A student of his own sensitivities, George was gentle and forgiving, inviting intimacy with his simplicity. When others spoke, he afforded them space and listened intently. Precise and measured in his words, he had a gift for transforming complicated...

Midsummer’s Day 1980

A Glimpse of Midsummer's Past

Western Thangka Painting: An interview with Jack Niland

"If you want to rule a kingdom, you have to have a kingdom, and a kingdom is a culture, and a culture is art." - CTR 1971

The Passing of Ato Rinpoche

We deeply regret to learn the sad news that Very Venerable Ato Rinpoche passed away yesterday, May 18, 2024.

Call for Book Donation for Three Yanas Retreat

Good morning! Your friends at the Foundation for Enlightened Society are running a book drive of dharma texts to distribute to participants of the Three Yanas Retreat this Summer at Drala Mountain Center. Texts that would be particularly helpful include Profound Treasury volumes, Seminary transcripts, and any other books or texts that could be helpful to new students embarking...

Review of Pith Instructions from my Teachers

James Gritz has written a profound Dharma book, which he organized in the form of a spiritual memoir.

The Passing of Randy Hester

Randy spent his life communing with the mystical, exploring the myriad dimensions of consciousness, and on April 12, 2024, at 9:35 pm, he finally transcended, leaving his old and broken body behind. After 12 years struggling with Parkinson’s and dementia, his final days were increasingly without struggle. In the last week when it was clear he...

The Passing of John Odenthal

John Odenthal, a long-time student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and a dear friend to many passed away in Halifax on February 25. Please hold him, and his daughter, Brighid, in your thoughts and prayers.

Surmang shedra completed and in use as a shedra

Starting in 2010, while work on the shrine room furnishings continued, the shedra building complex has been used for various children's programs, for shedra-type study programs for monks, as the temporary monastery lhakang (shrine hall) when the monastery's lhakang was being rebuilt, and as a temporary residence for nuns while the Kyelaka nunnery associated with Surmang Dutsi Til was under construction.

The Passing of Ricky Assaly

A sukhavati will be held on Friday January 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the Boulder Shambhala Center Main Shrine Room.

Father Thomas Keating and Trungpa Rinpoche Talk About Egolessness

This conversation took place during Naropa’s 1983 Christian Buddhist Conference

Mother’s Milk

When you take a leap into the phenomenal world, you may think it is a very bold and heroic thing to do. However, you might awake, as if from a dream, and find yourself in the mouth of a crocodile.

The Passing of Tania Leontov

We stand both in great sadness for the passing of Tania Leontov as well as a reverence and immense appreciation we feel toward a spiritual sister who has been such a pivotal person in the legacy of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the genuine Dharma coming our way!

The Passing of Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

Loving-kindness is the thought of wishing total happiness for others and putting that wish into practice. It is the thought of unconditioned, pure, and universal love towards all beings without attachment, self-centeredness, or expectation of rewards. — Tulku Thondup

Saraha and Sahaja

In this lecture, Roger Jackson talks about Saraha's songs, with a special focus on his teachings on sahaja – a vital tantric term variously translated as "the coemergent," "the connate," or "the simultaneously arisen."

Dön Season Retreat on Ocean

During the final days of the Year of the Water Rabbit, we will focus our evening practice on Vajrakilya and Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos.

Conquering Fear Is Not Blocking Sensitivity

Conquering fear is not based on blocking your sensitivity. Otherwise, you become a deaf and dumb monarch, a jellyfish king. Sitting on a horse requires balance, and as you acquire that balance in the saddle, you have more awareness of the horse. So when you sit in the saddle on your fickle horse, you feel completely exposed and gentle. If you feel aggressive, you don’t have a good seat. In fact, you are probably not even riding the horse. You don’t put your saddle on a fence railing. You have to saddle a real horse. In this case, riding the horse is riding somebody else’s mind. It requires a complete connection. In the Buddhist tradition, this is called compassion, or working with somebody else. You are completely exposed in this situation. Otherwise, it’s like a medieval knight encased in his armor. It’s so heavy that he has to be cranked up onto the horse. Then he rides off to battle and usually falls off. There’s something wrong with that technology.

— From “Conquering Fear,” in The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Eight, page 406.

Creating a Drala Culture

The Vidyadhara set about designing a world, not by introducing something foreign, but by literally turning our conventional world inside out, revealing essence.

Beverley Webster

Beverley talks about decorum, bravery and love, life in Cape Breton, finding the European land center, and her role as Trungpa Rinpoche's executive secretary.

The Curse of Devotion

The curse of devotion is the ungraspable imprint of an empty heart

Meeting Rinpoche

In the autumn of 1969, I was living in Berkeley, California. I had been introduced to Zen meditation by a friend and began practicing meditation either at the Zen...

Every Lifetime

I had not seen the Vidyadhara in a while. It was probably 1975 or 1976... and when he was visiting NY I had an interview with him. Among other...

Nothing Else

Sometime in the early 80's, I was helping Trungpa Rinpoche with names for the Vajrayogini abhisheka. I think it was my first time doing that, so it was likely...

Servant

One evening in 1971, at the Four Mile Canyon house

The Do-Gooders

I lived at Tail of the Tiger from November 1971 until the spring of 1972 when Rinpoche asked me, along with Ken and Helen Green and their small son Mithra,...

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...

The Gradual Path of Raising Buddhist Children

A Conversation with Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Walk Slowly, Arrive Now

Gradual and/or Instantaneous:
A Review of Two Very Different Books That Converge on a Vital Topic

On Becoming a Teacher

An Interview with Jakusho Kwong-roshi

It’s Up To You

A Review of Chögyam Trungpa's Latest Title

Love in the Time of Chaos

Training in Tenderness, by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Shambhala Publications, 2018

Larry Mermelstein and Barry Boyce on the Sadhana of Mahamudra

On January 14, 2023, Barry and Larry had a candid conversation about the Sadhana of mahamudra in Ocean's Main Shrine Room. Here is the recording of that event.