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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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  • Weeping and Dancing

    April 4, 2013

    In his last words to me, my guru, Jamgon Kongtrul of Shechen, said, “I am getting old, and I don’t think I can handle the political changes taking place in...

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  • Smile at Fear

    April 2, 2013

    When you are frightened by something, you have to relate with fear, explore why you are frightened, and develop some sense of conviction. You can actually look at fear. Then...

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  • An Ocean of Dharma Online Event: Smile at Fear

    March 29, 2013

    Dear Ocean of Dharma Friends,
    On April 17 at 7 p.m. eastern time, we're going to host a live, interactive online forum where we will engage Chögyam Trungpa's teachings on fear...

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  • The Here and Now of a Good Cup of Coffee

    March 28, 2013

    In our ordinary experience, there is the world and there is you. Recognizing this does not mean that you are going against the Buddha’s teaching of egolessness. There is definitely...

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  • Well-Being of Body, Speech, and Mind

    March 26, 2013

    There are several analogies for well-being in the scriptures. Well-being of body is like a majestically solid mountain with no mist and no rain. Well-being of speech is like a...

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