A pioneer in introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the West, Chogyam Trungpa is also one of its most controversial figures. Born in Tibet and trained in the traditional manner, he arrived in the U.S. in 1970, a time when there was virtually no knowledge of Buddhism in the general culture. He defied notions of how a holy man should act. Dressing in Western clothing and at times exhibiting unconventional behavior, his "crazy wisdom" made him a magnet for a generation of spiritual seekers. One of those seekers was Jeremy Hayward. This intimate memoir begins with their first meeting in 1970, then progresses year by year until Trungpa’s death and beyond. Hayward vividly describes Trungpa’s powerful, direct way of working with students, his groundbreaking work in bringing Buddhism to the West, and the teachings Trungpa presented each year. He also describes his own personal spiritual journey with Chogyam Trungpa as a guide.
Trained as a physicist at Cambridge University, Jeremy Hayward is the author of several books, including Gentle Bridges: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on the Sciences of Mind and Sacred World: The Shambhala Way to Gentleness, Bravery, and Power. He lives in Nova Scotia.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is Chogyam Trungpa's son and Dharma heir, and is the bestselling author of Ruling Your World.