Uncoverage

E2 - Padma Jong & Naropa

Episode Summary

Opening at the Strand Bookstore, in New York City, Una realizes how popular Trungpa Rinpoche continues to be. It gives her the impetus to tell her story. Traveling back to age two, when her memories in this life begin, Una and her mother visit her father in Puerto Rico, travel to New York, and end up in California, living in a 1955 Chevy. Una’s mother finds Trungpa Rinpoche again and the two end up at Padma Jong, one of his new dharma centers in Mendocino County. When Trungpa Rinpoche forms Naropa Institute, Una and her mother travel to Boulder, Colorado for the first time, to sit at his feet and hear what he has to say. BACKGROUND: Una Morera was raised in the largest community of Buddhists in America, led by the enigmatic and outrageous Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, in Boulder, Colorado. Escaping Tibet in 1959, Trungpa Rinpoche made his way to America to teach the dharma and surround himself with Western students. Right after she was born, her mother met Trungpa Rinpoche, and four years later, her mother would join his thriving community in Boulder, Colorado. Responsible for introducing meditation to the West, Trungpa Rinpoche was also responsible for his own brand of self-proclaimed crazy wisdom, which included drinking to excess, having sex with his students, and pushing the limits of conventionality. Growing up in this community, Una witnessed the birth of a secret society of dharma practitioners who, with Trungpa Rinpoche’s help, created a deadly environment of sexual predation, classism, and blind assent. Una learned the teachings of the dharma and the actions of dharma students were two very different things. This is a story about discovering who she really is after a lifetime of living and breathing a spiritual path based on ancient secrets and modern deceptions. CREDITS: Our theme music is performed and produced by Ryder Cooley and the Dust Bowl Faeries. Buy their music at dustbowlfaeries.com Written and produced by Una Morera Logo Art Direction by Jaime Lamond Special thanks to Mike Schoonmaker Special thanks to Dean Haspiel and Eric Leven The excerpt of Trungpa Rinpoche is from Naropa University. Find out more at Naropa.edu Dedicated to Daniel Dalseth Please share where podcasts are shared.

Episode Notes

Opening at the Strand Bookstore, in New York City, Una realizes how popular Trungpa Rinpoche continues to be. It gives her the impetus to tell her story. Traveling back to age two, when her memories in this life begin, Una and her mother visit her father in Puerto Rico, travel to New York, and end up in California, living in a 1955 Chevy. Una’s mother finds Trungpa Rinpoche again and the two end up at Padma Jong, one of his new dharma centers in Mendocino County. When Trungpa Rinpoche forms Naropa Institute, Una and her mother travel to Boulder, Colorado for the first time, to sit at his feet and hear what he has to say.