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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 England, lands in the US...

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...

Falling In Love With a Buddha

The bio/memoir of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche deserves at this point its own sub-category of Chögyam Trungpa Studies (hopefully soon to be a department at a major university). Diana Mukpo's Dragon Thunder...

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.

Remembering the Masters

Homage to Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro. This film was published by Sogyal Rinpoche and Rigpa in 2009 commemorating the 50th anniversary.

Cooking Rice with Marty Janowitz: Conversation with Chuck Lief

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

Tribute to Larry Loomis

To the ever-kind Larry Loomis. We met for coffee spontaneously on Spring Garden Road in 2012. Our family had recently made the decision to leave the Homeland so that I and...

Tribute to Christine Keyser

For my dharma sister Chris, may Milarepa lead you on your journey From Milarepa's Departing Aspiration Prayer: Those undertaking hardship for the dharma's sake Build up merit far to great to tell Those who inspire...

Four Artists Reflect on CTR’s Visual Dharma Teachings

Photo by George Holmes, used by permission A reminiscence from Jack Niland Here's the story. In 1974 at the start of Naropa, Trungpa told me I had to teach a class..."Just tell them...

Chronicles Interview with Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche

Traleg Rinpoche comments on the importance of studying Trungpa Rinpoche's teachings

Cooking Rice with Marty Janowitz: Conversation with Margaret Wheatley

Welcome to Cooking Rice, a new Chronicles Radio program hosted by Marty Janowitz. In this series of conversations, Marty talks with people whose work in the world is grounded in contemplative practice....

Remembering Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Report from the Cremation Ceremony More than 15,000 devotees gathered near Paro, Bhutan on March 3, 2012, to attend the last rites of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. The ceremony began at four in...

Chögyam Trungpa on “The Teacher”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llYCveHkpdk#action=share From the Sadhana of Mahamudra Seminar, November 1975 This video is offered by the Shambhala Archives in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Chögyam Trungpa's passing. Excerpt from the talk: In relating with...

Film: Glimpses of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Life and Legacy in Tibet

This is a film about Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, yet all of the video and most of the photos are contemporary. Thus, those interviewed are, in effect, speaking about the role this...

A Chögyam Trungpa Exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Immigration

Entitled, Great Eastern Sun, the Shambhala Community in Nova Scotia, the exhibit presents a uniquely Shambhalian esthetic, in a uniquely Canadian setting.

Video Tour of Great Eastern Sun Exhibit

GREAT EASTERN SUN: The Shambhala Community in Nova Scotia, at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Enter the Dragon

During his lifetime, we celebrated Chögyam Trungpa's birthday in February. I don't think we ever had an exact date, probably because Tibetans use a lunar calendar. In Born in Tibet, Rinpoche...

Tribute to Arbie Thalacker

  Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche remembers Arbie Thalacker Reposted from Buddhadharma, The Practitioner's Quarterly Online. I have known Arbie Thalacker for many years. He was a wonderful person and a devoted practitioner, full of wisdom...

Khyentse Foundation: Ten Years of Giving

Khyentse Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's mandala, celebrated ten years of impressive generosity in June 2012, with a celebration at the University of British Colombia in Vancouver. The...

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse on the Passing of his Father, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Thank you for your sympathy and best wishes at this time. We live in a world of our own making, a world built by our own unique perceptions which we believe in...

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 ...

Tribute to Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

His Holiness Dungtse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche died in New York today at the age of 80. The son of Dudjom Rinpoche and the father of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, Thinley Norbu...

Tribute to Fabrice Champion

Fabrice Champion, trapeze artist, poet, and well-loved member of Shambhala Europe, died in Peru on November 25, 2011. It is reported that he died during a shamanic healing ceremony. Fabrice performed with...

Tribute to Mary Smith

Long time sangha member, Mary Smith, died peacefully in her home in Boulder, Colorado on October 11, 2011. She was 85. Mary had moved to Boulder from San Francisco in the...

