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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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  • Accepting Ourselves

    June 11, 2013

    We are very critical of ourselves, to the point where we are even our own enemies. Meditation is a way of making up that quarrel, of accepting ourselves, making friends...

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  • Unconditional Clarity

    June 6, 2013

    Through meditation practice, we discover a sense of clarity, unconditional clarity. Such clarity is ostentatious and has immense brilliance. It is very joyful, and it has potentialities of everything. It...

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  • The Dangers of Tantra

    June 4, 2013

    The teachings of the Buddha are a treasury of wisdom that has been passed down from teacher to student for over 2,500 years. Many styles of teaching have developed, but...

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  • Stages of the Path

    May 30, 2013

    The pattern of the practitioner’s progress on the path is as follows: First, one develops extreme exertion in uncovering one’s own neurosis. This one-pointed mindfulness brings the sense of one’s...

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  • Becoming the Dharma

    May 28, 2013

    The spirituality of Buddhism deals with the ways and means of attaining enlightenment, discovering Buddha within through the aid of great teachers and the diligent practice of meditation. It has...

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