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A podcast about growing up in a Tibetan Buddhist cult in America. BACKGROUND: Una Morera was raised in the largest community of Buddhists in America, led by the enigmatic and outrageous Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, in Boulder, Colorado. Escaping Tibet in 1959, Trungpa Rinpoche made his way to America to teach the dharma and surround himself with Western students. Right after Una was born, her mother met Trungpa Rinpoche, and four years later, they would join his thriving community in Boulder, ...
 
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Hello UNCOVERAGE podcast listeners! I wanted to let you all know about a special zoom chat I’m doing on January 15 at 2 pm EST. Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uncoverage-unwrapped-tickets-227283048717 As I bring this podcast to a close, I felt it was important to give listeners a chance to speak with me in person. Well, as in pers…
 
After moving to Karme Choling, the dharma center in Barnet, Vermont, Una's nightmare of being known as a Buddhist to strangers becomes a living reality at school. Unable and unwilling to make friends her own age, she experiences a series of adult relationships, some are good, others prove to be confusing. At the center of it all is Trungpa Rinpoche…
 
Una and her mother move into a big house on Mapleton Hill with Ann and her two kids. Just in time, too, as it's becoming increasingly difficult for her to reconcile the Buddhist world and the outside world. Una is invited to Kalapa Court, Trungpa Rinpoche's home, for High Tea. There's no saying what will happen to her once she walks through his fro…
 
A few years have passed. Una wakes up early because it's the most important holiday of the year, Shambhala Day, and she's anxious. She wants to see Trungpa Rinpoche but she's worried that her mother won't wake up in time, that they'll have to sit in the coatroom. Every year, Trungpa Rinpoche gives the annual address, sharing his predictions for the…
 
Settling into life in Boulder, Colorado, Una runs wild with the other kids at Trungpa Rinpoche's dharma talks, setting fires, and making life-long friends. Noticing that meditation has become the center of her mother's life, she decides to try it, too. When school lets out for the summer, Una's mother decides it's time to meditate for a month and t…
 
Opening at the Strand Bookstore, in New York City, Una realizes how popular Trungpa Rinpoche continues to be. It gives her the impetus to tell her story. Traveling back to age two, when her memories in this life begin, Una and her mother visit her father in Puerto Rico, travel to New York, and end up in California, living in a 1955 Chevy. Una’s mot…
 
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