Dear Friends,

We are very pleased to announce that the matching funds challenge has been met.

Thank you to all our donors. We are inspired by your generosity!

 
Jack Niland passed away on Monday, September 13 in New York City. There will be a Sukhavati Ceremony for Jack on Tuesday, September 21 at 6:30 pm Eastern in Ocean's Main Shrine Room. Judy Lief will be presiding.  All...

CASTLE OF EGO 

Once upon a time, there was a little boy who was a rainbow child. He lived in a vast desert and didn’t know where he came from and what his name was. He was all alone and had never met anybody else. He was totally happy and loved the sunrise, the sunset, the moon, and the stars.

Tribute to Jean Claude

Jean Claude van Itallie died on September 9, 2021 in Manhattan. He was a central figure in the experimental theater movement for decades and an early friend and student of Trungpa Rinpoche. You can hear him talk about his recollections of Rinpoche in this Chronicles interview from 2004. *** Please note: New tributes do not appear immediately. Your...

Kagyu and Nyingma Three Yanas

The teachings and practices held within the Vajradhatu and Shambhala sanghas grew from the extraordinary dharma activity of the Druk Sakyong, the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. As he often emphasized, his teaching and activity was not his personal invention, but the legacy of over 1,200 years of realized masters in Tibet along with 1,300 years in...

Early History of the Werma Sadhana

During the Vajradhatu era, in general people received the Werma Sadhana transmission after having completed all levels of Shambhala Training and after having received the stroke and lungta transmissions. In the beginning, there was no Warrior’s Assembly, Rigden ngöndro, or Rigden abhisheka. Students received the Werma transmission as part of a program called “Kalapa Assembly.” The...

Tribute to Barbara Blouin

A few days ago (August 2, 2021), my good friend Barbara Blouin died. I am filled with sadness and gratitude; for her release from pain and suffering, and for her long and enduring friendship. Barbara and I met through our work as social workers in Nova Scotia, both gaining Masters degrees as mature students; hers following a PhD in...

Tribute to Jerry Granelli

We pass on the very sad news that Jerry Granelli, long-time sangha member and jazz legend, died early morning of July 20 in Halifax. Jerry had been in poor health for much of the past year. Jerry led the class shown in this video on Sunday, July 18, 2021, just two days before his death.

The View from the Summit

The tantric journey is like walking along a winding mountain path. Dangers, obstacles, and problems occur constantly. There are wild animals, earthquakes, landslides, all kinds of things, but still we continue on our journey and we are able to go beyond the obstacles. When we finally get to the summit of the mountain, we do not celebrate our victory. Instead of planting our national flag on the summit of the mountain, we look down again and see a vast perspective of mountains, rivers, meadows, woods, jungles, and plains. Once we are on the summit of the mountain, we begin to look down, and we feel attracted toward the panoramic quality of what we see. That is ati, or ultimate, style. From that point of view, our achievement is not regarded as final but as a re-appreciation of what we have already gone through. In fact, we would like to retake the journey we have been through.

— From “Maha Ati,” ” in Journey without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha, pages 133 to 134.

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.

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...

My First Buddhist Event

I was dating a girl in western Massachusetts. She was a practicing Buddhist. She invited me to go to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's funeral in Vermont. Being a person versed...

No Man’s Land

In No Man's Land, Robert Merchasin talks about an extraordinary day in September 1971, and reflects on the lasting impact the events of that day have had on his life.

James Yensan

In this 4-minute video, Jim Yensan recalls the sense of trust he experienced as a student of Trungpa Rinpoche.

A Lover Not a Fighter

It was 1976 and I was attending a public seminar at Karme Choling conducted by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  A close friend and I first met Rinpoche in 1971 and my...

Chogyam Trungpa: The Early Years

The Early Years in Colorado This is an account of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's early years in Colorado. It is based on interviews with people who were involved with his initial...

Khyentse Foundation: Ten Years of Giving

Khyentse Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's mandala, celebrated ten years of impressive generosity in June 2012, with a celebration at the University of British Colombia in...

Chronicles Interview with Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche

Traleg Rinpoche comments on the importance of studying Trungpa Rinpoche's teachings

The Gradual Path of Raising Buddhist Children

A Conversation with Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

What if they Gave a Party and Everyone Came?

Bhutan's Gross National Happiness Debuts on the World Stage

SEARCHING FOR SHAMBHALA

Where and what is it?