Naropa University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Chogyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa.

Shambhala Day Address, Year of the Water Dog, 1982

The Chronicles would like to wish everyone a very cheerful Shambhala Day/Losar and the very best of the Earth Dog year ahead. Tashi Delek to us all!

On the Mamos, the Dharmapala Principle and Mahakali Vetali

This article was written in February 1998 in response to the following post from Emily Danies: 1) Please would somebody define "mamo" so I can explain it to other practitioners. 2) What is the home practice for mamo chants during this last week before Shambhala Day? ( there's no "center" wherein one can practice).

Mark Nowakowski

Mark Nowakowski talks about the don days at the end of the lunar calendar and the annual practice of "Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos."

Mindfulness, the Essence of the Here and Now

We may undertake the practice of meditation with a sense of purity or austerity. We somehow feel that by meditating we are doing the right thing, and we feel like good boys or good girls. Not only are we doing the right thing, but we are also getting away from the ugly world. We are becoming pure; we are renouncing the world and becoming like the yogis of the past. We don’t actually live and meditate in a cave, but we can regard the corner of the room that we have arranged for meditation as a cave….This strong tendency is an attempt to isolate the practice of meditation from ones actual living situation. We build up all kinds of extraneous concepts and images about it. It is satisfying to regard meditation as austere and above life.

But mindfulness of life steers us in just the opposite direction. The approach of mindfulness of life is that, if you are meditating in a room, you are meditating in a room. You don’t regard the room as a cave. If you are breathing, you are breathing, rather than convincing yourself you are a motionless rock. Your keep your eyes open and simply let yourself be where you are. There are no imaginations involved with this approach. You just go through with your situation as it is. If your meditation place is in a rich setting, just be in the midst of it. If it is in a simple setting, just be in the midst of that. You are not trying to get away from here to somewhere else. You are tuning in simply and directly to your process of life. This practice is the essence of the here and now.

— From “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness,” in The Sanity We Are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Mindfulness, page 29.

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Sharon Hoagland

Sharon talks about her experience of working in Trungpa Rinpoche's court and the Regent's household, and her continued service to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Glimpses of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Life and Legacy in Tibet

Many thanks to Lyndon Comstock and Jon Ransohoff and everyone at the Konchok Foundation for making this wonderful documentary available. It is such a delight to see where Rinpoche...

At the Redneck Bar

It was back in 1972 or maybe 1973. Trungpa Rinpoche was invited to give a talk on Buddhism at a Quaker retreat center in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania....

At Suzuki Roshi’s Funeral

In this seven minute audio clip, Sam Bercholz describes the events surrounding Roshi's funeral, including Rinpoche's comments about appointing a dharma heir, and ...

Trungpa Rinpoche’s Connection with Alan Watts

Here is Sam's account of Trungpa Rinpoche's friendship with Alan Watts.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche Retreat in Massachusetts

Between 20,000 and 75,000 years ago, the Laurentide Ice Sheet covered what is now eastern Massachusetts in thousands of feet of ice and carved hills that remain today. In...

The Day I Shook Hands with my Guru

Note: This story takes place in Boston in March of 1982. The talk mentioned is the same one that was videotaped and titled "Creating Enlightened Society." It was a beautiful...

Dennis Southward: Looking in the same direction

Dennis Southward talks about his time in prison in the 1960s for turning in his draft card, and soon thereafter, connecting with Trungpa Rinpoche.

An Interview with Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche is the grandson and spiritual heir of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He was born in 1967 and raised by his renowed grandfather. Since Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's passing in 1991...
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Necessary Angel

An interview with Henry Schaeffer, by Bill Scheffel Henry Schaeffer studied with Suzuki Roshi before meeting Chögyam Trungpa and becoming the latter teacher's student in 1970. In this video, Henry...

How I Met Rinpoche

Part One of a Conversation with Ani Pema Chödrön.
Training of an American Buddhist Nun. The following conversation between Pema Chödrön and Walter Fordham took place in Halifax on 10 December 2003.

Joining Heart and Mind: An Evening with the Karmapa

During his last event in New York, a public talk at the New York Society for Ethical Culture in Manhattan, the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, leader of the...

The Rinchen Terdzo

At some point during the 1970's, Trungpa Rinpoche received a complete set of the Rinchen Terdzo from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

1978: Children’s Day at the Court

On the first several Children's Days in Boulder...