Chögyam’s Odyssey: Exploring the Open Secrets of Trungpa Rinpoche’s Poetry

Tillie PerksDavid Rome

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Nowhere is Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche more self-revealing than in his poems. They bear unique witness to the inner journey of his epic, multifaceted, ever-evolving career. Yet, like much good poetry, they contain subtleties and ambiguities that take some effort and knowledge of his life to appreciate.

In this session of reading and sharing, recently recorded by the Boston Shambhala Center and now offered for on-demand viewing via Shambhala Online, two experts in Trungpa’s poetry will provide context and commentary to illuminate his unique creative process and unlock some of the hidden meanings of this rare treasury.


Teachers and Faculty

Tillie Perks is a PhD student at McGill University who studies the history of Buddhist modernism(s) and Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet, with a focus on the life and works of Chögyam Trungpa (1940-1987). Her master’s thesis, The Skylark’s Song, focused on the Tibetan literary influences in Chögyam Trungpa’s English Poetry. She was born into the Shambhala community and has been a practitioner of Buddhist meditation for 25 years.

David Rome, Trungpa’s personal secretary, was both scribe and editor for hundreds of his poems and edited four collections of them, including First Thought Best Thought and Timely Rain, both published by Shambhala Publications. He has served as President of Schocken Books and Senior VP for Planning of the Greyston Foundation, and as a senior fellow with the Garrison Institute, a Hudson Valley research and retreat center applying contemplative methods to solve social and environmental challenges. He is the author of Your Body Knows the Answer: Using Your Felt Sense to Solve Problems, Effect Change, and Liberate Creativity (Shambhala, 2014), a guide to the practice of mindful focusing (www.mindfulfocusing.com).

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