The following list of books was compiled for The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, an eight-volume compilation of the works of Chögyam Trungpa. This book list is used here by permission of Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Born in Tibet (George Allen & Unwin, 1966; Shambhala Publications, 1977). Chögyam Trungpa's account of his upbringing and education as an incarnate lama in Tibet and the powerful story of his escape to India. An epilogue added in 1976 details Trungpa Rinpoche's time in England in the 1960s and his early years in North America.
Meditation in Action (Shambhala Publications, 1969). Using the life of the Buddha as a starting point, this classic on meditation and the practice of compassion explores the six paramitas, or enlightened actions on the Buddhist path. Its simplicity and directness make this an appealing book for beginners and seasoned meditators alike.
Mudra (Shambhala Publications, 1972). This collection of poems mostly written in the 1960s in England also includes two short translations of Buddhist texts and a commentary on the oxherding pictures, well-known metaphors for the journey on the Buddhist path.
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (Shambhala Publications, 1973). The first volume of Chögyam Trungpa's teaching in America is still fresh, outrageous, and up to date. It describes landmarks on the Buddhist path and focuses on the pitfalls of materialism that plague the modern age.
The Dawn of Tantra, by Herbert V. Guenther and Chögyam Trungpa (Shambhala Publications, 1975). Jointly authored by Chögyam Trungpa and Buddhist scholar Herbert V. Guenther, this volume presents an introduction to the Buddhist teachings of tantra.
Glimpses of Abhidharma (Shambhala Publications, 1975). An exploration of the five skandhas, or stages in the development of ego, based on an early seminar given by Chögyam Trungpa. The final chapter on auspicious coincidence is a penetrating explanation of karma and the true experience of spiritual freedom.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation through Hearing in the Bardo, translated with commentary by Francesca Fremantle and Chögyam Trungpa (Shambhala Publications, 1975). Chögyam Trungpa and Francesca Fremantle collaborated on the translation of this important text by Guru Rinpoche, as discovered by Karma Lingpa, and are coauthors of this title. Trungpa Rinpoche provides a powerful commentary on death and dying and on the text itself, which allows modern readers to find the relevance of this ancient guide to the passage from life to death and back to life again.
The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation (Shambhala Publications, 1976). In short, pithy chapters that exemplify Chögyam Trungpa's hard-hitting and compelling teaching style, this book explores the meaning of freedom and genuine spirituality in the context of traveling the Buddhist path.
The Rain of Wisdom (Shambhala Publications, 1980). An extraordinary collection of the poetry or songs of the teachers of the Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, to which Chögyam Trungpa belonged. The text was translated by the Nâlandâ Translation Committee under the direction of Chögyam Trungpa. The volume includes an extensive glossary of Buddhist terms.
Journey without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha (Shambhala Publications, 1981). Based on an early seminar at the Naropa Institute, this guide to the tantric teachings of Buddhism is provocative and profound, emphasizing both the dangers and the wisdom of the vajrayana, the diamond path of Buddhism.
The Life of Marpa the Translator (Shambhala Publications, 1982). A renowned teacher of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition who combined scholarship and meditative realization, Marpa made three arduous journeys to India to collect the teachings of the Kagyü lineage and bring them to Tibet. Chögyam Trungpa and the Nâlandâ Translation Committee have produced an inspiring translation of his life's story.
First Thought Best Thought: 108 Poems (Shambhala Publications, 1983). This collection consists mainly of poetry written during Chögyam Trungpa's first ten years in North America, showing his command of the American idiom, his understanding of American culture, as well as his playfulness and his passion. Some poems from earlier years were also included. Many of the poems from First Thought Best Thought were later reprinted in Timely Rain.
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior (Shambhala Publications, 1984). Chögyam Trungpa's classic work on the path of warriorship still offers timely advice. This book shows how an attitude of fearlessness and open heart provides the courage to meet the challenges of modern life.
Crazy Wisdom (Shambhala Publications, 1991). Two seminars from the 1970s were edited for this volume on the life and teachings of Guru Rinpoche, or Padmasambhava, the founder of Buddhism in Tibet.
The Heart of the Buddha (Shambhala Publications, 1991). A collection of essays, talks, and seminars present the teachings of Buddhism as they relate to everyday life.
Orderly Chaos: The Mandala Principle (Shambhala Publications, 1991). The mandala is often thought of as a Buddhist drawing representing tantric iconography. However, Chögyam Trungpa explores how both confusion and enlightenment are made up of patterns of orderly chaos that are the basis for the principle of mandala. A difficult but rewarding discussion of the topic of chaos and its underlying structure.
Secret Beyond Thought: The Five Chakras and the Four Karmas (Vajradhatu Publications, 1991). Two talks from an early seminar on the principles of the chakras and the karmas, teachings from the Buddhist tantric tradition.
The Lion's Roar: An Introduction to Tantra (Shambhala Publications, 1992). An in-depth presentation of the nine yanas, or stages, of the path in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Particularly interesting are the chapters on visualization and the five buddha families.
