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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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  • Spiritual Pizza

    August 12, 2009

    People have different experiences of reality, which cannot be jumbled together.

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  • The Beer of Fearlessness

    August 7, 2009

    A warrior should be capable of artfully conducting his or her life in every action, from drinking tea to running a country. Learning how to handle fear, both how to utilize one's own fear and that of others, is what allows us to brew the beer of fearlessness.

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  • Another Heaven and Earth Sandwhich

    August 4, 2009

    Student: Could you say something about what you mean by heaven and earth?

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  • The Heaven and Earth Sandwich

    August 3, 2009

    Earth is always earth. The earth will let anyone sit on it, and earth never gives way.

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  • A Contemplative Approach

    July 30, 2009

    To develop genuine spirituality, one has to be dedicated to a contemplative approach, a meditative approach.

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