The Very Venerable 9th Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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

In appreciation of Thrangu Rinpoche

In August 2011, Thrangu Rinpoche visited Halifax where he taught on Khenpo Gangshar's text: Naturally Liberating Whatever You Meet. The weekend was attended by members of the Shambhala community, and by...

The first Shambhala Lineage Festival: A blog

by David Whitehorn Post 1: 7am, Saturday, September 24, 2011 The shore of the Northwest Arm, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada The water of the Northwest Arm is calm and quiet. A thin fog...

Conversation with Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

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

What Made Him Tick

I'd been eagerly awaiting a chance to see Crazy Wisdom after it premiered in Santa Barbara in February, so when I heard it was playing at the Buddhist Film Festival in...

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.

Crazy Wisdom

Review by Grant MacLean People who were around Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche for years, day in and day out and often around the clock, confess that they had no idea who he was....

Slide Show Commemorating the Life and Activities of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa

Lama Tenam has compiled these photos to pay tribute to the life and activities of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa. The selection includes several photos of His Holiness with Trungpa Rinpoche.

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.

Shambhala Mountain Center Forty Years Ago

by Jim Lowrey "There was a valley with pine trees and rocks that had never been cultivated. Should we buy an empty desolate valley without any facilities? We drove through and the...

Parinirvana of Kyabje Trulshik Chokyi Lodro Rinpoche

Trulshik Rinpoche, one of the most venerated and revered masters in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, passed away on September 2, 2011 at the age of 88, at his monastery at Sitapaila...

84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha

The Kangyur, or translated words of the Buddha, includes more than 500 sutras and 1,100 tantras. The Tengyur contains more than 4,000 treatises and commentaries by Indian and Tibetan masters on philosophy,...

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.

Being Brave in Halifax

The Being Brave Transforming Our World retreat took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, August 5-10, at the Cunard Centre -- the same venue where Joining Heaven and Earth (the Sakyong's...

Recollecting Khandro Tsering on Hearing of her Parinirvana

By Clarke Warren I have just received news of the parinirvana of Khandro Tsering. Khandro Tsering was the wife/spiritual consort of the great Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Rinpoche, the rebirth of Jamyang...

Tribute to Peter Lieberson

Peter Lieberson passed away yesterday, April 22, 2011 in Israel, at the age of sixty-four. Peter was a close student of Trungpa Rinpoche, an early director of Shambhala Training, a prominent...

Radio Free Asia Hosts 17th Karmapa

Radio Free Asia Press Release 15 July 2011 WASHINGTON, DC — On the heels of the Dalai Lama's visit to Radio Free Asia earlier in the week, Tibetan spiritual leader Ogyen Trinley Dorje,...

Interview with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

The following six-part interview took place in Ward, Colorado in October 2010. The interviewer was Peter Volz, and the videographer was Sasha Meyerowitz. Part One: Rinpoche, welcome to the Chronicles, and thank...

Tribute to Chime Heller

Dearest Noble Sangha, It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you all know our Dharma sister and friend, Chime Heller, passed away yesterday evening, Thursday May 5th, at...

Tribute to Eamon Killoran

By Bill Scheffel The photograph above shows Eamon Killoran eleven months ago. A few weeks after this picture was taken, Eamon learned he had cancer. In less than a year he was...

Traleg Rinpoche on Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Part One https://youtu.be/Cun4xkvoSlo Part Two https://youtu.be/_vjfWT4QdRE Part Three https://youtu.be/3D30-ckIohI For more information on Traleg Rinpoche, please visit tralegrinpoche.typepad.com

Kunga Dawa on Transmissions From Chögyam Trungpa

https://vimeo.com/23773324 See Kunga Dawa speak more about Rinpoche here.

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.

Tribute to Eamon Killoran

Eamon Killoran died on Monday, April 18, 2011. Eamon was a long-time and devoted student of Trungpa Rinpoche, and dedicated Shambhala Training director. He was also a merchant seaman for most...

Tribute to Bill Gordon

William A. Gordon, born September 30, 1921, passed away early on the morning of April 16, 2011. He was born in Chicago, migrated to New Orleans as a young man, fought...

