We deeply regret to learn the sad news that Very Venerable Ato Rinpoche passed away yesterday, May 18, 2024.

The Passing of Ato Rinpoche

We deeply regret to learn the sad news that Very Venerable Ato Rinpoche passed away yesterday, May 18, 2024.

Call for Book Donation for Three Yanas Retreat

Good morning! Your friends at the Foundation for Enlightened Society are running a book drive of dharma texts to distribute to participants of the Three Yanas Retreat this Summer at Drala Mountain Center. Texts that would be particularly helpful include Profound Treasury volumes, Seminary transcripts, and any other books or texts that could be helpful to new students embarking...

Review of Pith Instructions from my Teachers

James Gritz has written a profound Dharma book, which he organized in the form of a spiritual memoir.

The Passing of Randy Hester

Randy spent his life communing with the mystical, exploring the myriad dimensions of consciousness, and on April 12, 2024, at 9:35 pm, he finally transcended, leaving his old and broken body behind. After 12 years struggling with Parkinson’s and dementia, his final days were increasingly without struggle. In the last week when it was clear he...

The Passing of John Odenthal

John Odenthal, a long-time student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and a dear friend to many passed away in Halifax on February 25. Please hold him, and his daughter, Brighid, in your thoughts and prayers.

Surmang shedra completed and in use as a shedra

Starting in 2010, while work on the shrine room furnishings continued, the shedra building complex has been used for various children's programs, for shedra-type study programs for monks, as the temporary monastery lhakang (shrine hall) when the monastery's lhakang was being rebuilt, and as a temporary residence for nuns while the Kyelaka nunnery associated with Surmang Dutsi Til was under construction.

The Passing of Ricky Assaly

A sukhavati will be held on Friday January 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the Boulder Shambhala Center Main Shrine Room.

Father Thomas Keating and Trungpa Rinpoche Talk About Egolessness

This conversation took place during Naropa’s 1983 Christian Buddhist Conference

Mother’s Milk

When you take a leap into the phenomenal world, you may think it is a very bold and heroic thing to do. However, you might awake, as if from a dream, and find yourself in the mouth of a crocodile.

The Passing of Tania Leontov

We stand both in great sadness for the passing of Tania Leontov as well as a reverence and immense appreciation we feel toward a spiritual sister who has been such a pivotal person in the legacy of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the genuine Dharma coming our way!

The Passing of Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

Loving-kindness is the thought of wishing total happiness for others and putting that wish into practice. It is the thought of unconditioned, pure, and universal love towards all beings without attachment, self-centeredness, or expectation of rewards. — Tulku Thondup

Saraha and Sahaja

In this lecture, Roger Jackson talks about Saraha's songs, with a special focus on his teachings on sahaja – a vital tantric term variously translated as "the coemergent," "the connate," or "the simultaneously arisen."

Dön Season Retreat on Ocean

During the final days of the Year of the Water Rabbit, we will focus our evening practice on Vajrakilya and Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos.

The Star of Bethlehem

You begin to experience the dawn or glimmer of light, which in Western language is called the Star of Bethlehem

The Cremation of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Notes from Nepal, November, 2023

Many years back, at the time of the first visit of Thrangu Rinpoche to Boulder, Colorado at the invitation of Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Trungpa Rinpoche was asked what code word we could use for Thrangu Rinpoche when communicating the logistics of his transportation, arrival at events, etc.

Immensely Larger Vision

A larger world exists, but we have never looked at it. We are too concerned with our microscopes and our magnifying glasses. We try to make things large by using magnifying glasses, but we have never looked at outer space with our naked eyes. If we looked into it, we could find it–but we don’t have to use our binoculars and telescopes; we don’t need them; they are false pretenses. We don’t need any means to do this; we could just simply look at it, whatever it is, and enjoy it. An immensely larger vision of thinking and of celebration is taking place.

— From “Why We Are Here at All,” in Glimpses of Realization: The Three Bodies of Enlightenment page

I Urge and I Request

More and more, I think it is just so unfortunate that Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche died so young. If he were alive ...

Leonard Hortick

The twentieth anniversary of the parinirvana, of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche is a time of reflection for many of us. Many remember those events of a long time...

Two Moments

I met Rinpoche in person only twice, both in the mid-1980's in Berkeley. Once I waited in a reception line to meet him. When I finally came to the...

In The Beginning with Rinpoche

The year was 1971. I had just left NYC with my wife-to-be, after ending up a two-year stay as director of a new age enlightenment and communication center. It...


One day in the early 70s Rinpoche was sitting at his desk, and I pointed to his birthmark. He had a soft brown birthmark on his left forearm. I said something clueless like, “Is that a birthmark?”

The Mala

At the 1973 Seminary in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Rinpoche had to fly out to California for a few days for the release of "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism." Since the...

In Accord With Our True Nature

Update: (17 January 2005) David Chadwick did an interview with Jack in 1995, which he has just posted on cuke.com. Here's a link: Crooked Cucumber Interview with Jack Elias....

The Shrine Blessing

About 15 of us were doing the first dathun at the Abbey in January, 1986. The place was abuzz because Rinpoche was coming up to Halifax for the shrine...

Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche in Colorado

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche Arrives in Colorado and Wakes to a Double Rainbow at Phuntsok Choling https://youtu.be/WWlWEwvahJ0 Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche: 84,000 Teachings https://youtu.be/zj7kjIT8M3Q

Jigme Phuntsok on Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala and the 25th Rigden

All of you who are disciples of one who in the beginning was Guru Dorje Trollo and who now is Gesar of Ling, and who in the future will be the Twenty-Fifth Rigden of Shambhala ...

Surmang Diary

Encounter with Damchu Rinpoche We got a call from Surmang Foundation Regional Director Tsondru Tsering inviting us to his house for lunch I've known Tsondru and his family since 1992,...

How the Pygmies Came to the Land

Excerpted from an interview with Don Winchell in February, 2003 Shambhala Mountain Center (photo borrowed from the SMC site) "I saw it first from the back, and the only thing we...

Video Excerpt from When the Iron Bird Flies

This 5 minute clip from the feature documentary WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West follows Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche as he leaves England, lands in...

Karmapa Speaks of Kindness on International Day of Climate Action

On October 24th, the International Day of Climate Action, His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa said that there are many ways for us to be kind and generous towards others. "We as...