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How Do You Toast a Mahasiddha?

A Parinirvana Day toast from Antonio Wood

Andrew Quintman On Milarepa

From Andrew Quintman's Milarepa Day presentation on Ocean.

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.

Songs

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 29th 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

Vaishaka Day

Commemorating the Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment, and Parinirvana

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

On Meeting Thomas Merton

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

Journey to Taktsang

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

Such Thunderstorm

Barbara Bash calligraphs these words from the Vidyadhara's will; soundtrack by Steve Gorn

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.

THE FUTURE IS OPEN

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

Thirty-one 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,...

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

Children’s Day Candlelight Ceremony

At the Halifax Shambhala Centre

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. Contains A Children's Day Story as told by Martin Janowitz, short biographies of both Sakyongs and many...

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...

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

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. Many of us have been a bit...

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:

Images from the Vajra Regent’s Cremation

https://vimeo.com/137895144 Photographs and slide show by Marvin Moore      

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...

A STONE FOR YOUR HEADSTONE

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....

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 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...

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.

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.

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.

Vajradhatu Seminary Lake Louise

https://youtu.be/-hUvblQO-nc Thank you to Charels Marrow for putting together this slide show recollection of the 1981 Seminary. For more about all thirteen seminaries conducted by Trungpa Rinpoche, listen to Sarah Coleman's...

Tribute to Kathie Paul

Peaceful Journey to Kathie Paul, long-time loyal friend I first met Kathie at Karme Choling in 1977. We had both showed up for the summer dathun, and shared the basement dorm (known...

Remembering JoAnn Carmin

18 July 2014 Life-long sangha member JoAnn Carmin member died at 5:00 am on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the Chilton Street hospice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When someone dies, you remember things about...

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.

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.

Effortless Beauty by Julie DuBose

Preparing to write this review, I sit down, then pause, put aside my pen, and gaze out the window, taking in the soft moist greens and tawny golds of the summer...

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 ways. But...

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.

Melvin McLeod on 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.

Riding on the Wind: The Culture of Windhorse

by Clarke Warren As we enter the year of the wood horse, it seems appropriate to delve into the qualities and significance of the horse in Tibetan culture. Students of the Vidyadhara,...

Video Excerpt from When the Iron Bird Flies

This 5 minute clip from the feature documentary WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West follows Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche as he leaves...

Dreamers and Their Shadows

In the bombed-out wreckage of post-war Tokyo, a safe is discovered that contains several scrolls within a gorgeous antique lacquer box. They chronicle the strange trajectory of the Prince of Ling,...

Tribute to Kris Ellis

30 January 2014 Kristine Theresa Ashton Ellis of Boulder died suddenly, unexpectedly on Monday morning, January 27, 2014. It sent a shock wave through her daughter Tingzin's life in San Francisco, in...

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 ...

Tribute to Bob Sonne

5 December 2013 Life-long sangha brother Bob Sonne died in his sleep on December 2, 2013 in Boston. He was a dedicated dharma practitioner, a devoted student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and...

Tribute to Zoë Nudell

  5 November 2013 Zoë's life was celebrated yesterday evening (November 5) at Pier 21 by a profoundly sad and focused gathering of her friends -- some 600 of us -- representing all...

What Makes Us a Practitioner of Dharma

https://youtu.be/N_va3gLsMXE To learn more about Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and his community of students, visit mangalashribhuti.org

The Passing of Shibata Sensei

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Kanjuro Shibata Sensei, the kyudo master who came to North America to share his knowledge and wisdom with western students...

Shibata Sensei Cremation Ceremony

https://youtu.be/1FTRNGxq0rM Video by Greg Smith The song that you are hearing here is Sensei singing about a flock of geese, "Gun"...one or two may fly away from the V - arrowhead shaped flock...

Golden Sun: For Shibata Kanjuro XX, Archery Master

  In this land of kami-no-yama, I still miss you. We are all longing for your wisdom. As you know, we have lost our leader the Karmapa, But it is comforting to have you as...

