crazy wisdom 2 88:00; Directed by Johanna Demetrakas; Produced by Johanna Demetrakas & Lisa Leeman

After 10 years of research, 4 years of active filmmaking, traveling from Scotland to Tibet, interviewing over 65 people and unearthing footage dating back decades, Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, selling out every screening and being programmed as part of Best of Fest. Crazy Wisdom is screening at festivals through 2011, including the Boulder International Film Festival, BuddhaFest, and the Maui Film Festival, where Ram Dass introduced the film.

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CRAZY WISDOM is the long-awaited first feature documentary to explore the life, teachings, and ‘crazy wisdom’ of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a pivotal figure in bringing Buddhism to the West. Called a genius, rascal, ‘one of the greatest spiritual teachers of the 20th century,’ and the ‘bad boy of Buddhism,’ Trungpa defied categorization. Raised and trained in the rigorous Tibetan monastic tradition, Trungpa came to the West and shattered our preconceived notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave when he renounced his monk's vows & eloped with a sixteen year-old aristocrat. Twenty years after his death, Trungpa's name still evokes admiration and outrage. What made him tick? And just what is enlightenment, anyway?


"He caused more trouble, and did more good, than anyone I'll ever know.” - Rick Fields

"Exceptional as one of the first Tibetan lamas to become fully assimilated into Western culture, he made a powerful contribution to revealing the Tibetan approach to inner peace in the West.” - 14th Dalai Lama

Crazy Wisdom's Theatrical World Premiere will be held at the Rubin Art Museum From November 25th to December 3rd - One Week Only! Buy tickets here!


The West Coast Premiere will be in LA at the Laemmle Santa Monica 4-plex from December 2nd to the 8th! You can buy tickets for any of those screenings here!


We are proud to announce that Crazy Wisdom will be released nationwide by Alive Mind Cinema who specialize in "Transformative Documentaries for a Changing World". They will bring it to theatres, community screenings and educational events while also making it available via DVD and download!

Crazy Wisdom played to sold out shows at the Vancouver International Film Festival - Oct. 8, 9, 12, 2011!