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The Samadhi of the Guru
This is a 2007 recording of Susan Edwards reading her piece, The Samadhi of the Guru, on KGNU Radio in Boulder with music by Thomas Lenk.
Tribute to Trungpa Rinpoche
Listen to Robin's audio tribute to the Vidyadhara.
A Glimpse of the 16th Karmapa
Through the eyes of Steve Roth
Robin Kornman on the The Rain of Wisdom
Robin talks about some of the Kagyü Gurtso and some of the early history of the Nalanda Translation Committee.
This talk was given to students of Suzuki Roshi at the San Francisco Zen Center.
Historical Comments on The Sadhana of Mahamudra
There was tremendous corruption, confusion, lack of faith, and lack of practice in Tibet.
A Conversation with Her Eminence Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche
In this interview Her Eminence discusses: Buddhism in the West
Rigdzin Shikpo talks about his training with Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1960s, beginning while Rinpoche was studying at Oxford.
Myth of Freedom and the Cosmic Joke with Ani Pema Chodron
In this talk, which is presented in three segments, Pema guides us through the beginning chapters of Trungpa Rinpoche's Myth of Freedom.
Stories of Sechen Kongtrül, told by Tulku Urgyen
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's Stories of Shechen Kongtrül, read by Larry Mermelstein.
Burn Self Deception
Burn Self Deception is Jim Lowrey's account of the day Trungpa Rinpoche got the Pygmies, and other community members, to stop smoking marijuana.
Planting Terma on Mount Tamalpais
One day in the early 1970s, Trungpa Rinpoche decided to bury treasures on Mount Tamalpais
Looking in the Same Direction
Dennis Southward talks about his time in prison in the 1960s for turning in his draft card, and soon thereafter, connecting with Trungpa Rinpoche.
Never Give Up
Chronicles Radio: Jim talks about kasungship, the origins of Sun Camp, and the Vidyadhara's instructions to never give up
Trungpa Rinpoche and Alan Watts
Here is Sam's account of Trungpa Rinpoche's friendship with Alan Watts.
The Essential Chögyam Trungpa
An eleven-class course on the essential teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The Five Chakras and the Four Karmas
These two teachings, among the earliest the Vidyadhara gave in North America, provide a glimpse into the profound trust Chögyam Trungpa had in the possibility that genuine buddhadharma could be successfully transplanted into Western culture.
Work Sex Money: Seminar Three
Work, sex and money: these are the main things in our lives that we look to instinctively for satisfaction, and yet ...
The Enlightenment of the Buddha
These three talks on the enlightenment of the Buddha were given at Karme Choling in December 1975.
Ambition to Learn
This public talk took place in San Francisco on May 20, 1971
Selected Devotional Poems of Chögyam Trungpa
For the hundreds of students who heard these readings, David Rome is the voice of Trungpa Rinpoche's poetry.
A Conversation With Clarke Warren
In this three-part conversation, Clarke Warren talks about the Ri-me Society, challenges faced by Tibetan communities in exile, and how sanghas in the West might gain inspiration from their example.
Jim Lowrey Reads from Taming Untameable Beings
https://soundcloud.com/trungpachronicles/jim-lowrey-reading-from-untameable-1 Taming Untameable Beings is available in paperback and Kindle e-book at: amazon.com and www.amazon.ca Facebook: Taming Untameable Beings
A Conversation With David Rome
Part one focuses on David's years as Trungpa Rinpoche his personal secretary and head of the Kasung. Part two is a discussion about the principles of commmand and protection. Part three is about his many activities since leaving Boulder in 1983.
Milarepa Day Offering
https://soundcloud.com/trungpachronicles/doha-of-sadness-by-chogyam-trungpa This poem, read by Steve Baker, is one of the Songs of Chögyam Trungpa from Rain of Wisdom. The Rain of Wisdom was one of the first translation projects that Trungpa Rinpoche...
