Don Root, one of the earlier students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, died on Monday evening October 4th of a massive heart attack. He was 83. He leaves behind his wife, Dorje...
Once upon a time, there was a little boy who was a rainbow child. He lived in a vast desert and didn’t know where he came from and what his name was. He was all alone and had never met anybody else. He was totally happy and loved the sunrise, the sunset, the moon, and the stars.
Jack Niland passed away on Monday, September 13 in New York City. There will be a Sukhavati Ceremony for Jack on Tuesday, September 21 at 6:30 pm Eastern in Ocean's Main...
Jean Claude van Itallie died on September 9, 2021 in Manhattan. He was a central figure in the experimental theater movement for decades and an early friend and student of Trungpa...
The teachings and practices held within the Vajradhatu and Shambhala sanghas grew from the extraordinary dharma activity of the Druk Sakyong, the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. As he often emphasized, his...
During the Vajradhatu era, in general people received the Werma Sadhana transmission after having completed all levels of Shambhala Training and after having received the stroke and lungta transmissions. In the...
A few days ago (August 2, 2021), my good friend Barbara Blouin died. I am filled with sadness and gratitude; for her release from pain and suffering, and for her long...
We pass on the very sad news that Jerry Granelli, long-time sangha member and jazz legend, died early morning of July 20 in Halifax. Jerry had been in poor health for...
A Glimpse of Midsummer's Past
An introductory guide to cultivating patience and opening your heart to difficult circumstances
On June 19, 2021, during the Midsummer Practice Day on Ocean, Meredith Monk led a very helpful and moving practice of body, speech and mind. Thank you to the Profound Treasury Retreat for coordinating this event.
This is talk eight from Tibetan Buddhist Path seminary at Naropa, 1974
The lineage is the pipeline and the Yidams are like the water running through it
New York City, February 29, 1976
With letters of support from Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
A Parinirvana Day toast from Antonio Wood
Carolyn Gimian gave this talk during the Profound Treasury Spring Nyinthun, which took place on Ocean on April 27, 2021
With interactive verbatim transcript from The Chogyam Trungpa Institute Transcription Project.
The essay entitled "Heave Earth and Man" in THE ART OF CALLIGRAPHY is based on this seminar, which look place at Naropa in 1979
From Andrew Quintman's Milarepa Day presentation on Ocean.
I loved Trungpa Rinpoche beyond words and admired him more than anyone I had ever met (I was also a little afraid of him).
Here are the nineteen hinayana/mahayana talks of the 1976 Seminary. Join the Discussion Group
The passing of Tsikey Choking Rinpoche, 1953-2020
Norm Matkin, passed away peacefully at Dartmouth General Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 22, 2020 at the age of eighty-seven.
...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.
You begin to experience the dawn or glimmer of light, which in Western language is called the Star of Bethlehem
I read something recently that recalled the evening I heard Chögyam Trungpa speak in Toronto in the autumn of 1971. My memories of that evening come back to me occasionally, and...
Tour the twists, turns, dead ends and wayside stopovers of our Buddhist journey
In the summer of 1973, Trungpa Rinpoche gathered a few of his more academically minded students to discuss the creation of a new college
We are greatly saddened to announce that Basia Turzanski died on, Saturday, December 19, at about 11:30 pm
Chogyam Trungpa rendered in charcoal by William Gilkerson
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...
Art In Everyday Life
In this essay I attempt to provide a synopsis of Trungpa Rinpoche’s unique perspective on Buddhist hinayana and mahayana practices.
This is a single talk given at Berkeley on May 18, 1971
Hosted by KCCL and Ocean, Saturday, October 24, 2020
A Sukhavati is scheduled for this evening, October 8th at 6:00 MDT via Zoom. See details below
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.
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.
On June 28, the Profound Treasury Retreat community hosted a day of practice (nyinthun) on Ocean. Here is a talk that Judy Lief offered during the morning session.
A Review of Shechen Gyaltsap's PRACTICING THE GREAT PERFECTION: INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CRUCIAL POINTS
Our dear friend and dharma sister Frances Lewis passed away early Saturday morning, July 18, 2020, having suffered a very recent decline in what had been quite good health these last...
These three talks, given in NYC in early July 1970, were Trungpa Rinpoche's first recorded teachings in North America.
Please join us for the online practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra on July 7, 2020 at 5:00 PM MDT, 7:00 PM EDT for Carolyn Eve Kanjuro. Carolyn passed on July...
We are very sorry to tell you that Hildy Maze was found dead at her home on Long Island on Thursday. There is not much specific information. It was apparently quite...
Sukhavati for Karl A Sukhavati Ceremony is scheduled online for Karl, for Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00 pm EDT. We will recite the Narak Kongshak, a traditional practice for clearing obstacles, followed...
