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Chögyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987) — the pioneering Tibetan Buddhist teacher who founded the Shambhala Sun — made an indelible imprint upon North American Buddhism, via his life and work.

Trungpa Rinpoche was the 11th descendant in the line of Trungpa tulkus, important teachers of the Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He remains revered as a scholar, artist, and visionary; he was committed to upholding traditional Buddhist teachings, and also spearheaded several organizations that work toward the realization of a more enlightened society.

Enjoy these classic teachings by Chögyam Trungpa from the Shambhala Sun archives. Just click any article's title to start reading.

Chögyam Trungpa in the Shambhala Sun

Ocean of Dharma

It has been twenty-five years since the death of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a seminal figure in modern Buddhism and founder of the Shambhala Sun. Barry Boyce surveys his teachings and their lasting impact on how Buddhism is understood and practiced. "He lived to leave a legacy," Boyce writes, "so that far into the future people could experience the dharma he taught not as an artifact of a past time and place, but always as 'fresh-baked bread.'"

One-Shot Mind

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

The Bodhisattva

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.

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.

The New Age

In an article originally published in 1969, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche reflects on how Buddhism can address the alienation of modern society.

Basic Goodness or Original Sin?

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on problems and practice.

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. The 1979 seminar was about fearlessness, and as well, about how to recognize and conquer real enemies in the world outside. The material was controversial at the time, and the full transcript of the seminar was never edited. It just seemed too outrageous.

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.

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.

Hearty Discipline

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on the philosophy of Naropa University.

Facing Yourself

An excerpt from our November 2009 issue.

The Path of the Warrior

Barry Boyce on the Shambhala teachings.


Married to the Guru

The student-teacher relationship is always an intimate and intense one, and who could be closer to the guru than the student who is also his wife? Diana Mukpo was married to the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a figure of controversy whose genius surpassed convention, and undoubtedly one of the great Buddhist teachers of the twentieth century. She talks about her challenging, inspiring, and entirely surprising life married to the guru.

Here Comes Chögyam

Diana Mukpo, wife of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, tells the story of their first year in America—a time of chaos, exploration and historic dharmic activity that began his presentation to the West.

In the Face of Fear: Buddhist Wisdom for Challenging Times

Edited by the Shambhala Sun's Barry Boyce and being released to coincide with the Urban Retreat, this new book features the greatest contemporary Buddhist teachers and writers—people renowned for addressing precisely the problems we’re facing today—including the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Chögyam Trungpa, Sylvia Boorstein, Jack Kornfield, Norman Fischer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, and many others.

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