Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Monday, November 21
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1hr 26mins // directed by:Johanna Demetrakas // featuring:Pema Chödron, Ram Dass, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Thurman

The long-awaited feature documentary exploring the life, teachings and "crazy wisdom" of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a pivotal figure in transplanting Tibetan Buddhism to the West.

Screening followed by a Q&A with director, Johanna Demetrakas.

Called a genius, rascal, and social visionary; 'one of the greatest spiritual teachers of the 20th century,' and 'the bad boy of Buddhism,' Chögyam Trungpa defied categorization.

Raised and trained in the rigorous Tibetan monastic tradition, Trungpa came to the West and shattered our preconceived notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave. He openly smoked, drank, and had intimate relations with students, yet his teachings are recognized as authentic, vast, and influential. For 17 years in North America, Trungpa taught Buddhism as though it were a matter of life and death. He was committed to creating the foundation from which to build enlightened socity. Allen Ginsberg considered him his guru; Thomas Merton wanted to write a book with him; Joni Mitchell wrote a song about him.

Crazy Wisdom looks at the man and the myths about him, and attempts to set the record straight. "It wasn't what he taught, it was how he taught," says Pema Chödron, author, teacher, and former student of Trungpa.

Filmed in the UK, Tibet, Canada, and the US, with unprecedented access, veteran director Johanna Demetrakas uses exclusive archival footage, animation, interviews, and original imagery to build a film that mirrors Trungpa's challenging energy and invites viewers to go beyond fixed ideas about our teachers and leaders.

As part of the celebration of the life and work of Chögyam Trungpa, Shambhala Publications will donate one set of The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa to be raffled off. Raffle tickets are $10 each; 6 for $50.

Basic ticket price for the screening is $15. All proceeds benefit the Boston Shambhala Center and Crazy Wisdom.


Show your support by sponsoring this event. To sponsor at any of the following levels, click here.

$50 - Tiger (includes 1 raffle ticket for the Collected Works)

$100 - Lion (includes 1 raffle ticket and 1 coupon for 10% off a class or course of your choice at the Boston Shambhala Center - good for you or a friend)

$150 - Garuda (listing in program book as sponsor, 1 raffle ticket, 1 discount coupon, reserved seating in front of theatre)

$250 - Dragon (listing in program book, 2 raffle tickets, reserved seating, and a free book; the first four sponsors at this level will receive a signed copy of Dragon Thunder by Diana Mukpo, courtesy of Shambhala Publications; everyone else will receive a copy of Work, Sex, Money by Chögyam Trungpa)

$500 - Sakyong (listing in program book as major sponsor - if a business logo/website listed on publicity flyers and program book -, 2 raffle tickets, reserved seating and 1 copy of the DVD of Crazy Wisdom when it becomes available.)

$1000 - Rigden  (on-screen listing as a sponsor, program book listing - if a business a link to your website on the Coolidge and Shambhala webpages -, 5 raffle tickets, reserved seating, and a copy of the DVD.)