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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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  • A Straightforward Life

    October 21, 2010

    Rishi is a Sanskrit word which refers to the person who constantly leads a straightforward life. The Tibetan word for "rishi" is trangsong, which means "direct" and "upright." So this...

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  • Fearlessness and Joy are Truly Yours

    October 21, 2010

    When a warrior king presents a gift,
    It could be a naked flame, which consumes the jungle of ego,
    Or an ice cold mountain range, which cools the heat of aggression.
    On the...

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  • Discipline without Ego

    October 13, 2010

    Right morality or right discipline on the Buddhist path is based on egolessness. If there is no one to impose discipline and no one to impose discipline on, then there...

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  • Right Speech

    October 8, 2010

    In Sanskrit the word for speech is vac, which means utterance, word, or logos. It implies perfect communication, communication which says, "It is so," rather than, "I think it is...

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  • The Jaws of Intention

    October 4, 2010

    Someone is walking toward you. Having conceptually fixed the person, now you are ready either to grasp or attack him. Automatically, there is an apparatus functioning to provide either a...

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