Tribute to Jose Arguelles

Dear Sangha, As some of you may already know, Jose Arguelles died on Tuesday, March 22nd. He died peacefully after a short illness. He was with his wife, Stephanie, at their home...

Tribute to Natalie Dawson

From an old friend I first met Natalie in 1972, when we were both members of a group that was preparing to settle on kibbutz. She didn't stay long in Israel, and...

E. Gene Smith Memorial from Khyentse Rinpoche

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on Gene Smith Smith did most of his seminal work of collecting, classifying and disseminating Tibetan books while serving as field director in India and later, Malaysia and Egypt...

Crazy Wisdom Comes to Halifax

We are delighted to announce that Johanna Demetrakas's documentary on the life of Chögyam Trungpa has made its Canadian premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival on Monday, September 19th at 9:20...

Tribute to David Cook

David Cook passed away on January 13, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado from COPD (emphysema). He was admitted into hospice the previous day. David was a long-time member of the Shambhala community...

The Magic of Casa Werma

By Brus and Jean Westby What is the difference between the "magic" of sleight of hand or a trick of the eye and real magic? The first amuses, even astounds, while the...

Tribute to E. Gene Smith

Excerpted From the Widsom Publications site: For three decades, Gene Smith ran the Library of Congress's Tibetan Text Publication Project--an effort to salvage and reprint Tibetan literature. Gene wrote prefaces to these...

Children’s Day Album

Of all the cultural traditions initiated by Trungpa Rinpoche, perhaps none have been observed with more enthusiasm and consistency than Children's Day. "Dharma brats" and their parents have been decorating shrines...

Celebrating 900 Years of the Kagyu Lineage

Photograph by James Gritz James Gritz reports, December 11, 2010: We are here in Bodhgaya working from dawn to late at night on the film of the Karmapa and the Kagyu Monlam. One...

Lodro Dorje and Larry Mermelstein: Parts One and Two

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

Skillful Means and Wisdom on the Buddhist Path

The set comprises 18 talks in black and white video on 5 DVDs, together with a 60 page study guide on PDF. Priced at $54, our intention is to make this...

Richard Reoch

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

Tribute to Connie Clause

Wonderful Memories of My Sweet Sister Connie I loved her gentle spirit I loved her giving nature I loved her beautiful hands I loved the way she found beauty in everything I loved to watch her...

Tribute to Ani Tsultrim Palmo

Ani T. Palmo. Laughter. Old-world Laughter. Fresh new-world laughter. Ani T. Palmo. Simplicity. Old-world simplicity. From the old country. Always new. Prajna. Vipashyana. Wordless. Self-secret. "Dear, will you please pass the sugar—" Love, Mark (Eckler) Ani Palmo, Dharma Mom November 2, 2010 Thank you, all of her friends and dharma...

Finding the Escape Route

By Grant MacLean Like many others, on re-reading Born in Tibet, I found that there were spiritual and inspirational layers I'd missed before. But it only slowly dawned on me that the...

Tribute to Beverley Webster

Opening remarks from the Sukhavati in Halifax. Here are Larry Mermelstein's opening remarks from last week's sukhavati ceremony in Halifax: This is, as we know, very very big. This is monumental and...

Tribute to Beverley Webster from Myron Syms

by Myron Syms When Judy and I moved to Cape Breton in 1994, Beverley generously invited us to stay at her house while we searched for our new home. We arrived auspiciously...

The Future of Dharma in the West

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on the Future of Dharma in the West at the 2010 Khyentse Foundation Board Meeting from Khyentse Foundation. This address took place in France, during the summer of...

News from Surmang

Lyndon Comstock and Jon Ransohoff have returned from Surmang with video, photographs, and news. On this page you will find comments from Karma Senge Rinpoche and Surmang Khenpo about the shedra,...

Gesar Mukpo on Tulku

In many ways, Gesar Mukpo leads an ordinary life. He's working to build a career as a filmmaker, he's had trouble in his marriage, and he struggles to pay his bills....

