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The thirtieth anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche’s parinirvana

The Thirtieth Anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche’s Parinirvana

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Thirteen years of tributes to the Vidyadhara

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Obstacles Make Us Smile

We try to rejoice whenever there is an obstacle, and we try to regard that as something that makes us smile. Each particular setback creates a further smile. We keep on going in that way, and we never give up or give in to any obstacles….For instance, I myself had a lot of hard times getting out of my country and being sick. And all sorts of things still happen to me personally. Although everybody is trying to be extremely helpful to me; nonetheless obstacles happen to me all the time. But I don’t regard those obstacles as a sign of anything at all; I keep on going, myself. I was terribly sick yesterday, and it was not very pleasant–however, it made me smile. So I’m here, smiling, right now.

Student: You have to go through the turbulence?

Chögyam Trungpa: Yes, yes. You always have ups and downs. It is like riding on a roller coaster: the more you go down and the more you go up, the more you smile each time. You smile, rather than just holding your breath and thinking that you should enjoy yourself because you paid for it, or thinking that since it was your choice, You’re supposed to enjoy it.

— From “Exertion,” in The 1982 Hinayana-Mahayana Seminary Transcripts, pages 113 to 114.

Recent Tributes

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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Vana Jakic recalls Trungpa Rinpoche

Vana Jakic talks about her interactions with Trungpa Rinpoche in England in the 1960s.
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Kunga Dawa on Chögyam Trungpa and Sadhana of Mahamudra

This footage is from a three-hour interview Cathy Hubiak and Bill Scheffel conducted with Kunga Dawa, Richard Arthure, earlier this year.
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Tenga Rinpoche on Chogyam Trungpa

Tenga Rinpoche described the contributions of Chogyam Trungpa and the Shambhala community in hosting the Sixteenth Karmapa's tour of the West.
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Jakusho Kwong-roshi on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Jakusho Kwong-roshi on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Video by Bill Scheffel.
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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Cremation Ceremony

Thirty-one years ago today, May 26, 1987, hundreds of the Vidyadhara's students gathered in the upper meadow of Karme Chöling for their teacher's cremation. This slideshow presentation of Ray...
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Such Thunderstorm

Barbara Bash calligraphs these words from the Vidyadhara's will; soundtrack by Steve Gorn

Old Dog Wags Its Tail

It was April in Halifax.
It was misty and cold.
There was black ice in the harbour.

May I never be separated from you

Each and every day I make aspirations—really heartfelt aspirations ...

My Guru Was One Scary Son Of A Bitch

Sung at the Sadhana of Mahamudra feast in Halifax, 4 April 2009

On the 31st Parinirvana

But the weight of your hand has reached through time, touched my heart and made me Mukpo.
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Habitual Patterns

A mini-aria composed by Alan Kent Anderson. Text taken from a 1979 Kalapa Assembly talk by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Permission to use text courtesy of Diana Mukpo. ©1998 Alan K....

4:15 am, Thimphu, Bhutan

May Peace Prevail over all the Earth for All Beings

The Padmasambhava of Our Time

Arguably the most important figure in the transmission of Buddhism to the West.

Remembering and Rejoicing in our Connection

It is with great pleasure that I write this tribute

On Trungpa Rinpoche’s Unique Brilliance

About Trungpa Rinpoche's "mind-boggling brilliance"

Thrangu Rinpoche Remembers Trungpa Rinpoche

On Trungpa Rinpoche, the influences of Khenpo Gangsar, and some of the extraordinary aspects of the Vidyadhara's teachings

Four Moments of Truth

Four Moments of Truth

Joshua Zim’s Letter

A few days before his death, Joshua wrote a letter to Rinpoche that was found in the retreat cabin, along with his body.

What Trungpa Rinpoche Accomplished

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche reflects on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's life and teachings

I Would Not Dare

Originally published on Youtube on Oct 2, 2017 by iQIYI, a provider of high-quality video and entertainment services in China.

