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Lessons from Milarepa’s Life and Songs

Review of a New Book by Chogyam Trungpa

Guru and Student in the Vajrayana

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.

Pilgrimage to Delhi (New York)

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...

How I Met Rinpoche

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.

In the Shadow of the Purkhang

As I turned onto the Karme Choling road in May 1987 for the cremation, my mind slipped back to the first time I set foot there.

Rechungpa’s Repentance

While Rechungpa was gone, he became entranced by the beautiful wild asses in the region—and Milarepa took the opportunity to burn all the books Rechungpa had brought back with him from India. When Rechungpa realized what was happening ...

I Urge and I Request

More and more, I think it is just so unfortunate that Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche died so young. If he were alive ...

The Court

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 ...
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Being Tara

Unique and extraordinary visual dharma instructions from Trungpa Rinpoche

Across the Himalayas

From Trungpa Rinpoche's diary during the final month of his arduous escape from Tibet

Father Thomas Keating and Trungpa Rinpoche Talk About Egolessness

Father Thomas Keating and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in dialogue at the Naropa Christian Buddhist Conference, 1983

Thirty Years After… Please post and read tributes here

On this, the thirtieth anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche's parinirvana, please offer poems, stories and tributes

Welcome to the New Chronicles!

After almost fifteen years, the Chronicles has a new site
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Glimpses of Yarne

Gampo Abbey is a Shambhala 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...
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Devotion

The images captured in this video convey a glimpse of the profound devotion that is at the heart and root of the practicing lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Ugyen's devotion and service to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche ...
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Journey to Taktsang

In this slideshow, Chögyam Trungpa talks about receiving the Sadhana of Mahamudra at Taktsang in 1968. Commentary and readings by Carolyn Rose Gimian. In 1968, Trungpa Rinpoche left the United Kingdom for the...
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1974 Seminary

Visit the 1974 Vajradhatu Seminary in Snowmass, Colorado

His Final Home

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.
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1980 Seminary Slideshow from Allan Novick

Thank you to Allan Novick for sending in these images from the 1980 Seminary

Like a Dream, Like an Illusion . . .

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,...

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche Celebrates Chögyam Trungpa and the Kagyu Lineage

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...

The Transmission of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye’s Treasury of Pith Instructions

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.
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Necessary Angel

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...

When Gerald Red Elk Met Chögyam Trungpa

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.

Memories, Dreams and Reflections of the 16th Karmapa

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...

Lineage and Devotion

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...

On Shambhala and the Samaya Connection

Not long ago I heard someone say that people who disagreed with decisions made by the Sakyong or Shambhala International were people who didn’t practice and therefore, we shouldn’t pay attention to them.

On the Mamos, the Dharmapala Principle and Mahakali Vetali

This article was written in February 1998 in response to the following post from Emily Danies: 1) Please would somebody define "mamo" so I can explain it to other practitioners. 2) What is...

The Rinchen Terdzo

At some point during the 1970's, Trungpa Rinpoche received a complete set of the Rinchen Terdzo from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

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...

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,...

Gold Lake Oil

In this article, Tom Bell tells the story of the seeming rise and apparent fall of Gold Lake Oil.

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.

Joining Heart and Mind: An Evening with the Karmapa

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...

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)...

Training: Pema Part Two

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."

Chögyam the Translator

"...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."

About the Sadhana of Mahamudra

Adapted and excerpted from the Introduction to Volume Five of The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa. Introduction, © 2004, Carolyn R. Gimian. Used by Arrangement with Shambhala Publications The Sadhana of Mahamudra,...

In Accord With Our True Nature

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...

Pure and All Pervading

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.

Interview with James George

27 June 2003     Excerpt from recorded interview If you have the time and the bandwidth, this short (12 minute) recording is worth listening to. It captures a certain quality that is difficult to...

Letter to the 1980 Seminary

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...

Historical Comments on The Sadhana of Mahamudra

To make a long story short, there was tremendous corruption, confusion, lack of faith, and lack of practice in Tibet. Many teachers and spiritual leaders worked very hard to try to rectify that problem. But

A Tour of Biddulph Old Hall

Rigdzin Shikpo takes us on a tour of Biddulph Old Hall in Staffordshire, England. Biddulph Old Hall is the site of some of Trungpa...