The passing of Tsikey Choking Rinpoche, 1953-2020
Through listening to these four short and provocative talks, and reading the book that came from them, we will contemplate and discuss this together.
...at the beginning you just learn to make straight lines on your paper -CTR
Venerating the past in itself will not solve the world's problems. We need to find the link between our traditions and our present experience of life.
In the summer of 1973, Trungpa Rinpoche gathered a few of his more academically minded students to discuss the creation of a new college
Gently, but with great conviction, the brush would descend to the paper and make its first dot. Often Rinpoche would pause the brush on this first mark, as if waiting for the calligraphy to be born from its seed.
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...
In this essay I attempt to provide a synopsis of Trungpa Rinpoche’s unique perspective on Buddhist hinayana and mahayana practices.
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.
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...
Michael Gayner shares photos of the damage
The fire is under control and the Great Stupa has been saved
To the Noble Sangha, I am writing today with a heavy heart, feeling so much sorrow, knowing that fire has burned across our beloved Shambhala Mountain Center. We do not yet know...
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.
From September 17th through the 22nd, KCL will feature a variety of online events for the whole community.
A Review of Shechen Gyaltsap's PRACTICING THE GREAT PERFECTION: INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CRUCIAL POINTS
In 1968, the Queen of Bhutan invited 28 year-old Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche to enter into a retreat at Taktsang. It was there that Rinpoche received the Sadhana of Mahamudra.
Commemorating the Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment, and Parinirvana
Here is Raging Bear’s marvelous account of Gade Gar.
Reading by David Rome
Where and what is it?
January 24, 1960
Sixtieth Anniversary of the Last Leg of the Vidyadhara’s Escape to India
My first perception of Khyentse Rinpoche was that of a wonderfully loving grandfather.
Retold by David Shapiro
On the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Vidyadhara’s Crossing of the Brahmaputra
Facing Death, Working with Dying, A Fresh Look at Relationships, and Milarepa’s Journey
A great August weekend
Gradual and/or Instantaneous:
A Review of Two Very Different Books That Converge on a Vital Topic
A Review of Two Very Different Books That Converge on a Vital Topic
Escape from Tibet with Trungpa Rinpoche
Chögyam Trungpa's Epic Journey to the West
“The Japanese would be very proud of this!” -CTR
After I made the introductions, Gerald Red Elk presented some gifts to Chögyam Trungpa, who was seated. He unfolded some gems: a turquoise stone, which he said represented the nature of the universe; a red stone, which he said represented the nature of the gods; a green stone, representing earth; and a purple stone, representing medicine.
"The first genuine person I met from the West" -Trungpa Rinpoche
Travel with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche from Scotland to Taktsang in 1968, and hear him talk about receiving the Sadhana
A Review of Chögyam Trungpa's Latest Title
Protective divinities, or protectors of the dharma, play a great and important role in the vajrayana teachings generally.
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...
From Native American Sweat Lodges to Pioneering Zen Monastery
... the feminine principle, functions as a force of creating harmony, friendship, and connectedness, in relationships and family, in community, between self and nature, and between mind and body.
A Review of BURIED RIVERS by Ellen Korman Mains
At the Halifax Shambhala Centre, 20 December 2018
A Trappist monk with a connection to Trungpa Rinpoche
This conversation took place during Naropa’s 1983 Christian Buddhist Conference
Training in Tenderness, by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Shambhala Publications, 2018
Gampo Abbey is a Buddhist Monastery on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. At the time of filming, it was celebrating thirty years since its founding by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in...
"...he used to amazing effect the fact that no one expected him to speak syntactically perfect English. Subtle, complex, and mind-opening ambiguities, as well as multiple shades and layers of meaning emerged easily from his often slippery sentence structures."
In India, sites sacred to the Buddha are scattered all over the land, but in the Buddha’s homeland there are very few Indian practitioners who follow the Buddha’s teachings.
There was tremendous corruption, confusion, lack of faith, and lack of practice in Tibet.
Book Review: EIGHT STEPS TO AN AUTHENTIC LIFE, Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times by Patricia Ullman
Jetsün Kushok worked full-time as a weaver and part-time as a housekeeper, while also raising four boys, running dharma centers, and practicing—often through the night.
Andrew Safer talks about his do-it-yourself guide.
Andrew Safer's Do-It Yourself Guide to Wellness
A Message from 84000, Translating the Words of the Buddha
A BBC Documentary
As our devotion increased in these early years, we came to regard Trungpa Rinpoche as the only and the everything. It seemed that he came out of nowhere, like a bolt of lightning. But there was a larger context...
SUMMER 2016: The last two weeks of July have been dominated by the political conventions to nominate the Republican and Democratic candidates for president and vice president of the United States. The polarization of the two parties ...
Created from Lama Ugyen Shenpen's Home Videos of the Lineage
The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa: Volumes Nine and Ten
His talks were like timed capsules—timed to go off months and years and perhaps decades later
Once he arrived in America in 1970, in spite of his insistence on the sitting practice of meditation as the main discipline, Trungpa Rinpoche encouraged students to gather together and read the sadhana on the new and full moon.
If you are paying attention to how you speak and how others communicate, you will find that you are paying attention altogether to the environment, to how you sit or stand, to how you hold your hands, to how you look at people — all those things.
At one of the high points in my life, at the tender age of 15, I met Suzuki Roshi at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California. My mother, Carol Star Safer,...
