Tibetan Dalai Lama – Not What You Think

In Pursuit of Happiness

A different Tibetan Buddhism Archive » No 123 »

September 29 to October 12, 2005

A closer look into the history and traditions surrounding the Dalai Lama reveals a cautionary tale

More research material may be seen at:  http://www.trimondi.de/EN/front.html

by Michael Nenonen <mnenonen@republic-news.org>

A few years ago I had the chance to hear members of a Shambhala Centre talk about Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Tibetan lama who started their movement. Like other Tibetan Buddhist figures, Trungpa was described in ways befitting a spiritual superman. His legacy is indeed formidable. Besides establishing the first Buddhist University in the United States, he founded over 100 meditation centres around the world, wrote two dozen books on Buddhist themes, and attracted thousands of students. He’s spoken highly of by the 14 th Dalai Lama, and revered by countless people in both the East and West. Many social activists, seeking spiritual guidance in a…

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