Sad news. Two weeks ago the best bookshop in the world (OK, I’m biased), Snow Lion Publications, was taken over by Shambhala.
They say that much of the spirit of Snow Lion, and much of its range of books, will be continued. I hope so. At the first glance, things don’t look good. Go to Shambhala, and under “Books” you will see a section on “Buddhism” divided into seven subsections, including one on Chogyam Trungpa, one on his leading apologist, Pema Chodron, and one on Tibetan / Vajrayana Buddhism.
Under the last, search, for instance for Mahamudra and you are shown 29 items, of which 5 are from Chogyam Trungpa, including various versions and extracts of his collected works.
Well good grief! I know the man has his enthusiasts even now, and as I frequently stress I am grateful myself for the content of one or two of his earlier books and for a couple of wonderful translations that he oversaw. But as we all know he set an extremely bad example, and I’m afraid that “Do as I say, not do as I do” just doesn’t cut it. There is much more material of a much more interesting nature available nowadays. Chogyam Trungpa is, quite simply, not very important anymore.
But it’s early days. Perhaps it is too soon to judge. I shall be watching with great interest and wishing them all the best in this new direction.