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Touch and Go

Chögyam Trungpa's Epic Journey to the West

When Gerald Red Elk Met Chögyam Trungpa

After I made the introductions, Gerald Red Elk presented some gifts to Chögyam Trungpa, who was seated. He unfolded some gems: a turquoise stone, which he said represented the nature of the universe; a red stone, which he said represented the nature of the gods; a green stone, representing earth; and a purple stone, representing medicine.
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Journey to Taktsang

Travel with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche from Scotland to Taktsang in 1968, and hear him talk about receiving the Sadhana

Historical Comments on The Sadhana of Mahamudra

There was tremendous corruption, confusion, lack of faith, and lack of practice in Tibet.

In the Shadow of the Purkhang

Here is Raging Bear’s marvelous account of Gade Gar.

Lineage and Devotion

As our devotion increased in these early years, we came to regard Trungpa Rinpoche as the only and the everything. It seemed that he came out of nowhere, like a bolt of lightning. But there was a larger context...

Boston Dharmadhatu: The Early Days

His talks were like timed capsules—timed to go off months and years and perhaps decades later

When Ice Clogged the Harbour

About 10 days before Rinpoche's passing on April 4, 1987, Halifax harbour began filling up with ice...
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On Retreat in Charlemont: Silent Footage from 1972

A happy, quiet, soft, and tender time. Early Fall, early melting snow, early days with the guru

From BORN IN TIBET to FROM LION’S JAWS

From BORN IN TIBET to FROM LION'S JAWS

How I Met Rinpoche

Part One of a Conversation with Ani Pema Chödrön.
Training of an American Buddhist Nun. The following conversation between Pema Chödrön and Walter Fordham took place in Halifax on 10 December 2003.

The Court

Then, seemingly out of the blue and certainly not to my liking, Rinpoche announced on Christmas Day that he would like to invite my mother to dinner ...
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1974 Seminary

Visit the 1974 Vajradhatu Seminary in Snowmass, Colorado

His Final Home

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Chögyam Trungpa's parinirvana, the Chögyam Trungpa Legacy Project mounted an extraordinary exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax.
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1980 Seminary Slideshow from Allan Novick

Thank you to Allan Novick for sending in these images from the 1980 Seminary

Memories, Dreams and Reflections of the 16th Karmapa

Black Hat, Black Mountains I met the 16th Karmapa in 1976 when he was invited to a farmhouse in the Black Mountains of Wales. If there is one event which I can...

Trungpa Rinpoche’s Escape From Tibet: 50 Years Ago

Watch Touch and Go, a documentary on Trungpa Rinpoche's escape from Tibet and follow the escape route maps. As this project is very much a work in progress, please contact Grant if you...

On Shambhala and the Samaya Connection

Not long ago I heard someone say that people who disagreed with decisions made by the Sakyong or Shambhala International were people who didn’t practice and therefore, we shouldn’t pay attention to them.

Fifty Years Ago

On the anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche's arrival in India, Carolyn Gimian looks back over the past 50 years.

The Rinchen Terdzo

At some point during the 1970's, Trungpa Rinpoche received a complete set of the Rinchen Terdzo from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Gold Lake Oil

In this article, Tom Bell tells the story of the seeming rise and apparent fall of Gold Lake Oil.

Letters of The Current Situation

The Current Situation (TCS), as it was known, grew into a bitter dispute that seemed unresolvable, and over the course of the next three years, generated a flurry of letters and official statements, several of which are presented on this page.

VCTR’s Comments About His Will

Read CTR's Spiritual Will The following are David Rome's notes from a meeting with VCTR on February 23, 1986 at Karme-Choling, Vermont DR: I would like to ask about after your death--not because...

The Pygmy Farm

In the late 1960s a group of friends from various parts of the country met in San Francisco and (when one of them happened to find a cheap farm for rent)...

Interview with James George

27 June 2003     Excerpt from recorded interview If you have the time and the bandwidth, this short (12 minute) recording is worth listening to. It captures a certain quality that is difficult to...

Letter to the 1980 Seminary

From the all-encompassing vajradhatu, Indestructible nonthought beyond description, From the vast dharmadhatu, The unceasing play of energy and light, The dharmakaya Vajradhara takes form As the incomparable root guru, Chokyi Gyatso. The five poisons and the eight...

Across the Himalayas

Trungpa Rinpoche's Diary from the Final Days of the Escape

Meditation: The Path of the Buddha

In 1974 during the inaugural session of The Naropa Institute, Chögyam Trungpa presented this course on meditation.