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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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  • Concentration: What the Buddha Advised

    March 22, 2010

    When you tell somebody to keep a high level of concentration, to concentrate 100 percent and not make any mistakes, that person becomes stupid and is liable to make more mistakes because he's concentrated on what he's doing.

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  • Twenty-Five Percent Attention

    March 18, 2010

    The practice of meditation and the technique was devised by the Buddha himself. We know that he went through the same experiential process. Therefore, we can follow his example. The...

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  • Treading on the Path

    March 15, 2010

    Without problems, we cannot tread on the path.

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  • The Path Is Personal Experience

    March 11, 2010

    The path of dharma, the dharma marga, provides all kinds of problems, and we work along with those. Without that path, we would fall asleep.

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  • Buddha is Everywhere

    March 8, 2010

    Buddha can't be avoided. Buddha is everywhere. Enlightenment possibilities are all over the place.

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