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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.

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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.

Enlightenment Is Irritatingly Possible

Students might find sanity too spacious, too irritating. We would prefer a little claustrophobic insanity, snug and comforting insanity. Getting into that is like crawling back into a marsupial’s pouch. that’s the usual tendency, because acknowledging precision and sanity is too crispy, too cool, too cold. It’s too early to wake up; we’d rather go back to bed. Going back to bed is relating to the mind’s deceptions, which in fact we prefer. We like to get a little bit confused and set up our homes in that. We don’t prefer sanity or enlightenment in fact. That seems to be the problem rather than that we don’t have it or can’t get it. If we really prefer basic sanity or enlightenment, it’s irritatingly possible to get into it.

— From “The Lion’s Roar,” in Crazy Wisdom, pages 142-143.

Hunting His Prey With Fearless Compassion

To think of Trungpa Rinpoche it is not just to remember an extraordinary man, but to be drawn into the depth and vastness of...

Chögyam Trungpa on the Six States of Bardo

Trungpa Rinpoche gave two seminars on the bardo states and the six realms in 1971: Six States of Bardo (Allens Park), and Six States of Being (Karme Chöling).

Open Way

This talk was given to students of Suzuki Roshi at the San Francisco Zen Center.

Looking into the world

Looking into the world I see alone a chrysanthemum, Lonely loneliness, And death approaches. Abandoned by guru and friend, I stand like a lonely juniper Which grows among rocks, Hardened and tough. Loneliness is my habit— I grew...
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Installing the Kangyur

The Kangyur, the complete library of the Buddha's teachings, was installed in the Karma Dzong main shrine room in Boulder on July 1, 1983. Here is a video of...
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Shunyata

This talk on shunyata, was given at Naropa in the summer of 1976. This video was made possible by the work of the Shambhala Archives.