At the Halifax Shambhala Centre
Part One: Recognizing the Power of Speech
The origins and evolution of Sun Camp:
Excerpts from a new book by Will Ryken & Jim Lowrey
Excerpts from a new book by Will Ryken & Jim Lowrey
From BORN IN TIBET to FROM LION'S JAWS
On the first several Children's Days in Boulder...
On the anniversary of his passing
Book Review: From Lion’s Jaws, Chögyam Trungpa’s Epic Journey to the West
by Grant MacLean
by Grant MacLean
From the Jaws of the Lion
Review of a New Book by Chogyam Trungpa
I have written the following in response to a number of requests, including some from the press, for my take on the present situation in the Rigpa Sangha over Sogyal Rinpoche’s behaviour.
Late in September 2016, fourteen aspirants, mostly “old” students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, began wending their ways to Delhi (pronounced “Del-High”), New York. We came to receive the Chakrasamvara Abhisheka, many taking...
Part One of a Conversation with Ani Pema Chödrön.Training of an American Buddhist Nun. The following conversation between Pema Chödrön and Walter Fordham took place in Halifax on 10 December 2003.
Then, seemingly out of the blue and certainly not to my liking, Rinpoche announced on Christmas Day that he would like to invite my mother to dinner ...
Unique and extraordinary visual dharma instructions from Trungpa Rinpoche
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...
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...
Visit the 1974 Vajradhatu Seminary in Snowmass, Colorado
To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Chögyam Trungpa's parinirvana, the Chögyam Trungpa Legacy Project mounted an extraordinary exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax.
A Report on Trungpa Rinpoche's Class at CU Boulder, Winter 1971 In the fall of 1970 Bob Lester, then Chairman of the Religious Studies Department at the University of Colorado, invited Chögyam...
Thank you to Allan Novick for sending in these images from the 1980 Seminary
After a two-hour wait in the line at the Kathmandu airport for our visas, Trudy and David Sable and I tried to connect with the promised driver from Tek Chok Ling,...
Khyentse Rinpoche's Teachings in Halifax During his talks on the foreword to The Rain of Wisdom, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche marveled at Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's guru devotion, vision, and tremendous contribution towards...
A Conversation with Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
In December 2012, Steve Cline had the opportunity to speak with Lama Sonam Phuntsho about the transmission of the Dam Ngak Dzo. Here is their conversation.
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,...
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...
The shrine room was packed for the long awaited visit of Tsoknyi Rinpoche to Halifax in June 2012.
An interview with Henry Schaeffer, by Bill Scheffel Henry Schaeffer studied with Suzuki Roshi before meeting Chögyam Trungpa and becoming the latter teacher's student in 1970. In this video, Henry describes the...
An Interview with Jakusho Kwong-roshi
Black Hat, Black Mountains I met the 16th Karmapa in 1976 when he was invited to a farmhouse in the Black Mountains of Wales. If there is one event which I can...
As Clay Evans, a staff writer for the Boulder Daily Camera who recently reviewed "Crazy Wisdom" aptly put it, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche "haunts Boulder."
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...
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...
We want to let you all know that the installation of the Vajradhara thangka in the Stupa went very well.
Watch Touch and Go, a documentary on Trungpa Rinpoche's escape from Tibet and follow the escape route maps. As this project is very much a work in progress, please contact Grant if you...
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,...
On the anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche's arrival in India, Carolyn Gimian looks back over the past 50 years.
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...
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...
At some point during the 1970's, Trungpa Rinpoche received a complete set of the Rinchen Terdzo from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
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.
If the Vajradhara of Dorje Dzong is the living embodiment of the primordial buddha, it has watched and listened ...
In a place as far away as the sky and as close as the tip of your nose...
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...
On Sunday, June 24, 2007 at the Shambhala Center in Halifax, more than 125 members of the community came to watch a slide show presented by Karma Senge Rinpoche. About 90...
During Karma Senge Rinpoche's first visit to the West in 2003, the Shambhala community learned that Trungpa Rinpoche had discovered a number of terma teachings during his early life in Tibet....
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,...
The Vidyadhara set about designing a world, not by introducing something foreign, but by literally turning our conventional world inside out, revealing essence.
In this article, Tom Bell tells the story of the seeming rise and apparent fall of Gold Lake Oil.
During his last event in New York, a public talk at the New York Society for Ethical Culture in Manhattan, the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, leader of the Karma Kagyu...
by Francesca Fremantle The following article is from Recalling Chögyam Trungpa, compiled and edited by Fabrice Midal. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., www.shambhala.com. Francesca Fremantle became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche...
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)...
On the road
That's when he made the famous comment which I've repeated many times: "The monks and nuns should always be horny." He said, "We want real energetic juicy monks and nuns but they should keep their vows impeccably."
Update: (17 January 2005) David Chadwick did an interview with Jack in 1995, which he has just posted on cuke.com. Here's a link: Crooked Cucumber Interview with Jack Elias. It's got...
KTGR: In the Sadhana of Mahamudra, in the verse that begins, “In the mandala of mahamudra / Shines moonlight, pure and all-pervading …,” Trungpa Rinpoche perfectly conveys his enlightened intention. This verse is incredibly profound.
James George Talks About Trungpa Rinpoche
From the all-encompassing vajradhatu, Indestructible nonthought beyond description, From the vast dharmadhatu, The unceasing play of energy and light, The dharmakaya Vajradhara takes form As the incomparable root guru, Chokyi Gyatso. The five poisons and the eight...
All of you who are disciples of one who in the beginning was Guru Dorje Trollo and who now is Gesar of Ling, and who in the future will be the Twenty-Fifth Rigden of Shambhala ...