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KCCL Opening Celebration

Sunday, June 4, starting at 10:00 am Eastern in Ocean's Main Shrine Room. The program will feature talks by various teachers and a Sadhana of Mahamudra feast

Joni and Rinpoche

Here is Joni Mitchell in conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden after receiving the Gershwin Prize. When asked what themes she might want to explore currently in her songwriting, Joni talked about her connection with Trungpa Rinpoche

Prayers for Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s Health and Longevity

The Vajra Vidya community is asking all of us who have a connection to Thrangu Rinpoche to practice for him at this time

The Passing of Rigdzin Shikpo Rinpoche

Announcement from Longchen Foundation, April 29, 2023

Karma Pakshi and Two Mongol Emperors: Genesis of the Reincarnate Lamas Tradition

Charles Manson, the Librarian at the Bodleian Library at Oxford, talks about his new book "The Second Karmapa Karma Pakshi.

Tribute to Karen Ritchie

Please join KCCL for Karen's Sukhavati and help us celebrate her wisdom and life, in-person and on Zoom Saturday, March 25 1:00 pm EASTERN 2:00 pm ATLANTIC KCCL in the Mahasangha Shrine room at 871 Young...

Tribute to Harold Rolls/Tenzin Yongdu

Harold Rolls / Lama Tenzin Yongdu was a longtime student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and a gifted architect. After Trungpa Rinpoche's passing, he became a close student of Jamgön Kongtrul Rinpoche. The announcement below...


The journey to awakening begins when we begin to hear the dharma. When heard in the present moment, the songs of past lineage holders can suddenly become relevant and specific to our own personal path.

Dön Season Retreat

During these final days of the Year of the Water Tiger, we will focus our evening practice on Vajrakilya and Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos. See the schedule below for...

Tribute to Patricia Dogegan

Remembering Patricia Donegan Patricia Donegan, the great poet, translator, and promoter of haiku, died on Tuesday, January 24th at 6:20pm CST. Her friend Elaine Martin shared the following: "During a recent visit with...

The CTR Digital Library is Here!

It's official, the Chogyam Trungpa Digital Library is Live

Dön Season Retreat

As the  year of the Water Tiger draws to a close, Ocean will host daily Vajrakilaya and Mamo session

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.

Children’s Day in Halifax, 2022

On December 20, 2022 there was a wonderful Children's Day celebration at the Halifax Shambhala Centre. Here are photos from Liza Matthews.

Tribute to Karen Zorn

Dear Friends, Thank you to the Boulder Shambhala Center for the following announcement. Karen Louise Zorn (Karen Pomeroy, Karen Greenberg) passed peacefully surrounded by her children on Saturday, November 12, 2022. She is...

16th Karmapa: Interview with a Buddha

On the 16th Karmapa’s second tour of the West in 1976, he was interviewed on a television program called “Vermont Report.”

Mahasangha Space at KCCL

Video produced by Robert Zimmerman with the assistance of Marvin Moore Mahasangha Shrine Room Complete! KCCL now has a Mahasangha Shrine Room complete with pre/post meditation room, kitchenette, coatroom, restrooms, and a separate...

Tribute to Cathy Pressman

We are very sad to announce that Cathy Pressman died Thursday, August 11. Cathy was a very longtime student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and a very dedicated member of the Buddhist...

Tribute to Tom Crow

Thomas Dale Crow, a longtime sangha member of Halifax, died peacefully July 22 with his wife June at his side, at Parkland at the Gardens where he had been residing in...

The Passing of Chime Palmo

Khenpo Gangshar's consort/wife, and grandmother to the current Gangshar Rinpoche

Tribute to Deborah Garrett

Our dear friend, Deborah Garrett, died on July 1 following a two year dance with brain cancer

Tribute to Jan Watson

Our dear warrior sister died on July 1st in the midst of a delightful lunch date, while enjoying a lovely day

Khandro Rinpoche Addresses the Ocean Community

During Ocean's Parinirvana Day feast practice on April 4, 2022, Her Eminence Khandro Rinpoche appeared among us. She arrived at the perfect moment and said what we needed to hear.

