The first movie I watched today upon reconnecting with Netflix was the documentary on Chogyam Trungpa, the Tibetan master who brought Tibetan Buddhism to America after the Chinese drove Buddhist wisdom out of Tibet in 1960. I’ve read all of his books over the last ten years and get a daily quote to write on. To me his gift was his ability to translate abstract Dharma principles into everyday life and mind. He was the MacGyver of the Dharma because he could use anything at hand as metaphor to transmit the wisdom.
Rather than wear Tibetan robes and culture, he fully dove into Americanism, living fully in the life of the senses as we do. Yet while confounding our idea of what an enlightened master should look like and do he was always an awakened transcendent awareness. Defying definition was his “crazy wisdom.” But his intention was always to awaken his fellow beings by not doing anything but being totally himself.