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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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  • Gentleness Brings Daring

    June 22, 2009

    When there is daring, you dare to do something: you put forth your vision fearlessly. People have doubts about big vision because they don't have a sense of gentleness in themselves first. So gentleness brings daring and a sense of fearlessness.

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  • Compassion Without Dependence

    June 18, 2009

    The essence of compassion is to copy how you relate with your child (in your relationships with others). The problem is how much you want to be the head of the family or the ringleader of your friends.

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  • What We Are Not

    June 15, 2009

    The basics teachings of Buddha are about understanding what we are, who we are, why we are.

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  • The Practicing Lineage, Part Two

    June 11, 2009

    The meaning and significance of the Practicing Lineage is important to understand. Practicing Lineage is a term that was developed by Milarepa.

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  • The Practicing Lineage, Part One

    June 8, 2009

    There are four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The Practicing Lineage or the Kagyu Lineage is one of the middle schools, which came after the old, or ancient, schools.

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