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Opening of Thrangu Monastery Canada

Thrangu Monastery in Richmond, British Columbia, hailed as the first traditional Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Canada, officially opened on Sunday, July 25. The centerpiece of the new shrine room is a...

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche in France

The photos below are from Laura Weiss who writes: "Greetings from France, Here are a few photos from the trip so far. Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche has captured our hearts with his...

Western Thangka Painting: An interview with Jack Niland

"If you want to rule a kingdom, you have to have a kingdom, and a kingdom is a culture, and a culture is art." - CTR 1971

Karme Chöling Turns 40

By Tom Bell May 28, 2010 Today is a day of preparation at Karme Chöling—getting ready for the Celebration. The place looks really beautiful and the feeling is good. Staff are working and...

Pilgrimage

By Carolyn Rose Gimian Tomorrow is the Tibetan New Year. Tashi Deleg! It is also the day our family sets off on a trip to India and Nepal for three weeks. We...

Fifty Years Ago

On the anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche's arrival in India, Carolyn Gimian looks back over the past 50 years.

Ann Spruyt’s Photograph Collection

Ann Spruyt, an early and dearly loved student of Trungpa Rinpoche's, died in February 2009. Her sister, Betty Kronsky, sent in the photographs below. She wrote: "Here are some photos of...

Karmapa Speaks of Kindness on International Day of Climate Action

On October 24th, the International Day of Climate Action, His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa said that there are many ways for us to be kind and generous towards others. "We as Buddhists believe...

Surmang Diary

Encounter with Damchu Rinpoche We got a call from Surmang Foundation Regional Director Tsondru Tsering inviting us to his house for lunch I've known Tsondru and his family since 1992, when Pema...

The Earth is Our Witness

As I practiced the Vajrayogini sadhana in front of the sunlit shrine next to the porch, graceful deer bounded through the woods outside, finding a refuge from their fear in this...

Recalling Prajna

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...

Memories of Prajna

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...

His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche Passes into Parinirvana

In the mid-1990s, His Holiness recognized Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as the incarnation of the great 19th century scholar and spiritual master Mipham the Great.

Translating the Words of the Buddha

The Conference Gets Underway in Bir The world's leading Dharma translators are gathering at Deer Park Institute in Bir, India for a conference convened by Khyentse Rinpoche and chaired by the Dzogchen...

The Rinchen Terdzo

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

The Rinchen Terdzöd Transmission at Mindrolling Monastery

The Rinchen Terdzöd contains only the authentic termas, the original words of Padmasambhava prophesized directly by Shakyamuni Buddha.

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.

The Karmapa’s Golden Handprints

If the Vajradhara of Dorje Dzong is the living embodiment of the primordial buddha, it has watched and listened ...

A Children’s Day Story

In a place as far away as the sky and as close as the tip of your nose...

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...

Mother’s Milk

When you take a leap into the phenomenal world, you may think it is a very bold and heroic thing to do. However, you might awake, as if from a dream, and find yourself in the mouth of a crocodile.

Karma Senge Rinpoche Wins Our Hearts

  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...

Karseng Rinpoche Brings Trungpa Rinpoche’s Treasure Teachings to the West

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....

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,...

Creating a Drala Culture

The Vidyadhara set about designing a world, not by introducing something foreign, but by literally turning our conventional world inside out, revealing essence.

Gold Lake Oil

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

Still Crazy After All These Years

The 35th anniversary of the founding of the Boston Dharmadhatu.

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...

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...

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...

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)...

How the Pygmies Came to the Land

Excerpted from an interview with Don Winchell in February, 2003 Shambhala Mountain Center (photo borrowed from the SMC site) "I saw it first from the back, and the only thing we could see...

Where in Montreal?

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

Tail of the Tiger and its Neighbors

Stories from the Chronicles roadtrip.

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."

Montreal: Where it all Started

Searching for Rinpoche's temporary home in Montreal

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

James George Talks About Trungpa Rinpoche

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...

Jigme Phuntsok on Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala and the 25th Rigden

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 ...

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...