There are days I wake up weary
World Premier: Traleg Rinpoche Documentary Film
A new documentary film about this wonderful Tibetan Buddhist teacher who escaped the Chinese invasion of Tibet at the age of five. World Premiere - online 12-19 March 2022.
This is the final talk of the Tibetan Buddhist Path, a 14-talk seminar from 1974
Barbara Bash calligraphs these words from the Vidyadhara's will
Chögyam Trungpa’s Vast Ocean of Teachings
Barry Boyce surveys Chogyam Trungpa's vast body of teachings and their lasting impact on how Buddhism is understood and practiced
Introduction to The Art of Calligraphy: Part I
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.
Introduction to The Art of Calligraphy: Part II
...at the beginning you just learn to make straight lines on your paper -CTR
Introduction to The Art of Calligraphy: Part III
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.
Anne Studley’s Passing
Post tributes to Anne below *** It is with great sadness and joy that we share the passing of our vajra warrior sister, Anne Kathrine Studley, from this life at 2:45 am on...
Father Thomas Keating and Trungpa Rinpoche Talk About Egolessness
This conversation took place during Naropa’s 1983 Christian Buddhist Conference
On Meeting Thomas Merton
"The first genuine person I met from the West" -Trungpa Rinpoche
Candlelight Ceremony Photos – Halifax Shambhala Centre
Photos by Lu Slone. Thank you Lu!
Song's of Chogyam Trungpa
Reflections on Tales of a Mad Yogi
The Life and Wild Wisdom of Drukpa Kunley,
by Elizabeth L. Monson
by Elizabeth L. Monson
On the Occasion of Thrangu Rinpoche’s 90th Birthday
I fervently pray that he may live long in good health, continuously turn the wheel of dharma, and bring an ocean of benefit to sentient beings.
1981 Seminary at Chateau Lake Louise
Photos by Marvin Moore
Video Presentation by Robert Zimmerman
Video Presentation by Robert Zimmerman
Trungpa Rinpoche in Scotland, 1966
Plus some very helpful comments from Michael Scott
Ownership of Windhorse Farm Transferred to the Mi’kmaq
A place for reconciliation
Like a Pearl Rolling Across a Table
Kwong Roshi talking about Suzuki Roshi
Lama Pema Public Talk
KCCL, October 3, 2021
KCCL’s Year-end Update and Annual Appeal
With Video by Robert Zimmerman
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...
Tribute to Ginny Lipson
A very loved longtime friend and fellow practitioner, Virginia (Ginny) Lipson died this afternoon, Wednesday, November 24. Ginny is survived by her husband, Howard Lipson.
Tribute to Ann Hodson
Please note: New tributes do not appear immediately. Your tribute will be posted soon.
Tribute to Cliff Esler
Cliff Esler was born in Washington DC during the second world war, February 24th 1945.
Doha of Sadness
I, Chögyam, your little son, remain in sadness
Lama Pema on Supplication to the Takpo Kagyu
This talk took place at KCCL in Halifax on October 3rd, 2021
Tribute to Don Root
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...
CASTLE OF EGO
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.
Tribute to Jack Niland
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...
Kagyu and Nyingma Three Yanas
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...
Early History of the Werma Sadhana
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...
Tribute to Barbara Blouin
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...
Tribute to Jerry Granelli
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...
Midsummer’s Day 1980
A Glimpse of Midsummer's Past
A Conversation with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche on Peaceful Heart
An introductory guide to cultivating patience and opening your heart to difficult circumstances
Meredith Monk’s Guided Meditation
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
Not Dependent on Personality
The lineage is the pipeline and the Yidams are like the water running through it
The Lion’s Roar: The Buddhist Path of Nonaggression
New York City, February 29, 1976
With letters of support from Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
How Do You Toast a Mahasiddha?
