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Crazy Wisdom 2011
Description: Crazy Wisdom is the long-awaited detail documentary to discover the life, teachings, and "crazy wisdom" of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a pivotal figure in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Named a genius, rascal, and social visionary; 'one of the best spiritual teachers of the 20th century,' and 'the terrible man of Buddhism,' Trungpa defied categorization.
Released: 25 Nov 2011 Director: Johanna Demetrakas Writers: N/A Actors: Pema Chodron, Ram Dass, Allen Ginsberg, Diana Mukpo Genres: Documentary
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Crazy Wisdom Reviews:

Chogyam Trungpa was a Tibetan 'tulku' who ventured to America and established a Tibetan Buddhist center in Boulder, CO in the 1970s. Coming at the twilight of the hippie period of the 1960s he found many followers who had experimented with psychedelics and were ready for further explorations into fresh worlds of consciousness. Some people, of course, are naturally attracted to ritualistic religion and Tibet had lots of rituals. And Buddhism has everytime had an aspect of psychotherapy, a promise of healing for minds in distress, especially for folks unable to afford expensive shrinks. Several Westerners had tasted for themselves the exotic and esoteric teachings of Tibet and the fact that Trungpa promised to launch these fresh and exciting spiritual realms for them, (and in a community which at the same time indulged in drunken revelry and gratis sex) was a compelling magnet to inquiring minds everywhere. Lots of well-known poets, writers and artists went to study at Trungpa's feet. That his behavior was eccentric and even scandalous was just an added attraction. Trungpa's addiction to alcohol was legendary and this movie doesn't test to cover it up. His students argue that the booze didn't impair his judgment but the facts speak otherwise. The video, of course, never mentions it, but in 1975 Trungpa staged a meditation retreat at Snowmass, CO which devolved into a wild naked party. Trungpa, drunk as a skunk, provoked a bloody war which landed few followers in the hospital. The Boulder Buddhist center had began to acquire the reputation as a cult and that was not helped by Trungpa's drunkenness and womanizing. He took full advantage of his position as guru to ravish his female students, though by all indications they went willingly to his bed. He was married and this caused his young wife a nice deal of heartache. His followers defended him. He was a genuine Tibetan and supposedly enlightened and conventional guidelines didn't apply to him. After all, this was "crazy wisdom." How should you argue with that? He died young of alcoholism, but for many that didn't diminish his message.One thing is certain, Trungpa's followers weren't the usual losers and zombies who receive caught in cults. Many of them were very clever and independent artists and writers. But there was a related cultish dynamic. Many of them had to be treated for alcoholism after Trungpa died and the Buddhist center in Boulder self-destructed. They drank because he was their role model and he drank. They refused to see any of the guru's behaviors in a negative light. The scandal that complete off the Boulder Tibetan Buddhist center is other bizarre storyline never mentioned in the movie. It is probably unrealistic for folks to expect their saints to be fully pure and without usual human failings. Folks wish to project their fantasies of purity and goodness on their leaders and gurus. No human can live up to those impossible expectations. At least Trungpa was out in the open, he was never hypocritical, what you saw was what you got. Many folks found him genuinely likable and for them he seemed to possess a nice deal of wisdom. The viewer gotta decide for himself. Was he full of "crazy wisdom" or just crazy? The movie is well-made, but glosses over the negative aspects of his operation and fails to discover the nature of the esoteric Tibetan traditions that were the main attraction at the Boulder center. However you can receive a cute nice feel for who Trungpa was and how he influenced so many folks by watching this documentary.


I'll see this one over and over. Nice job done by Johanna and her son (et. al.) As I recall, Johanna and her husband were students of Trungpa and so were show to shoot a lot of footage of Trungpa in different locations. Don't worry, this is NOT a spoiler: There is a stage where Trungpa and other boy finish a flower sculpture - I trust its named Ichibana. In the scene, when they have complete and are bowing, be sure to hold your eyes on the flowers until the end of the scene. This movie shows Trungpa's eccentricities as well as his deep understanding of the dharma. I am not sure why such a terrific movie is not yet in wide distribution. As well, PBS and HBO documentaries, ought to screen it. Don't miss it!!


Shown at the Trycicle on-line Buddhist movie festival, Crazy Wisdom charts the life and times of Chogyam Trungpa, the rebel Tibetan Buddhist Lama who died of alcohol poisoning and left a legacy that is surprisingly untarnished by his extreme exploits. This is perhaps due to the remarkable nature of this Buddhist maverick who really was the catalyst for Western Buddhism and a nice in the history of modern Buddhism. This documentary explores his escape from Tibet after the Chinese invasion and attempt at cultural genocide, his comeback in Scotland, his marriage and subsequent shift to the US. Above all though it explores the man's attempt to transmit something greater than an exotic religion to the hearts and minds of the folks he met. It's difficult to tell of how much interest this movie will be for non-Buddhists. Perhaps those curious about Tibet, Religion and spirituality in general would search some reward from exploring Trungpa's ecletic adventure from a medieval mountain top kingdom to the 'wild-west' of the 60s and 70s. For those interested in the human condition and original souls, this movie may have much to offer. It is well-made, beautifully and professionally shot with a massive dose of sympathy for the protagonist. I can't complain as I loved and still love Trungpa; his originality and deep dedication to the awakened state clearly visible throughout. From one believer to those who may or may not purchase into the myth, play a view of a nice boy his 'warts and all.'



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