“Crazy Wisdom” at the Rubin Museum

The Rubin Museum of Art in New York will be screening “Crazy Wisdom” (2011) on January 21st and 22nd – a documentary that captures the life of Buddhist monk, Chogyam Trungpa, who fled Tibet upon the invasion of China in 1949.  After some years studying at Oxford and introducing Buddhism to a small, curious Western audience, Trungpa moved to America in the late 1960s just as the Student Revolution swept the country.

Chögyam Trungpa with William Burroughs and Alleng Ginsberg  Photo by Blair Hansen
Icons of the era such as William Burroughs and Alan Ginsberg also lectured about the virtues found within the margins of society, the hidden frontier, and provided the perfect reception for Trungpa to teach Buddhism, the crux of Kerouac’s 1958 novel, Dharma BumsIn the decade before his death, Trungpa opened Naropa University in Colorado which was the first Buddhist university in the Western hemisphere.  His charisma drew many, sometimes to the point of controversy, but he has remained a well-remembered and well-respected teacher who offered positive possibilities in a very dark moment of American history.  
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