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Taming Untameable Beings: Early Stories of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche with the Pygmies and Other Hippies Paperback – Sep 8 2015


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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: James Lowrey (Sept. 8 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0994793200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0994793201
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jim Lowrey is an “old dog” Trungpa student, who, with the rest of his Pygmy hippie family went to Trungpa Rinpoche’s first public talk in Colorado in 1970 and connected with him immediately. As part of the early baby boom generation, Jim is emblematic of the sixties generation of war protesters, college dropouts, and hippies, who matured as the American born-again organic, locally grown, free-run middle class.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e2de720) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd50564) out of 5 stars A Moving Memoir of Early Days With Chogyam Trungpa R. Oct. 25 2015
By JimWilton - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read most of the half dozen or more memoirs of students of Chogyam Trungpa R. (Dragon Thunder by Diana Mukpo and Carolyn Gimian; Warrior King of Shambhala by Jeremy Hayward; Diamond Highway by Tony Cape; The Mahasiddha and His Idiot Servant by John Perks; Falling in Love With a Buddha by Frank Berliner). For a long time I have wondered why Chogyam Trungpa has never had a good biographer -- a student who knew him personally and understood his Buddhist teachings, who would take the time to interview others and research original source materials, and who would then write a biography that leaves themselves out of the story -- the kind of account we have of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in David Chadwick's excellent biography, Crooked Cucumber.

With Jim Lowry's beautiful memoir, I have come to accept that we will never have that biography and to realize that maybe that is not a bad thing. It is a hard task for a biographer not to project his views on his subject. Instead, with the range of Trungpa student memoirs that we now have, we have subjective portraits of this enigmatic teacher that present Trungpa R. in the context of the moments in time were meaningful to his students. These are projections of Trungpa R., not reality , but they are moving projections -- filled with love.

In the case of Lowry's memoir, he has gone back to original sources -- tapes of talks and conversations with old friends -- to supplement his forty-five year old memories. This is not a memoir that has been dictated into a tape recorder and edited. His chapter presenting memories of six or eight early students, friends of Lowry, describing their first meeting and first meditation instruction from Trungpa R. is alone worth the cost of the book.

Lowry is a good story teller and writes from the heart. The result is a well researched account of an incredible inflection point in the introduction of Buddhadharma in North America -- the years between 1970 and 1973 from when Trungpa R. met his first students through his first presentation of Vajrayana teachings in the West. We care about Lowry and his strange band of countercultural drop outs living below the poverty line in rural Colorado. We understand Trungpa's deep love for them and their love in return. I even felt affection for Lowry's father and family who stuck with him through it all, sending money and support, while never understanding his decisions and path.

If you love dharma, if you have read Trungpa, R.'s books and want to know what it was like to know him, this is the book to buy.

In all, this book is a wonderful and much needed portrait of devotion in the context of Vajrayana teachings that, these days, are increasingly becoming a subject of academic, intellectual study.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Lee M. Weingrad - Published on Amazon.com
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Jim has done a remarkable job and honest job in not only showing the impact of the Vidyadhara on his life, on our lives, but in recalling that impact and revisiting it right here. It makes me feel that the story, our story, is wondrous, potent and without metaphor. This is without any doubt the best of all the memoirs written about Chogyam Trungpa. He tells his story without calling any particular attention to himself, and gives a glimpse into the world that was available to us from 1970 to 1987. This is not just a story. It is the aria of the voice of man who died in 1987. Yes indeed, we are haunted.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc40a08) out of 5 stars Capturing an amazing moment in time Oct. 11 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an intimate and raw first person account about the meeting of a hippie tribe in 1970 and their subsequent experience with Chogyam Trungpa, an iconoclastic Buddhist teacher whose work laid much of the ground for the popularity of meditation today. It sheds new light on Trungpa's pioneering genius both as a teacher and as a cultural innovator, and will be a very interesting read for students of recent "alternative" cultural history, as well as ex-hippies, wannabe hippies and Buddhists alike.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd42144) out of 5 stars Wonderful Storytelling about Implanting the Buddhadharma in America Oct. 21 2015
By Andy Karr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a book about a tribe of hippies who became some of the earliest North America students of the great Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. It recounts the way they were transformed by their encounter with him.

The book is filled with wonderful storytelling, and presents a great slice of the history of the dharma in America. It’s also a great depiction of late 1960s counterculture.

Andy Karr
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc40720) out of 5 stars and wonderful account of the how the very early students of ... Nov. 12 2015
By John Perks - Published on Amazon.com
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Out Standing,and wonderful account of the how the very early students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche were pioneers in bring Buddhism to America,Mr Lowrey has written this for you! with great heart,much wisdom,love,and compassion,in reading his book,I wished I had been there, but I came along much later after all the hard work had been done,there is a photo of Mr Lowrey on the back cover looking fierce,and one can see looking closer that he is about to explode in a roar of laughter,join him you will not regret it

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