Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1940-1987) is recognized for playing a pivotal role in the transmission of genuine Buddhadharma to the West. One of the first Tibetan Buddhist teachers to come to America, he established Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and an organization of some 200 meditation centers worldwide known as Shambhala International. In addition to his best selling books on the Buddhist teachings, including Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and The Myth of Freedom, he is the author of two books on the Shambhala warrior tradition: Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, and Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala.


Recent Articles

Gesar: Tantric Practices of the Tibetan Warrior King

Read “Gesar the Warrior” an excerpt from Gesar: Tantric Practices of the Tibetan Warrior King

An excerpt of Gesar: Tantric Practices of the Tibetan Warrior King— as reviewed in the Fall 2023 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Guide


The Tender Heart of the Warrior

The ground of fearlessness, says Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, is renouncing hard-heartedness and allowing ourselves to be tender, sad, present.

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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.

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One-Shot Mind

In his seminal teaching on the four foundations of mindfulness, the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche explained how to practice mindfulness of mind.

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Living the Lion’s Roar: How to Practice Fearlessness

At every stage of our path, says Chögyam Trunpga Rinpoche, the fearless proclamation of the truth cuts through ego. Are we ready to hear it?

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.

Trust in Your Goodness

Instead of trying to promote or defend ourselves, we can base our lives on something more powerful and trustworthy—our basic goodness.

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.

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Zen Mind, Vajra Mind

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.

The Way to Dismantle Ego’s Game

A teaching by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on how to take the fresh and open mind you’ve experienced into the rest of your life.

The Bodhisattva Vow

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche explains; those who take the bodhisattva vow make one simple commitment: to put others first, holding nothing back for themselves.

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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.

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Why We Meditate

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.

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Healing and the Reality of Death

We view our desire to get rid of disease as a desire to avoid death. But it is often just the opposite: it is an attempt to avoid life.

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The Warrior Tradition: Conquering Fear

“Conquering Fear” is based on a seminar Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche conducted in 1979 for teachers in Shambhala Training on meditation and the view of warriorship.

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Find Your Heart in Loneliness

When we are alone, says Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, we may begin a love affair with sadness.

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The Basic Principle of Bodhicitta

Relative bodhicitta is how we learn to love each other and ourselves, according to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The basic principle of ultimate bodhicitta is to rest in the fundamental state of consciousness, before it is divided into ‘I and ‘other.'

Unconditional Beauty

Painting, calligraphy, photography, and flower arranging – we present the dharma art teachings and artworks of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

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Jolly Good

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."

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An Element of Unreasonability

Chogyam Trungpa offers a teaching on Mahamudra and Marpa, the first Tibetan holder of the Kagyu lineage.

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Glimpses of Mahayana

The Mahayana Buddhist path is a way of expanding, and the Mahayana teacher, the spiritual friend, acts as the entrance to that journey.

The Teacher-Student Relationship

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on how our relationship with the teacher evolves in the three vehicles of Buddhism.

A meditation instruction by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche gives a brief instruction in Shamatha meditation.

The Three Bodies of Enlightenment

A teaching on the three kayas by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Basic Goodness or Original Sin?

Buddhist psychology is based on the notion that human beings are fundamentally good. Their most basic qualities are positive ones: openness, intelligence and warmth.

The Innermost Essence

From "The Innermost Essence" by the great Dzogchen teacher Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798) and translated by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

The Wisdom of Shambhala

In the classic Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa offered a powerful vision of spirituality founded on basic human wisdom, a path of meditation and warriorship for people of any belief or way of life. In this chapter from the long-awaited sequel, entitled Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala, Chogyam Trungpa discusses Working with Early Morning Depression. Introduction by Diana Mukpo.

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The Ground of Basic Goodness

The Shambhala Sun is based on a simple, commonplace experience, says Chogyam Trungpa. Noticing it, we discover the basic goodness of our world and our lives as human beings. Cultivating it through meditation, we can cheer up and help others.

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The Seven Points of Training the Mind

The Seven Points of Training the Mind, as translated Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.