Believe in Your Basic Goodness
[From a talk to a children’s program in 1979:]
You don’t have to feel inadequate because you are children trying to reach adulthood. You just have to be. In order to do that, you need to develop an attitude of believing in your basic goodness and you need to practice meditation. When you sit like the Buddha, you begin to realize something called enlightenment. That is just realizing that there is something very straightforward and very sparkling in you. It is not necessarily feeling good. It is much better than feeling good; you have a sense of tremendous buoyancy, upliftedness. You feel healthy and simple and strong.
Thank you to Charles Manson for uncovering this material and sharing it with Trungpa Rinpoche's students
Four Moments of Truth
I was living in Boston at the time of the Vidyadhara's 1986-87 illness, and we in the sangha there had been doing intense practice because of this on and off for months. I recall that during that first week in April 1987 we were getting various messages from Halifax and it was unclear what his condition...
Lineage and Devotion
As our devotion increased in these early years, we came to regard Trungpa Rinpoche as the only and the everything. It seemed that he came out of nowhere, like a bolt of lightning. But there was a larger context...
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Cremation Ceremony
On May 26, 1987, hundreds of the Vidyadhara's students gathered in the upper meadow of Karme Chöling for their teacher's cremation. This slideshow presentation of Ray Ellis's photographs, accompanied by Jeremy Blackburn's music, captures some of the qualities of that day. Photographs: Copyright (c) 2016 Ray Ellis, used here by permission. Music performed by Jeremy Blackburn: Gade Gar...
In the Shadow of the Purkhang
Here is Raging Bear’s marvelous account of Gade Gar.
Joni and Rinpoche
Here is Joni Mitchell in conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden after receiving the Gershwin Prize. When asked what themes she might want to explore currently in her songwriting, Joni talked about her connection with Trungpa Rinpoche
Prayers for Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s Health and Longevity
The Vajra Vidya community is asking all of us who have a connection to Thrangu Rinpoche to practice for him at this time
KCCL Opening Celebration
The program will feature talks by various teachers and a Sadhana of Mahamudra feast
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche 2023 parinirvana commemoration, Surmang, Tibet
Wenchen nuns and Kyere monks participated at Wenchen nunnery, led by Karma Senge Rinpoche, assisted by Damcho Tenphel Rinpoche, who are the nephew and brother of Chogyam Trungpa.
Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels
For Vesak Day: A bilingual sūtra recitation of “Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels”
The Passing of Rigdzin Shikpo Rinpoche
Announcement from Longchen Foundation, April 29, 2023
Karma Pakshi and Two Mongol Emperors: Genesis of the Reincarnate Lamas Tradition
Charles Manson, the Librarian at the Bodleian Library at Oxford, talks about his new book "The Second Karmapa Karma Pakshi.
On Retreat in Charlemont: Silent Footage from 1972
A happy, quiet, soft, and tender time. Early Fall, early melting snow, early days with the guru
On Trungpa Rinpoche’s Unique Brilliance
About Trungpa Rinpoche's "mind-boggling brilliance"
Remembering the kind root guru Chokyi Gyatso the 11th Trungpa Tulku
This poem is from The Medium of the Breath by Kunga Dawa.
Tribute to Trungpa Rinpoche
Listen to Robin's audio tribute to the Vidyadhara.
The Top Ten Reasons Why …
Asked to give a toast to the Vidyadhara at the events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Vidyadhara's parinirvana in Halifax, Barry Boyce began to compose a toast telling a story or two centered on him and what a great and important student he was and is and has become and will be—somewhat diminishing and overshadowing...
Tenga Rinpoche on Chogyam Trungpa
Tenga Rinpoche described the contributions of Chogyam Trungpa and the Shambhala community in hosting the Sixteenth Karmapa's tour of the West.
Remembering and Rejoicing in our Connection
Rejoicing in our connection
Bob talks about working with Chogyam Trungpa on design projects, the nature of the space that was created, and passing on what we received.
Elocution Lessons with Chögyam Trungpa, Part One: Recognizing the Power of Speech
Part One: Recognizing the Power of Speech
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...
One day in the sitting room of the Kalapa Court on Mapleton Avenue, around 1977-78, I was attending Rinpoche as a Black Guard. He asked me to take a...
Glimpses of Yarne
Gampo Abbey is a Buddhist Monastery on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. At the time of filming, it was celebrating thirty years since its founding by Chögyam Trungpa...
Living with Awareness and Integrity
Book Review: EIGHT STEPS TO AN AUTHENTIC LIFE, Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times by Patricia Ullman
1980 Seminary Slideshow from Allan Novick
Thank you to Allan Novick for sending in these images from the 1980 Seminary
Love in the Time of Chaos
Training in Tenderness, by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Shambhala Publications, 2018
Outer, Inner and Secret Levels of Mindfulness Practiceby Lodro Sangpo
Please note: Participants in this course may also be interested in Lodro Sangpo’s course on Abhidharma in the Context of […]
Kitchen Sink Series: The Path is the Goalby David Nudell
This five-week course will use Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s text, THE PATH IS THE GOAL. Taken from two seminars in 1974, one held […]
Mind, Symbol, and Word: The Three Levels of Vajrayana Transmissionby Judy Lief
According to the Vidyadhara, our understanding of the three lineages begins with our relationship with the teacher. It begins […]
Mahamudra Aspiration of Rangjung Dorjeby Gerardo Abboud
Rangjung Dorje’s Mahamudra Aspiration is an extraordinarily pithy and comprehensive text. Not only does the text elucidate the […]