What Trungpa Rinpoche Accomplished

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche reflects on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's life and teachings


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Highlights from this interview

When  you churn milk you get butter. When you churn human beings’ minds in the buddhadharma, you get Buddhist vajrayana students, vajrayana patrons. That’s what Trungpa Rinpoche did.

He sacrificed everything—homeland, monastic life, fame, reputation, personal gain—for the sake of the dharma.

… you could say crazy wisdom, but I would say wisdom at its purest peak. That’s what people should understand.

…that his life was so short, that in itself is a teaching.

… there will never be a teacher like Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Interview by Mark Elliott, camera Kim Roberts.  Thank you to Mark and his crew.
Mark Elliott
Director Mark Elliott has been making films about Buddhism for 40 years, ever since he walked into Dharamsala, India, with a primitive video camera and made a film on Tibetans in exile at the invitation of the Dalai Lama. His documentaries are simple, straightforward chronicles, whether they tell the story of a person or a place. Underneath their ordinary exterior, these films contain a wealth of information about the transition of Buddhism from Eastern to Western hands.