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On Chögyam Trungpa

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.
These teachings by Chögyam Trungpa are selected at random from Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week: the email service that brings Trungpa Rinpoche’s dharma to your inbox several times each week. For more information, or to add your name to the list, visit OceanofDharma.com.
Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week is edited and produced by Carolyn Rose Gimian. Thank you to Lady Diana Mukpo, Mrs. Gimian, and Shambhala Publications for making these teachings available on the Chronicles.

The Golden Chain of Spirituality

As long as we follow a spiritual approach promising salvation, miracles, liberation, then we are bound by the “golden chain of spirituality.” Such a chain might be beautiful to wear, with its inlaid jewels and intricate carvings, but nevertheless, it imprisons us. People think they can wear the golden chain for decoration without being imprisoned by it, but they are deceiving themselves. As long as ones approach to spirituality is based upon enriching ego, then it is spiritual materialism, a suicidal process rather than a creative one.

— From “Disappointment” in The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation page 5.

Greg Smith

In addition to the central figure, the thangka shows Chakrasamvara, Vajradhara and Chemchog Heruka in the sky.

Famous Last Words

Rinpoche 's parting words to the sangha before leaving for a year-long retreat in 1977

Cynicism and Warmth

Chogyam Trungpa rendered in charcoal by William Gilkerson

The Charnel Ground

This is Talk Three from the 1975 Sadhana of Mahamudra Seminar

Transcending Madness: The Experience of the Six Bardos, by Chögyam Trungpa

Trungpa Rinpoche gave two seminars on the bardo states and the six realms in 1971

Mahamudra II: Yogic Songs of Milarepa

The Shambhala Archives has released Mahamudra II (talk 9 from the The Yogic Songs of Milarepa seminar held at Naropa's in 1976) to mark the 30th anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche's parinirvana.