A Conversation about the Vajra Regent with Kenneth Green
This three part discussion with Ken Green on the early years of the Vajra Regent's path is offered in commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Regent's passing. To introduce this conversation, Ken writes:
A Conversation with Derek Kolleeny
Part one: Trungpa Rinpoche's emphasis on developing close relationships between the traditional lineages of Tibetan Buddhism Part two: Westchester Buddhist Center, an independent center for study and practice in Westchester, NY.
Year of the Earth Sheep: Shambahala Day 1979
In this address, Rinpoche talks very movingly about our individual responsibility to benefit everyone and anyone with whom we are connected.
Be Our Guide – Shambhala Day Address, 1982
https://d2j018qw05ry1m.cloudfront.net/ShambhalaDay1982-Feb24.mp3 Three months after the Sixteenth Karmapa's death on November 5, 1981, Trungpa Rinpoche led the community in a supplication. He said: Repeat after me. Your Holiness please return to us. Your Holiness please...
A Conversation with Adam Lobel
In this three-part interview, recorded in December 2013, Julia talks with Acharya Adam Lobel about the current Shambhala path of practice and study.
A Conversation with Chris Pleim
Julia talks with Chris Pleim about the Profound Treasury Dharma Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
A Conversation with Jane Kolleeny
Julia talks with Jane Kolleeny about the Westchester Buddhist Center. Visit westchesterbuddhistcenter.org for more information.
Bill Wooding on Being Gay in the Sangha
Julia speaks with Bill Wooding about being gay in the early Vajradhatu/Shambhala community, about the history of "Queer Dharma", and about the efforts made by a number of North American dharma groups to welcome and include the LGBTQ community as part of their sangha.
Sarah Coleman’s Reflections on the Vajradhatu seminaries
Sarah Coleman takes us on a tour through the thirteen three-month seminaries led by Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1970s and 80s. From Teton Village, to Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, Sarah gives us her raw impressions of the place, the teachings, the students, the era, and the teacher.
A Conversation with Judy Lief
Judy Lief is a prominent Buddhist teacher, writer, and editor with an emphasis on the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa, and on a contemplative approach to death and dying.
Melvin McLeod on the Shambhala Sun Foundation
Melvin McLeod is the editor-in-chief of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly.
Episode One: Introduction
To introduce this series, Julia guides us through the mosaic, the many facets that have emerged from the world that Trungpa Rinpoche set in motion.
At Suzuki Roshi’s Funeral
In this seven minute audio clip, Sam Bercholz describes the events surrounding Roshi's funeral, including Rinpoche's comments about appointing a dharma heir, and ...
When Trungpa Rinpoche met Suzuki Roshi
Here is Sam and Hazel Bercholz account of the first meeting between Trungpa Rinpoche and Suzuki Roshi.
Jan talks about being a student of Trungpa Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, the Diamond Heart Path, and serving as a Dapon in the Dorje Kasung.
Cooking Rice with Marty Janowitz: Conversation with Patty Livingston
Marty talks with Dr. Patty Livingston about her work in anesthesiology and pain management, as well as her ongoing work in Rwanda training anesthesiologists.
The Question of Reality
In The Question of Reality, Trungpa Rinpoche examines the parallels between the path portrayed in Carlos Castaneda’s books on Don Juan and the path of Buddhist Tantra.
Tibetan Buddhism and American Karma
This talk was given during a "Dharma Festival" in Boston. Read Boston Dharmadhatu, the Early Days by Anna Taylor for a first hand account of this Festival and a flavor of early community of...
Cooking Rice with Marty Janowitz: Conversation with Jane Hester
Welcome to Cooking Rice, conversations with people whose work in the world is grounded in contemplative practice. In this episode of Cooking Rice, Marty Janowitz with Jane Hester about her experience as...
Cooking Rice with Marty Janowitz: Conversation with Chuck Lief
Chuck discusses his many years of experience in social enterprise, providing housing, childcare, and health care for low income individuals and families.
On Rinpoche and Roshi
In this episode, Henry Schaeffer and Sam Bercholz cover a lot of ground in 18 minutes, including Rinpoche throwing his mala over a fence in Oakland, Roshi blessing ...
