By Diana J. Mukpo
"It was once no longer constantly effortless to be the guru’s wife,” writes Diana Mukpo. “But i need to say, it used to be hardly ever boring.” on the age of 16, Diana Mukpo left tuition and broke along with her upper-class English relatives to marry Chögyam Trungpa, a tender Tibetan lama who might pass directly to develop into a tremendous determine within the transmission of Buddhism to the West. In a memoir that's at turns magical, troubling, funny, and absolutely extra special, Diana takes us into her intimate existence with some of the most influential and dynamic Buddhist lecturers of our time. Diana led a unprecedented and weird lifestyles because the "first girl" of a burgeoning Buddhist group within the American Seventies and '80s. She gave start to 4 sons, 3 of whom have been famous as reincarnations of excessive Tibetan lamas. it isn't an easy subject to be a latest Western lady married to a Tibetan Buddhist grasp, not to mention to a public determine who's sought out and cherished by means of hundreds of thousands of keen scholars. fantastic occasions and colourful humans fill the narrative as Diana seeks to appreciate the dynamic, complicated, and larger-than-life guy she married—and to discover a spot for herself in his strange global. wealthy in ambiguity, Dragon Thunder is the tale of an unusual marriage and in addition a stirring evocation of the poignancy of lifestyles and of relationships—from a girl who has lived boldly and with originality.
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I investigated where to buy local drugs cheaply and also enjoyed shoplifting in the marketplace. I stole a number of caftans, colorful long dresses worn by women in some countries of the Near East. I took to wearing these as the perfect sort of hippie clothes. While we were in Spain, I had a pet goat that I named Pan. I used to walk him around the village on a leash. In the fall of 1969, I started school at Kirby Lodge, a small school for sixteen- to eighteen-year-old girls located in a village outside of Cambridge.
Emotion, what is that? Longing for you is something deeper than my impression of you And the memory could be carved on rock, something substantial. Your letter is beautiful because it is written by you. I hear Krishna playing his flute In the long distance. There needs to be courage from both you and me. The words that I said will not fade Because they are carved on this gigantic rock. Your presence in my chamber Still remains As the presence of my Guru In my mind. Let’s dance together In the nondualistic air.
I don’t mean to suggest that I saved his life, exactly. It was more that I was part of the circumstances or the atmosphere that gave him a future. I don’t know if you can understand this, but there were many times in my husband’s life when circumstances intervened and helped him. I felt as though I were part of that support system—which almost felt like a cosmic coincidence of some kind. Later, I heard about another great Tibetan teacher who was driven to the brink of self-destruction. In the eleventh century in Tibet, there was a famous meditator named Milarepa, who is probably the greatest saint in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Dragon Thunder: My Life with Chogyam Trungpa by Diana J. Mukpo