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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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  • Sweeten the World Up

    January 22, 2010

    There are many international problems, and throughout the world chaos is taking place all the time—which is obviously far from the expression of enlightened society.

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  • Faith Based on Now

    January 19, 2010

    The notion of faith as a future promise or a reward reminds me of those scientific experiments that train rats to eat at a certain time.

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  • Actual Faith

    January 14, 2010

    Faith is the conviction that something is actually happening this very moment, that something is taking place right now; therefore it is so.

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  • Faith is Being Awake

    January 11, 2010

    Buddha in your heart is a symbol of faith: you could be immaculate and perfect, as perfect as Shakyamuni Buddha himself.

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  • A Flash of Sacredness

    January 7, 2010

    It is important to discuss how to actually maintain the Shambhala world in ourselves twenty-four hours a day, so that we don't just have theories about overcoming arrogance and developing confidence.

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