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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 carolyn@shambhala.com.

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  • You Cannot Fool Yourself

    April 7, 2009

    When we sit and practice, we begin to realize what is known as the transparency and impermanence of time and space. We realize how much we are dwelling on our little things and that we cannot catch any of it and build a house on it. We cannot even lay the foundation. The whole thing keeps shifting under our feet and under our seat. The rug is being pulled out from under us completely, simply from that experience of working with ourselves in our practice. When we realize that we cannot catch hold of phenomena at all, that is what is known as tondam, or "absolute truth."

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  • Becoming Real Buddhas

    April 7, 2009

    The person who has already experienced the cessation of suffering is the Buddha. The Sanskrit word buddha is translated into Tibetan as sanggye. Sang means "awake," and gye means "expansion," or "blossoming." The word sang is related with awakening from the sleep of pain; and within the pain, suffering, and unawareness, gye is like a blossoming flower.... What we are trying to do is to become sanggye. We are trying to blossom. We're trying to be wakeful. That is precisely what we are doing. Quite possibly we have a glimpse of sanggye happening endlessly.

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  • Waking from a Deep Sleep

    April 6, 2009

    If somebody is waking for the first time from a deep sleep, she might see the midnight stars. But if she waits long enough without going back to sleep, she will begin to see not only stars but the dawn, then the sunrise, and then the whole landscape being lit by a brilliant light coming from the sky.

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  • The Truth of Cessation

    April 6, 2009

    The third noble truth that the Buddha taught is the truth of cessation. The truth of cessation (gokpa) is related to the concept of tharpa, or "liberation." In discussing the possibility of cessation, we should get rid of fictitious stories about how great it is to get there and become somebody at last.

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  • The Psychology of Richness

    April 6, 2009

    Even if you don't have a full, plentiful bank account, you can still inspire other people. You can inspire them to build richness in themselves. It is not so much a question of simply buying a cow in the autumn, when it has abundant milk. We are talking about buying a cow in the spring. Later on it might have an abundance of milk.

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