Newly selected poetry from previously published and unpublished works,

is the definitive edition of poems and sacred songs of the renowned Tibetan meditation master.

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Timely Rain: Selected Poetry of Chogyam Trungpa

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Newly selected poetry from previously published and unpublished works,

is the definitive edition of poems and sacred songs of the renowned Tibetan meditation master.

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"Timely Rain: Selected Poetry of Chögyam Trungpa, edited by David Rome with a foreword by Allen Ginsberg, is a compilation of previously published and unpublished poems and sacred songs by this Tibetan meditation master. They combine Trungpa's background in classical Tibetan poetry with his intuitive insight into the spirit of America. Several of the author's calligraphies accompany the collection."—Mandala

"Timely Rain offers a rare glimpse into the mind of one of the great founding fathers of Western Buddhism, in all its multi-faceted brilliance."—Jacqueline Gens, The Mirror

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834821491
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 950,454
  • File size: 795 KB

Meet the Author

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.

Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997) was one of the Beat writers who arose as a new voice in the late 1940s. Free thinking and skeptical of authority, Ginsberg produced provocative poetry and was an influential figure of the counterculture movement of the 1960s.

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In the clear atmosphere,

dot occurred.

Passion tinged that dot vermilion red,

Shaded with depression pink.

How beautiful to be in the realm of nonexistence:

When you dissolve, the dot dissolves;

When you open up, clear space opens.

Let us dissolve in the realm of passion,

Which is feared by the theologians and lawmakers.

pluck, pluck, pluck the wild flower.

It is not so much of orgasm,

But it is a simple gesture,

To realize fresh mountain air that includes the innocence of a wild flower.

"Off Beat"

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Table of Contents

Silk Road 3
Tibetan Pilgrim 4
The red flag flies above the Potala 5
Song of the Golden Elephant 6
from The Silent Song of Loneliness 8
Stray Dog 10
Completely intoxicated by you 11
Looking into the world 13
Red glaring from the West 15
Three-bladed missile 16
Whistling grasses of the Esk Valley 18
In the north of the sky 20
Goodbye and Welcome 23
Meteoric iron mountain 27
A Letter to Marpa 29
Supplication to the Emperor 31
RMDC, Route I, Livermore 34
Timely Rain 35
Afterthought 36
Fishing Wisely 37
Expose: Acknowledging Accusations in the Name of Devotion 38
A Heart Lost and Discovered 41
As skylarks hunt for their prey 42
The Zen teacher 45
Samsara and Nirvana 46
Gain and Loss 47
Cynical Letter 48
Philosopher Fool 49
Aphorisms 51
The Nameless Child 53
Haiku 55
A flower is always happy 56
Glorious Bhagavad-Ghetto 57
Literal Mathematics 59
Burdensome 62
Tibetan Lyrics 63
When I ride a horse 64
To Britain's Health 67
Palm is 71
In the land of promises 73
How small can you be? 75
Dying Laughing 78
Wait and Think 80
Missing the Point 82
1135 10th Street (and G.M.) 84
1111 Pearl Street (and D.S.) 86
The Alden (and Thomas Frederick) 87
Aurora 7(#1) 89
Whycocomagh? 91
To My Son 93
Not Deceiving the Earth (and M.S.N.) 94
International Affairs of 1979: Uneventful but Energy-Consuming 96
Seasons' Greetings 100
The Perfect Love Poem 103
Early Outward 106
Does love kill anybody? 109
Love's Fool 112
Report from Loveland 114
1018 Spruce Street (and K. A.) 117
78 Fifth Avenue 120
Off Beat 123
When a cold knife is planted in your heart 125
Dixville Notch 129
I Miss You So Much 134
Bon Voyage 135
Garuda Is the Mighty Force 139
The Wind of Karma 140
Victory Chatter 141
Aurora 7(#2) 144
Memorial in Verse 146
Maestoso Drala 150
Trooping the Colour 153
Good Morning within the Good Morning 154
Haiku 156
Turning Point 159
Command 160
Golden Sun 161
How to be Old Shambhalians and Youthful Propagators of Shambhala 162
Child's Concept of Death 164
The Meek: Powerfully Nonchalant and Dangerously Self-Satisfying 165
Supplication 169
Four-armed Mahakala 175
Purifying and Invoking the Four Directions 177
Invoking the Rigden Father 179
Invoking the Mother Lineage 181
The Education of the Warrior 182
Meek 183
Inscrutable 184
Enriching Presence 185
Song of the Self-existing Four Elements 186
Afterword 189
Appendix 201
Index of First Lines 209
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