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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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The Practice Lineage of the Kagyu tradition inspires one to become fully involved in a heartfelt connection to the teachings….The Kagyu tradition is said to be the most stubborn and honest in following its heritage. We take delight in our heritage. Doubt, challenge, hesitation — in brief, any form of second thoughts — are not regarded as obstacles, but rather as fuel to push us further and cause our devotion and heartfelt longing to blaze, to increase our intense desire to follow the example of our forefathers. So we, as Kagyus, have thrived on the transmissions of our forefathers….As for myself, the older I get, the more of a Kagyu person I become. Aging in this way is wonderful. My thanks and appreciation to the forefathers.

— From “Foreword” in THE RAIN OF WISDOM: The Essence of the Ocean of True Meaning, pages xi and xii.

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was a Tibetan incarnate lama who understood the Western mind. Through the years, I have appreciated the many teachings that he...

Vancouver Meditation Seminar: 1975

Three talks on meditation practice from February 1975

The Question of Nirvana

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

Life and Teachings of Marpa

This four-talk seminar took place in Barnet Vermont, September 1973

The Dawn of Enlightenment

This is talk five from a 1974 Naropa course entitled: Meditation, The Path of the Buddha


OUR TOPIC IS DECENCY. Decency here is not in contrast to the indecency of, say, wearing two different-colored socks or not having your zipper done up. We are talking about decency as something more profound to be realized and understood.