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Tributes 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.

Sutra

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

Open Torii

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

Dharma Art Seminar

The essay entitled "Heave Earth and Man" in THE ART OF CALLIGRAPHY is based on this seminar, which look place at Naropa in 1979

Andrew Quintman On Milarepa

From Andrew Quintman's Milarepa Day presentation on Ocean.

Calligraphy Lesson

I loved Trungpa Rinpoche beyond words and admired him more than anyone I had ever met (I was also a little afraid of him).

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.

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 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.

The Star of Bethlehem

You begin to experience the dawn or glimmer of light, which in Western language is called the Star of Bethlehem

It Was the Memory of His Kindness

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...

Road Trip: Part I

Tour the twists, turns, dead ends and wayside stopovers of our Buddhist journey

How Naropa Got Its Name

In the summer of 1973, Trungpa Rinpoche gathered a few of his more academically minded students to discuss the creation of a new college

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

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.

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...

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.

Basic Buddhism

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

From Now Onward

I was seventeen. July 1973. My brother Neil brought me to hear Rinpoche talk...

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.

In the Shadow of the Purkhang

Here is Raging Bear’s marvelous account of Gade Gar.

New from David Chadwick

A message and a new podcast series

CTR Quote of the Week

A New Offering from the Chogyam Trungpa Institute

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

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,...

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

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 Moonbeams

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.

When Chögyam Trungpa met Jules Chender

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...

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...

Auspicious Coincidence

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 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

Togden Achö – Recollections

Escape from Tibet with Trungpa Rinpoche

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

The Karme Choling Rock Garden

“The Japanese would be very proud of this!” -CTR

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

Rechungpa’s Repentance

Protective divinities, or protectors of the dharma, play a great and impor­tant role in the vajrayana teachings generally.

A Brief History of Tassajara

From Native American Sweat Lodges to Pioneering Zen Monastery

Disappointment

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

Father Thomas Keating and Trungpa Rinpoche Talk About Egolessness

This conversation took place during Naropa’s 1983 Christian Buddhist Conference

Chogyam Trungpa in Mousehole

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...

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...

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."

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.

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.

Richard Arthure on Meeting Chogyam Trungpa

Richard Arthure on meeting Chogyam Trungpa. Video by Bill Scheffel.

As if by Accident

An Excerpt from Ellen's upcoming memoir: Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust

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

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.

The Teacher

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.

Devotion

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

Memories of Chögyam Trungpa

He replied, “The path is the goal.”

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.

Boston Dharmadhatu: The Early Days

His talks were like timed capsules—timed to go off months and years and perhaps decades later

A Dowsing Lesson

You just had to tune your mind to the object of desire

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
mountain

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

Every Expression a Teaching

Today when I was meditating, I remembered a small incident with the Vidyadhara.

At the Redneck Bar

Out in the parking lot ... a man approached from out of the gloom with a rifle in his hand that he trained on Rinpoche

Trungpa Rinpoche and Alan Watts

Here is Sam's account of Trungpa Rinpoche's friendship with Alan Watts.

The Essential Chögyam Trungpa

An eleven-class course on the essential teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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 Rinpoche's early teachings in the UK.

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.

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.

Habitual Patterns

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.

Like a Foreign Country

[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.

Three Spiritual Icons of the Early 20th Century

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...

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 Fuchs

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 Granelli

Jerry talks about substance abuse, and the pitfalls of imitating the guru.

Barbara Bash

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 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...

Touch and Go Premieres in Halifax

Chögyam Trungpa's first book, Born in Tibet, originally published in 1966, is a classic story of a great escape. It is an autobiographical account...