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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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  • The Cast Iron Frying Pan of Mindlessness

    December 13, 2012

    We are determined to ignore the possibility of any spaciousness in our experience. Space is completely frozen into mindlessness. There is a sense of being fixed, being part of a...

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  • Becoming Part of the Experience

    December 11, 2012

    Once you are really into something, you become part of that experience or it becomes part of you. When you become part of the teachings, you are no longer hassled...

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  • The Answers Are in Us

    December 6, 2012

    Questions are like the first layer, like the skin of an onion. When you remove it, the answer is there. One finds that the answers are in us. So we...

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  • A Very Painful Spot

    December 4, 2012

    Sometimes one touches on a very painful spot where one is almost too shy to look into it, but somehow one still has to go through it. And by going...

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  • The Karma of a Sour Lime

    December 3, 2012

    When someone says “sour,” it may remind you of biting into something sour like a lime. Since you already have had the experience of eating a lime and tasting how...

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