By Chögyam Trungpa
Chögyam Trungpa—meditation grasp, pupil, and artist—was pointed out on the age of in simple terms 13 months as an enormous tulku, or reincarnation of an enlightened instructor. because the 11th within the educating lineage often called the Trungpa tulkus, he underwent a interval of in depth education in mediation, philosophy, and wonderful 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 stories as a tender monk, his tasks because the abbot and non secular head of a very good monastery, and his relocating relationships along with his academics 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 folks wanting to find out about the traditional knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism.
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He became the supreme abbot of all the Surmang monasteries and his authority also extended over the whole province. At that time Diidtsi-til was extremely flourishing: the third Tulku Chetsang Rinpoche, himself a great artist, had superintended 34 THE FOUNDING OF SURMANG most of the decoration and had painted many of the tankas (pictorial scrolls mounted on silk). The walls of the assembly hall were frescoed from floor to ceiling in red and gold with scenes from the life of Gotama Buddha and above them were depicted one thousand Buddhas of the past, present and future, of whom Gotama was the fourth, while Maitreya will be the fifth to guide us towards Enlightenment.
At the end of our visit, my mother took me back to Diidtsi-til, though my father remained behind; no-one told me why and I was very puzzled; then one day, a monk told me that he was not my father but my stepfather and this comforted me a lot. All these years I had a very happy time, my mother was with me and I was not expected to do any lessons; sometimes, I was even allowed to play with other children, the sons of the relatives of respected monks. One day I saw a man, probably a Moslem, being thrashed; he had killed a wild animal on the monastery's protected ground.
However, after his death my secretary and bursar wanted to change things. They employed some sixteen artists and wood-carvers of the Gabri school to re-design my residence. While this was being done, I had great fun watching the work, especially the artists painting, and the son of one of them and I used to steal their paints and make pictures ourselves, to our own great delight: I have loved painting ever since. , and the general colouring was gold on a red background. The tops of the cupboards formed a shelf for the many gifts of bowls and offerings which were broughtto me.
Born in Tibet by Chögyam Trungpa