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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Cremation Ceremony

Thirty years ago today, May 26, 1987, hundreds of the Vidyadhara's students gathered in the upper meadow of Karme Chöling for their teacher's cremation. This slideshow presentation of Ray Ellis's photographs, accompanied...

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.

Tribute to Deirdre

Deirdre Stubbert, one of the original members of Trungpa Rinpoche's community, passed away on May 11 in Halifax. The Sadhana of Mahamudra will be performed to celebrate Deirdre's life in Halifax on Saturday May...

Tribute to Henry Schaeffer

Henry Schaeffer, an early student of Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, died on May 4th in San Francisco, California where he had lived for the past 30-40 years.

An Evening of Surmang Stories

Halifax: An Evening of Surmang Stories plus momos and drinks, May 19 at the Shambhala Centre.

Thirty Years After… Please post and read tributes here

On this, the thirtieth anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche's parinirvana, please offer poems, stories and tributes

Welcome to the New Chronicles!

After almost fifteen years, the Chronicles has a new site

Alice and Richard Haspray

Richard and Alice talk about Suzuki Roshi and their experiences at Zen Center.

Available from Kalapa Recording

Vajrayogini Sadhana Tris Video from Kalapa Recordings: Two Disks, 50 min., 135 min. In this DVD set the Vidyadhara gives his final Vajrayogini tri – the only one ever videotaped. It is then...
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Journey to Taktsang

In this slideshow, Chögyam Trungpa talks about receiving the Sadhana of Mahamudra at Taktsang in 1968. Commentary and readings by Carolyn Rose Gimian. In 1968, Trungpa Rinpoche left the United Kingdom for the...

A Conversation With Clarke Warren

In this three-part conversation, Clarke Warren talks about the Ri-me Society, challenges faced by Tibetan communities in exile, and how sanghas in the West might gain inspiration from their example.

Translators John Canti and Wulstan Fletcher share Khyentse Foundation’s Top Award

The Khyentse Foundation Fellowship for Service to the Buddhadharma, US$30,000 Fellowship is fourth to be awarded by the Foundation Translators John Canti and Wulstan Fletcher of the Padmakara Translation Group were awarded...

A Conversation With David Rome

Part one focuses on David's years as Trungpa Rinpoche his personal secretary and head of the Kasung. Part two is a discussion about the principles of commmand and protection. Part three is about his many activities since leaving Boulder in 1983.

Chogyam Trungpa in Mousehole

Chogyam Trungpa in Mousehole The west Cornish potter and teacher Bill Picard, died aged 92 in 2007. He was a cultured and charismatic buddhist. In the early 1960s, having been taught by...

A Conversation about the Vajra Regent with Kenneth Green

This three part discussion with Ken Green on the early years of the Vajra Regent's path is offered in commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Regent's passing. To introduce this conversation, Ken writes:

A Conversation with Derek Kolleeny

Part one: Trungpa Rinpoche's emphasis on developing close relationships between the traditional lineages of Tibetan Buddhism Part two: Westchester Buddhist Center, an independent center for study and practice in Westchester, NY.
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Interview with Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

This interview was conducted in Cambridge, Massachusetts in October 2014. Thank you to Sam Bercholz for conducting the interview, and to videographer Ivan Bercholz. Part One: About his teacher, Dodrupchen Rinpoche ...

A Conversation with AN UNCOMMON KING director,Johanna Lunn

An Uncommon King is a father/son story that starts in Tibet and ends with the birth of the Sakyong's first child.

A Conversation with Adam Lobel

In this three-part interview, recorded in December 2013, Julia talks with Acharya Adam Lobel about the current Shambhala path of practice and study.

A Conversation with Chris Pleim

Julia talks with Chris Pleim about the Profound Treasury Dharma Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A Conversation with Jane Kolleeny

Julia talks with Jane Kolleeny about the Westchester Buddhist Center. Visit westchesterbuddhistcenter.org for more information.

