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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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  • Recognizing Goodness in Ourselves

    October 9, 2009

    Our opinions and attitudes about ourselves are very important. We cannot ignore the slightest tendency to feel wretched, inadequate, or fundamentally distrustful of ourselves.

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  • Become the Breathing

    October 7, 2009

    The attitude toward the breath in meditation is to become the breathing.

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  • Cultivating Mindfulness

    September 30, 2009

    Cultivating mindfulness is the attitude that allows us to see ourselves and our world quite accurately and precisely.

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  • Open Your Parachute

    September 28, 2009

    The only way to relax with yourself is to open your heart.

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  • Thoughts Are Not VIPs

    September 23, 2009

    Usually, if you have mental chatter, you call it your thoughts. But if you have deeply involved emotional chatter, you give it special prestige.

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