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By Chogyam Trungpa
Chögyam Trungpa—meditation grasp, student, and artist—was pointed out on the age of simply 13 months as a huge tulku, or reincarnation of an enlightened instructor. because the 11th within the educating lineage referred to as the Trungpa tulkus, he underwent a interval of extensive education in mediation, philosophy, and effective arts, receiving complete ordination as a monk in 1958 on the age of eighteen. the subsequent 12 months, the chinese language Communists invaded Tibet, and the younger Trungpa spent many harrowing months hiking over the Himalayas, narrowly escaping catch.
Trungpa's account of his studies as a tender monk, his tasks because the abbot and non secular head of an exceptional monastery, and his relocating relationships along with his lecturers bargains a unprecedented and intimate glimpse into the lifetime of a Tibetan lama. The memoir concludes together with his bold break out from Tibet to India. In an epilogue, he describes his emigration to the West, the place he encountered many of us wanting to know about the traditional knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism.
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3) The cause and effect of karma. (4) The understanding of suffering. (S) The necessity for devotion. I was deeply affected by all this; living in this place, studying these teachings and constandy meditating, I began to develop greater depths of understanding, as a preparation for the way of life that lay ahead of me. arjen suddenly appeared to tell us that Chinese troops were approaching our monastery. We had heard months before that there were a number of troops in Jyekundo, though until now they had not been seen beyond the town.
At the end of the month my enthronement ceremony was to take place, and so I was taken to the larger monastery of Namgyal-tse. This time, instead of the joyous informality with which I had been welcomed at Diidtsi-til, a procession came to escort me and everything was done with pomp and ceremony. Gyalwa Karmapa arrived with some senior Lamas from Pepung; other people came from all parts of East Tibet: about one thousand Surmang monks and twelve thousand other monks and laity finally assembled. My monks were delighted, for this enthronement was to 28 FOUND AND ENTHRONED be one of the largest in living memory.
The front of the building was supported by pillars grounded in the rock below; its windows looked over a wonderul spread of mountains with the river 44 \ 4 Dorje Kyungdzong, the retreat centre of Diidtsi-til BOltN IN TIBET winding through the valley, and at one place one could see the junction of two valleys; the smoke of Diidtsi-til could also be seen in the distance. There was a large cave under the one in which the fourth Trungpa used to meditate; it was sufficiently big to be used as a byre for over seventy cattle which supplied the needs of the centre; these animals were cared for by the cook's family, who had their house in the cave.