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Thirty-one years ago today, 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...

In the Shadow of the Purkhang

Here is Raging Bear’s marvelous account of Gade Gar.

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...

What Is Ngedön?

The opening address to the Ngedön School of Higher Learning at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, September 12, 1982

A Conversation with Shari Vogler

Shari Vogler served as the head cook to the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his family from 1977 until his death in 1987.
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The Teacher

In relating with the teacher, your critical input and your surrendering work together at the same time.

Irrepressible Teachings, Ngedön School, and The Next Ten Volumes of The Collected Works

SUMMER 2016: The last two weeks of July have been dominated by the political conventions to nominate the Republican and Democratic candidates for president and vice president of the United States. The polarization of the two parties ...

Burn Self Deception

Burn Self Deception is Jim Lowrey's account of the day Trungpa Rinpoche got the Pygmies, and other community members, to stop smoking marijuana.
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Devotion

The images captured in this video convey a glimpse of the profound devotion that is at the heart and root of the practicing lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Ugyen's devotion and service to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche ...

Famous Last Words

Rinpoche 's parting words to the sangha before leaving for a year-long retreat in 1977

Yeshe Fuchs

Yeshe talks about her work in the community over many years, and her connections to Chogyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham.

Memories of Chögyam Trungpa

He replied, “The path is the goal.”

Rainy Season Dathun

A dathun in Bir, India
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Invitation to Surmang 2018

Announcing the consecration of the Surmang Shedra

Another Bite of the Whole Enchilada

The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa: Volumes Nine and Ten

The Dathun Letter

In 1973 Chögyam Trungpa introduced a month-long period of meditation called dathün, which he recommended to all of his students.
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Such Thunderstorm

Barbara Bash calligraphs these words from the Vidyadhara's will; soundtrack by Steve Gorn
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Tibetan Buddhist Path

This fourteen-lecture series from the first session of Naropa (summer 1974) is commentary on the entire Buddhist path.

Boston Dharmadhatu: The Early Days

His talks were like timed capsules—timed to go off months and years and perhaps decades later

A Dowsing Lesson

You just had to tune your mind to the object of desire

Planting Terma on Mount Tamalpais

One day in the early 1970s, Trungpa Rinpoche decided to bury treasures on Mount Tamalpais

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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Buddha Genes

The heart of the buddha is a very open heart. That heart would like to explore the phenomenal world; it is open to relating with others. That heart contains tremendous strength and confidence in itself, which is called fearlessness. That heart is also extremely inquisitive, which at this point is synonymous with prajna, or discriminating awareness. It is expansive and sees in all directions. And that heart contains certain basic qualities, which we could call our true basic genes, our buddha genes. We all possess those particular buddha genes. Isn’t it strange to say that the mind has genes? But it turns out to be true. These genes are ever so loving, which goes beyond just being kind. They are absolutely free from any form of aggression. They are so soft and kind.

— From “What is the Heart of the Buddha?” in The Heart of the Buddha pages 6 to 7.

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A Conversation With Clarke Warren

In this three-part conversation, Clarke Warren talks about the Ri-me Society, challenges faced by Tibetan communities in exile, and how sanghas in the West might gain inspiration from their example.

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was a Tibetan incarnate lama who understood the Western mind. Through the years, I have appreciated the many teachings that he imparted. The students of Rinpoche,...

Compliments to the chef

In 1986 at the Vajradhatu Seminary, I signed on as the breakfast cook at Amakulo, the building used primarily as a family center. One day, the dinner cook became...

Please Give Me Space

I'd like to share my story of a personal teaching that the Vidyadhara gave to me in the early 1970s. Its import has grown for me over these many...

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...

A Half Hour in His Company

I was not part of Naropa in Boulder, but one day I smoked a cigarette on a bench next to Boulder Creek with Trungpa Rinpoche. I knew who he...

We Can Run!

Karme Choling, 1978. We were all excited that Rinpoche was coming to give a teaching program. I was 22 years old. I’d been on the staff at KCL for...

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...

Interview with Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

This interview was conducted in Cambridge, Massachusetts in October 2014. Thank you to Sam Bercholz for conducting the interview, and to videographer Ivan Bercholz. Part One: About his teacher,...

Uncovering Hidden Treasure

From BORN IN TIBET to FROM LION'S JAWS

Lessons from Milarepa’s Life and Songs

Review of a New Book by Chogyam Trungpa

Training: Pema Part Two

That's when he made the famous comment which I've repeated many times: "The monks and nuns should always be horny." He said, "We want real energetic juicy monks and nuns but they should keep their vows impeccably."

Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Visit to Halifax, June 2012

The shrine room was packed for the long awaited visit of Tsoknyi Rinpoche to Halifax in June 2012.