Ocean of Dharma

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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a seminal figure in twentieth-century Buddhism and founder of this magazine, died on April 4, 1987. In this 2011 feature, 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 from [...]

The Decision to Become a Buddhist

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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 [...]

Searching for the Ox: The Path to Enlightenment in 10 Pictures

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In Zen’s famed 10 oxherding pictures, the ox is enlightenment and the herder is you, the meditator. Created by 12th-century Chinese master Guo-an Shi-yuan, the oxherding pictures have mapped the path for Buddhist practitioners ever since, inspiring countless commentaries and new renderings. Here is a contemporary take by graphic artist Mark T. Morse, with commentary by [...]

Zen Mind, Vajra Mind

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The late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche described Suzuki Roshi as his “accidental father” in America, and through their close friendship he gained great respect for the Zen tradition. In this talk, Chögyam Trungpa looks at the basic differences between Zen and tantra. If we begin to discuss the two approaches of Zen and tantra, we will be lost. If we take a glimpse at their [...]

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 [...]

Why We Meditate

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We don’t meditate to become better people or have special experiences, says Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Meditation is simply the way we relate to our already existing enlightened state. The actual experience, techniques, and disciplines of meditation are still unfamiliar to many people. So I would like to give you a basic idea of how meditation practice works, how it operates [...]

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 [...]

Jolly Good

Vajrayana / Tibetan Buddhism, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala, Warriorship, Shambhala Sun, Lion's Roar, Buddhism

"There is a natural healthiness and sense of goodness we can all experience personally," says Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on the Shambhala teachings. "Then we will discover what kind of joy is needed to help the world. We find that the joy of warriorship is always needed." We are going to discuss the ground for building an enlightened society. No matter where we are in the world, [...]

An Element of Unreasonability

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“In Mahamudra, there is an element of craziness, an element of unreasonability. You are not conned even by the artistic simplicity of nothingness.” The great teacher Marpa, who lived in the eleventh century, was the first Tibetan holder of the Kagyü lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism. In his teaching style and his experience, Marpa represents a person accomplished in Mahamudra, a [...]

The Power of Self-Reflection

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Transforming society, says Sakyong Mipham, begins with the simple act of contemplating our basic goodness and reflecting on how we really feel about ourselves. My father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, was one of the last great Buddhist teachers to be trained fully in Tibet while it was still a spiritual kingdom. When he had to escape, leading three hundred people through the [...]