Bill Wooding on Being Gay in the Sangha

Julia speaks with Bill Wooding about being gay in the early Vajradhatu/Shambhala community, about the history of "Queer Dharma", and about the efforts made by a number of North American dharma groups to welcome and include the LGBTQ community as part of their sangha.
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1980 Seminary Slideshow from Allan Novick

Thank you to Allan Novick for sending in these images from the 1980 Seminary

Sarah Coleman’s Reflections on the Vajradhatu seminaries

Sarah Coleman takes us on a tour through the thirteen three-month seminaries led by Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1970s and 80s. From Teton Village, to Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Sarah gives us her raw impressions of the place, the teachings, the students, the era, and the teacher.

This Episode: A Conversation with Judy Lief

Judy Lief is a prominent Buddhist teacher, writer, and editor with an emphasis on the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa, and on a contemplative approach to death and dying.

Julia talks to Melvin McLeod about the Shambhala Sun Foundation

Melvin McLeod is the editor-in-chief of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly.

Episode One: Introduction

To introduce this series, Julia guides us through the mosaic, the many facets that have emerged from the world that Trungpa Rinpoche set in motion.

News from a Wandering Yogi

In early June 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche left his monastery in Bodhgaya, India without taking any money or belongings, just the clothes he was wearing, and without telling anyone where to find...

Stories of Shechen Kongtrül, told by Tulku Urgyen

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's Stories of Shechen Kongtrül, read by Larry Mermelstein.

Planting Terma on Mount Tamalpais

One day in the early 1970s, Trungpa Rinpoche decided to bury treasures on Mount Tamalpais. Here is Sam Bercholz's account of that expedition.

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 ...
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When Trungpa Rinpoche met Suzuki Roshi

Here is Sam and Hazel Bercholz account of the first meeting between Trungpa Rinpoche and Suzuki Roshi.

Akong Rinpoche Killed in Chengdu, China

The BBC reports that Akong Rinpoche has been murdered in southwest China, along with two others in the traveling party. A Chengdu police statement said that Akong Rinpoche, his nephew and...

Trungpa Rinpoche’s Connection with Alan Watts

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

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche Celebrates Chögyam Trungpa and the Kagyu Lineage

Khyentse Rinpoche's Teachings in Halifax During his talks on the foreword to The Rain of Wisdom, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche marveled at Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's guru devotion, vision, and tremendous contribution towards...

Tributes to Rob Graffis

Photo by Rob Graffis Rob Graffis 18 May 2013 This is a photograph of the Vidyadhara looking at Rob Graffis . Rob is taking the picture. We'll miss you, Rob. Chris Magnus May 18, 2013 As we all...

Jan Wilcox

Jan talks about being a student of Trungpa Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, the Diamond Heart Path, and serving as a Dapon in the Dorje Kasung.

Protecting the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya

Dear Friends, This past summer, a devastating forest fire in the Poudre Canyon near Fort Collins destroyed tens of thousands of acres of forest and many homes in the area. Mercifully, the...

Conversation with Patty Livingston

Marty talks with Dr. Patty Livingston about her work in anesthesiology and pain management, as well as her ongoing work in Rwanda training anesthesiologists.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

The conversation revolves around the topics of essence love, and the importance of developing a healthy sense of well being, which Rinpoche talks about in connection with the subtle body.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Visit to Halifax, June 2012

The shrine room was packed for the long awaited visit of Tsoknyi Rinpoche to Halifax in June 2012. Marvin Moore captures the presence of this remarkable teacher and the appreciation of...

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.

On Rinpoche and Roshi

In this episode, Henry Schaeffer and Sam Bercholz cover a lot of ground in 18 minutes, including Rinpoche throwing his mala over a fence in Oakland, Roshi blessing ...

The Very Venerable 9th Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

In this interview Julia talks with Rinpoche about fulfilling the aspirations of Chogyam Trungpa.

Never Give Up

In this episode, Jim talks about kasungship, the origins of Sun Camp, and the Vidyadhara's instructions to never give up.

Conversation with Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

In part one Barry asks Elizabeth about how she entered the Dharma and met Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.

No Man’s Land

In No Man's Land, Robert Merchasin talks about an extraordinary day in September 1971, and reflects on the lasting impact the events of that day have had on his life.

You have no territory to defend

Trungpa Rinpoche's words of advice to Jim Lowrey.

Johanna Demetrakas

Johanna talks about the making of Crazy Wisdom, her career as a filmmaker, and her experience of working on film projects with Chogyam Trungpa.

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.

