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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.

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,...

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...

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...

Offerings for Parinirvana Day 2006

Supplication to the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche Kind root guru, Vajradhara in person, Essence of the buddhas of the fourth moment, Source of dharma more profound and vast than the ocean, Your galaxy of oral...

Jeff Waltcher

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

Tashi Deleg! Cheerful Shambhala Day!

Trungpa Rinpoche and Czareena at Mill Village, 1984. https://d2j018qw05ry1m.cloudfront.net/ShambhalaDay1982-Feb24.mp3   Editor's note: Rinpoche begins his address with the Japanese New Years greeting, "Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu!" © 2005 Diana J. Mukpo and the Shambhala Archives. Used...

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.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Escape Route to India

Starting in the spring of 1959, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche led a group of refugees on a nine-month journey across Tibet. He describes their route in his autobiography, Born in Tibet, with...

A letter to the Sangha from Lady Diana Mukpo

Dear Members of the Shambhala Community, In a news release issued by the Shambhala News Service on June 15th, my name was invoked in connection with the discussion of the developing rapprochement...

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...

Chögyam Trungpa and The Tibetan Book of the Dead

by Francesca Fremantle Francesca Fremantle became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche in 1969 and collaborated with him on a translation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, published in 1975. Her latest...

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)...

Where in Montreal?

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's and Lady Diana Mukpo's first address in North America.

On the Porch at Charlemont

Jean Claude's recollections of Trungpa Rinpoche   Charlemont is a town in northwestern Massachusetts. Rinpoche spent a lot of time in a farmhouse near Charlemont, mostly during a long retreat in 1977. When...

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...

Montreal: Where it all Started

Searching for Rinpoche's temporary home in Montreal

Interview with James George

James George Talks About Trungpa Rinpoche

A Chögyam Tungpa Bibliography

1 October 2002 The following list of books was compiled for The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, an eight-volume compilation of the works of Chögyam Trungpa. This book list is used here...

Interview with Jonathan Eric

  Before this interview, Jonathan had made a list of the stories he wanted to talk about, stories that he felt would convey a flavor of the early days of the sangha...

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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...

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 ...