Everyone loves a bad boy, especially when the man in question is famously known as ‘the bad boy of Buddhism.’ As naughty as Buddha may look with his charming smile and big exposed belly, I am referring to another man – Chogyam Trungpa. This past weekend at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the bad boy came to the screen.

Johanna Demetrakas directed the documentary Crazy Wisdom: A film about the life and time of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. This feature takes us to the UK, Tibet, Canada, and the US twenty years after the death of man who gave up his monk robes, eloped with a 16-year-old and drank alcohol openly. Trungpa is renown as one of the greatest spiritual leaders of the 20th century by famous intellectuals like Allen Ginsberg.

The documentary features archived footage of Trungpa, as well as interviews with students, academics, and family. Demetrakas goal was to show Trungpa’s journey from Tibet into the western world.

Crazy Wisdom had it’s world premiere at the SBIFF on February 5, 2011, and as part of the ‘Best of Fest’ (at SBIFF) the documentary screened on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 at 11am at the Riviera Theater. And folks, it’s free! For more information visit the SBIFF website.

Check out the trailer of Crazy Wisdom below…

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Photo by Bob Morehouse