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"

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.

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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.

— From “Practice and Basic Goodness: A Talk to Children,” in The Heart of the Buddha, pages 193-194.

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...

Robert Rader

Bob talks about working with Chogyam Trungpa on design projects, the nature of the space that was created, and passing on what we received.

Habitual Patterns

A mini-aria composed by Alan Kent Anderson. Text taken from a 1979 Kalapa Assembly talk by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Permission to use text courtesy of Diana Mukpo. ©1998 Alan K....

1978: Children’s Day at the Court

On the first several Children's Days in Boulder...

Being Tara

Unique and extraordinary visual dharma instructions from Trungpa Rinpoche

From Now Onward

I was seventeen. July 1973. My brother Neil brought me to hear Rinpoche talk...

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...

A Message

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...

Togden Yogi Achos on The Importance of Bodhichitta for the West

Togden Yogi Achos is a senior togden who arrived in India from Tibet in the late 50s. Togden Achos entered the Khampagar retreat center in Eastern Tibet at age 16...

Tail of the Tiger and its Neighbors

Stories from the Chronicles roadtrip.

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