The Passing of Jacqueline Reimer

Our dear friend and dharma sister, Jacqueline Reimer, died May 4, just before sunrise, as the sky was turning a luminous orange-gold. Jacqueline’s strong, cheerful spirit and quirky sense of humour were...

Austin Azel Laughlin Aug. 19, 1940-March 30, 2022

There was never a box invented into which Austin could fit.  His adulthood coincided with the sixties, a time and a movement he seemed to be made for.  His finger was...

Parinirvana Day 2022

Thirty-Five Years After

Tribute to Bruce Cressman

Bruce Cressman, stalwart protector, and teacher, peacefully passed from this incarnation on Saturday morning, March 12, 2022, in Boulder, CO after a lengthy illness.

World Premier: Traleg Rinpoche Documentary Film

A new documentary film about this wonderful Tibetan Buddhist teacher who escaped the Chinese invasion of Tibet at the age of five. World Premiere - online 12-19 March 2022.

Milarepa Day

Sunday, March 13th
In Ocean's Main Shrine Room

News of Dudjom Rinpoche’s Passing

Dudjom International Foundation and Dudjom Labrang announced today that His Holiness Dudjom Sangye Pema Shepa Rinpoche, the supreme head of the Dudjom Tersar, passed into parinirvana on 15 February. 

Tribute to Ned Nisbet

Our friend and brother Ned Nisbet died on Jan. 16th unexpectedly. This is a cause of great sadness for us, but we also feel the joy of having him in our lives.

Jerry Granelli Legacy Fund

Beloved by many as a dharma brother and a jazz icon, Jerry’s work continues through the JGLF

Anne Studley’s Passing

Post tributes to Anne below *** It is with great sadness and joy that we share the passing of our vajra warrior sister, Anne Kathrine Studley, from this life at 2:45 am on...

On Meeting Thomas Merton

"The first genuine person I met from the West" -Trungpa Rinpoche

Unborn Unborn

Song's of Chogyam Trungpa

1981 Seminary at Chateau Lake Louise

Photos by Marvin Moore
Video Presentation by Robert Zimmerman

Trungpa Rinpoche in Scotland, 1966

Plus some very helpful comments from Michael Scott

About The Lee and his work at Surmang Foundation

A Man and a Mission From Monday Morning Mojo by Scott Kronick Since beginning the Monday Morning Mojo I have been asking family and friends one consistent question: “who inspires you”? The answers...

Lama Pema Public Talk

KCCL, October 3, 2021

Tribute to Ann Hodson

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Tribute to Cliff Esler

Cliff Esler was born in Washington DC during the second world war, February 24th 1945.

Lama Pema on Supplication to the Takpo Kagyu

This talk took place at KCCL in Halifax on October 3rd, 2021

Forty Years Since His Passing

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...

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...

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...

Dharma Art with Jack Niland

Karme Choling’s 50th Anniversary Week

Tribute to Jerry Granelli

We pass on the very sad news that Jerry Granelli, long-time sangha member and jazz legend, died early morning of July 20 in Halifax. Jerry had been in poor health for...

A Conversation with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche on Peaceful Heart

An introductory guide to cultivating patience and opening your heart to difficult circumstances

Meredith Monk’s Guided Meditation

On June 19, 2021, during the Midsummer Practice Day on Ocean, Meredith Monk led a very helpful and moving practice of body, speech and mind. Thank you to the Profound Treasury Retreat for coordinating this event.

How Do You Toast a Mahasiddha?

A Parinirvana Day toast from Antonio Wood

Guerrilla Fundraising for KTGR’s Digital Library

Help support the Marpa Network's Digital Library project

Voices from Larung Gar

First book release from the from Larung Gar, the enormous monastery in Sarta founded by Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche.


Song by and adapted by Trungpa Rinpoche.

CTR Quote of the Week

Sangha News: CTR quote of the week

Translating the Dharma

An update from the Chögyam Trungpa Institute as part of an ongoing series of letters to notify people on the work of CTI on translation and its importance in bringing access...

The Nalanda Translation Committee Newsletter

Sign up for the newsletter from The Nalanda Translation Committee, which supports the dharma activity of the Vidyadhara, his successors and their students, Shambhala International, and the practice and study of...

