Crazy Wisdom

I’ve just been having a look at Kickstarter and it’s interesting to see a number of film projects relating to Buddhism that have received funding there. One of these is called Crazy Wisdom, which focuses on the complex figure of Chogyam Trungpa, a Tibetan Buddhist leader whose coming to the West coincided with the countercultural movement. The film shows him to be a charismatic but contradictory figure, both known for his profound teachings as well as for his smoking, drinking, and sexual relationships with his students. The film looks like it will clearly challenge the prevailing image of Tibetan Buddhism in the West that the Dalai Lama has so successfully cultivated. It looks like it will be an interesting watch.

The film’s own website is here.


About Jovan Maud

I'm a lecturer in the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany. Interests include: transnational religious networks, popular religion in Thailand, religious tourism and commodification, and digital anthropology.
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4 Responses to Crazy Wisdom

  1. Lois says:

    It does sound a very interesting film

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