Born in Tibet

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Shambhala Publications, Oct 10, 2000 - Religion - 280 pages
Chögyam Trungpa—meditation master, scholar, and artist—was identified at the age of only thirteen months as a major tulku, or reincarnation of an enlightened teacher. As the eleventh in the teaching lineage known as the Trungpa tulkus, he underwent a period of intensive training in meditation, philosophy, and fine arts, receiving full ordination as a monk in 1958 at the age of eighteen. The following year, the Chinese Communists invaded Tibet, and the young Trungpa spent many harrowing months trekking over the Himalayas, narrowly escaping capture.

Trungpa's account of his experiences as a young monk, his duties as the abbot and spiritual head of a great monastery, and his moving relationships with his teachers offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the life of a Tibetan lama. The memoir concludes with his daring escape from Tibet to India. In an epilogue, he describes his emigration to the West, where he encountered many people eager to learn about the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism.
 

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Contents

How to Pronounce Tibetan Names and Words
21
1 Found and Enthroned
23
2 The Founding of Surmang
31
3 Düdtsitil and Namgyaltse
36
4 My Childhood at Düdtsitil
42
5 In the Steps of the Tenth Trungpa
59
6 I Go to My Guru
69
7 Death Duties and a Vision
78
14 It Must Be India
174
15 Refugees on the Move
185
16 Travelling the Hard Way
196
17 Days of Crisis
208
18 Touch and Go
219
19 Across the Himalaya
230
Song of the Wanderer in Powo Valley
250
Epilogue
251

8 A Manysided Training
91
9 The Dalai Lamas Visit
100
10 Khampas in Revolt
113
11 Lonely Vocation
123
12 Into Hiding
143
13 Must We Escape?
166
The Administration of the KaGyü Monasteries of East Tibet
267
Appendix II
270
Glossary
272
Index
279
Back Cover
281
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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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