Four Calligraphies from the 1973 Seminary

Many of Trungpa Rinpoche's students have original CTR calligraphies framed and displayed in their homes. Rinpoche often called for paper, ink and brush to mark birthdays or weddings, or to commemorate important events. Here is Abbie Halpern's story about four such works by the prolific Chögyam Trungpa.

Tribute to Norm Matkin

Norm Matkin, passed away peacefully at Dartmouth General Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 22, 2020 at the age of eighty-seven.

Road Trip: Part I

Tour the twists, turns, dead ends and wayside stopovers of our Buddhist journey

KCCL Is Moving to Halifax

KCCL (Karma Changchub Ling) has announced that they are moving to 871 Young Avenue on the Halifax peninsula. This is the same property they almost purchased last March. Unfortunately, the deal...

Homage to Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Hosted by KCCL and Ocean, Saturday, October 24, 2020

Tribute to Peter Barbieri

A Sukhavati is scheduled for this evening, October 8th at 6:00 MDT via Zoom. See details below

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Parinirvana Gathering on Ocean, Oct 5, 2020

Some 150 people gathered on Monday, October 5 to commemorate the life and teachings of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Here is the video recording of that gathering.

Matthieu Ricard on the Anniversary of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s Parinirvana

Here is Matthieu Ricard talking about his teacher, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. This video message marks the anniversary of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoches's passing. Thank you to Matthieu Ricard for sharing these inspiring...

Damage From the Cameron Peak Fire

Michael Gayner shares photos of the damage

Update on the Fire at Shambhala Mountain Center

The fire is under control and the Great Stupa has been saved

Cameron Peak Fire Reaches Shambhala Mountain Center

This is a poignant moment for everyone with a heart connection to SMC. We will be updating this post as new information comes to light. 

A Day of Practice

On June 28, the Profound Treasury Retreat community hosted a day of practice (nyinthun) on Ocean. Here is a talk that Judy Lief offered during the morning session.

The Heart of Enlightened Action

Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche teaches on the mahayana at the Berkley Shambhala Center, August 2007. Here are talks One, Two, and Three of the five talk series.

Karme Choling’s 50th Anniversary

From September 17th through the 22nd, KCL will feature a variety of online events for the whole community.

Tribute to Fran Lewis

Our dear friend and dharma sister Frances Lewis passed away early Saturday morning, July 18, 2020, having suffered a very recent decline in what had been quite good health these last...

Tribute to Carolyn Kanjuro

Please join us for the online practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra on July 7, 2020 at 5:00 PM MDT, 7:00 PM EDT for Carolyn Eve Kanjuro. Carolyn passed on July...

Tribute to Hildy Maze

We are very sorry to tell you that Hildy Maze was found dead at her home on Long Island on Thursday. There is not much specific information. It was apparently quite...

Tribute to Karl Usow

Sukhavati for Karl A Sukhavati Ceremony is scheduled online for Karl, for Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00 pm EDT.  We will recite the Narak Kongshak, a traditional practice for clearing obstacles, followed...

Tributes for Douglas Anderson

May we all please send our best prayers and wishes to Douglas for a journey free of obstacles and blessed by his strong practice and devotion. Tributes to Douglas

The Wisdom Seat

The Wisdom Seat is a group of Buddhist teachers and practitioners residing in the Mid-Atlantic region who host spiritual teachers, sponsor meditation retreats and offer support to those on the Buddhist...

Karma Changchub Ling (KCCL)

A Buddhist residential meditation center in which monastics and non-monastics complement and support each other

The Chogyam Trungpa Institute

The Chogyam Trungpa Institute was established at Naropa in 2017, the 30th anniversary of his death, to highlight the work of its founder...

Longchen Foundation

Welcome to the Longchen Foundation, an international community of Buddhist students and teachers practising meditation in the Mahayana Maha Ati (Dzogchen) tradition of Buddhism. The community, or mandala, is under the...

Westchester Buddhist Center

Meditation available for all new and seasoned meditators of all Buddhist traditions in Westchester County, NY.

