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On Chögyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche is the quintessential spiritual guide. His teachingssteeped in ancient tradition and presented with relaxed fluency in western language and cultureare profound, accessible, and fresh. In addition to the buddhadharma, he offered the secular path of Shambhala, cultivating an appreciation of inherent bravery, dignity and goodness beyond cultural and religious bounds. Through his many books, Trungpa Rinpoche continues to be an incomparable source of wisdom and courage in the world. The Chronicles is an ongoing celebration of his profound teachings and life example.

Copyright Diana J. Mukpo. Used here by arrangement with Diana J. Mukpo and Shambhala Publications, Inc.
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Siddhi is a Sanskrit word which means “miraculous power” or “energy.” It is possible to perceive the play of energy as miraculous. When we speak of miracles, it does not mean such a thing as fire turning into water or the world turning upside down. Rather, a miracle is something happening unexpectedly, some situation developing unexpectedly. There will always be a scientific explanation. A miracle need not be illogical. It could be highly logical, highly scientific. But nonetheless it takes the form of an apparent accident. For example, our meeting here together could be called a miracle. Why did I alone have to come from Tibet, and why did you all have to be here, reading these words? So a siddhi is a miracle in the sense of the sudden coming together of situations, assuming the guise of “accident.”

— From “Explanation of the Vajra Guru Mantra” in The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Five, Volume Five, page 323.

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.

Meditation and the Buddhist Path

These five talks where given at the Theosophical Society in Buffalo, New York, in October 1970

The Question of Nirvana

A talk by Trungpa Rinpoche to his class at the University of Colorado on April 19, 1973.

Meeting the Guru

I expected something extraordinary to happen ... but nothing happened, and he was very pleased.