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Celebrating the life and legacy of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa

Tribute to Don Root

Don Root, one of the earlier students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, died on Monday evening October 4th of a massive heart attack. He was 83. He leaves behind his wife, Dorje Root, and two grown daughters Kelsey and Caroline, and son Eric and many grandchildren. Please note: New tributes do not appear immediately. Your tribute will be...

CASTLE OF EGO 

Once upon a time, there was a little boy who was a rainbow child. He lived in a vast desert and didn’t know where he came from and what his name was. He was all alone and had never met anybody else. He was totally happy and loved the sunrise, the sunset, the moon, and the stars.

Tribute to Jack Niland

Jack Niland passed away on Monday, September 13 in New York City. There will be a Sukhavati Ceremony for Jack on Tuesday, September 21 at 6:30 pm Eastern in Ocean's Main Shrine Room. Judy Lief will be presiding.  All are welcome. Among the earliest of CTR's students in North America, Jack received a wealth of first-hand dharma...

Tribute to Jean Claude

Jean Claude van Itallie died on September 9, 2021 in Manhattan. He was a central figure in the experimental theater movement for decades and an early friend and student of Trungpa Rinpoche. You can hear him talk about his recollections of Rinpoche in this Chronicles interview from 2004. *** Please note: New tributes do not appear immediately. Your...

Kagyu and Nyingma Three Yanas

The teachings and practices held within the Vajradhatu and Shambhala sanghas grew from the extraordinary dharma activity of the Druk Sakyong, the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. As he often emphasized, his teaching and activity was not his personal invention, but the legacy of over 1,200 years of realized masters in Tibet along with 1,300 years in...

Early History of the Werma Sadhana

During the Vajradhatu era, in general people received the Werma Sadhana transmission after having completed all levels of Shambhala Training and after having received the stroke and lungta transmissions. In the beginning, there was no Warrior’s Assembly, Rigden ngöndro, or Rigden abhisheka. Students received the Werma transmission as part of a program called “Kalapa Assembly.” The...

Tricky Warriors

We don’t want to become tricky warriors, with all kinds of tricks up our sleeves and ways to cut people’s logic down when we don’t agree with them. Then there is no cultivation of either ourselves or others. When that occurs, we destroy any possibilities of enlightened society. In fact, there will be no society; just a few people hanging out. Instead, the fearless warriors of Shambhala are very ordinary, simpleminded warriors. That is the starting point for developing true bravery.

— From “Conquering Fear,” in The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Eight, pages 399-400.

Andy Karr

Andy Karr talks about Mudra theater group, kusung training, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, miksang photography, and more.

Fearless Compassion

To think of Trungpa Rinpoche it is not just to remember an extraordinary man, but to be drawn into the depth and vastness of his mind, to glimpse a...

The Architect

I had just finished an interview with Rinpoche, and started to get up to leave...he said "You can stay.....if you want." I sat back down and in was led...

Kasung Log: Bringing Them Around

In the late 1970s the Vidyadhara was making fairly frequent visits to Boston Dharmadhatu. Energy was sparking and new people were popping up almost daily. One of these was a...

The Kiss and the Pimple

In 1981, even though we were not tantrikas yet, the Vidyadhara invited some members of the Nalanda Translation Committee French Section, which was established in Montreal three years before,...

As a Parent, All You Can Do Is…

In 1975 I brought my son Ben to an interview with Trungpa Rinpoche. I got him as dressed up as I could manage from Berkeley CA's pathetic department-store...

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Quick Charcoal

I met Rinpoche in 1971, becoming a student of his soon after, and for life. During the course of it, he assigned to me an eclectic array of different tasks and challenges. One of these was to make portrait sketches of him as he ...

What Space?

We did not have a place to house CTR for the 1974 ITS (Intensive Training Seminar). Peter Hull and I looked around and found a brown trailer in...

May I Return Here

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in Jerusalem

Recalling Prajna

Prajna, the Shambhala Mountain Center home of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and since 1987 Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, burned to the ground in an early morning fire on April 7, 2009. Prajna...

Pure and All Pervading

KTGR: In the Sadhana of Mahamudra, in the verse that begins, “In the mandala of mahamudra / Shines moonlight, pure and all-pervading …,” Trungpa Rinpoche perfectly conveys his enlightened intention. This verse is incredibly profound.

Saga Dawa Sūtra Resounding

A Message from 84000, Translating the Words of the Buddha

The Court

Then, seemingly out of the blue and certainly not to my liking, Rinpoche announced on Christmas Day that he would like to invite my mother to dinner ...

Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes

The Practice of Contemplative Photography, by Andy Karr and Michael Wood, offers a practical system of instruction that applies the wisdom of Buddhist teachings on perception and creativity to...