The Profound Treasury Retreat

The Profound Treasury Retreat is a 9-day Buddhist meditation and study retreat based on the Buddhist teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Ri-mé Society

Celebrating the Living Dharma / Based in Boulder, Colorado

James George Chronology

A partial timeline of his accomplishments and continuing activities

Tribute to Marvin Casper

Please keep Marvin, his family and legions of friends in your hearts

The Audio Repair Project

Here is a list of what's working again

The Passing of James George

James George passed away on Friday night, February 7, 2020 at the age of 101. He was an important person in Trungpa Rinpoche's life, and in the history of the Vajradhatu/Shambhala...

Tribute to Sherab Chödzin

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Sherab Chödzin (“Prajna Dharma Holder”) Kohn, very dear friend and colleague for many decades. I was so pleased, by chance,...

Alice and Richard Haspray talk about Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Suzuki Rochi's arrival in North America

Year End Funding Drive 2019

We have two high priority projects

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche Dies at 95

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche (1924-2019)

Mindfulness, Compassion, and Daily Life with Judy Lief

Facing Death, Working with Dying, A Fresh Look at Relationships, and Milarepa’s Journey

On Moonbeams

On October 10, 2019, Elizabeth Callahan and Derek Kolleeny had this really helpful discussion about MOONBEAMS OF MAHAMUDRA. Thank you to both of them and to the 60 participants who joined in.

Tribute to Michael Chender

With very deep sadness and an unfathomable feeling of loss we pass on the news that Michael Chender died at home, surrounded by family on Tuesday evening, July 2, 2019. For those of you...

A Project of Special Interest to Chronicles Readers

We wanted to share with you a project that we feel has a special significance for our readers, and our core mission

Journey to Taktsang

Travel with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche from Scotland to Taktsang in 1968, and hear him talk about receiving the Sadhana

Longer Range Questions

After almost seventeen years of Chronicling, a lot has happened: an oral history collection has been gathered, the two websites (Chronicles and Ocean) have been developed, and Ocean has grown into...

Tibetan Buddhist Path

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


A conversation with Carolyn Gimian and Barry Boyce celebrating the launch of this important new title from Chögyam Trungpa

Interview with Karma Senge about Kyere Gompa

The Chronicles (TC): Rinpoche, rather than asking you for further stories about Trungpa Rinpoche today, I'd like to ask you to talk about Kyere Gompa. I'd also like to ask about...

A Brief History of Tassajara

From Native American Sweat Lodges to Pioneering Zen Monastery

A Glimpse of the 16th Karmapa

Through the eyes of Steve Roth

Sounds like Children’s Day

A Chronicles Radio Special Edition from December 21, 2006

Children’s Day Candlelight Ceremony

At the Halifax Shambhala Centre, 20 December 2018

Father Thomas Keating Dies at 95

A Trappist monk with a connection to Trungpa Rinpoche

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...

Unpublished Interviews

Joudi Adolphe Westman -August 8, 2003 Steve and Jeanne Baker September 3 & 10, 2004 Hazel Bercholz -June 7, 2004 David Bolduc -September 4, 2004 Jane Condon - March 11, 2002 Gabriel Bershen - March 2002 Jeremy Blackburn - August...

Tribute to Bill Scheffel

Our dear friend Bill Scheffel took his life on July 8, in Boulder, Colorado. This is such sad and disturbing news. Bill was a devoted student of the Vidyadhara, a wonderful poet and documentary filmmaker. He will be sorely missed.

Terry Mason (Zanto, Zonto)

Terry died on July 6, 2018 of complications related to lung cancer.

A Conversation with Her Eminence Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche

In this interview Her Eminence discusses: Buddhism in the West

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.

Stories of Sechen Kongtrül, told by Tulku Urgyen

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

Saga Dawa Sūtra Resounding

A Message from 84000, Translating the Words of the Buddha

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Cremation Ceremony

On 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 by Jeremy...

A Conversation with Shari Vogler

Shari Vogler served as the head cook to the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his family from 1977 until his death in 1987.

Rainy Season Dathun

A dathun in Bir, India

Invitation to Surmang 2018

Announcing the consecration of the Surmang Shedra

First Thought Best Thought

A slide show of selected photographs by Chögyam Trungpa

The Essential Chögyam Trungpa

An eleven-class course on the essential teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

When Ice Clogged the Harbour

About 10 days before Rinpoche's passing on April 4, 1987, Halifax harbour began filling up with ice...

