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The thirtieth anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche’s parinirvana

The Thirtieth Anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche’s Parinirvana

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One Thing at a Time

Two things cannot happen at once; it is impossible. It is easy to imagine that two things are happening at once, because our journey back and forth between the two may be very speedy. But even then we are doing only one thing at a time. The idea of mindfulness of mind is to slow down the fickleness of jumping back and forth. We have to realize that we are not extraordinary mental acrobats. We are not all that well trained. And even an extraordinarily well-trained mind could not manage that many things at once–not even two. But because things are very simple and direct, we can focus on, be aware and mindful of, one thing at a time. That one-pointedness, that bare attention, seems to be the basic point.

— From “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness,” in The Heart of the Buddha, page 46.

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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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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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What Trungpa Rinpoche Accomplished

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche reflects on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's life and teachings
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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Cremation Ceremony

Thirty 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 Ellis's...

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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On Trungpa Rinpoche’s Unique Brilliance

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and Mark Elliott talk about Trungpa Rinpoche's "mind-boggling brilliance"

Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche on Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche: His Lineage and Legacy

In fact all the great lamas consider Trungpa Rinpoche as a real vidyadhara. He is very special. He is a very authentic master and great scholar. What he wrote is mind-boggling.

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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Vana Jakic recalls Trungpa Rinpoche

Vana Jakic talks about her interactions with Trungpa Rinpoche in England in the 1960s.

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on Chogyam Trungpa

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

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...
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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...
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Jakusho Kwong-roshi on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Jakusho Kwong-roshi on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Video by Bill Scheffel.

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...

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].

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...

From the All-Encompassing Vajradhatu

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...

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.

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.

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,...

Ani Pema Chödrön

Each and every day I make aspirations—really heartfelt aspirations—that we the students of the Vidyadhara will fulfill his wishes and actualize his vision of enlightened society. This is the...

Shenpen Hookham

It is with great pleasure that I write this tribute to the Vidyadhara and with some awe and trepidation. How can I write anything that will measure up to...

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

During my early studies at Tashi Jong, I heard many stories of Trungpa Rinpoche from my teacher, the late Khamtrul Rinpoche, and other lamas. They all spent time together...

Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

The successive Trungpa incarnations of Surmang Monastery of Eastern Tibet were important lineage holders of the Kagyud Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Vidyadhara Chökyi Gyatsho (Chögyam), the Eleventh Trungpa Rinpoche,...

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Following the Chinese take-over of Tibet in 1959 and the flight of many Tibetans into exile, Tibetan Lamas began to be invited to visit other parts of the world....

Sam Bercholz

In my view, the history of Chögyam Trungpa in the West is analogous to that of the eighth-century Indian Buddhist master Padmasambhava, who was principally responsible for bringing the...

Inconceivable Love

It has been twenty years since Chögyam Trungpa left this world. As an artist, he taught us all to be artists in every moment of our lives, and to give...

Sherab Chödzin Kohn

The exemplary story of the birth of a guru is that of Padmasambhava. He is born on the calyx of a huge lotus flower in the middle of a...

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was a Tibetan incarnate lama who understood the Western mind. Through the years, I have appreciated the many teachings that he imparted. The students of Rinpoche,...

Joan Halifax Roshi

Trungpa Rinpoche was a Buddhist visionary, an artist of great imagination, a wild beardless prophet, and a man with a very human heart. His brief and radical appearance in...

The Incomparable Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Dear fellow sangha of the incomparable Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Ki! Greetings from the Shambhala Belt, as the Vidyadhara called the area I have been living in for 12 years...

Onyumishi Kanjuro Shibata XX Sensei

Hello everyone. How are you? Trungpa Rinpoche died so quickly, very quickly. Now, all of you, sangha people everywhere, listen to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s voice. You can hear him...

His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche

In 1993, Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche visited North America where he met and taught Trungpa Rinpoche's students in Colorado and Nova Scotia. Following is an excerpt from a talk he...

Tania Leontov

Oh great and magical guru, thank you for the lessons imprinted, for the brilliance and accuracy with which you penetrated my confusion and make indelible marks. Unlike the imprints...

Leonard Hortick

The twentieth anniversary of the parinirvana, of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche is a time of reflection for many of us. Many remember those events of a long time...

Anne Burchardi

It has been a great honor for me to contribute to Chögyam Trungpa's legacy in some small way, by co-teaching the Tibetan Tradition Course at Naropa University in the...

The Essence of What He Invoked

I watched a video of Rinpoche for the first time in a long time recently. When I saw him and heard his first words, his presence was so vivid...

For Generations to Come

Human life is both precious and rare, and the Buddhist teachings admonish us not to waste it. The Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, certainly took that to heart....

Douglas Penick

In 1977, I happened to be seated next to the Vidyadhara for several hours at an afternoon reception. An unbroken stream of people came up, knelt and spoke to...

More Brilliantly Year After Year

Eido Roshi is a Rinzai Zen master and the abbott of New York Zendo Shobo-Ji and Dai Bosatsu Zendo, both in New York. Over the years, Eido Roshi has...

Creating a Drala Culture

During his lifetime, the Vidyadhara took an active role in design. I believe his personal involvement with design was due in part to the great joy he derived from...

The Simplicity of This Moment

The world is not perfect, not black and white. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche could be seen as a madman or a scholar. It's pointless to try to come to an...