Letter from Sakyong Mipham Harvest of Peace, 2010

Aspiration Within the universe of the mind everything is possible. Within the chasm of the heart, everything is contained. Within the precious body, radiant energy pulsates. Within the world of dynamic coincidence, auspiciousness is ever-ready....

Celebration at the Court: One Parent’s Perspective

By Michelle Munro When I left work at the Halifax Shambhala Centre Friday, Shambhala Centre Director, Yeshe Fuchs, encouraged me to go to the celebration of the birth of Jetsun Drukmo at...

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche at Phuntsok Choling in Ward

By Joanna Bolek AKA: Joanne Fagan Attending the "Celebrating the Return" event was an opportunity to soak in the dharma which my husband and I rarely get, living as we do with...

Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche in Colorado

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche Arrives in Colorado and Wakes to a Double Rainbow at Phuntsok Choling https://youtu.be/WWlWEwvahJ0 Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche: 84,000 Teachings https://youtu.be/zj7kjIT8M3Q

Tea and Rice ceremony welcoming Yangsi Rinpoche in Boulder

By Nina Rolle We've been having some hot August days in Boulder, with a dry wind. Most of the sangha has returned to town from a summer of retreats up on The...

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche in Boulder

By Roland Cohen Boulder Colorado, Friday, August 13, 2010: Organized and hosted by Dzigar Kongtrul, Rinpoche and his sangha (Mangala Shri Bhuti), the ceremony was held at the old Boulder Theater on...

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche in NYC

by Barbara Elizabeth Stewart Thursday evening, August 12 The Yangsi has left New York, left Vermont and is now alighting in Boulder. His New York visit was short but the Pema Tse Nyingtik—long-life—abhisheka,...

Opening of Thrangu Monastery Canada

Thrangu Monastery in Richmond, British Columbia, hailed as the first traditional Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Canada, officially opened on Sunday, July 25. The centerpiece of the new shrine room is a...

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche in France

The photos below are from Laura Weiss who writes: "Greetings from France, Here are a few photos from the trip so far. Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche has captured our hearts with his...

Karme Chöling Turns 40

By Tom Bell May 28, 2010 Today is a day of preparation at Karme Chöling—getting ready for the Celebration. The place looks really beautiful and the feeling is good. Staff are working and...

Transcript of HH the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s Saga Dawa (Vishaka Day) talk

Since 2500 yrs. ago Buddha's teachings still exist; tonight I'll be speaking about dharma as taught by the buddha Not only the buddha dharma but all the great religions of this world...

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.

Tribute to Peter Orlovsky

Peter Orlovsky was born in New York City in 1933 to a family of Russian immigrants. He dropped out of high school in his senior year to help support his financially...

Finding Your Buffalo

By Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, 1 May 2010 There is a story about a farmer who owns a buffalo. Not knowing that the buffalo is in its stable, the farmer goes off to...

Scorpion Seal Reveals Itself in Canadian Arctic

Iqaluit, Nunavut (April 01, 2010) - As Arctic winters become increasingly warmer, retreating glaciers in the Canadian North begin to reveal previously unknown forms of life. Reclusive species, which have successfully hidden...

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 for Youth

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


By Carolyn Rose Gimian Tomorrow is the Tibetan New Year. Tashi Deleg! It is also the day our family sets off on a trip to India and Nepal for three weeks. We...

Ann Spruyt’s Photograph Collection

Ann Spruyt, an early and dearly loved student of Trungpa Rinpoche's, died in February 2009. Her sister, Betty Kronsky, sent in the photographs below. She wrote: "Here are some photos of...

Bodhicitta, Aspiration, and Merit: an address to the translators

Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche is the youngest son of the Terton Kangyur Rinpoche. At an early age he was recognized as an incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro by H.H Karmapa and...

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

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

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.

Karmapa Speaks of Kindness on International Day of Climate Action

On October 24th, the International Day of Climate Action, His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa said that there are many ways for us to be kind and generous towards others. "We as Buddhists believe...

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.

