Review of a New Book by Chogyam Trungpa

Old Dog Wags Its Tail

It was April in Halifax.
It was misty and cold.
There was black ice in the harbour.

My Guru Was One Scary Son Of A Bitch

Sung at the Sadhana of Mahamudra feast in Halifax, 4 April 2009

On the 31st Parinirvana

But the weight of your hand has reached through time, touched my heart and made me Mukpo.

The Curse of Devotion

The curse of devotion is the ungraspable imprint of an empty heart

4:15 am, Thimphu, Bhutan

May Peace Prevail over all the Earth for All Beings

Meeting the Guru

I expected something extraordinary to happen ... but nothing happened, and he was very pleased.

Sangha Offerings

Thirteen years of tributes to the Vidyadhara
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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

The Padmasambhava of Our Time

Arguably the most important figure in the transmission of Buddhism to the West.

New from Nalanda Translation

SONGS OF EXPERIENCE:
A New Book of Meditation Teachings from Chögyam Trungpa

These newly translated teachings on meditation were given by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet, before he was 19.

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Truth Always Works

Truth always works. There always has to be basic honesty; that is the source of trust. When someone sees that you are telling the truth, then they will realize further that you are saying something worthwhile and trustworthy. It always works. There are no special tips on how to trick people into sanity by not telling the truth. I don’t think there can be such a thing at all. At least I haven’t found it in dealing with my own students. Sometimes telling the truth is very painful to them, but they begin to realize it is the truth, and they appreciate it sooner or later. It is also important to realize that you don’t have to have control over others. You see, that is exactly the truth situation: you do not have all the answers; you are not assuming control over people. Instead, you are trying to tell the truth–in the beginning, in the middle, and at the end.

— From “Creating an Environment of Sanity,” in The Sanity We Are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology, pages 148 to149.

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The Apple Stem

This story takes place at Karme Choling meditation center in Vermont around 1982. There were two of us working in the graphic design department. I was the assistant. We...

Planting Terma on Mount Tamalpais

One day in the early 1970s, Trungpa Rinpoche decided to bury treasures on Mount Tamalpais. Here is Sam Bercholz's account of that expedition.

The Tibetan Tent

In 1980, Richard Rice, Bernd Ladendorff and myself decided that the Vidyadhara should have a Tibetan-style tent in which to host His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa at the upcoming...

In the Kitchen at BPB

In 1981 or 82, when I was living at Karmȇ-Chöling in the position of head cook, I still couldn't figure out whether I was connected enough to Rinpoche to...

It Was the Memory of His Kindness

I read something recently that recalled the evening I heard Chögyam Trungpa speak in Toronto in the autumn of 1971. My memories of that evening come back to me...
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A Tour of Biddulph Old Hall

Rigdzin Shikpo takes us on a tour of Biddulph Old Hall in Staffordshire, England. Biddulph Old Hall is the site of some of Trungpa Rinpoche's early teachings in the...

Treasure Teachings from Ekajati

Before leaving Tibet, Trungpa Rinpoche received a major cycle of terma teachings directly from Ekajati. His nephew, Karma Senge, tells the story.

Historical Comments on The Sadhana of Mahamudra

To make a long story short, there was tremendous corruption, confusion, lack of faith, and lack of practice in Tibet. Many teachers and spiritual leaders worked very hard to try to rectify that problem. But

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...

Letter to the 1980 Seminary

From the all-encompassing vajradhatu, Indestructible nonthought beyond description, From the vast dharmadhatu, The unceasing play of energy and light, The dharmakaya Vajradhara takes form As the incomparable root guru, Chokyi Gyatso. The five poisons and...

About the Sadhana of Mahamudra

Adapted and excerpted from the Introduction to Volume Five of The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa. Introduction, © 2004, Carolyn R. Gimian. Used by Arrangement with Shambhala Publications The Sadhana...
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Journey to Taktsang

In this slideshow, Chögyam Trungpa talks about receiving the Sadhana of Mahamudra at Taktsang in 1968. Commentary and readings by Carolyn Rose Gimian. In 1968, Trungpa Rinpoche left the United Kingdom...