“He caused more trouble, and did more good, than anyone I’ll ever know.”
Rick Fields

About the film

After 10 years of research, 4 years of active filmmaking, traveling from Scotland to Tibet, interviewing over 65 people and unearthing footage dating back decades, Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, selling out every screening and being programmed as part of Best of Fest. Crazy Wisdom screened at festivals through 2011, including the Boulder International Film Festival, BuddhaFest, and the Maui Film Festival, where Ram Dass introduced the film.

CRAZY WISDOM is the long-awaited first feature documentary to explore the life, teachings, and ‘crazy wisdom’ of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a pivotal figure in bringing Buddhism to the West. Called a genius, rascal, ‘one of the greatest spiritual teachers of the 20th century,’ and the ‘bad boy of Buddhism,’ Trungpa defied categorization. Raised and trained in the rigorous Tibetan monastic tradition, Trungpa came to the West and shattered our preconceived notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave when he renounced his monk’s vows & eloped with a sixteen year-old aristocrat. Twenty years after his death, Trungpa’s name still evokes admiration and outrage. What made him tick? And just what is enlightenment, anyway?


Where to watch

(U.S. and Canada only)

Screening inquiries (U.S. and Canada only) for community screenings / exhibition / PPR should be forwarded to 
Mallory Jacobs
 at Alive Mind Cinema, our distributor. 

For international screening inquiries, email crazywisdomfilm@aol.com

Non-Theatrical Sales and Marketing Manager
Kino Lorber
333 West 39th Street, Suite 503
New York, NY 10018
(t) 212.629.6880




Crazy Wisdom played to sold out shows at the Vancouver International Film Festival - Oct. 8, 9, 12, 2011!

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