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A Review of Two Very Different Books That Converge on a Vital Topic

A Project of Special Interest to Chronicles Readers

We wanted to share with you a project that we feel has a special significance for our readers, and our core mission
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The CTR Transcription Project

Completing the digital transcription and captioning of Chogyam Trungpa’s 2,500 lectures

Togden Achö – Recollections

Escape from Tibet with Trungpa Rinpoche
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The Question of Magic

As far as tantra is concerned, magic is working with the real world on a completely ordinary level. Magic is completely relevant to our world, our life and our path.
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Touch and Go

Chögyam Trungpa's Epic Journey to the West

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...

The Karme Choling Rock Garden

“The Japanese would be very proud of this!” -CTR
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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.

Ones Own Microscope

What is important is to get beyond the pattern of mental concepts which we have formed. That does not mean that we have to create a new pattern or try to be particularly unconventional and always go without lunch or what-have-you . . . . .That would not particularly solve the problem. The only way to solve the problem is by examining it thoroughly. . . . .One must learn to be a skilful scientist and not accept anything at all. Everything must be seen through ones own microscope and one has to reach ones own conclusions in ones own way. Until we do that, there is no savior, no guru, no blessings, and no guidance which could be of any help.

— From “The Life and Example of Buddha,” in Meditation in Action, page13. 1970 edition.

The Genuine Face of the Guru

Why all the fuss over a dead man; why don't you just get over it and move on? Someone asked me that the other day. Good question. A couple...

Meeting the Best Friend That You Will Ever Have

When I was around 13 years old I was very stubborn. One of my first real gestures of rebellion towards my parents was to refuse to go to church...

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...

An Oryoki Moment

It seems that Rinpoche wanted to know who the young lady was who knew all the chants by heart and ate so beautifully.

Four Moments of Truth

Four Moments of Truth

Chogyam Trungpa in Mousehole

Chogyam Trungpa in Mousehole The west Cornish potter and teacher Bill Picard, died aged 92 in 2007. He was a cultured and charismatic buddhist. In the early 1960s, having been...

When Chögyam Trungpa met Jules Chender

Yuli Shenderoff was born in Russia in 1920 at a time of pogroms against the Jews. As a very small boy, he learned to lie when strangers came to...

Sound and Noise

Roshi's Teachings on the Sandōkai

Father Thomas Keating Dies at 95

A Trappist monk with a connection to Trungpa Rinpoche

Chögyam the Translator

"...he used to amazing effect the fact that no one expected him to speak syntactically perfect English. Subtle, complex, and mind-opening ambiguities, as well as multiple shades and layers of meaning emerged easily from his often slippery sentence structures."
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Saga Dawa Sūtra Resounding

A Message from 84000, Translating the Words of the Buddha

His Final Home

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Chögyam Trungpa's parinirvana, the Chögyam Trungpa Legacy Project mounted an extraordinary exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax.

The Three Bodies of the Buddha

A Report on Trungpa Rinpoche's Class at CU Boulder, Winter 1971 In the fall of 1970 Bob Lester, then Chairman of the Religious Studies Department at the University of Colorado,...