Conversation with Ari Goldfield and guest host David Sable

Ari Goldfield is a Buddhist teacher and translator. He studied and practiced under the close guidance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche from 1995-2009.

Lodro Dorje and Larry Mermelstein: Part One

In this episode, Lodro Dorje and Larry Mermelstein talk about support for the Kagyu and Nyingma practices within Shambhala.

Lodro Dorje and Larry Mermelstein: Part Two

Lodro and Larry discuss the wealth of teachings and published material, and the depth of practice within the sangha.

Richard Reoch

Richard talks about issues of trust, devotion and loyalty, exploring the balance between practice with working in the world, and more.

Myth of Freedom and the Cosmic Joke with Ani Pema Chodron

In this talk, which is presented in three segments, Pema guides us through the beginning chapters of Trungpa Rinpoche's Myth of Freedom.

A conversation with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei XX

Twentieth in a line of bowmakers and kyudo (Japanese archery) masters, Sensei served for many years as the official bowmaker to the Emperor.

Yeshe Fuchs

Yeshe talks about her work in the community over many years, and her connections to Chogyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham.

Cathryn Stein

In this interview, Kate talks about meeting CTR, studying Sanskrit, and Tibetan, and working on many projects within the sangha.

Andy Karr

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

Martin Janowitz

Marty talks about meeting Trungpa Rinpoche, the development of the Kasung, Trungpa Rinpoche as servant, the role of youth, and more.

Eve Rosenthal

Eve talks about meeting Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, teaching Shambhala Training, becoming an Acharya, and her connection to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

The Essential Chögyam Trungpa

This eleven-class course on the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was led by Peter Volz, Clarke Warren, Sherab Chodzin Kohn, and Robert Spellman.

The Essential Chögyam Trungpa for Youth

We would like to thank Carolyn Gimian and Barry Boyce for teaching this program for young adults in Halifax.

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."

Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche

In this interview she talks with Her Eminence about: Buddhism in the West, cultural habits — East and West, the Buddhist culture of community, mandala principle, masters and methods of training, training in community, training in leadership, and transmission and empowerments.

Judith Lief

Judith Lief talks with Julia about the first seminary, editing Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's lectures, and more.

Mark Szpakowski

Mark talks about Buddhism, Shambhala, Shambhala Buddhism. He also discusses Radio Free Shambhala and more.

Larry Mermelstein Part One

Larry talks about the origins of the Nalanda Translation Committee and working with Trungpa Rinpoche the various translation projects.

Larry Mermelstein Part Two

Larry talks about the idiosyncrasies of Sanskrit pronounciation, researching the Vajrasattva mantra from Sanskrit and Tibetan sources, and more.

Thrangu Rinpoche

Thrangu Rinoche was born in 1933 in Kham, near Surmang. Trungpa Rinpoche and Thrangu Rinpoche, who were friends and dharma brothers from an early age, continued their close connection in the West.

Jeanine Greenleaf

Where there are meditators, there is a need for things on which to sit. In this interview Jeanine tells the story of Samadhi Cushions.

Changling Rinpoche

Changling Rinpoche, a devoted student of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, is the current abbot of the Shechen Monastery Shedra (monastic university) in Nepal.

Ken Friedman talks with sangha teens in Halifax

In 1980, under Trungpa Rinpoche's direction, Ken Friedman began to teach dharma to young people in the community.

Michael Chender

Michael talks about meeting Trungpa Rinpoche, his family heritage, the Council of Warriors, the Shambhala Institute, and more.

Richard John

Richard John talks about working with Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the Sopa Choling retreat and more.

John Rockwell

John Rockwell talks about bringing together Shambhala Training and the three yanas office of practice and Education.

Susan Chapman

Susan Chapman talks about the unique qualities of the three year retreat at Sopa Chöling and how it has changed over the years.

The Rinchen Terdzo

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

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Khyentse Rinpoche talks with Barry about Trungpa Rinpoche.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Barry talks with the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche about the lineage of Karmapas, the work and teachings of the Seventeenth Karmapa, and His Holiness's historic visit to North America earlier this year.

Mitchell Levy

Mitchell Levy talks about the Kalapa Council, loyalty, the Ripa lineage, and his relationship with Chogyam Trungpa, and Sakyong Mipham.

