Frank’s Memoir

Falling in Love with a Buddhafalling in love with a buddha
by Frank W. Berliner
Published 2012

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Frank Berliner came of age in the turbulent and exciting era of 1960s America, and met the authentic spiritual master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche just as the Western cultural door opened to receive the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism. In Falling in Love with a Buddha, Frank recalls the world of Rinpoche’s life and teachings. In vivid and often humorous first-person accounts of the founding and evolution of Shambhala, he evokes the powerful and enigmatic presence of this unique teacher.

At the same time, Frank tells the moving personal story of a father and son. Their relationship is marked by great tenderness, by conflict, and by strokes of mutual insight as Frank’s father encounters the inscrutable force-field of Chogyam Trungpa. As the cycles of life and death inevitably ripen, the passing of each of these men marks Frank indelibly with their abiding presence in his own life.

This book brings to life again a potent moment in cultural history, and helps us more fully appreciate this revolutionary teacher and his profound impact on the lives of his students. Finally, it deepens our understanding of a genuine, heartfelt spiritual path by revealing the intimate ways our personal awakening can touch those closest to us.

Frank W Berliner’s Bio

Frank Berliner became a student of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, during the first summer of the Naropa Institute in 1974. He lived at Karmê Chöling from 1974-78, then served Trungpa Rinpoche over the next fourteen years as National Director of Shambhala Training and Ambassador to the Berkeley Dharmadhatu. Frank now lives with his wife Nan in Boulder, Colorado, where he teaches contemplative and existential psychology and the practice of meditation at Naropa University, and maintains a private practice as a life coach and psychotherapist.

What others are saying about “Falling in Love with a Buddha”:

“Frank Berliner’s spiritual memoir is beautifully crafted and written. It is a tale about love, and the great longing that springs from there—to learn, to grow, to be real, and to forge a genuine connection with oneself and others, with life, and with death. I highly recommend it.”
–John Welwood, author of Toward a Psychology of Awakening

“With sensibilities at once romantic and coolly analytic, Frank Berliner trains his considerable powers of observation, recollection, and composition on three principal subjects: his spiritual father Trungpa Rinpoche, his biological father, and himself. The book swells with wry humor, sex, death, and other compulsively readable stories of a real spiritual encounter. It is a profoundly moving volume—one that also looks, without embarrassment, at the work that men must do to love.”
–Acharya David Schneider, author of Street Zen

Listen to Frank reading the prologue of his memoir:

Audio of Frank’s Memoir

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