Join us in Celebration on April Fourth

 Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast & Celebration All are welcome Ocean Shrine Room 7:30 pm Eastern

Words of My Perfect Teacher

Including Ngondro Retreat

Smile if you have to

The origins and evolution of Sun Camp:
Excerpts from a new book by Will Ryken & Jim Lowrey

Iliana: A Winter Solstice Tale

A Story for Children's Day

Children’s Day Songs & Stories

A collection of stories and songs celebrating Shambhala culture and Children's Day, the winter solstice holiday. Available from Kalapa Publications

I Would Not Dare

Originally published on Youtube on Oct 2, 2017 by iQIYI, a provider of high-quality video and entertainment services in China.

Meditation: The Path of the Buddha

In 1974 during the inaugural session of The Naropa Institute, Chögyam Trungpa presented this course on meditation.

Kindness in the Trenches

From Jill Scott's participation in the breastcancer.org online community Jill's Husband, Michael Scott, writes: After Jill's death, I discovered her extensive participation in an online forum for breast cancer patients — breastcancer.org...

Tribute to Beverly Johnson

Beverly Johnson, 76, a longtime student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, died August 19. Viewing was held at the Shambhala Center in Boulder on Thursday, August 24 and was followed by a Sukhavati ceremony. Beverly was...

Tribute to Dan Meade

In 1978 Dan Meade was appointed by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche as the Ambassador to Philadelphia where he and his wife Meera served until1985. Dan was one of the first Ambassadors, along with...

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.

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 the contemporary...

Richard Reoch Dissolves Into Light

Please note the date of this post. In this first ever miracle involving a white male, Shambhala's president has dissolved completely into light. Known traditionally as achieving the state of "lightness", the...

Her Eminence Jetsun Khandro Rinpocheon the passing of Peter Lieberson

I was deeply saddened by the passing of Peter Lieberson, who was both a good friend and a wonderful teacher and student of the Buddhadharma. Lopön Peter, as he was known...

Tribute to Arthur Louis Borden

___________________________ Refuge name: Chime Chodzin - Eternal Holder of Dharma Shambhala name: Milk Thunderstorm Bodhisattva name: Jigme Lamchen - Highway of Fearlessness. __________________________ Jan 31, 1943 - Aug 27, 2009 Two poems Arthur wrote this poem when he...

Jakusho Kwong-Roshi Describes Being with Trungpa Rinpoche

https://vimeo.com/24712305 Video by Bill Scheffel Jakusho Kwong-roshi is a lineage heir of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and was also close to Trungpa Rinpoche. He is the founder and abbot of the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center...

Poetry tributes to Trungpa Rinpoche

No fooling! Thirty-two years ago today, Rinpoche asked me to help him play an April Fool joke on the sangha. He thought a while and then asked me to call Vajradhatu and pretend...

2009 Parinirvana Day Offering

https://youtu.be/Fjat42qEcjk Dear friends, I am a little late as usual, in terms of the parinirvana of both my late father and the Vidyadhara. I just want to let you know that this so...

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 very large...

The Parinirvana of Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen

Prominent teachers and thousands of devoted Tibetan and Western students gathered and practiced at Mindrolling Monastery in India to pay respects to His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche, who passed into parinirvana...

Visiting Casa Werma, A Personal Experience

By Gary Hubiak Acharya Simon Luna was re-visiting the homeland of his Mexican parents for the first time in 30 years in May of 2007. He had come to teach mahamudra at...

Road trip photo album

Thirty people were interviewed during this tour of the Northeast for a total of over 70 hours of recorded conversation about Trungpa Rinpoche. The following people were interviewed during May and June...

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.

Tribute to Olive Colón

Our dear vajra sister Olive Colón passed away on June 13, 2016. Members of the Tucson Sangha, along with neighbors and friends, were by her side, assisting her through her decline...

