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First Thought, Best Thought

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Here is a unique contribution to the field of poetry: a new collection of works by America's foremost Buddhist meditation master, Chögyam Trungpa. These poems and songs—most of which were written since his arrival in the United States in 1970—combine a background in classical Tibetan poetry with Trungpa's intuitive insight into the spirit of America, a spirit that is power ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Shambhala (first published 1984)
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This book came to me through inter-library loans instead of the audio version of the Naropa poets which I am keen to hear. Having been in the presence of the rinpoche, I took him home with me instead, not entirely sure how I would find him after all this time.

I was delighted to find that stiff manner transformed into playful meditations that dignify the human condition even when the arrow hits.

Vision and dollar are in conflict
When there are lots of dollars
There is no vision p107

Shall we hav
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am cheating a little bit, in that I dipped in and out of this poetry collection, and had to return it to the library before I was quite sure I had read all of the poems. I read most of them, though, and I did read the Intro and the poems at the end.

As with most poetry collections, some things really resonated, and some didn't at all. But overall, I quite enjoyed it, and it is a book I will pick up at some point for more dipping into.
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Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (Tibetan: ཆོས་ རྒྱམ་ དྲུང་པ་ Wylie: Chos rgyam Drung pa; also known as Dorje Dradul of Mukpo, Surmang Trungpa, after his monastery, or Chökyi Gyatso, of which Chögyam is an abbreviation) was a Buddhist meditation master, scholar, teacher, poet, and artist. He was the 11th descendent in the line of Trungpa tulkus of the Kagyü school of Tibetan Buddhism. He was al ...more
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