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West of CenterArt and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977$
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Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677252

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.001.0001

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Everywhere Present Yet Nowhere Visible: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Dharma Art at the Naropa Institute

Everywhere Present Yet Nowhere Visible: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Dharma Art at the Naropa Institute

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(p.344) Chapter 19 Everywhere Present Yet Nowhere Visible: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Dharma Art at the Naropa Institute
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West of Center
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Bill Scheffel

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.003.0019

This chapter focuses on Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a shaper and icon of the counterculture and its embrace of Buddhist teachings and practice. Arriving in the United States in 1970, Trungpa played a key role in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to North America. Within a matter of a few years, Trungpa went from being a notoriously informal tulku to wearing a three-piece suit as the president of the first Buddhist-inspired college in the West, Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, founded in 1974. Trungpa was also the spiritual director of the Shambhala Meditation Centers that sprung up in the 1970s in nearly every major US and Canadian city. Trungpa brought the hippies with him and pursued with them an intense creative collaboration, one in which he was as much artist as teacher, as much social engineer as guru.

Keywords:   Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, counterculture, Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhists, Naropa Institute

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