Tony Cape will read from his memoir, Diamond Highway: A Tibetan Buddhist Path in America on May 9th at Brattleboro Shambhala Meditation Group
Author and educator Tony Cape talks about his experiences as an early student and personal attendant to the seminal Tibetan Buddhist teacher and meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
In the heady days of the 1970’s when flocks of young seekers from the west were experimenting with drugs, lifestyle options and spirituality of all stripes, budding journalist Tony Cape migrated to the United States from his home in England to become an early student of the seminal Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. After nearly four decades as a meditation student in the community that Rinpoche established, Tony will be reading from his insightful, funny and nakedly honest account of his life as a first generation Tibetan Buddhist convert. The reading, followed by what promises to be a lively discussion, is scheduled for 7:30 PM on Thursday, May 9th at the Brattleboro Shambhala Meditation Group in the Whetstone Arts Building at 28 Williams St., Brattleboro.
Tony’s accounting of his doubt and devotion make this very personal memoir about the early days of the Shambhala community an instant classic and an important story about finding one’s own way along a genuine spiritual path.
Diamond Highway, A Tibetan Buddhist Path in America has already begun to receive rave reviews. Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and author of Lovingkindness says, “Diamond Highway is a powerful, moving and very present story of faith, doubt, despair and emergence. While depicting the evolution of one Buddhist community in the West, it has resonance for an entire era of seeking and discovery.” And David Rome, for many years Trungpa Rinpoche’s private secretary, says “Diamond Highway is a compellingly-written, searingly honest memoir…”
In addition to Diamond Highway, Tony has written four works of fiction including the very successful cold war novel, The Cambridge Theorem. He has taught writing at Bard College and Yale University and now teaches at Hartsbrook Waldorf School in Hadley, Massachusetts.
Brattleboro Shambhala Meditation group is one of nearly two hundred meditation centers world-wide founded by Trungpa Rinpoche and now led buy his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.