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Dragon Thunder

My Life with Chogyam Trungpa
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Shambhala
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February, 2008
ISBN:
9781590305348
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It was not always easy to be the guru’s wife,” writes Diana Mukpo. “But I must say, it was rarely boring.” At the age of sixteen, Mukpo left school and broke with her upper-class English family to marry Chögyam Trungpa, a young Tibetan lama who would go on to become a major figure in the transmission of Buddhism to the West.

Trungpa (1939–1987) attracted thousands of students in
North America and introduced many key Buddhist concepts into the English language and psyche. He founded more than a hundred meditation centers and authored dozens of books on meditation, Buddhism, and the Shambhala path of warriorship.

Among Asian masters living and teaching in the West, Trungpa was known for having an unorthodox and unpredictable teaching style—and for leading an unconventional personal life. In Dragon Thunder, the reader gets an intimate, frank, and unsparing look at this compelling and enigmatic figure through the eyes of his wife of seventeen years.

The seventeen years that Trungpa Rinpoche taught in North America were like a golden age. What he was able to accomplish and inspire others to accomplish was completely magical. His love of life and honesty about the human condition provided fertile ground to plant the seeds of Buddhadharma. —Samuel Bercholz

Diana herself led an extraordinary and unusual life as the “first lady” of a burgeoning Buddhist community in the American 1970s and ’80s. It is not a simple matter to be a modern Western woman married to a Tibetan lama, let alone to be married to a man who is adored and sought out by thousands of eager students. Surprising events and colourful people fill the narrative as Diana seeks to understand the dynamic, puzzling, and larger-than-life man she married—and to find a place for herself in his unusual world.

If you want to know something about the man, this is the book to read—his day-to-day life was the core of his teachings, the display of his enlightened activity. Rinpoche’s transcendent qualities of compassion and wisdom will, over time, be appreciated as his major contributions to our society. —Samuel Bercholz, the publisher

Publisher’s Description: 

It was not always easy to be the gurus wife, writes Diana Mukpo. But I must say, it was rarely boring. At the age of sixteen, Diana Mukpo left school and broke with her upper-class English family to marry Chgyam Trungpa, a young Tibetan lama who would go on to become a major figure in the transmission of Buddhism to the West. In a memoir that is at turns magical, troubling, humorous, and totally out of the ordinary, Diana takes us into her intimate life with one of the most influential and dynamic Buddhist teachers of our time.

Diana led an extraordinary and unusual life as the "first lady" of a burgeoning Buddhist community in the American 1970s and '80s. She gave birth to four sons, three of whom were recognized as reincarnations of high Tibetan lamas. It is not a simple matter to be a modern Western woman married to a Tibetan Buddhist master, let alone to a public figure who is sought out and adored by thousands of eager students. Surprising events and colorful people fill the narrative as Diana seeks to understand the dynamic, puzzling, and larger-than-life man she marriedand to find a place for herself in his unusual world.

Rich in ambiguity, Dragon Thunder is the story of an uncommon marriage and also a stirring evocation of the poignancy of life and of relationshipsfrom a woman who has lived boldly and with originality.It was not always easy to be the guru's wife, writes Diana Mukpo. "But I must say, it was rarely boring." At age 16, Mukpo left school and broke with her upper-class English family to marry a young Tibetan lama who was to become instrumental in the transmission of Buddhism to the West. Surprising events and colorful people fill the narrative as she seeks to understand her dynamic, puzzling, and larger-than-life husband of 17 years - and to find her place in his unusual world. Now in paper. 432 pp.

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