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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939–1987) was one of the most influential Buddhist teachers in the West. Visit here to read his biography, watch videos of his talks, and see a listing of his many books, as well as information about ordering them. If you would like to receive inspirational quotes from Trungpa Rinpoche’s extensive body of teachings, you can sign up here for the Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week, an e-mail newsletter that is sent out twice a week. You'll also find the full archive of Ocean of Dharma quote below!


From time to time, you will find new surprises on this site: book giveaways and other contests, changing photo exhibits, excerpts from new and forthcoming publications, and information on programs that present the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa to new and seasoned practitioners.


If you want further information on any aspect of Chögyam Trungpa’s life and teachings, you may contact Carolyn Gimian, who helps to maintain this site. Carolyn has been an editor of Rinpoche’s work for the last twenty-five years. She is happy to receive your questions and comments at

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  • Transcending Pleasure, Transcending Pain

    June 27, 2013

    In meditation we are not trying to overcome or to defeat anything, and we are not trying to gain any level of high spiritual achievement for the sake of pleasure...

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  • One Truth Without Relativity

    June 25, 2013

    Seeing the truth as it is, is the goal as well as the path. Confused existence, or samsara, is a complex situation based on passion, aggression, and ignorance. Its essence...

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  • Poems for Summer: Child's Concept of Death

    June 20, 2013

    Warriors die and are born.So do swallows die and are born.In this blue sky—Sun shines,Moon sets,Anything could happen.
    May the rhododendrons never die.Juniper should not die.I will die one day,Maybe without...

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  • Poems for Summer: A Flower is Always Happy

    June 18, 2013

    A flower is always happy because it is beautiful.Bees sing their song of loneliness and weep.A waterfall is busy hurrying to the ocean.A poet is blown by the wind.
    A friend...

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  • When Ego Breaks Down

    June 13, 2013

    Ignorance is the binding factor in the development of ego, but it also has a subtle relationship with the basic intelligence of buddha nature. Ignorance is not solid but is...

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