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An interview with Henry Schaeffer, by Bill Scheffel

Henry Schaeffer studied with Suzuki Roshi before meeting Chögyam Trungpa and becoming the latter teacher’s student in 1970. In this video, Henry describes the first and second time he encountered Chögyam Trungpa.

Trungpa Rinpoche did not limit his teachings to Tibetan Buddhism or any spiritual idiom – even to “spirituality” itself. In a given talk, Trungpa Rinpoche might speak of farming, T.S. Eliot or the understanding of Christian monastics he conversed with in Great Britain. In this video, Henry describes how one of his own passions, the poetry of Wallace Stevens, coincidentally became a link to Chögyam Trungpa.

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Bill Scheffel
Bill Scheffel is a graduate of Naropa University, where he received an MFA in Creative Writing in 1994. He taught Chance, Synchronicity and Mind-writing for ten years in Boulder and throughout the U.S, and classes in creative non-fiction and poetry at Naropa University for many years. His own writing teachers include Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman and Diane di Prima, among others. Bill became a student of CTR in 1976, and began to teach Shambhala Training in 1980, which he has done since then. Bill also taught the Shambhala Meditation Practicum at Naropa University from 1991 to 2004.