In 1959, already widely known in his homeland as a Buddhist teacher, he fled from the Chinese occupation from Tibet to India on foot through the Himalayas. In India, he studied English, then studied comparative religious studies at Oxford and moved to the United States at the invitation of students.
In emigration, Chögyam Trungpa began to preach Tibetan Buddhism in the West. His school was called the Buddhism of Shambhala. He founded the University of Naropa in Colorado, USA. It was the first accredited Buddhist university in North America.
In addition, Trungpa founded around a hundred meditation centers around the world, known as Dharmadhatu, the first such center was founded in 1973. Now there are 150 such centers in the world, which became known as the Shambhala Meditation Centers.
For a follower of the Buddhist dharma, there is a need to emphasize the importance of the practice of meditation with particular force.
We need to see the steady logic of the position that the mind is the cause of delusion, and therefore, going beyond the mind, we reach the enlightened state; and it can only take place through the practice of meditation.
The book “Insane Wisdom” includes recordings of two seminars by Chogyam Trungpa on insane wisdom – a special approach to spiritual practice and life.
As an illustration of the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa uses the life story of the great Buddhist saint Padmasambhava.
Famous meditation teacher and artist Chogyam Trungpa introduces the reader to the concept of dharmic art – any form of creative activity born from an awakened state of consciousness and characterized by exceptional directness, non-aggressiveness and lack of egocentricity.
The book is a revised and updated edition of the book “Dharmic art” (1996), which included a new introduction and an essay.
Trungpa held many conversations about various aspects of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism; many of these conversations were taped. Now a selection is made of them; it is decrypted and printed.
The text is presented here in the hope that it will be able to provide some help to those who are interested in the path of meditation.
We must see the truth of suffering, the reality of dissatisfaction. We cannot ignore it and explore only the majestic and pleasant aspects of life.
If a person is looking for some promised land, a treasure island, his quest will only lead to more suffering. There are no such islands, it is impossible to achieve enlightenment in this way.
What traps await the seeker of enlightenment in the thick of modern everyday life? The main and most dangerous of them is “spiritual materialism,” the desire of the human ego to turn anything into its own benefit, even the process of inner transformation and liberation from the ego itself.
"I decided to present abhidharma, since I feel that when studying the Buddhist tradition, it is necessary to begin from the very beginning, to begin with the basics, and to present pure, impeccable, authentic teaching. We have always done this through the practice of meditation, as well as through a theoretical understanding of the teachings. I feel the importance of presenting the teachings in this way."
Basic manual on Buddhist meditation.
This book includes two workshops given by the great Tibetan guru, Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.
Both seminars are dated 1974. The first was given in March in New York, the second in September at Tiger’s Tail, a meditation center that the Vidyadhara had founded in Vermont and which was later renamed Karm-Chöling. These seminars contain Trungpa’s unpublished teachings on the views and practices of Buddhist meditation.
The authors of this book are world-renowned authorities in the field of Buddhist classical philosophy. In 1972 they met a goal and Berkeley (California), where they jointly held an open seminar on Buddhist tantra, the recording of which became the basis of this publication.
The value of the book is that, with remarkable simplicity and at the same time poetry, it lays out the basics of meditative practices, both traditionally yogic and modern, that bring a state of awareness into ordinary life and adjusts to a joyful, natural and confident state, teaching hidden techniques to overcome obstacles.