The Very Venerable 9th Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
In this interview Julia talks with Rinpoche about fulfilling the aspirations of Chogyam Trungpa.
Conversation with Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel
In part one Barry asks Elizabeth about how she entered the Dharma and met Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.
No Man’s Land
In No Man's Land, Robert Merchasin talks about an extraordinary day in September 1971, and reflects on the lasting impact the events of that day have had on his life.
You have no territory to defend
Trungpa Rinpoche's words of advice to Jim Lowrey.
Johanna talks about the making of Crazy Wisdom, her career as a filmmaker, and her experience of working on film projects with Chogyam Trungpa.
Sharon talks about her experience of working in Trungpa Rinpoche's court and the Regent's household, and her continued service to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Conversation with Ari Goldfield and guest host David Sable
Ari Goldfield is a Buddhist teacher and translator. He studied and practiced under the close guidance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche from 1995-2009.
Lodro Dorje and Larry Mermelstein: Parts One and Two
In this episode, Lodro Dorje and Larry Mermelstein talk about support for the Kagyu and Nyingma practices within Shambhala.
A conversation with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei XX
Twentieth in a line of bowmakers and kyudo (Japanese archery) masters, Sensei served for many years as the official bowmaker to the Emperor.
Yeshe talks about her work in the community over many years, and her connections to Chogyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham.
In this interview, Kate talks about meeting CTR, studying Sanskrit, and Tibetan, and working on many projects within the sangha.
Reflections on the Life and Teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche
This 52-minute audio file is excerpted from a series of talks on the life and teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche, offered in the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya in August 2004, during the Crazy Wisdom Seminar at Shambhala Mountain Center.
Andy Karr talks about Mudra theater group, kusung training, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, miksang photography, and more.
Marty talks about meeting Trungpa Rinpoche, the development of the Kasung, Trungpa Rinpoche as servant, the role of youth, and more.
Eve talks about meeting Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, teaching Shambhala Training, becoming an Acharya, and her connection to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
The Essential Chögyam Trungpa for Youth
We would like to thank Carolyn Gimian and Barry Boyce for teaching this program for young adults in Halifax.
Judith Lief talks with Julia about the first seminary, editing Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's lectures, and more.
Mark talks about Buddhism, Shambhala, Shambhala Buddhism. He also discusses Radio Free Shambhala and more.
Larry talks about the origins of the Nalanda Translation Committee and working with Trungpa Rinpoche the various translation projects.
Thrangu Rinoche was born in 1933 in Kham, near Surmang. Trungpa Rinpoche and Thrangu Rinpoche, who were friends and dharma brothers from an early age, continued their close connection in the West.
Where there are meditators, there is a need for things on which to sit. In this interview Jeanine tells the story of Samadhi Cushions.
Changling Rinpoche, a devoted student of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, is the current abbot of the Shechen Monastery Shedra (monastic university) in Nepal.
Michael talks about meeting Trungpa Rinpoche, his family heritage, the Council of Warriors, the Shambhala Institute, and more.
Richard John talks about working with Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the Sopa Choling retreat and more.
John Rockwell talks about bringing together Shambhala Training and the three yanas office of practice and Education.
Susan Chapman talks about the unique qualities of the three year retreat at Sopa Chöling and how it has changed over the years.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Khyentse Rinpoche talks with Barry about Trungpa Rinpoche.
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Barry talks with the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche about the lineage of Karmapas, the work and teachings of the Seventeenth Karmapa, and His Holiness's historic visit to North America earlier this year.
Mitchell Levy talks about the Kalapa Council, loyalty, the Ripa lineage, and his relationship with Chogyam Trungpa, and Sakyong Mipham.
Barry talks with Tyler Dewar about his training as a Tibetan translator, the experience of traveling with HHK and his party from Dharamsala to New York, and his work as one of His Holiness's English language interpreters.
Gesar Mukpo, son of Chogyam Trunpga, and incarnation of Jamgön Kongtrül of Sechen talks about his movie "Tulku" and more.
Karmapa in America debriefing part one: Peter Volz talks about His Holiness's first visit to the West, his qualities as teacher and communicator, and his ability to transcend cultural, religious and spiritual boundaries.
