Earth, water, fire, and all the elements,
The animate and the inanimate, the trees and greenery and so on,
All partake of the nature of self-existing equanimity,
Which is quite simply what the Great Wrathful One is.
In the spontaneous wisdom of the trikaya
I take refuge with body, speech and mind.
In order to free those who suffer at the hands of the three lords of materialism
And are afraid of external phenomena, which are their own projections.
I take this vow in meditation.
The Saddhana of Mahamudra (excpt)
“He caused more trouble and did more good than anyone I’ll ever know” – Rick Fields
Last Wednesday night I went to the Los Angeles premiere of Crazy Wisdom, a film by Johanna Demetrakas about about the life of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. As a long time and fervent reader of his writings (I think I read pretty much everything he wrote) I was very curious about the film (also working on getting to the screening with no expectation!). I came across CTR in book form a long time ago and it’s only recently, mostly through the trailer of the film, and the media posted on The Chronicles of Chögyam Trungpa web site, that I could see and hear who Trungpa was like as a living person (he’s pretty lively in his books too but you get the point).
Trungpa was a very controversial man for the reasons that most people know. Although he’s credited for introducing buddhism in the west, in my opinion his more important mission was to break the rigid mold of spiritual materialism and shatter people’s pre-conceptions of what a ‘realized’ person from the East is like.