When Trungpa Rinpoche met Suzuki Roshi

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

Akong Tulku Rinpoche (1939 – 2013)

By Grant MacLean On Tuesday we heard the very sad news that Akong Rinpoche, along with a family member and a monk, were killed in Chengdu, in southwest China. It has been...

What We Learned from Yönten

Part One: A Costly Delay at yak Monastery May 26, 2013 In the late winter of 1959, after discovering that Surmang had been overrun by Chinese troops, Trungpa Rinpoche visited Khamtrül Rinpoche at...

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...

Tribute to Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche

It is with great sadness that Vajrayana practitioners around the world receive the news that Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche passed away on Friday 30 March at 3:30 am at his monastery in...

Taming a Wild Horse: Lama Yeshe Rinpoche Recalls Trungpa Rinpoche

By Grant MacLean Even for Scotland it was an unusually wet autumn. As I was taking off my dripping cap and rain jacket in the cloakroom of a large, brand-new Samye Ling...

Tributes to Arnie Nordman

Arnie became a Buddhist in 1988 while living in Wilmette. He moved to Boulder to pursue the Buddhist path in 1997. From David Roadhouse: "I am privileged to have introduced Arnie...

Living Life Fully

Available from Amazon Finding ourselves imprisoned within the four walls of our minds, and then making the journey beyond these self-imposed limitations is what Bill Karelis's book, Living Life Fully: Finding Sanity...

A Part of the Main: Remembering Paul Warwick

  To begin with, there was simply his size, strength and presence. Gifted with a fine body and a fine mind, as a friend once said of him, Paul Warwick was a...

Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma Retreat

By Kim Gilmer and Robbie Dvorkin Devotion and generosity of heart" is a phrase that captures the atmosphere of the Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma retreat, held in Topsham, Maine,...

Tribute to Michal Friedman

Michal Lura Friedman died on Nov. 25 due to complications after undergoing a caesarean section and giving birth to healthy twins, Jackson James and Reverie Vivian. In addition to her two...

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.

Jewel Mountain

Jewel Mountain was made in the mid-1990s and is the first in a series of subsequent films on Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Tribute to Michael Roudette

EULOGY FOR MICHAEL ROUDETTE by Lopön Helen Berliner for the Lotus Garden Office of Practice & Study Last night, when I should have been writing a eulogy for our dear vajra brother, Michael...

Tribute to Barry Crofton

Barry Crofton passed away on September 8 at 12:30pm at the Toronto General Hospital. His wife Gail and sister Kerry were at his bedside. His brother Cameron flew in from Victoria...

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...

Tribute to Amy Bajakian

Amy Bajakian was a long time student of the Vidyadhara, Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, and Shibata Sensei. She attended the 1986 seminary and was a dedicated...

Tribute to Polly Wellenbach

Polly Monner Wellenbach died early Tuesday, August 14, at her home in Halifax. Polly was a beloved student and friend of Trungpa Rinpoche, whom she met in 1970. She was the...

Cooking Rice with Marty Janowitz: 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.

Tributes to Traleg Rinpoche

Dear Friends and Members of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche's centres, It is with deep regret that we inform the Karma Kagyu tradition, the Nyingma tradition and all other schools of Tibetan Buddhism as...

Cooking Rice with Marty Janowitz: Conversation with Michael Scott

Welcome to Cooking Rice, conversations with people whose work in the world is grounded in contemplative practice. In this episode, Marty talks with Michael Scott about his path as a Buddhist business...

Tribute to Rick Kemp

Pygmy Warrior Rick Kemp Purified by the rain of Agent Orange on the battlefields of Vietnam Liberated by the illusory space of marijuana and LSD in San Francisco Establishing the land RMDC as one...

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.

Cooking Rice with Marty Janowitz: Conversation with Jane Hester

Welcome to Cooking Rice, conversations with people whose work in the world is grounded in contemplative practice. In this episode of Cooking Rice, Marty Janowitz with Jane Hester about her experience as...