Listened to Trungpa Rinpoche's interview on CKGM radio in Montreal in 1971, including a call-in from17 year-old Jason Gavras
Reggie talks about his training with Trungpa Rinpoche, leaving Shambhala International, and the view and practice of dharma that he presents to his students.
Beverley talks about decorum, bravery and love, life in Cape Breton, finding the European land center, and her role as Trungpa Rinpoche's executive secretary.
Live from Halifax
A live show about is the Karmapas: CTR's relationship to the 16th HHK, his historic visits, and the upcoming first visit of the 17th Karmapa to North America.
Barry Boyce talks about the nature of propaganda versus genuine communication, the conversation between a magazine and its readership, and his inspiration to pass on the torch.
Noel talks about attending Vidya School in Boulder, the bond shared by his peers, moving to NS and taking a job at the Shambhala School in Halifax.
Cheryl talks about working in A Suite, her tenure at Karmê Chöling, her management of Vajradhatu Pubs, leaving the Shambhala nest, and working for clothing designer and philanthropist Eileen Fisher.
Alice talks about Zen Center, RMDC, NY Dharmadhatu, the South American sangha, the Commission on the Status of Women and Feminine Principle, and the Council of Warriors
Susan talks about meeting Trungpa Rinpoche, working as a metaphysical consultant, and teaching at Naropa, the feminine principle, and her experience of Trungpa Rinpoche's samadhi.
Cynthia talks about meeting her teacher, Kalu Rinpoche, how she began to study with SMR, the origins of the Rigden thangka, and the ongoing iconographic work that she has undertaken.
Bob talks about working with Chogyam Trungpa on design projects, the nature of the space that was created, and passing on what we received.
Judith Simmer Brown
Judith is well known as a dharma teacher and scholar with a special focus on the feminine principle and interfaith dialogue.
Jerry talks about substance abuse, and the pitfalls of imitating the guru.
President Reoch talks about his personal journey, his relationship to Sakyong Mipham, and some of the current issues facing the Shambhala community.
Barbara talks about the creative process, her passion for calligraphy, working with discouragement, her connection with Trungpa Rinpoche, and more.
Bill Douglas’ “I Shall Not Live in Vain”
Long-time sangha member Bill Douglas started the Naropa music program in 1977 where celebrated thirty years of teaching. Bill has toured extensively as a a bassoonist, pianist, and composer, and his...
Jerry Granelli Offers: Like a Ghost in the Grass
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deJcEy-SjJs Jerry Granelli jazz legend, music teacher, dharma teacher, kusung and dedicated student of Chogyam Trungpa offers: Like a Ghost in the Grass, from the Sandhills Reunion CD, recorded in Halifax, 2001. Jerry...
John talks about his experiences as a non-sectarian chaplain in an inner-city hospital, a great story about June Bugs, and more.
Leonard discusses his relationship to practice and community, and his concerns regarding the direction of Shambhala International.
Fabrice talks about his writings on the life and teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and his decision to leave Shambhala International.
Ken talks about government, corruption, Hopi prophesies, democracy, and the importance of showing up.
Bob and Lindy King
Bob and Lindy King talk about their journeys through Kham in the summer of 2005, and interviewing Khenpo Gangshar's consort, Chime Palmo.
Lady Diana Mukpo and Carolyn Rose Gimian
Lady Diana Mukpo and Carolyn Gimian talk about how the idea for a memoir first arose and how they worked together to make it happen.
Peter reflects on Trungpa Rinpoche as master statesman, the Office of External Affairs, and the need to train a new generation of Shambhala diplomats.
Jonathan table about growing up in the sangha, his memories of early Sun Camps, and how he sees his current role as one of the leaders of Sun Camp.
Jim talks about the myriad ways in which Trungpa Rinpoche worked with his students to nurture their personal understanding and sense of trust in their own intelligence.
Dispatches is delighted to present this fascinating and very personal look at the often misunderstood realm of Trungpa Rinpoche’s visual dharma teachings.