Jim Lowrey Reads from Taming Untameable Beings

https://soundcloud.com/trungpachronicles/jim-lowrey-reading-from-untameable-1   Taming Untameable Beings is available in paperback and Kindle e-book at: amazon.com and www.amazon.ca Facebook: Taming Untameable Beings

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.

Oxford Refuge for Buddhist Monks

Newspaper clippings from the UK press in 1964 describing CTR's escape from Tibet.

Tribute to Binny Clarke

Dear friends, we just received word that Binny has passed on, quietly and peacefully in his home in New Boston, NH. Janet Romaine, his siblings, as well as his caregivers were...

Tribute to George Marshall

By Cicely Berglund A long time ago Rinpoche said 'One day you will be dropping like flies' -so make the most of this opportunity. And indeed this is happening, increasingly over the...

Tribute to Suzanne Duarte

By Clarke Warren Suzanne Duarte (previously Suzanne Head) died suddenly, on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 of an apparent heart attack. Suzanne and her husband Jan-Paul Vroom were sharing a relaxed evening together...

The Escape’s Place in History

For those of us with a connection to Trungpa Rinpoche and his teachings, the significance of his escape from Tibet has been about the Dharma: because he survived, the Dharma he...

Controversial Major New Mindfulness Study

Please note the published date of this post University of Münsburg Medical Research Center The Chronicles has followed the mindfulness movement with interest, coming as much of it does out of Buddhist practice....

Milarepa Day Offering

https://soundcloud.com/trungpachronicles/doha-of-sadness-by-chogyam-trungpa This poem, read by Steve Baker, is one of the Songs of Chögyam Trungpa from Rain of Wisdom. The Rain of Wisdom was one of the first translation projects that Trungpa Rinpoche...

Tribute to Maggie Russell

With grace and dignity Margaret 'Maggie" Elizabeth Oliphant Russell passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 24th at her home in Hatchet Lake surrounded by her children, daughters in law, and all...

The Passing of Chatral Rinpoche

The renowned dzogchen master Chatral Rinpoche (1913-2015) passed away in Yangleshö, Nepal on December 30th, 2015, at the age of 102. He was a disciple of many great masters, including Khenpo...

Tribute to William Gilkerson

Bill Gilkerson died in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia on November 29, 2015 after an eight-year illness.

Tribute to Andrew MacLean

5 December 2015 Andrew MacLean died early on November 22, his 37th birthday, in a car accident in Boulder, Colorado. Andrew grew up in the Shambhala sangha and was deeply devoted to...

Like a Bolt of Lightning

Book Launch at the Halifax Trident E ma ho! Finally a true grass root's history of the early days of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his entry into the Wild West! Here we...

Excerpts from: Taming Untameable Beings

We should keep all these stories of the beginning of Buddhadharma in America. I personally feel very grateful for the existence of the Pygmies. Without them, there was no possibility that...

Tribute to Selda Chender

24 September 2015 Selda Chender, Robert and Michael's mother; Amy and Julie’s mother-in-law; Claudia, Lauren, Julian, Evan and Isabel's grandmother, and a friend and confidante to many in the sangha, died a...

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:

Tribute to David Harding

By Lynele Jones David Harding's cremation was an extraordinary event. The Crestone End of Life Project has built an outdoor crematorium enclosed by a fence. On the cloudy Tuesday morning (July 7,...

Tribute to Pamela Krasney

Republished from the Shambhala Times with husband Marty Krasney It is with sadness and appreciation that the Shambhala Times shares with you the news that sangha sister Pamela Krasney died on June...

Tribute to Jill Scott

By Maggie Colby Our dear friend and vajra sister, Jill Scott, passed away in Halifax on June 1, 2015. We will miss her tremendously. On the 6th of February, 2015, the following announcement...

Tribute to Gail Mueller

By Brigid Meier Gail Mueller and I were like sisters with all the contradictions that implies. At our best, we supported each other and sparked off each other. At our less-than-best, she...

Firsthand Account from Nepal

Photos from Tenzin Dolma Below is an inspiring and heartbreaking account just received from our adopted daughter in Nepal, Tenzin Dolma, who went through Thrangu Rinpoche's school in Kathmandu. If people want...

