Chogyam Trungpa: space as teaching.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 3, 2010
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trungpa lecture talk "karme choling"

Chogyam Trungpa, video from Buddhist lecture, Karme Choling, 1973.

“Dharma Drive-in?” Looks like Dr. Jeremy Hayward, to me, in the convertible.

Trungpa Rinpoche’s talks always had long moments like this, particularly in the beginning—he was perfectly comfortable, unlike most of all of us, with space. It would shake out and sift down the nervousness disguised as humor, the anxiety disguised as eagerness. Then, just when you relaxed in an “out of it” kind of way, he’d pounce.

Amazing original video by J. Crow:

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche at Karme Choling Message of Milarepa Program 1973


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Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


9 Responses to “Chogyam Trungpa: space as teaching.”

  1. Jeff Krouk says:

    I produced and filmed this video. More here from the same series:
    Jeff Krouk

  2. Love this, Jeff! I thought it was similar-seeming to the video you emailed me the other day. Great work. Thanks for sharing with Karme Choling, and glad we're able to put it out there, get it some more well-deserved views.

  3. Jeff Krouk says:

    there is some footage from that summer with Ram Das at Barnet Town Hall. The seminar was on the teachings of Don Juan and Tantric Buddhism. It got a bit riotous at one point with CTR using dear Ram Das' head as an ash tray_though you only hear the roar of laughter and see the chuckling CTR aftermath on the video because I was panning the camera at that moment. Nonetheless, among other highlights, CTR gave his interesting observations about the Native American Tradition and "Little Joe" and the way he smoked his cigarette with such authority (if I remember correctly)_

  4. Greg says:

    Thanks, Jeff.

    Absolutely brilliant. If you have the original, it would be nice to take the last thirty seconds and loop it for a half hour.

    That thirty seconds reminds me of part of the time I was blessed to spend alone with Trungpa in the mountains above Boulder when he first arrived. The time in that meeting spent in silence. From that half minute one can expand into all time.

  5. Greg says:

    The topic of space (along with consciousness) opens up awareness of dependently-arisen origins. This wisdom seems to have been lost in much contemporary Buddhist discussion that try so hard to avoid the subject of "how did it all get here?"

  6. Dan Mage says:

    The Boulder Buddhist/Shambhala community consumes huge amounts of alcohol(well, they did back in the 80s, and early 90s, haven's been back since) especially Ozeki Sake, Rinpoche's favorite. Ozeki sent reps to Boulder to try and figure out why this little college town was consuming more Sake than any other US market. Why did the VCTR drink himself to death? The debate still goes on.

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