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The thirtieth anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche’s parinirvana

The Thirtieth Anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche’s Parinirvana

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Doing Nothing

Meditation is the only way to relate with neurosis and self-deception. In this case, meditation does not mean concentrating on objects or trying to intensify certain psychic faculties or anything of that nature. It is just simply creating a space, a space in which we can unlearn and undo our subconscious gossip, our hidden fears and hidden hopes, and begin to bring them out. Meditation is simply providing space through the discipline of sitting down and doing nothing. Doing nothing is extremely difficult. At the beginning we can only try to do nothing by imitating doing nothing. And then hopefully we can develop gradually from there.

— From “The Tibetan Buddhist Teachings and Their Application,” in The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Three, pages 521 to 522.

Recent Tributes

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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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At the Time of the Twenty-Fifth Rigden

Now, as for your root teacher, Trungpa Rinpoche and his connection with Shambhala ...

The Path of Guru Devotion

  We may be a minority, but there are some of us who have the merit, as well as the guts, confidence and courage to take the path of guru...
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Such Thunderstorm

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

Tribute to Trungpa Rinpoche

Listen to Robin's audio tribute to the Vidyadhara.

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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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...

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....

The Curse of Devotion

The curse of devotion is the ungraspable imprint of an empty heart

4:15 am, Thimphu, Bhutan

May Peace Prevail over all the Earth for All Beings
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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

The Padmasambhava of Our Time

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

On Trungpa Rinpoche’s Unique Brilliance

About Trungpa Rinpoche's "mind-boggling brilliance"

The Top Ten Reasons Why …

Asked to give a toast to the Vidyadhara at the events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Vidyadhara's parinirvana in Halifax, Barry Boyce began to compose a toast telling...

Thrangu Rinpoche Remembers Trungpa Rinpoche

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

Fearless Compassion

To think of Trungpa Rinpoche it is not just to remember an extraordinary man, but to be drawn into the depth and vastness of his mind, to glimpse a...

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

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...

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on Chogyam Trungpa

Here are Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's opening comments about Trungpa Rinpoche before the presentation.

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....

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...

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 the qualities of dignity, gentleness,...

Greg Smith

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

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,...