During the coming weeks, we will be posting the hinayana/mahayana talks (19 talks in all) from the 1978 Vajradhatu seminary.
May we all please send our best prayers and wishes to Douglas for a journey free of obstacles and blessed by his strong practice and devotion. Tributes to Douglas
I was seventeen. July 1973. My brother Neil brought me to hear Rinpoche talk...
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.
Here is Raging Bear’s marvelous account of Gade Gar.
A message and a new podcast series
A New Offering from the Chogyam Trungpa Institute
This is Talk Three from the 1975 Sadhana of Mahamudra Seminar
At dawn on April 4, 2020, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche sent this message
...the older I get, the more of a Kagyü person I become. -CTR
Reading by David Rome
Thrangu Monastery Canada Sangha's wishes you all Happy New Year with prosperity and happiness
Where and what is it?
Please keep Marvin, his family and legions of friends in your hearts
Here is a list of what's working again
James George passed away on Friday night, February 7, 2020 at the age of 101. He was an important person in Trungpa Rinpoche's life, and in the history of the Vajradhatu/Shambhala...
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche - NYC October 2019
It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Sherab Chödzin (“Prajna Dharma Holder”) Kohn, very dear friend and colleague for many decades. I was so pleased, by chance,...
January 24, 1960
Sixtieth Anniversary of the Last Leg of the Vidyadhara’s Escape to India
We have two high priority projects
Translated by the Dharmachakra Translation Committee under the patronage and supervision of 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche (1924-2019)
Facing Death, Working with Dying, A Fresh Look at Relationships, and Milarepa’s Journey
A two-minute clip from Talk Five of the 1975 Seminary
On October 10, 2019, Elizabeth Callahan and Derek Kolleeny had this really helpful discussion about MOONBEAMS OF MAHAMUDRA. Thank you to both of them and to the 60 participants who joined in.
Recorded for the Ocean Feast Practice on the Anniversary of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's Parinirvana
You have past, present, and future, and then you have the fourth moment.
A great August weekend
Yuli Shenderoff was born in Russia in 1920 at a time of pogroms against the Jews. As a very small boy, he learned to lie when strangers came to the door...
With very deep sadness and an unfathomable feeling of loss we pass on the news that Michael Chender died at home, surrounded by family on Tuesday evening, July 2, 2019. For those of you...
These three talks were given at Karme Choling in 1980 during the tenth anniversary celebration of Trungpa Rinpoche's arrival in North America
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
We wanted to share with you a project that we feel has a special significance for our readers, and our core mission
Escape from Tibet with Trungpa Rinpoche
As far as tantra is concerned, magic is working with the real world on a completely ordinary level. Magic is completely relevant to our world, our life and our path.
Chögyam Trungpa's Epic Journey to the West
“The Japanese would be very proud of this!” -CTR
This fourteen-lecture series from the first session of Naropa (summer 1974) is commentary on the entire Buddhist path.
Tenga Rinpoche described the contributions of Chogyam Trungpa and the Shambhala community in hosting the Sixteenth Karmapa's tour of the West.
A conversation with Carolyn Gimian and Barry Boyce celebrating the launch of this important new title from Chögyam Trungpa
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.
A Dialogue Between The Buddha and His Father
From Native American Sweat Lodges to Pioneering Zen Monastery
An Early Talk to the Community
You cannot be a good leader if you have an agenda of your own
Having received Buddhism in the most authentic way, we must now continue that in a very changed world
... 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
Through the eyes of Steve Roth
A Chronicles Radio Special Edition from December 21, 2006
At the Halifax Shambhala Centre, 20 December 2018
Robin talks about some of the Kagyü Gurtso and some of the early history of the Nalanda Translation Committee.
A Trappist monk with a connection to Trungpa Rinpoche
This conversation took place during Naropa’s 1983 Christian Buddhist Conference
Chogyam Trungpa in Mousehole The west Cornish potter and teacher Bill Picard, died aged 92 in 2007. He was a cultured and charismatic buddhist. In the early 1960s, having been taught by...
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."
Vana Jakic talks about her interactions with Trungpa Rinpoche in England in the 1960s.
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.
This footage is from a three-hour interview Cathy Hubiak and Bill Scheffel conducted with Kunga Dawa, Richard Arthure, earlier this year.
Three talks on meditation practice from February 1975
Book Review: EIGHT STEPS TO AN AUTHENTIC LIFE, Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times by Patricia Ullman
Terry died on July 6, 2018 of complications related to lung cancer.
In this interview Her Eminence discusses: Buddhism in the West
Last month (May 2018), while I was in Boulder to spend time with my family there, I visited with my old friend, Kunga Dawa (Richard Arthure). I had called ahead from...
