Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Will. {Parinirvana: the 23rd anniversary of his death is Sunday, April 4th}

Via on Apr 3, 2010

trungpa "barbara bash" parinirvana poem "born a monk"

You can buy copies of the above calligraphy, by Barbara Bash, by clicking over to Chronicle Project.

Born a monk

Died a King

such Thunderstorm does not stop

We will be haunting you, along with the dralas!

Jolly Good luck!

It’s gotta be one of my favorite short poems. I’ve had it memorized after a long childhood of seeing it all over the place, in odd nooks and crannies in Trungpa Rinpoche’s Buddhist community. I wrote a play, years ago, titled Thunderstorm, about the childhood of Trungpa. A play I wrote for my friend Markell Kiefer, an amazing director. Anyway, the anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche’s death is celebrated tomorrow. In that “spirit,” here’s an excerpt from his last Will and Testament. ~ ed.

Birth and death are expressions of life. I have fulfilled my work and conducted my duties as much as the situation allowed, and now I have passed away quite happily. It might cause you grief, sadness; nonetheless you should carry on with what I have created and continue my vision. On the whole, discipline and practice are essential, whether I am there or not. Whether you are young or old, you should learn the lesson of impermanence from my death.

His will, a remarkable document, is here. His commentary regarding his Will is here.

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3 Responses to “Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Will. {Parinirvana: the 23rd anniversary of his death is Sunday, April 4th}”

  1. Katagiri Roshi said "After my death I will come back and haunt over you, checking your practice.” Good teachers always haunt us while living and dead.

    Cheers,
    John
    http://www.zendirtzendust.com

  2. Katagiri Roshi said "After my death I will come back and haunt over you, checking your practice.” Good teachers always haunt us while living and dead.

    Cheers,
    John
    http://www.zendirtzendust.com

  3. [...] is the 23rd anniversary of the parinirvana, or passing, of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a great pioneering troublemaking Buddhist teacher. For photos, click here. ~ [...]

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