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 a year and had just joined the Kasung. Rinpoche stayed...
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What Trungpa Rinpoche Accomplished

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche reflects on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's life and teachings

The Enlightenment of the Buddha

These three talks on the enlightenment of the Buddha were given at Karme Choling in December 1975.

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.
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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Cremation Ceremony

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The Samadhi of the Guru

This is a 2007 recording of Susan Edwards reading her piece, The Samadhi of the Guru, on KGNU Radio in Boulder with music by Thomas Lenk.

Work with the First Glimpse of Suffering

Student: I wanted to ask you how you can relate with suffering without dwelling on it.

Chögyam Trungpa: Work with the first glimpse, and then boycott whatever happens afterwards. We have a first impulse or first insight usually, and then after that we begin to manipulate it and make it into our own ideal concept of some kind or another. So the idea here is to just look at the first flash of pain, which is very fresh and clear, and not to comment on it anymore. Often the contemplative writings of the Buddhist tradition talk about disownership of your experiences. that’s a very popular term. Even if you have a semi-significant experience, still disown it, don’t try to keep it. Disownership plays a very important part.

— From “Awareness and Suffering” in The 1974 Hinayana-Mahayana Seminary Transcripts, page 78.

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The Usual

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Jump Out the Window

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Interview with James George

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