A Parinirvana Day toast from Antonio Wood
Gentleness and the Genuine Heart of Sadness
Carolyn Gimian gave this talk during the Profound Treasury Spring Nyinthun, which took place on Ocean on April 27, 2021
The Way of the Buddha in America
With interactive verbatim transcript from The Chogyam Trungpa Institute Transcription Project.
Visual Dharma Seminar
Audio recordings, Naropa 1979
Andrew Quintman On Milarepa
Andrew Quintman's 2022 Milarepa Day presentation on Ocean
Pilgrimage to Chögyam Trungpa’s Birthplace
1976 Seminary: Hinayana/Mahayana Talks
Here are the nineteen hinayana/mahayana talks of the 1976 Seminary. Join the Discussion Group
Chokling Rinpoche: A Powerhouse of Dharma
The passing of Tsikey Choking Rinpoche, 1953-2020
Tribute to Norm Matkin
Norm Matkin, passed away peacefully at Dartmouth General Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 22, 2020 at the age of eighty-seven.
The Star of Bethlehem
You begin to experience the dawn or glimmer of light, which in Western language is called the Star of Bethlehem
Road Trip: Part I
Tour the twists, turns, dead ends and wayside stopovers of our Buddhist journey
Farewell to Basia
We are greatly saddened to announce that Basia Turzanski died on, Saturday, December 19, at about 11:30 pm
Cynicism and Warmth
Chogyam Trungpa rendered in charcoal by William Gilkerson
KCCL Is Moving to Halifax
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...
Back to Square One
Art In Everyday Life
The Way of Basic Sanity
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
Homage to Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Hosted by KCCL and Ocean, Saturday, October 24, 2020
Tribute to Peter Barbieri
A Sukhavati is scheduled for this evening, October 8th at 6:00 MDT via Zoom. See details below
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Parinirvana Gathering on Ocean, Oct 5, 2020
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.
Damage From the Cameron Peak Fire
Michael Gayner shares photos of the damage
Update on the Fire at Shambhala Mountain Center
The fire is under control and the Great Stupa has been saved
A Message from Lady Diana Mukpo Regarding the SMC Fire
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...
Cameron Peak Fire Reaches Shambhala Mountain Center
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.
A Day of Practice
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.
Like Meeting Shechen Gyaltsap Face-To-Face
A Review of Shechen Gyaltsap's PRACTICING THE GREAT PERFECTION: INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CRUCIAL POINTS
Tribute to Fran Lewis
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...
50 Years Ago: First Teachings in North America
These three talks, given in NYC in early July 1970, were Trungpa Rinpoche's first recorded teachings in North America.
Tribute to Carolyn Kanjuro
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...
Tribute to Hildy Maze
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...
Tribute to Karl Usow
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...
1978 Seminary: Hinayana/Mahayana Talks
During the coming weeks, we will be posting the hinayana/mahayana talks (19 talks in all) from the 1978 Vajradhatu seminary.
Tributes for Douglas Anderson
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
A Letter to the Queen of Bhutan on Her 90th Birthday
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.
New from David Chadwick
A message and a new podcast series
The Charnel Ground
This is Talk Three from the 1975 Sadhana of Mahamudra Seminar
Parinirvana Day Message from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
At dawn on April 4, 2020, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche sent this message
Foreword to The Rain of Wisdom
...the older I get, the more of a Kagyü person I become. -CTR
Devotional Songs of Chögyam Trungpa
Reading by David Rome
2020 New Year Message from Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche
Thrangu Monastery Canada Sangha's wishes you all Happy New Year with prosperity and happiness
SEARCHING FOR SHAMBHALA
Where and what is it?
Tribute to Marvin Casper
Please keep Marvin, his family and legions of friends in your hearts
The Audio Repair Project
Here is a list of what's working again
The Passing of James George
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...
Essential Meditation Instructions
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche - NYC October 2019
Tribute to Sherab Chödzin
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,...
