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Sakyong Wangmo Empowerment,
photos by Marvin Moore.


Alice Haspray blogs the Sakyong Wangmo Empowerment.


Carol Johnstone blogs the Sakyong Wangmo Empowerment.


Tribute to Lisa Hilliard

Photo from 2000 Seminary; photograph by Bernard Spiegeleer.


Slideshow from the Speech Empowerment

by Marvin Ross


Tribute to Don Donaghy


New posts and photos from the Speech Empowerment

a blog
by Carolyn Rose Gimian


Installing the Kangyur,

a video presentation from the Shambhala Archives


Chogyam Trungpa on CKGM Radio in Montreal

Photo by James Gritz
2008, all rights reserved


The Karmapa's teachings in Seattle

Christine Keyser reporting


1974 Seminary

a short film
by Vicki Genson


Reggie Ray on Dispatches

(Photo by Christine Alicino)


The Great Vajradhara of Dorje Dzong and the Karmapa's golden handprint

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Tributes

The tributes below were posted between April 4 and May 26, 2007 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche's parinirvana.


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Dilgo Khyentse

May 26

Jetsun Kushok

May 26

Yongey Mingyur

May 26

Traleg Kyabgon

May 26

James Gimian

May 26

Martin Janowitz

May 26

Robin Kornman

May 26

Denault Blouin

May 25

Susan Edwards -audio

May 24

Walker Blaine

May 23

Vajra Regent

May 22

Dzogchen Ponlop

May 21

Diana Torbert

May 20

Greg Smith

May 19

Tessa Pybus

May 18

Reggie Ray

May 17

Joshua Zim

May 16

Ashoka Mukpo

May 15

Tenzin Wangyal

May 14

Bill Douglas

May 13

Peter Volz

May 12

Ani Pema Chödrön

May 11

Shenpen Hookham

May 9

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

May 8

Barry Boyce

May 7

Tulku Thondup

May 6

Steve Gorn

May 5

HH Dalai Lama

May 4

Sam Bercholz

May 3

Wendy Friedman

May 2

Jakusho Kwong Roshi

May 1

Fabrice Midal

April 30

B Bash/S Gorn

April 29

Sherab Chodzin Kohn

April 28

Chokyi Nyima

April 27

Joan Halifax Roshi

April 26

A Waldman/D Rome

April 25

Clarke Warren

April 24

Kanjuro Shibata

April 23

CTR Talk, 1975

April 22

Jigme Phuntsok

April 21

Tom Coburn

April 20

Tania Leontov

April 19

Leonard Hortick

April 18

Richard John

April 17

Anne Burchardi

April 16

Bardor Tulku

April 15

Jerry Granelli

April 14

Michael Chender

April 13

Douglas Penick

April 12

Carolyn Gimian

April 11

Ato Rinpoche

April 10

Eido Roshi

April 9

Gina Stick

April 8

Rigdzin Shikpo

April 7

Gesar Mukpo

April 6

Francesca Fremantle

April 5

CTR Talk, 1979

April 4

Sakyong Mipham

April 4

Lady Diana Mukpo

April 4

Thrangu Rinpoche

April 4

Dzongsar Khyentse

April 4

Khenpo Rinpoche

April 4

Richard Reoch

April 4

Susan Edwards

April 4

Peter Lieberson

April 4

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

We may be a minority, but there are some of us who have the merit, as well as the guts, confidence and courage to take the path of guru devotion as our utmost essential path. I was taught by my master that the core of this path is remembering the guru.

Contrary to many people's assumption that the guru is some kind of external entity that dictates your life, if I have understood correctly, in the Vajrayana the guru is the path.

Mindfulness is the heart of the practice of all of the Buddha's vehicles, whether you are in the Shravakayana, the Mahayana or the Bodhisattvayana. There are millions of methods to enhance this mindfulness, remind us of this mindfulness, and invoke this mindfulness. In the Vajrayana, we have the guru as the reminder, and also what we remember.

The great Jigme Lingpa said that when a yogi pursues the path of enlightenment, he could spend years and years accumulating merit through all kinds of methods, but meditation that lasts the duration of a cup of tea is more penetrating to this solid hard wrapping of ours. Spending years and years in meditation is excellent, but it is nothing compared to a single moment of remembering the guru. Even just remembering the guru's name will dispel confusion and accumulate countless oceans of merit.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was a pioneer and igniter of Buddhadharma in the West. Without a doubt, that must have been a challenging task. What Rinpoche has achieved would usually take at least three generations—first introducing, then maturing, and finally stirring things up. Rinpoche managed to do all of this in less than twenty years!

Western disciples might appreciate that what Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche has done takes great talent. However, as a person from a similar background, I cannot even begin to fathom the amazing courage that he had—this may be more difficult for others to understand.

One of the main challenges in the world today is the inability to understand others' points of view, cultures and traditions, and therefore being unable to communicate effectively. Rinpoche not only managed to understand the culture and thinking of the West, but was then able to interpret Buddhist wisdom, coming up with everything from terms to symbolism and disciplines. He created and communicated all of this incredibly effectively, from the smallest terms to a whole new culture and kingdom, while never diluting the fundamental Buddhist view.

To this day, I think many of us are struggling to teach Buddhism beyond Tibet, beyond the East. We owe him a lot for opening that world.

Twenty years after the passing of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche into the parinirvana, I can confidently say as an independent observer that although Rinpoche's students have gone through lots of bumpy roads at times and lots of blissful roads at other times, they have kept his vision, his atmosphere, his smell, and his presence. From my deluded perception I can only interpret that this must be due to their love and devotion.

Keep up the good work!




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