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Coming Soon:

An Interview with Her Eminence Jetsün Kushok Chimey Luding Rinpoche. Learn more about Jetsün Kushok.

Our dear friend Bill Scheffel took his life on July 8, in Boulder, Colorado. This is such sad and disturbing news. Bill was a devoted student of the Vidyadhara, a wonderful poet and documentary filmmaker. He will be sorely missed.

Terry Mason (Zanto, Zonto)

Terry died on July 6, 2018 of complications related to lung cancer.
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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.

A Conversation with Her Eminence Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche

In this interview Her Eminence discusses: Buddhism in the West

My Love for Kunga Dawa

  Last month (May 2018), while I was in Boulder to spend time with my family there, I visited with my old friend, Kunga Dawa (Richard Arthure). I had called...

Interview with Her Eminence Jetsün Kushok Chimey Luding Rinpoche

Jetsün Kushok worked full-time as a weaver and part-time as a housekeeper, while also raising four boys, running dharma centers, and practicing—often through the night.

Treasure Teachings from Ekajati

Trungpa Rinpoche received a major cycle of terma teachings from Ekajati
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Changing our Relationship to Anxiety and Stress

Andrew Safer talks about his do-it-yourself guide.

Upon the Day of Sukhavati for Kunga Dawa

It soon became clear that Kunga was the first (prime and close) student.
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Kunga Dawa on Chögyam Trungpa and Sadhana of Mahamudra

This footage is from a three-hour interview Cathy Hubiak and Bill Scheffel conducted with Kunga Dawa, Richard Arthure, earlier this year.
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Richard Arthure on Meeting Chogyam Trungpa

Richard Arthure on meeting Chogyam Trungpa. Video by Bill Scheffel.


Coming Soon:

An Interview with Her Eminence Jetsün Kushok Chimey Luding Rinpoche. Learn more about Jetsün Kushok.

Theism and Non-Theism

As far as I can see, there is no difference between theism and non-theism, basically speaking. Declaring an involvement with any kind of “ism” turns out to be a matter of self and other. In fact, the whole question of self and other can then become very important. But if you really pursue any spiritual path, you will discover, surprisingly, that self and other are one thing. Self is other, other is self….

Whether you worship someone else or you worship yourself, it is the same thing. Both theism and nontheism can be problematic if you are not involving yourself personally and fully. You may think you are becoming spiritual, but instead you could just be trying to camouflage yourself behind a religious framework–and still you will be more visible than you think.

— From “Theism and Non-Theism,” in Speaking of Silence: Christians and Buddhists in Dialogue, page

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Richard Reoch

President Reoch talks about his personal journey, his relationship to Sakyong Mipham, and some of the current issues facing the Shambhala community.

I Trust My Students

"The point is," he said to me, "I trust my students." There is, for me, no greater single statement of the unique quality of Rinpoche's profound teaching than these four words....

In The Beginning with Rinpoche

The year was 1971. I had just left NYC with my wife-to-be, after ending up a two-year stay as director of a new age enlightenment and communication center. It...

Jump Out the Window

Before I became a Buddhist, I was a mountain climber and nature lover. The Sierra Nevada Mountains of California were my spiritual home. Living in Berkeley in the late...

The Shrine Blessing

About 15 of us were doing the first dathun at the Abbey in January, 1986. The place was abuzz because Rinpoche was coming up to Halifax for the shrine...

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...

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...

An Interview with Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche

This interview was recorded at Pema Osel in Vershire, Vermont on August 9, 2010, during Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche's tour of North Americ

Smile if you have to

The origins and evolution of Sun Camp:
Excerpts from a new book by Will Ryken & Jim Lowrey

Lessons from Milarepa’s Life and Songs

Review of a New Book by Chogyam Trungpa

The Impression Suzuki Roshi Made on 15-Year Old Me

At one of the high points in my life, at the tender age of 15, I met Suzuki Roshi at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California. My mother, Carol...
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Touch and Go

Chögyam Trungpa's Epic Journey to the West