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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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  • Big Me is Watching

    March 5, 2013

    Lack of humor comes from a deadly serious attitude. If you are not meditating properly, sitting still and upright, you think there will be someone standing behind you with a...

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  • One Elephant One Truth

    February 28, 2013

    The truth is a big truth, very big. It is big like the sky. It is true. Fire burns—true. There is one truth, even on the relative level; it is...

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  • Where the River Meets the Ocean

    February 26, 2013

    The vajrayana or tantric teachings of the Buddha are like a river delta: the place where the river meets the ocean is where the vajrayana actually occurs. In order to...

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  • You Need Both Heart and Brain

    February 21, 2013

    How to be in your life is meditation practice; how to understand your life is scholarship. That combination comes up in ordinary life as well. For instance, eating food is...

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  • Inconceivable Learning

    February 19, 2013

    The Buddha’s learning is inconceivable. The Buddha knows the best way to boil an egg, as well as how to develop enlightenment on the spot. His mind encompasses everything. Such...

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