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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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  • Buddha and Christ

    July 29, 2009

    Student: What is the relationship between the Buddha and the Christ?

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  • Egolessness is Letting Go

    July 28, 2009

    "Egolessness" does not mean that nothing exists, as some have thought, a kind of nihilism. Instead, it means that you can let go of your habitual patterns and then when you let do, you genuinely let go.

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  • Heroism Toward Yourself

    July 27, 2009

    As a practitioner, some kind of heroism is necessary. That is to say, it's not trying to proclaim yourself as better than somebody else.

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  • Sentient Beings are Limitless

    July 17, 2009

    Sentient beings are limitless; We vow to save them. Maybe the world is filled with aggression, passion and ignorance And other inconvenient kleshas, inconvenient emotions. Still the dawn of sanity, and being skilled in working with others, Will continue.

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  • Realizing Chaos

    July 15, 2009

    No one can save us from the state of chaos or samsara unless we understand the meaning of chaos and confusion, unless we have experienced it and suffered from it.

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