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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.

Start with Ego

Ego is, in a sense, a false thing, but it isnt necessarily bad. You have to start with ego, and use ego, and from there it gradually wears out, like a pair of shoes. But you have to use it and wear it out thoroughly, so it is not preserved. Otherwise, if you try to push ego aside and start perfect(ly), you may become more and more perfect in a rather one-sided way, but the same amount of imperfection is building up on the other side, just as creating intense light creates intense darkness as well.

— From “Meditation,” in Meditation in Action, page 85. Shambhala Library Edition.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

The Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was one of the most brilliant masters of Tibetan Buddhism in the twentieth century. Throughout his life, he embodied...

Loneliness and Love: An audio Valentine from Chögyam Trungpa

Student: What is the validity of having a relationship with one person if falling in love just comes from loneliness? Is the validity of such a relationship just another illusion?

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

Zen and Tantra I

Trungpa Rinpoche gave two seminars on Zen and Tantra, the first in January 1974 at Karme Chöling, and the second in February 1974, at the Harvard Divinity School. These talks have been edited into The Teacup and the Skullcup, with an introduction by Acharya David Schneider.