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Frank Berliner became a student of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, during the first summer of the Naropa Institute in 1974, and served him over the next eighteen years as national director of Shambhala Training and ambassador to the Berkeley Dharmadhatu. Frank now teaches contemplative and existential psychology at Naropa University, and maintains a private practice as a life coach and psychotherapist.
on July 12, 2012 :
Berliner has written a vivid and moving account of his relationship with Chogyam Trungpa. It is skilfully interwoven with the story of Berliner's relationship with his own father, a pediatrician and hospital administrator. In many ways, Berliner's story is the archetypal boomer narrative--college, drugs, Vietnam draft fears, back-to-the-land utopianism, disillusion, encounter with the guru. What distinguishes Berliner's story is the maturity and intelligence of his writing and the authenticity of his commitment to the buddhist path. Highly recommended.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)