Venerable Khandro Rinpoche
Khandro Rinpoche talks about the admiration her father, Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche, and other prominent teachers of his generation had for Trungpa Rinpoche.
Helen Berliner talks with Julia about her early connection with Trungpa Rinpoche, the importance of working with form, the Mindrolling lineage, and being a student of Khandro Rinpoche.
Adam discusses how the Sakyong sees his role as stabilizing the Druk Sakyong's teachings.
Bill reflects on the choicelessness of service, the path of devotion, practicing with illness, and encountering real fear and uncertainty.
Julia talks with Bonnie Rabin, Halifax psychologist (voted best psychologist in Halifax by readers of the Coast), life coach, and long-time student of Chögyam Trungpa.
Carolyn Rose Gimian
Carolyn talks about editing and compiling of many of Rinpoche’s books and other writings.
Steve takes a look at his relationship to Ponlop Rinpoche and the Nalandabodhi community, in light of his ongoing connection to the Mukpos and the Shambhala mandala.
Wendy Friedman and Richard Peisingers
This week's dispatch is from Wendy Friedman and Richard Peisinger, the coordinators of Sakyong Mipham and Semo Tseyang's wedding festival.
Jeff talks about the vision for Shambhala Mountain Center, what has been accomplished there, and the challenges that lie ahead.
Tashi Deleg! Cheerful Shambhala Day!
Trungpa Rinpoche and Czareena at Mill Village, 1984. https://d2j018qw05ry1m.cloudfront.net/ShambhalaDay1982-Feb24.mp3 Editor's note: Rinpoche begins his address with the Japanese New Years greeting, "Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu!" © 2005 Diana J. Mukpo and the Shambhala Archives. Used...
A Halloween Message from Trungpa Rinpoche [Audio: 1 minute, 47 seconds]
Hazy Moon/Brilliant Sun of Enlightenment
This talk was given in Los Angeles on September 16, 1978.
Cheerful Shambhala Day 1978
Here is the first ever Shambhala Day address, nine minutes and 17 seconds. It took place just after dawn in the newly renovated third-floor shrine room of Dorje Dzong, now the Boulder Shambhala Center. The room was packed with many students and many young children; it was a joyful moment.
Jamgon Kongtrul Seminar
This seminar is offered at this time to mark the re-publication of The Sun of Wisdom, a guru sadhana composed by Chögyam Trungpa to his root guru, Jamgon Kongtrul of Shechen.
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?
Training the Mind: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
This six-talk series given at RMCD in 1974 examines the nature of mind training.
Mindfulness and Awareness
Trungpa Rinpoche begins by pointing out the necessity of beginning at the beginning. Otherwise it is like "building a castle on an ice block, or an apartment on an airplane."
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.
Zen and Tantra II
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.
Life and Teachings of Marpa
This four-talk seminar took place in Barnet Vermont, September 1973
The True Meaning of Devotion
Tail of the Tiger, August 1973
Here are a few of the community talks that Trungpa Rinpoche gave during the early years of his teaching in North America.
Talk on Meditation
Talk on Meditation given in Davis, California on May 10, 1971
Colorado University Talks, 1971
These are recordings of Trungpa Rinpoche's classes at Colorado University in Boulder in January/February 1971.
Practice of Meditation Seminar, 1971
These five talks where given at Karme Choling in January 1971.
Battle of Ego
These seven talks where given at Karme Choling in December 1970.
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
These six talks where given in Boulder, Colorado in December 1970er, Colorado in December 1970
Meditation and the Buddhist Path
These five talks where given at the Theosophical Society in Buffalo, New York, in October 1970
Work Sex Money: Seminar One
Work, sex and money: these are the main things in our lives that we look to instinctively for satisfaction, and yet, they almost never supply it
One Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa
This 13-talk seminar was held at Tail of the Tiger in August 1970, just one month after Chogyam Trungpa arrived in the United States.
Jewel Ornament of Liberation
These 17 talks on Gampopa's Jewel Ornament of Liberation are among the first talks given by Trungpa Rinpoche after his arrival in the United States in July 1970.