Tyler Dewar

Barry talks with Tyler Dewar about his training as a Tibetan translator, the experience of traveling with HHK and his party from Dharamsala to New York, and his work as one of His Holiness's English language interpreters.

Gesar Mukpo

Gesar Mukpo, son of Chogyam Trunpga, and incarnation of Jamgön Kongtrül of Sechen talks about his movie "Tulku" and more.

Peter Volz

Karmapa in America debriefing part one: Peter Volz talks about His Holiness's first visit to the West, his qualities as teacher and communicator, and his ability to transcend cultural, religious and spiritual boundaries.

Chogyam Trungpa

Listened to Trungpa Rinpoche's interview on CKGM radio in Montreal in 1971, including a call-in from17 year-old Jason Gavras

Reggie Ray

Reggie talks about his training with Trungpa Rinpoche, leaving Shambhala International, and the view and practice of dharma that he presents to his students.

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.

Barbara Bash

Barbara talks about the creative process, her passion for calligraphy, working with discouragement, her connection with Trungpa Rinpoche, and more.

Live from Halifax

A live show about is the Karmapas: CTR's relationship to the 16th HHK, his historic visits, and the upcoming first visit of the 17th Karmapa to North America.

Barry Boyce

Barry Boyce talks about the nature of propaganda versus genuine communication, the conversation between a magazine and its readership, and his inspiration to pass on the torch.

Noel McLellan

Noel talks about attending Vidya School in Boulder, the bond shared by his peers, moving to NS and taking a job at the Shambhala School in Halifax.

Cheryl Campbell

Cheryl talks about working in A Suite, her tenure at Karmê Chöling, her management of Vajradhatu Pubs, leaving the Shambhala nest, and working for clothing designer and philanthropist Eileen Fisher.

Alice Haspray

Alice talks about Zen Center, RMDC, NY Dharmadhatu, the South American sangha, the Commission on the Status of Women and Feminine Principle, and the Council of Warriors

His Holiness the Dalai Lama receives the US Congressional Gold Medal

Readers' comments Please send comments to: ]]> * * * Regarding Bush and the Dalai Lama: On the morning following the gold medal ceremony, I went to a talk that His Holiness gave at...

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche in Vermont

    Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche is traveling with an exhibition of sacred relics and artifacts that belonged to HH Dilgo Khyentse. Here are a series of photographs from the exhibit. Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche in...

Susan Edwards

Susan talks about meeting Trungpa Rinpoche, working as a metaphysical consultant, and teaching at Naropa, the feminine principle, and her experience of Trungpa Rinpoche's samadhi.

Cynthia Moku

Cynthia talks about meeting her teacher, Kalu Rinpoche, how she began to study with SMR, the origins of the Rigden thangka, and the ongoing iconographic work that she has undertaken.

Robert Rader

Bob talks about working with Chogyam Trungpa on design projects, the nature of the space that was created, and passing on what we received.

Judith Simmer Brown

Judith is well known as a dharma teacher and scholar with a special focus on the feminine principle and interfaith dialogue.

Jerry Granelli

Jerry talks about substance abuse, the pitfalls of imitating the guru, and remaining true to your understanding of Trungpa Rinpoche's vision.

Richard Reoch

President Reoch talks about his personal journey, his relationship to Sakyong Mipham, and some of the current issues facing the Shambhala community.

GLIMPSES OF ALAYA

A Discussion with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the NTC The Nalanda Translation Committee, Kalapa Court in Boulder, Colorado, Circa 1980. Left to right: Nelson Dudley, Scott Wellenbach, Lodro Dorje, Chögyam Trungpa, Larry Mermelstein, Sherab Chödzin,...

Douglas Penick

In 1977, I happened to be seated next to the Vidyadhara for several hours at an afternoon reception. An unbroken stream of people came up, knelt and spoke to him about...

John Weber

John talks about his experiences as a non-sectarian chaplain in an inner-city hospital, a great story about June Bugs, and more.

Fabrice Midal

Fabrice talks about his writings on the life and teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and his decision to leave Shambhala International.

Kenneth Green

Ken talks about government, corruption, Hopi prophesies, democracy, and the importance of showing up.

Bob and Lindy King

Bob and Lindy King talk about their journeys through Kham in the summer of 2005, and interviewing Khenpo Gangshar's consort, Chime Palmo.

