The Warrior Tradition: Conquering Fear

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This article is based on a seminar Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche conducted in 1979 for teachers in Shambhala Training on meditation and the view of warriorship. That seminar was about fearlessness, and as well, about how to recognize and conquer real enemies in the world outside. (The material presented is now the core of Trungpa Rinpoche's book, Smile at Fear.) Chögyam Trungpa had [...]

Guide to the Three-Yana Journey

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s comprehensive presentation of the three-yana journey, taught only to his senior students, is being made public for the first time in The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche takes us through this unique body of teachings. In the summer of 1980, the Vidya­dhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, invited my father and me for [...]

Ocean of Dharma


It has been twenty-five years since the death of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a seminal figure in twentieth-century Buddhism and founder of this magazine. Barry Boyce surveys his vast body of teachings and their lasting impact on how Buddhism is understood and practiced. 1. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism In the summer of 1968, a twenty-nine-year-old Tibetan monk traveled [...]

Facing Yourself


You are a warrior when you have the bravery to face who you are, without fear, embarassment, or denial. This warriorship is the basis of the spiritual path, says Chögyam Trungpa. Through the practice of sitting meditation, the warrior discovers basic goodness. For me, contemplating the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa is like dipping into a well from which endless wisdom can be [...]

The Bodhisattva

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The bodhisattva—the renowned ideal of Mahayana Buddhism—is not a god or deity but a way of being we can all aspire to. As Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche explains, those who take the bodhisattva vow make one simple commitment: to put others first, holding nothing back for themselves. The bodhisattva vow is the commitment to put others before oneself. It is a statement of [...]

Beyond Present, Past, and Future Is The Fourth Moment


Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on meditation, the spiritual path, and a sense of basic being beyond relative time. When we talk about stages on the path, in relationship to our meditation practice, we have a problem with the terminology. We tend to think of a staircase: We take the first step, and then we take the next step and the step after that. We think meditation practice is [...]

The New Age


In an article originally published in 1969, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche reflects on how Buddhism can address the alienation of modern society. Every age is an age of change. This means also change in the social structure of the life of the people. There is never a still or static moment of time. As the time situations develop—there comes new ways of expressing wisdom — new ways [...]

Basic Goodness or Original Sin?

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Buddhist psychology is based on the notion that human beings are fundamentally good. Their most basic qualities are positive ones: openness, intelligence and warmth. Of course this viewpoint has its philosophical and psychological expressions in concepts such as bodhichitta (awakened mind), and tathagatagarbha (birthplace of the enlightened ones). But this idea is ultimately [...]

Taking Refuge: The Decision to Become a Buddhist


Taking refuge in the Buddha, the dharma and the sangha is something more than a ritual, wrote Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. By taking refuge, we are committing ourselves to freedom. "I take refuge in the Buddha.I take refuge in the dharma.I take refuge in the sangha." In the Buddhist tradition, the purpose of taking refuge is to awaken from confusion and associate oneself with [...]

Meditation: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness


According to the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, spirituality means relating with the working basis of one’s existence, which is one’s state of mind. The method for beginning to relate directly with mind is the practice of mindfulness. For the follower of the buddhadharma, the teachings of Buddhism, there is a need for great emphasis on the practice of meditation. One must see [...]