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.
Trungpa Rinpoche received a major cycle of terma teachings from Ekajati
Andrew Safer talks about his do-it-yourself guide.
Andrew Safer's Do-It Yourself Guide to Wellness
A Farewell and Profound Thank You to Kunga Dawa / Richard Arthure
It soon became clear that Kunga was the first (prime and close) student.
Richard Arthure on meeting Chogyam Trungpa. Video by Bill Scheffel.
An Excerpt from Ellen's upcoming memoir: Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust
In this talk, which is presented in three segments, Pema guides us through the beginning chapters of Trungpa Rinpoche's Myth of Freedom.
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's Stories of Shechen Kongtrül, read by Larry Mermelstein.
A Message from 84000, Translating the Words of the Buddha
The Star of Bethlehem
A BBC Documentary
On May 26, 1987, hundreds of the Vidyadhara's students gathered in the upper meadow of Karme Chöling for their teacher's cremation. This slideshow presentation of Ray Ellis's photographs, accompanied by Jeremy...
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...
The opening address to the Ngedön School of Higher Learning at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, September 12, 1982
Shari Vogler served as the head cook to the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his family from 1977 until his death in 1987.
In relating with the teacher, your critical input and your surrendering work together at the same time.
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 ...
Burn Self Deception is Jim Lowrey's account of the day Trungpa Rinpoche got the Pygmies, and other community members, to stop smoking marijuana.
Created from Lama Ugyen Shenpen's Home Videos of the Lineage
Rinpoche 's parting words to the sangha before leaving for a year-long retreat in 1977
He replied, “The path is the goal.”
A dathun in Bir, India
Announcing the consecration of the Surmang Shedra
The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa: Volumes Nine and Ten
In 1973 Chögyam Trungpa introduced a month-long period of meditation called dathün, which he recommended to all of his students.
His talks were like timed capsules—timed to go off months and years and perhaps decades later
You just had to tune your mind to the object of desire
One day in the early 1970s, Trungpa Rinpoche decided to bury treasures on Mount Tamalpais
This talk took place in Boulder, Colorado on April 1, 1971
Dennis Southward talks about his time in prison in the 1960s for turning in his draft card, and soon thereafter, connecting with Trungpa Rinpoche.
A slide show of selected photographs by Chögyam Trungpa
Chronicles Radio: Jim talks about kasungship, the origins of Sun Camp, and the Vidyadhara's instructions to never give up
Today when I was meditating, I remembered a small incident with the Vidyadhara.
Out in the parking lot ... a man approached from out of the gloom with a rifle in his hand that he trained on Rinpoche
Here is Sam's account of Trungpa Rinpoche's friendship with Alan Watts.
An eleven-class course on the essential teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Rigdzin Shikpo takes us on a tour of Biddulph Old Hall in Staffordshire, England. Biddulph Old Hall is the site of some of Trungpa Rinpoche's early teachings in the UK.
About 10 days before Rinpoche's passing on April 4, 1987, Halifax harbour began filling up with ice...
It was April in Halifax.
It was misty and cold.
There was black ice in the harbour.
It was misty and cold.
There was black ice in the harbour.
Each and every day I make aspirations—really heartfelt aspirations ...
Sung at the Sadhana of Mahamudra feast in Halifax, 4 April 2009
But the weight of your hand has reached through time, touched my heart and made me Mukpo.
A mini-aria composed by Alan Kent Anderson. Text taken from a 1979 Kalapa Assembly talk by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Permission to use text courtesy of Diana Mukpo. ©1998 Alan K. Anderson
The curse of devotion is the ungraspable imprint of an empty heart
May Peace Prevail over all the Earth for All Beings
I expected something extraordinary to happen ... but nothing happened, and he was very pleased.
[Rinpoche] said there would be economic problems and earthquakes, that the weather would become more extreme because the dralas would not be protecting the situation, and that it would be harder and harder to practice genuine dharma because of the level of aggression in the country.
I was a student in the Gurdjieff* work in San Francisco and London in the early 1960's. During that time I also attended a number of Krishnamurti** talks in California and...
An Interview with Jakusho Kwong-roshi
We are delighted to announce that Johanna Demetrakas's documentary on the life of Chögyam Trungpa has made its Canadian premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival on Monday, September 19th at 9:20...
Yeshe talks about her work in the community over many years, and her connections to Chogyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham.
Recorded at Surmang Dutsi Til
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...
Jerry talks about substance abuse, and the pitfalls of imitating the guru.
Barbara talks about the creative process, her passion for calligraphy, working with discouragement, her connection with Trungpa Rinpoche, and more.
The Vidyadhara set about designing a world, not by introducing something foreign, but by literally turning our conventional world inside out, revealing essence.
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...