Trungpa Rinpoche’s Diary from the Final Days of the Escape
January 24, 1960
The Flight from Tuting
Sixtieth Anniversary of the Last Leg of the Vidyadhara’s Escape to India
Year End Funding Drive 2019
We have two high priority projects
The Teaching on the Indivisible Nature of the Realm of Phenomena
Translated by the Dharmachakra Translation Committee under the patronage and supervision of 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche Dies at 95
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche (1924-2019)
Mindfulness, Compassion, and Daily Life with Judy Lief
Facing Death, Working with Dying, A Fresh Look at Relationships, and Milarepa’s Journey
Propagating the Dharma
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.
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche Talks About Our Connections
Recorded for the Ocean Feast Practice on the Anniversary of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's Parinirvana
Meditation and the Fourth Moment
You have past, present, and future, and then you have the fourth moment.
Khandro Rinpoche, the 7 Points of Mind Training, and Halifax
A great August weekend
Tribute to Michael Chender
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
Walk Slowly, Arrive Now
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
A Project of Special Interest to Chronicles Readers
We wanted to share with you a project that we feel has a special significance for our readers, and our core mission
The Question of Magic
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.
Touch and Go
Chögyam Trungpa's Epic Journey to the West
Tibetan Buddhist Path
This fourteen-lecture series from the first session of Naropa (summer 1974) is commentary on the entire Buddhist path.
Tenga Rinpoche on Chogyam Trungpa
Tenga Rinpoche described the contributions of Chogyam Trungpa and the Shambhala community in hosting the Sixteenth Karmapa's tour of the West.
THE FUTURE IS OPEN
A conversation with Carolyn Gimian and Barry Boyce celebrating the launch of this important new title from Chögyam Trungpa
It’s Up To You
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.
Questions Regarding Death and Transmigration
A Dialogue Between The Buddha and His Father
A Brief History of Tassajara
From Native American Sweat Lodges to Pioneering Zen Monastery
An Early Talk to the Community
Dharma in the West: Part Two
You cannot be a good leader if you have an agenda of your own
Dharma in the West: Part One
Having received Buddhism in the most authentic way, we must now continue that in a very changed world
On the Mamos, the Dharmapala Principle and Mahakali Vetali
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 Profound Book of Love and Warriorship
A Review of BURIED RIVERS by Ellen Korman Mains
A Glimpse of the 16th Karmapa
Through the eyes of Steve Roth
Sounds like Children’s Day
A Chronicles Radio Special Edition from December 21, 2006
Children’s Day Candlelight Ceremony
At the Halifax Shambhala Centre, 20 December 2018
Robin Kornman on the The Rain of Wisdom
Robin talks about some of the Kagyü Gurtso and some of the early history of the Nalanda Translation Committee.
Father Thomas Keating Dies at 95
A Trappist monk with a connection to Trungpa Rinpoche
Love in the Time of Chaos
Training in Tenderness, by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Shambhala Publications, 2018
Glimpses of Yarne
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...
Vana Jakic recalls Trungpa Rinpoche
Vana Jakic talks about her interactions with Trungpa Rinpoche in England in the 1960s.
Rainy Season Dathün at Deer Park
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.
Historical Comments on The Sadhana of Mahamudra
There was tremendous corruption, confusion, lack of faith, and lack of practice in Tibet.
Kunga Dawa on Chögyam Trungpa and Sadhana of Mahamudra
This footage is from a three-hour interview Cathy Hubiak and Bill Scheffel conducted with Kunga Dawa, Richard Arthure, earlier this year.
Vancouver Meditation Seminar: 1975
Three talks on meditation practice from February 1975
Living with Awareness and Integrity
Book Review: EIGHT STEPS TO AN AUTHENTIC LIFE, Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times by Patricia Ullman
Terry Mason (Zanto, Zonto)
Terry died on July 6, 2018 of complications related to lung cancer.
A Conversation with Her Eminence Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche
In this interview Her Eminence discusses: Buddhism in the West
My Love for Kunga Dawa
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...
