Dragon Thunder: My Life with Chogyam Trungpa by Diana J. Mukpo

By Diana J. Mukpo

"It was once no longer consistently effortless to be the guru’s wife,” writes Diana Mukpo. “But i have to say, it was once hardly boring.” on the age of 16, Diana Mukpo left institution and broke together with her upper-class English family members to marry Chögyam Trungpa, a tender Tibetan lama who might cross directly to turn into an enormous determine within the transmission of Buddhism to the West. In a memoir that's at turns magical, troubling, funny, and absolutely extra special, Diana takes us into her intimate lifestyles with some of the most influential and dynamic Buddhist academics of our time. Diana led a unprecedented and weird existence because the "first woman" of a burgeoning Buddhist neighborhood within the American Seventies and '80s. She gave beginning to 4 sons, 3 of whom have been well-known as reincarnations of excessive Tibetan lamas. it's not an easy subject to be a contemporary Western lady married to a Tibetan Buddhist grasp, not to mention to a public determine who's sought out and loved through hundreds of thousands of keen scholars. excellent occasions and colourful humans fill the narrative as Diana seeks to appreciate the dynamic, difficult, and larger-than-life guy she married—and to discover a spot for herself in his strange international. wealthy in ambiguity, Dragon Thunder is the tale of an unusual marriage and likewise a stirring evocation of the poignancy of existence and of relationships—from a lady who has lived boldly and with originality.

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When I was packing, my mother walked into the bedroom and said, “You’re taking so many things. ” When I got off the train, I got a taxi directly to Garwald House and met Rinpoche there. I never even saw Stash and Amalie that night. I arrived on December 30. The next night, New Year’s Eve, was wild. Rinpoche and I drove around with some friends to visit various people. The first place we stopped, the people had put hashish in their Christmas cake. After they’d eaten it, they’d had a terrible fight and had broken every piece of china in the house.

While we were in Malta, I withdrew more and more into myself, and I read many books about Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism. When we got back to London, I started to go to lectures and other events at the Buddhist Society in Eccleston Square. Buddhism was not particularly popular at that time, and none of my friends were interested in it. However, my father had had an interest in Buddhism and after his death, when I was thirteen, I began to question and explore my own spirituality, first reading about comparative religion and then focusing on Buddhist writings.

George’s Hall to attend a rally for the liberation of Tibet, sponsored by the Buddhist Society. The program went on for several hours, with one speaker after another. I found it quite boring. One of the last speakers on the schedule was the author of Born in Tibet, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who appeared onstage in the maroon and saffron robes of a Tibetan monk. I looked up at him from the audience, and much to my amazement, I felt an immediate and intense connection. Before he could say anything, however, he collapsed and was carried offstage.

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