Foreword

153

Part
One: Life of Naropa Seminar I

157

1.
Naropa and Us 159

2.
Genuine Madness and Pop Art 163

3.
An Operation without Anesthetics 181

4.
Something Very Tickling 194

Part
Two: Life of Naropa Seminar II

197

1.
Pain and Hopelessness 199

2.
Giving Birth to Intellect 210

3.
Choiceless Awareness 224

4.
Beyond Shuntata 234

5.
Mahamudra 247

6.
The Levels of Mahamudra 259

Notes
275

From
The
Life of Marpa the Translator

Preface
279

Translator's
Colophon

281

From
The
Rain of Wisdom

Foreword
285

The
Song of Chögyam Trungpa 291

Colophon
299

Selected
Writings

The
Sadhana of Mahamudra: Selections from a Tantric Liturgy 303

Joining
Energy and Space 310

HUM:
An Approach to Mantra 317

Explanation of the Vajra Guru Mantra 321

Foreword to
The
Torch of Certainty
324
Practice of the Four Foundations: An Interview 326

The
Practicing Lineage 335

The
Mishap Lineage 340

Teachings on the Tulku Principle 346

Milarepa:
A Warrior's Life 348

Milarepa:
A Synopsis 361

The
Art of Milarepa

370

Glossary
377

Sources
383

Acknowledgments
385

A
Biography of Chögyam Trungpa

387

Books by Chögyam Trungpa

393

Resources
399

Index
403

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