Program Details

Falling in Love with a Buddha

with Frank Berliner
November 30 / 7:00 PM - November 30 / 9:30 PM

We are sorry to announce that Frank will not be joining us this weekend, and the program has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule it some time in the future.

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 the imprint of 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 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

Frank W. Berliner is currently a Professor of Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University, where he has taught both Buddhist and Western Existential psychology and the practice of meditation to BA and MA students, for the past 17 years. He pioneered the teaching of meditation online at Naropa, beginning in 1999.
Frank has studied and practiced meditation for 38 years as a close student of Chogyam Trungpa. Over a twelve-year period he served as national director of Shambhala Training, and executive director and resident teacher of the Berkeley Shambhala Center.
Mr. Berliner is also a psychotherapist and life coach in private practice in Boulder. For seven years he was the buddhadharma columnist for elephant magazine.

Visit Frank's website.

Suggested donation is $10.

There will be copies of the book available for purchase on the evening of the book signing.

Kathryn: programs [at] sfshambhala [dot] org

The second part of an interview with Frank Berliner about his book, Falling in Love With a Buddha.

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