Transcending Madness: The Experience of the Six Bardos (Shambhala Publications, 1992). The editor of this volume, Judith L. Lief, calls it "a practical guide to Buddhist psychology." The book is based on two early seminars on the intertwined ideas of bardo (or the gap in experience and the gap between death and birth) and the six realms of being.
Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness (Shambhala Publications, 1993). This volume presents fifty-nine slogans, or aphorisms related to meditation practice, which show a practical path to making friends with oneself and developing compassion for others, through the practice of sacrificing self-centeredness for the welfare of others.
Glimpses of Shunyata (Vajradhatu Publications, 1993). These four lectures on the principle of shunyata, or emptiness, are an experiential exploration of the ground, path, and fruition of realizing this basic principle of mahayana Buddhism.
The Art of Calligraphy: Joining Heaven and Earth (Shambhala Publications, 1994) Chögyam Trungpa's extensive love affair with brush and ink is showcased in this book, which also includes an introduction to dharma art and a discussion of the Eastern principles of heaven, earth, and man as applied to the creative process. The beautiful reproductions of fifty-four calligraphies are accompanied by inspirational quotations from the author's works.
Illusion's Game: The Life and Teaching of Naropa (Shambhala Publications, 1994). The great Indian teacher Naropa was a renowned master of the teachings of mahamudra, an advanced stage of realization in Tibetan Buddhism. This book presents Chögyam Trungpa's teachings on Naropa's life and arduous search for enlightenment.
The Path Is the Goal: A Basic Handbook of Buddhist Meditation (Shambhala Publications, 1995). A simple and practical manual for the practice of meditation that evokes the author's penetrating insight and colorful language.
Dharma Art (Shambhala Publications, 1996). Chögyam Trungpa was a calligrapher, painter, poet, designer, and photographer as well as a master of Buddhist meditation. Drawn from his many seminars and talks on the artistic process, this work presents his insights into art and the artist.
Timely Rain: Selected Poetry of Chögyam Trungpa (Shambhala Publications, 1998). With a foreword by Allen Ginsberg, this collection of poems was organized thematically by editor David I. Rome to show the breadth of the poet's work. Core poems from Mudra and First Thought Best Thought are reprinted here, along with many poems and "sacred songs" published here for the first time.
Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala (Shambhala Publications, 1999). This sequel and complement to Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior offers more heartfelt wisdom on Shambhala warriorship.
Glimpses of Space: The Feminine Principle and Evam (Vajradhatu Publications, 1999). Two seminars on the tantric understanding of the feminine and masculine principles, what they are and how they work together in vajrayana Buddhist practice as the nondual experience of wisdom and skillful means.
The Essential Chögyam Trungpa (Shambhala Publications, 2000). This concise overview of Trungpa Rinpoche's teachings consists of forty selections from fourteen different books, articulating the secular path of the Shambhala warrior as well as the Buddhist path of meditation and awakening.
Glimpses of Mahayana (Vajradhatu Publications, 2001). This little volume focuses on the attributes of buddha nature, the development of compassion, and the experience of being a practitioner on the bodhisattva path of selfless action to benefit others.
This is the end of book list from The Collected Works. © Copyright 2004 Shambhala Publications, Inc. Used by permission.
The following titles by Chögyam Trungpa have been published since the book list was compiled for The Collected Works.
Glimpses of Realization (Vajradhatu Publications, 2003). Based on the The Three Bodies of Enlightenment seminar given in Boulder, Colorado in 1975. This companion volume to Glimpses of Space is a practitioner's guide to the trikaya, or the three bodies of enlightenment.
The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa (Shambhala Publications, 2004). This eight-volume set is a feast of Trungpa Rinpoche's teachings. The set includes twenty-five books plus selected writings, transcripts, poems, plays, and interviews?many of which are available in book form for the first time. Each volume includes a lengthy and insightful introduction by editor Carolyn Rose Gimian. Viewed as a whole, these eight introductions are perhaps the most extensive writings currently in print (at least in English) about Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's life and teachings.
True Command: The Teachings of the Dorje Kasung, Volume I, The Town Talks (Trident Publications, 2004). The Dorje Kasung is a service organization that was formed by Trungpa Rinpoche to protect the teacher and the environment in which the teachings are presented. Most of Rinpoche's teachings on kasungship took place in the context of kasung ceremonies, celebrations, and meetings in the seventies and early eighties. Since then, these teachings have been closely held by the people who were there and by the Dorje Kasung organization. These talks and the environment in which they took place were extraordinary?intimate, rugged, and ... well, I guess you had to be there, until now. True Command successfully provides a new context for these teachings, one in which they can be experienced, studied, and appreciated by a wider audience. What were secret (if not forgotten) teachings are now available to the public. James M. Gimian's brilliant introduction is an historic achievement. Thanks to his patient and lucid explanation, principles and forms that have been difficult to talk about outside the ranks of the Dorje Kasung are now thoroughly examined in print.