Warrior-King of Shambhala: Remembering Chöyam Trungpa

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A fascinating portrait of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, one of the most charismatic, controversial, and visionary spiritual teachers of all time, this book is also an inspiring, heart-warming, and often humorous account of the author's own path of transformation from skeptic to mature spiritual practitioner. What's more, Warrior-King of Shambhala is a splendid presentation of the teachings and experiences that have become the heart of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

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Overview

A fascinating portrait of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, one of the most charismatic, controversial, and visionary spiritual teachers of all time, this book is also an inspiring, heart-warming, and often humorous account of the author's own path of transformation from skeptic to mature spiritual practitioner. What's more, Warrior-King of Shambhala is a splendid presentation of the teachings and experiences that have become the heart of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

A pioneer in introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the West, Chogyam Trungpa is also one of its most controversial figures: he often defied notions of how a holy man should act, and his unconventional behavior and "crazy wisdom" caused some to view him with suspicion. But he was above all known for his compassion, insight, and vision and was immediately recognized as a living Buddha by 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861715466
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Trained as a physicist at Cambridge University, Jeremy Hayward is the author of several books, including Gentle Bridges: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on the Sciences of Mind and Sacred World: The Shambhala Way to Gentleness, Bravery, and Power. He lives in Nova Scotia.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is Chogyam Trungpa's son and Dharma heir, and is the bestselling author of Ruling Your World.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     xi
Preface     xiii
1970: A Stubborn Scientist Meets a Phenomenal Magician     1
1970: So What Is Left?     17
1971: Do I Want to Stay with This Man?     35
1972: Gaining Confidence in Sitting Practice     59
1973: Vajrayana Explodes on the Scene     79
1974-75: Big Leaps Forward     101
1975-76: Shambhala Vision Proclaimed     123
1977: Shambhala Vision Unfolds     145
1978: A Splendid Year of Celebrations     171
1979: Deepening Practice, Shaky Leadership     201
1980: The Only Thing Worth Living For     229
1981: Meeting the Dralas     251
1982: Coemergence, Joy, and Sadness     267
1983: How to Speak Properly     291
1984: Going Beyond     305
1985: Gone Altogether Beyond and Back     327
1986-87: Final Goodbyes     355
The Joy Continues     375
Epilogue: The Living Lineage Continues     405
Colophon     423
Glossary     425
Notes     443
Resources     449
Index     453
Appreciations     471
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