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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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  • Fear and Genuineness

    September 9, 2010

    The journey of working with fear takes place slowly and repeatedly as you go along the path. You may have many re-runs: big re-runs and then smaller re-runs. Each time...

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  • Looking at Fear

    September 7, 2010

    When fear occurs in your life, you should examine the nature of fear. This is not based on asking logical questions about fear: "Why am I afraid?" "What is the...

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  • Fertile Gentleness

    September 3, 2010

    The real way to share our understanding with others is to cheers ourselves up to begin with.

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  • Direct Knowledge

    September 1, 2010

    In the study of Buddhist philosophy, from the start one tries to transcend concepts, and one tries, perhaps in a very critical way, to find out what is.

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  • Confidence Already Exists

    August 24, 2010

    Developing confidence is like watching the sun rise.

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