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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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  • Bravery Beyond Nuisance

    July 6, 2010

    Sometimes, the world becomes a nuisance, and the path of meditation becomes more of a nuisance as well.

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  • Wise Fool

    June 29, 2010

    Acknowledging foolishness is a very powerful and important experience.

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  • Room to Make Mistakes

    June 25, 2010

    There seems to be no end to doing things wrong, messing things up all the time.We are sort of trapped in that kind of negative "oy vey" situation. On the...

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  • The Potter's Wheel of Karma

    June 21, 2010

    According to the Buddhist tradition, karma evolves right at the beginning of ego, when basic bewilderment develops. The basic bewilderment is the development of a sense of separateness, a sense...

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  • Don't Be Swayed by External Circumstances

    June 16, 2010

    Although your external circumstances may vary, your practice of exchanging yourself for others should not be dependent on that.

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