Interview with Her Eminence Jetsün Kushok Chimey Luding Rinpoche
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.
Treasure Teachings from Ekajati
Trungpa Rinpoche received a major cycle of terma teachings from Ekajati
Changing our Relationship to Anxiety and Stress
Andrew Safer talks about his do-it-yourself guide.
Book Review: Contemplations on Anxiety, Stress and Mindfulness
Andrew Safer's Do-It Yourself Guide to Wellness
The wisdom flame sends out a brilliant light – May the goodness of...
A Farewell and Profound Thank You to Kunga Dawa / Richard Arthure
Upon the Day of Sukhavati for Kunga Dawa
It soon became clear that Kunga was the first (prime and close) student.
Myth of Freedom and the Cosmic Joke with Ani Pema Chodron
In this talk, which is presented in three segments, Pema guides us through the beginning chapters of Trungpa Rinpoche's Myth of Freedom.
Stories of Sechen Kongtrül, told by Tulku Urgyen
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's Stories of Shechen Kongtrül, read by Larry Mermelstein.
Saga Dawa Sūtra Resounding
A Message from 84000, Translating the Words of the Buddha
The Dawn of Enlightenment
The Star of Bethlehem
Story Of The Buddha’s Life
A BBC Documentary
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Cremation Ceremony
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...
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...
What Is Ngedön?
The opening address to the Ngedön School of Higher Learning at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, September 12, 1982
A Conversation with Shari Vogler
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.
Irrepressible Teachings, Ngedön School, and The Next Ten Volumes of The Collected Works
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
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
Famous Last Words
Rinpoche 's parting words to the sangha before leaving for a year-long retreat in 1977
Rainy Season Dathun
A dathun in Bir, India
Invitation to Surmang 2018
Announcing the consecration of the Surmang Shedra
Another Bite of the Whole Enchilada
The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa: Volumes Nine and Ten
The Dathun Letter
In 1973 Chögyam Trungpa introduced a month-long period of meditation called dathün, which he recommended to all of his students.
Planting Terma on Mount Tamalpais
One day in the early 1970s, Trungpa Rinpoche decided to bury treasures on Mount Tamalpais
Sense of Humor
This talk took place in Boulder, Colorado on April 1, 1971
Looking in the Same Direction
Dennis Southward talks about his time in prison in the 1960s for turning in his draft card, and soon thereafter, connecting with Trungpa Rinpoche.
First Thought Best Thought
A slide show of selected photographs by Chögyam Trungpa
Never Give Up
Chronicles Radio: Jim talks about kasungship, the origins of Sun Camp, and the Vidyadhara's instructions to never give up
The Essential Chögyam Trungpa
An eleven-class course on the essential teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
When Ice Clogged the Harbour
About 10 days before Rinpoche's passing on April 4, 1987, Halifax harbour began filling up with ice...
Old Dog Wags Its Tail
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.
May I never be separated from you
Each and every day I make aspirations—really heartfelt aspirations ...
My Guru Was One Scary Son Of A Bitch
Sung at the Sadhana of Mahamudra feast in Halifax, 4 April 2009
On the 31st Parinirvana
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
The curse of devotion is the ungraspable imprint of an empty heart
4:15 am, Thimphu, Bhutan
May Peace Prevail over all the Earth for All Beings
Meeting the Guru
I expected something extraordinary to happen ... but nothing happened, and he was very pleased.
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi Connections
On the anniversary of his passing
Slide Show Commemorating the Life and Activities of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa
Lama Tenam has compiled these photos to pay tribute to the life and activities of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa. The selection includes several photos of His Holiness with Trungpa Rinpoche.
On Becoming a Teacher
An Interview with Jakusho Kwong-roshi
Crazy Wisdom Comes to Halifax
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.
Songs from the Rain of Wisdom
Recorded at Surmang Dutsi Til
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...
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.
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.
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...