Lady Diana Mukpo and Carolyn Rose Gimian

Lady Diana Mukpo and Carolyn Gimian talk about how the idea for a memoir first arose and how they worked together to make it happen.

Peter Volz

Peter reflects on Trungpa Rinpoche as master statesman, the Office of External Affairs, and the need to train a new generation of Shambhala diplomats.

Jonathan McKeever

Jonathan table about growing up in the sangha, his memories of early Sun Camps, and how he sees his current role as one of the leaders of Sun Camp.

Steve Roth

Steve tells some great Karmapa stories and gives us a glimpse into what it was like to be in the Sixteenth Karmapa’s entourage.

James Gimian

Jim talks about the myriad ways in which Trungpa Rinpoche worked with his students to nurture their personal understanding and sense of trust in their own intelligence.

Molly Nudell

Dispatches is delighted to present this fascinating and very personal look at the often misunderstood realm of Trungpa Rinpoche’s visual dharma teachings.

Venerable Khandro Rinpoche

Khandro Rinpoche talks about the admiration her father, Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche, and other prominent teachers of his generation had for Trungpa Rinpoche.

Helen Berliner

Helen Berliner talks with Julia about her early connection with Trungpa Rinpoche, the importance of working with form, the Mindrolling lineage, and being a student of Khandro Rinpoche.

Chris Tamdjidi

Chris Tamdjidi discusses the importance of relating to earth in terms of establishing a good container for the teachings.

Adam Lobel

Adam discusses how the Sakyong sees his role as stabilizing the Druk Sakyong's teachings.

Fleet Maull

Fleet talks about his years of incarceration, and his work with hospice, and the power of bringing practice to prisons, and more.

William McKeever

Bill reflects on the choicelessness of service, the path of devotion, practicing with illness, and encountering real fear and uncertainty.

Bonnie Rabin

Julia talks with Bonnie Rabin, Halifax psychologist (voted best psychologist in Halifax by readers of the Coast), life coach, and long-time student of Chögyam Trungpa.

Carolyn Rose Gimian

Carolyn talks about editing and compiling of many of Rinpoche’s books and other writings.

Stephen Seely

Steve takes a look at his relationship to Ponlop Rinpoche and the Nalandabodhi community, in light of his ongoing connection to the Mukpos and the Shambhala mandala.

Wendy Friedman and Richard Peisingers

This week's dispatch is from Wendy Friedman and Richard Peisinger, the coordinators of Sakyong Mipham and Semo Tseyang's wedding festival.

William Karelis

Bill Karelis reflects on the growing pains of the Shambhala community and the role of the citizenry in helping to address these challenges.

Jeff Waltcher

Jeff talks about the vision for Shambhala Mountain Center, what has been accomplished there, and the challenges that lie ahead.

Letters of The Current Situation

The Current Situation (TCS), as it was known, grew into a bitter dispute that seemed unresolvable, and over the course of the next three years, generated a flurry of letters and official statements, several of which are presented on this page.

Leonard Hortick

Leonard discusses his relationship to practice and community, and his concerns regarding the direction of Shambhala International.

Walter Fordham

Introducing Dispatches -- a radio programs about people's fundamental connection with the guru, dharma, and sangha and how their lives reflect that connection.

The Pygmy Farm

In the late 1960s a group of friends from various parts of the country met in San Francisco and (when one of them happened to find a cheap farm for rent)...

Interview with James George

27 June 2003     Excerpt from recorded interview If you have the time and the bandwidth, this short (12 minute) recording is worth listening to. It captures a certain quality that is difficult to...

Loneliness and Love: An audio Valentine from Chögyam Trungpa

Student: What is the validity of having a relationship with one person if falling in love just comes from loneliness? Is the validity of such a relationship just another illusion?

Techniques of Mindfulness

Tail of the Tiger (Karme Choling), Barnet, Vermont; August 1974 Commentary Introduction The notes on Chronicles introducing the previous seminar, "Training the Mind," also provide a good introduction to this "Techniques of Mindfulness" seminar...
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Tibetan Buddhist Path

This fourteen-lecture series from the first session of Naropa (summer 1974) is commentary on the entire Buddhist path.