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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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  • An Extraordinary Step

    January 29, 2013

    By exchanging ourselves for others, we are taking an extraordinary step. We are developing the most extraordinary understanding ever comprehended in the history of humankind, the entire history of the...

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  • A Profound Giveaway

    January 25, 2013

    The three volumes of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma present a complete map of the Tibetan Buddhist path from beginning to end, as taught by the Vidyadhara...

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  • A Pure Gap

    January 24, 2013

    When concentration and awareness are working together, for a fraction of a second you may have a taste of what enlightenment might be. You might find yourself with no discursive...

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  • A Taste of Enlightenment

    January 22, 2013

    Enlightened heart is expansive and awake. It is not territorial, and it does not demand that we gather our own flock of egotistic companions. When we look into that quality...

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  • From the Vajradhatu Transcripts to The Profound Treasury

    January 17, 2013

    Every year but one between 1973 and 1986, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche spent three months presenting Buddhist teachings to a group of his senior students, who came together with...

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