Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was born in a remote village in eastern Tibet.
Recognized as Tulku while still an infant as the eleventh incarnation of the renowned Trungpa lineage of Buddhist teachers, he was raised to take his seat as head of the Surmang monasteries and governor of the Surmang region of eastern Tibet.
1945-1958 Study & Training
1959 Escape from Tibet
1968 Retreat at Taktsang
“The message that I had received from my supplication was that one must try to expose spiritual materialism and all its trappings, otherwise true spirituality could not develop. I began to realize that I would have to take daring steps in my life.”
In Bhutan with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
1969 A Profound Turning Point
1974 Karmapa's visit
The Great Stupa of Dharmaka
Transplanting the Buddhadharma
A Vision for Many Generations
A Whirlwind of Activity
The Consummate Enlightened Monarch
From Boulder to Nova Scotia
Much of this activity, particularly in the later years of his life, took place in his home in Boulder, Colorado, which he fashioned into a court or cultural center, and where he lived with his wife, Diana, and five sons.
As a further step toward establishing an enlightened society, he moved his court and the international headquarters of Vajradhatu to the province of Nova Scotia in eastern Canada, a beautiful, rugged, and elemental place with a gentle culture, which he felt had the potential to embrace the Shambhala vision in the years to come.
The Precious Jewel
“And so along with rediscovering the mind’s true nature, he found this jewel that had been lost for so many years. He was able to recover this jewel, and having it back in his hand, he was able to come to North America and give it to you. This is an extremely fortunate situation.”