By John Riley Perks

John Perks was once Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's butler, attendant, and private secretary for seven years. it is a booklet approximately their own relationship--a booklet Trungpa Rinpoche requested the writer to jot down.

"Ven. Seonaidh Perks performed a vital position within the construction of the various Vidyadhara's associations and his tale in their mutual dance is hilarious, wild, stunning, and poignant. This publication is an extraordinary thing." Douglas Penick, writer of "Gesar of Ling," knowledge courses. "It is the 1st intimate and authoritative account of Chogyam Trungpa, arguably an important non secular instructor in America's final century..." Kidder Smith, Professor of Asian stories, Bowdoin collage

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You could hear a pin drop in the room, it was so quiet. Some people ran out after Trungpa, yelling for him to come back. " I asked George. " "I have no idea," George said. We went down to Rinpoche's room. People were outside his door pleading for him to come back and he wasn't saying much. Rather than sit around, I decided to do something practical, so I went off to the kitchen and got some food to take to Rinpoche and the other people. " I melted at his appreciation. Suddenly I realized, Of course, this is what I can do.

Our old house in Sidcup was sold and in the back garden I built a bonfire with a wooden toy ship on top. I lined up the lead soldiers of the Coldstream Guard's Band, formally salut­ ed them, and lit the fire. The blue baby, the Indian woman, the mental retard, Form One-X, my father, the Celts, and the war all went up in flames. I left the ashes. From the tourist deck of the USS America, I took the acceptance papers from the Merchant Navy's P & 0 Training School and dropped them into the expanding gap between ship and dock.

I mused that this was the reason monks wore robes with hoods-in case they got enlightened. Well, it seemed possible and exciting. The teaching session of the seminary was about to start. It was to be called the The Mahasiddha and His Idiot Servant "Hinayana-Mahayana"7 section. The next section would be the Vajrayana. These were the three great vehicles of Buddhism-like Ford, Chevy, and Mazarati. There were still sitting periods during the day. Then after supper, around eight or nine, Rinpoche would talk on a different subject.

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