Beyond Comprehension

Book Review: From Lion’s Jaws, Chögyam Trungpa’s Epic Journey to the West
by Grant MacLean
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Recollections of Trungpa Rinpoche

Rabjam Rinpoche traveled to the United States twice with his grandfather, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, where they visited Trungpa Rinpoche and his community of students. Here are a few of his memories from those visits.
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Glimpses of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Life and Legacy in Tibet

Many thanks to Lyndon Comstock and Jon Ransohoff and everyone at the Konchok Foundation for making this wonderful documentary available. It is such a delight to see where Rinpoche...

I Urge and I Request

More and more, I think it is just so unfortunate that Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche died so young. If he were alive ...

On Trungpa Rinpoche

Trungpa Rinpoche, whose teachings are as fresh and relevant today as they were when first taught, brought dharma to the west at an important historical moment. He was able...
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I Noticed the Grass

Poem by Allen Ginsberg Reading by Patti Smith Music by Philip Glass

Salutations to the General

"Salutations from private DJKN to the general to mark his day"*                     *Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche's message on the anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche's parinirvana, April 4, 2016. "DJKN" stands for Dzongsar Jamyang...
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Video Tribute to Chögyam Trungpa from Gesar Mukpo

Gesar writes: I put this tribute slideshow to my father together. Check it out and spread the link to anyone who may like to watch it. I feel very fortunate to have had such an amazing father and am honored that he touched so many lives. Happy Parinirvana day all and jolly "good luck!"

Among the Great Clouds of Drala Warriors

It is you, supreme among gods and humans, Who coalesced the 84,000 dharmas Into a single, indestructible life force.

Contemplating the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara

April 4th approaches. On this day in 1987 Chögyam Trungpa passed into nirvana. (For those not familiar with this expression, it is the day he died.) It is a...

I Trust My Students

"The point is," he said to me, "I trust my students." There is, for me, no greater single statement of the unique quality of Rinpoche's profound teaching than these four words....

Robin Kornman

Listen to Robin's audio tribute to the Vidyadhara.

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche

Listen to this tribute from Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche [5 minutes].

Jetsun Kushok: Tribute to CTR

This year, 2007, marks the 20th anniversary of the passing away of an important Tibetan Buddhist Master, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987). Rinpoche's contribution in Buddhadharma for the benefit of many...

Light of Blessings: Supplication to the Eleventh Trungpa Chökyi Gyatso

At the request of Lady Könchok Paldrön (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's mother), Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche composed the following supplication to Trungpa Rinpoche.   Light of Blessings: Supplication to the Eleventh Trungpa Chökyi Gyatso View...

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

I would like to talk a little bit about Trungpa Rinpoche. Even when he was very young, he was extremely knowledgeable. He gave the Rinchen Terdzö empowerment when he...

Denault Blouin

"Fuck you." "Did he say, 'Fuck you'?" "Yeah. He just said it again." To whomever—was it Ginsberg?—on that long ten-tape "Tibetan Buddhism and American Karma" seminar (November, 1971) we were listening to...

Greg Smith

In addition to the central figure, the thangka shows Chakrasamvara, Vajradhara and Chemchog Heruka in the sky.

Reggie Ray

Supplication to Chogyam Trungpa to Remain Lord and master, Friend of our hearts' desire, We call upon you to be near. In the nirmanakaya, you appeared in our world Proclaiming the Lion's Roar That every...

Ashoka Mukpo

Twenty years! It seems difficult to comprehend that it has been so long since Trungpa Rinpoche passed away. Even now I feel him more as a living, breathing entity...

Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche was among the first Tibetan meditation masters to come to the West, and among the few to understand the western mind. The qualities he possessed, manifested,...

Peter S. Volz

One of the characteristics of a bodhisattva is an absence of self-interest and self-importance. The Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was a fully accomplished bodhisattva, and his teachings and life...