Mindfulness in Action

by Chögyam Trungpa Edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian Available from Shambhala Publications This comprehensive collection of teachings by Chögyam Trungpa offers both new and experienced meditation students an extraordinary guide to mindfulness practice. The...


In memory of Allen Ginsberg, who died on April 5, 1997, ten years and a day after the Vidyadhara, by Deanna Dana. Deanna Dana writes: The parinirvana anniversary date has just past....

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.

Joining Heart and Mind: Creating a Compassionate World

https://youtu.be/xcopRse0rr8 This talk was sponsored by the Karmapa Foundation, which carries out secular activities of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa and seeks to contribute to the betterment of mankind and the peace...

The Winter it is Past

https://soundcloud.com/trungpachronicles/the-winter-it-is-past This was one of the Vidyadhara's favorite songs. At his request, Jane sang it at the end of many events, and hearing it evokes his presence for many. This recording is from...

Chronicles to Be Absorbed by Fox News

We are both happy and sad to announce that the Chronicles will be undergoing a significant step in its journey with a substantial (for us) investment from News Corp, and the...

Caring for Life on Earth in the Twenty-First Century

https://youtu.be/XrZUVuh9Uuc On March 26, Harvard Divinity School hosted "Caring for Life on Earth in the Twenty-first Century," a talk by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje on the interdependence of all...

Tribute to Aba Cecile McHardy

From Bill Wooding 23 March 2015 Aba Cecile McHardy, aka "The Friendly Dragon", passed away gently yesterday in hospice care in Needham, Ma in the company of her closest friend Felicity Aulino and...

Tribute to Tom Ryken

22 March 2015 The following is excerpted from an interview with Tom and Jane Ryken, conducted by Sherab Chödzin Sherab Chödzin: Can you tell that story of how you met him— Tom: Well, we'd...

Tribute to Nancy Murphy

From Carol Stamaty 5 March 2015 It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of Nancy Murphy on February 18, the evening before Shambhala Day, just before midnight....


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 advisor and...

Tribute to Wendy Karr

3 February 2015 Wendy Karr passed away on December 28, 2014 after a long illness. She was an extraordinary woman: a great teacher, artist, mother, wife. She demonstrated tremendous steadiness and courage...

When the Iron Bird Flies

by Steve Roth Reprinted with permission from The Miraculous 16th Karmapa: Incredible Encounters with the Black Crown Buddha. In eighth century Tibet, Padmasambhava made a prophecy: "When the iron bird flies, when horses...

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 ...

Extraordinary Being, Ordinary Magic

The 16th Karmapa Rigpe Dorje was once asked by a Westerner what one should do if one witnesses a miracle. The Karmapa responded, "Regard it as completely ordinary." The Karmapa himself...

The Four Noble Truths Of Wealth

Layth Matthews is a long-time student of Shambhala and Buddhist dharma, living in Victoria, BC where he served as the Shambhala Centre Director from 2010 - 2013, and works as a...

Tribute to Monika Kretschmar

1 December 2014 By Bill Karelis It is with sadness and also joy that I note the passing of Monika Kretschmar on Sunday, December 7th, 2014. Monika was a close and principal western...

Be Our Guide – Shambhala Day Address, 1982

https://d2j018qw05ry1m.cloudfront.net/ShambhalaDay1982-Feb24.mp3 Three months after the Sixteenth Karmapa's death on November 5, 1981, Trungpa Rinpoche led the community in a supplication. He said: Repeat after me. Your Holiness please return to us. Your Holiness please...

The Pop-Up Mandala

Reposted from the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project On that first afternoon, Ferry Beach was still just a conference center. Its buildings sat right at the edge of tall grasses that led to...

Tribute to Alan Spragens

1 November 2014 By Clarke Warren The Best of Buddies, the Best of Times: A Tribute to Alan Spragens, Goodbye Friend Alan Spragens was the best possible friend to have. Even though he and...

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

by Meg FedericoRob and I had not been to a practice program together, (let alone on a vacation) since our first child was born and he's 28 years old now. So,...

Tribute to Karl Dorinson

16 October 2014 When I first met Karl, as I recall it now, he was a rather scraggly fourteen year old with cherubic blond hair curling to his shoulders. We hung out...

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.

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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.