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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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Barbara Bash

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

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, 14 August 2020 Another anniversary of Simon’s passing, thirteen years.  I think of you with hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy and protected...

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.

GLIMPSES OF ALAYA

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

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...

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...

James Gimian

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

Molly Nudell

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

Venerable Khandro Rinpoche

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

Helen Berliner

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

Chris Tamdjidi

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

Adam Lobel

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

Fleet Maull

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

William McKeever

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

Bonnie Rabin

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

Carolyn Rose Gimian

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

Stephen Seely

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

Wendy Friedman and Richard Peisingers

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

Hudson and Janet Shotwell

https://d2kfquv7whg76c.cloudfront.net/dispatches_2006_05_18.mp3   In this interview, recorded May 2006, Julia talks to Hudson and Janet Shotwell, about the nature of their relationship with Chögyam Trungpa. To Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche On the Nineteenth anniversary of your...

Jeff Waltcher

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

Letters of The Current Situation

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

Walter Fordham

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

VCTR’s Comments About His Will

Read CTR's Spiritual Will The following are David Rome's notes from a meeting with VCTR on February 23, 1986 at Karme-Choling, Vermont DR: I would like to ask about after your death--not because...

The Pygmy Farm

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

A Tribute to Jonathan Eric

The first thing that has to be said about Jonathan is that he was enormously generous. He gave money, time and energy and, amazing as it may seem, he apparently gave...

Interview with James George

James George Talks About Trungpa Rinpoche

Loneliness and Love: An audio Valentine from Chögyam Trungpa

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

Techniques of Mindfulness

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