Monday, April 4, 2011

Chogyam Trungpa's Parinirvana


[Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Allen Ginsberg, from Costanzo Allione's film "Fried Shoes and Cooked Diamonds" (1978)]

Today, April the 4th ,marks the 24th anniversary of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s, parinirvana. Allen’s own comes, curiously, just one day later. For those who are interested, The Chronicle(s) Project has a wealth of information about the Rinpoche, including on line audio and visual presentations of a number of his lectures and seminars, as well as links to Grant MacLean’s recreation/documentary about his “epic journey” from Tibet, Touch and Go, and Crazy Wisdom, Johanna Demetrakas’ recently-completed Trungpa documentary. For more about Crazy Wisdom see here.
A remarkable collection of photos of the May 26 cremation ceremony at Karme Choling, Vermont (taken by photographer Ray Ellis) , including a shot of the magical rainbow that appeared on that occasion, can be viewed here. This is the setting and the occasion of Allen’s poem, “On Cremation of Chögyam Trungpa, Vidyadhara”. (beautifully rendered in this video by Patti Smith and Philip Glass (from Steven Sebring’s movie A Dream of Life)
[below, 'On Cremation of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Vidyadhara' from Allen Ginsberg Collected Poems 1947-1997 Harper Perennial, 2006]
['On Cremation of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Vidyadhara' from Allen Ginsberg Collected Poems 1947-1997 Harper Perennial, 2006]
And we'll end with Gesar Mukpo's tribute to his father: