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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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  • Natural Disaster in the Mind

    November 13, 2012

    Some natural disasters occur in the minds of people. In this case, “natural disaster” refers to aggression, passion, and ignorance. They may be easy or difficult to deal with, but...

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  • The Statue of Liberty

    November 8, 2012

    We have to learn to respect this monumental creation called the confused world, samsara. Because of its monumental quality, it also breeds sanity, wakefulness, or nirvana. We have to take...

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  • Appreciating Human Society

    November 6, 2012

    We have telephone poles with wires strung between them; we have the pattern of breakfast, lunch, and dinner; people keep their front lawns neat with lawn mowers—those are broad basic...

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  • Working with Others Makes You Humble

    November 1, 2012

    Humbleness comes from working with others. When you work with others, you realize the need to be patient, to give space and time to others to develop their own understanding...

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  • Indigestion in the Mind

    October 25, 2012

    A lack of balance in life boils down to not being fully aware in situations and not feeling present. The present moment of action is not properly accomplished, for when...

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