I Am Immensely Grateful

Breakfast at the Kalapa Court, Circa 1981

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The importance of what the Vidyadhara did in the West is becoming more and more evident as time passes. He made so many sacrifices so that buddhadharma could flourish in the West. He is an example of how working for the benefit of others can have a profound effect. His life is a constant reminder that, if you exert yourself one hundred percent to help others, your activity can have far-reaching implications.

When we realize that it has now been twenty years since he passed into nirvana, that is a tremendous reminder of impermanence for all of us. In truth, the Vidyadhara spent a very short time in the West. His life all together was not that long. He passed through our lives briefly, yet his presence changed every hour of our waking lives. His impact on us is evident in everything we do. He is still the dominant driving force in our lives, twenty years later. He reshaped every moment of our lives. The impact of witnessing his relationship with reality and with the world has transformed our way of manifesting and the way we perceive our world all together. I am immensely grateful for his presence in my own life and I’m sure that extends to all of his students.

Lady Diana Mukpo
“It was not always easy to be the guru’s wife,” writes Diana Mukpo. “But I must say, it was rarely boring.” At the age of sixteen, Diana Mukpo left school and broke with her upper-class English family to marry Chögyam Trungpa, a young Tibetan lama who would go on to become a major figure in the transmission of Buddhism to the West. In a memoir that is at turns magical, troubling, humorous, and totally out of the ordinary, Diana takes us into her intimate life with one of the most influential and dynamic Buddhist teachers of our time. Diana led an extraordinary and unusual life as the "first lady" of a burgeoning Buddhist community in the American 1970s and '80s. She gave birth to four sons, three of whom were recognized as reincarnations of high Tibetan lamas. It is not a simple matter to be a modern Western woman married to a Tibetan Buddhist master, let alone to a public figure who is sought out and adored by thousands of eager students. Surprising events and colorful people fill the narrative as Diana seeks to understand the dynamic, puzzling, and larger-than-life man she married—and to find a place for herself in his unusual world. --Amazon.com