There are days I wake up weary

Cheerful Year of the Wood Horse: 1978

Here is the first ever Shambhala Day address, nine minutes and 17 seconds. It took place just after dawn in the newly renovated third-floor shrine room of Dorje Dzong, now the Boulder Shambhala Center. The room was packed with many students and many young children; it was a joyful moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh​

A Great Victory Banner of Dharma

Chögyam Trungpa’s Vast Ocean of Teachings

Barry Boyce surveys Chogyam Trungpa's vast body of teachings and their lasting impact on how Buddhism is understood and practiced

Trungpa Rinpoche in Scotland, 1966

Plus some very helpful comments from Michael Scott

Such Thunderstorm

Barbara Bash calligraphs these words from the Vidyadhara's will

Introduction to The Art of Calligraphy: Part I

Venerating the past in itself will not solve the world's problems. We need to find the link between our traditions and our present experience of life.

Introduction to The Art of Calligraphy: Part II

...at the beginning you just learn to make straight lines on your paper -CTR

Introduction to The Art of Calligraphy: Part III

Gently, but with great conviction, the brush would descend to the paper and make its first dot. Often Rinpoche would pause the brush on this first mark, as if waiting for the calligraphy to be born from its seed.

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

The Essence of What He Invoked

I watched a video of Rinpoche for the first time in a long time recently. When I saw him and heard his first words, his presence was so vivid...

Cooking Rice with Marty Janowitz: Conversation with Chuck Lief

Chuck discusses his many years of experience in social enterprise, providing housing, childcare, and health care for low income individuals and families.

Peter S. Volz

One of the characteristics of a bodhisattva is an absence of self-interest and self-importance. The Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was a fully accomplished bodhisattva, and his teachings and life...

Servant

One evening in 1971, at the Four Mile Canyon house

Three Spiritual Icons of the Early 20th Century

I was a student in the Gurdjieff* work in San Francisco and London in the early 1960's. During that time I also attended a number of Krishnamurti** talks in...

Lunch is served

I was on staff as a cook in the Vidyadhara's household in Los Angeles in 1979. It was a joint ITS (Intensive Training Seminar) and ATS (Advanced Training Seminar)...

How To Speak the English Language

Elocution lessons with Trungpa Rinpoche Soon after arriving in India in 1960, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche began to study English with the help of Freda Bedi and later John Driver, both...

When Gerald Red Elk Met Chögyam Trungpa

After I made the introductions, Gerald Red Elk presented some gifts to Chögyam Trungpa, who was seated. He unfolded some gems: a turquoise stone, which he said represented the nature of the universe; a red stone, which he said represented the nature of the gods; a green stone, representing earth; and a purple stone, representing medicine.

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...

His Holiness’ Visit to Karma Thegsum Choling

Shamong is located in a beautiful rural part of New Jersey (yes that does exist), in the Pine Barrens, and the KTC there is located in a very modern...

Glimpses of Yarne

"You could say we are just an average bunch of people here — average in terms of our confusion and our wisdom, our inherent goodness and our obstinate little...

Yangsi

Sometimes we called him Mr. Universe. Dilgo Khyenste Rinpoche was a towering and charismatic epitome of enlightened realization, a teacher to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche as well as Trungpa Rinpoche's...

The Karme Choling Rock Garden

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

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.