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Memories, Dreams and Reflections of the 16th Karmapa

Black Hat, Black Mountains I met the 16th Karmapa in 1976 when he was invited to a farmhouse in the Black Mountains of Wales. If there is one event which I can say changed my life, this was it. Karmapa occupied the throne completely. He had a spiritual dignity that made it his rightful seat, just as the...

Tribute to Ginny Lipson

A very loved longtime friend and fellow practitioner, Virginia (Ginny) Lipson died this afternoon, Wednesday, November 24. Ginny is survived by her husband, Howard Lipson.

Tribute to Ann Hodson

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Tribute to Cliff Esler

Cliff Esler was born in Washington DC during the second world war, February 24th 1945.

Doha of Sadness

I, Chögyam, your little son, remain in sadness

Suffering as a Vehicle

When there is physical pain, there is also a kind of mental irritation connected with it. And this mental irritation, this “pain,” is something we build up unnecessarily with the hope of getting rid of the physical pain. In fact, it produces even more pain. We feel that we are shut in, that we are helpless, that we have to contact the doctor, that we have to have medicine, that we have to do something about it. So there is a continual searching, a running after something, rather than first just examining, questioning, seeing it. “Where did this pain come from?” “What actually is it?”

Usually, everything is done with speed, without checking into it, without seeing properly. When a person is able to see with faith in oneself, rather than asking for help all the time, and one realizes that there is nobody to help, perhaps then one might do something to help oneself. Perhaps after a certain incident, you find your whole pattern of life changed: through an accident, a severe illness, or going through a war, you realize that there is something profound happening. Until one really develops that kind of self confidence and understanding of the positive element in oneself and ones experience, it is very difficult to see the true pattern of relative truth, which also contains the absolute.

Then suffering, physical suffering in this case, becomes merely a physical sensation or feeling. Mental pain consists of this helpless attitude, or one might say, this fascination towards the pain, the problem, the trouble. So when one is not fascinated, and no longer thinks of the pain as something separate from oneself, then one finds something familiar in it, something to be learned from it. In this way, suffering acts as a vehicle, and the problem does not belong to the devil. One realizes that there is a kind of positive element in it.

— From “The Positive Aspect of Suffering,” an unpublished manuscript.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

The conversation revolves around the topics of essence love, and the importance of developing a healthy sense of well being, which Rinpoche talks about in connection with the subtle body.

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Trungpa Rinpoche came to America in the early days of the spread of Buddhism in the west. He was able to connect with many people and many became his...

The Architect

I had just finished an interview with Rinpoche, and started to get up to leave...he said "You can stay.....if you want." I sat back down and in was led...

Four Moments of Truth

Four Moments of Truth

Glimpses of Tail of the Tiger 1970

  Jonathan first heard of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970 when his mother, Nancy Eric, showed him a brochure she had picked up about Tail of the Tiger. Jonathan read...

The Fibre Glass Buddha

Many people meeting the Vidyadhara for the first time may have felt awkward and out of place. Some may even have felt as deeply ambivalent about the situation and...

Climbing the Stairs with Rinpoche

The Vajracharya placed his right hand in mine and the fleshy depth of his hand swallowed me whole.

Richard Arthure on Meeting Chogyam Trungpa

Richard Arthure on meeting Chogyam Trungpa. Video by Bill Scheffel.

Sound and Noise

Roshi's Teachings on the Sandōkai

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 Here's a link: Crooked Cucumber Interview with Jack Elias....

A letter to the Sangha from Lady Diana Mukpo

Dear Members of the Shambhala Community, In a news release issued by the Shambhala News Service on June 15th, my name was invoked in connection with the discussion of the...

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche at Shambhala Mountain Center

I just spent a magical afternoon with Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. He came to Shambhala Mountain Center to see the Great Stupa and we hosted him in classic Vajradhatu...

Tashi Deleg! Cheerful Shambhala Day!

Trungpa Rinpoche and Czareena at Mill Village, 1984.   Editor's note: Rinpoche begins his address with the Japanese New Years greeting, "Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu!" © 2005 Diana J. Mukpo and the Shambhala...

Excerpts from: Taming Untameable Beings

We should keep all these stories of the beginning of Buddhadharma in America. I personally feel very grateful for the existence of the Pygmies. Without them, there was no...