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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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  • Willing to Make Mistakes

    May 15, 2009

    You don't want to make mistakes; therefore you want to stick with your biasedness; you want to stick with your poverty.

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  • Gentleness to Yourself

    May 12, 2009

    Confidence brings the natural dignity of gentleness. You can afford to be gentle.

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  • Our Connection with the Natural World

    May 4, 2009

    There seems to be a need for us to realize that the cosmic world—the sky and mountains and trees and rivers and oceans and jungles and everything—can be woven into those persons who are interested.

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  • Sanity Shines Through

    April 30, 2009

    From the hinayana point of view, cessation means being able to prevent problems or use them up. The Sanskrit word for cessation is nirodha, and in Tibetan, it is gokpa, which in verb form means "to stop" or "to prevent." The idea of cessation is not so much being calmed down as suddenly being stopped.

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  • Rocks and Pinetrees Speak for Us

    April 27, 2009

    Along with summer's drum, we produce occasional thundershowers, wet and dry messages: We are not shy, We are so proud - We can make a wound in a pine tree and it bleeds sap, and courts us, in spite of the setting sun's shadow, They bend and serve so graciously, whether dead or alive.

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