Memories of Prajna

by Kusung Dapön Noel McLellan Last night, the Sakyong had a dream of the Dorje Dradul wearing royal robes and a gold and orange crown. The Dorje Dradul removed the crown and...

Recalling Prajna

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

His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche Passes into Parinirvana

In the mid-1990s, His Holiness recognized Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as the incarnation of the great 19th century scholar and spiritual master Mipham the Great.

Translating the Words of the Buddha

The Conference Gets Underway in Bir The world's leading Dharma translators are gathering at Deer Park Institute in Bir, India for a conference convened by Khyentse Rinpoche and chaired by the Dzogchen...

Interview with the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Khyentse Foundation Translators' Conference, Bir, India by Stephanie Lai, March 17, 2009 Stephanie Lai: Rinpoche, what were the reasons that brought you to this conference?— The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche asked me...

Tribute to Ann Spruyt, 1930 – 2009

Ann Spruyt I did not know Ann Spruyt. I don't know much. But I do know this. If I were a member of the current sangha, I would be watching, all the...

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.

The Rinchen Terdzöd Transmission at Mindrolling Monastery

The Rinchen Terdzöd contains only the authentic termas, the original words of Padmasambhava prophesized directly by Shakyamuni Buddha.

Khyentse Rinpoche on Transcending Madness by Chogyam Trungpa

By Bakes Mitchell Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche teachings in Halifax: Transcending Madness The teachings are on the six bardos, based on the Vidyadhara's book with the same title. Friday afternoon, 2:30 pm:...

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.

Interview with Chris Levy: Audio Recovery Technician

Shambhala Archives audio technician, Chris Levy, talks about the audio recovery project, and his ten-year experience of working with Chogyam Trungpa's audio library.

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.

The Visit of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Three months after the Sixteenth Karmapa's death in late 1981, Trungpa Rinpoche lead the community in a supplication. He said: Repeat after me. Your Holiness please return to us. Your Holiness please return...

The Visit of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

Observations From Peter Volz Preparing for the visit of the Seventeenth Karmapa has been very enjoyable because there are so many different sanghas working together. From one point of view it's inefficient...

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

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...

Tribute to Simon Luna

Dear Good Family and Good Friends, 23 August, 2022 15 years.  15 years?   Amazing that Simon left this world 15 years ago.  I have him in my heart and that’s where he belongs.  ...

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, and the pitfalls of imitating the guru.

Richard Reoch

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

Barbara Bash

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


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,...

Bill Douglas’ “I Shall Not Live in Vain”

Long-time sangha member Bill Douglas started the Naropa music program in 1977 where  celebrated thirty years of teaching. Bill has toured extensively as a a bassoonist, pianist, and composer, and his...

Wendy Friedman on the Legacy of Trungpa Rinpoche

How do we get perspective on the life and contribution of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche? It doesn't seem enough to say that Trungpa Rinpoche was a pioneer. That he was...

Chogyam Trungpa Poetry Readings

  September 1, 1972, Karme Choling, Vermont May 6, 1972, Boulder, Colorado June 10, 1975, Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado   We would like to thank the Shambhala Archives and Kalapa Recordings for preserving...

The President of Naropa on the 20th Parinirvana

It gives me great pleasure that, on the evening of April 4, the communities of the Boulder Shambhala Center and Naropa University will be gathering together at Naropa's Events Center to...

Two thoughts About Devotion from Acharya Richard John

I was contemplating anecdotes of my personal experiences with the Vidyadhara, most being in the context of serving him as a kusung, and I realized that what I most would like...

Jerry Granelli Offers: Like a Ghost in the Grass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deJcEy-SjJs Jerry Granelli jazz legend, music teacher, dharma teacher, kusung and dedicated student of Chogyam Trungpa offers: Like a Ghost in the Grass, from the Sandhills Reunion CD, recorded in Halifax, 2001. Jerry...

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.

Leonard Hortick

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

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.

A Family Breakfast

In this brief passage from Dragon Thunder, Lady Diana describes a period of time in the early 1980s when court life was more accommodating to the needs of the growing Mukpo...