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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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  • Take Another Step

    March 12, 2009

    Whenever there is doubt, that creates another step on your staircase. Doubt is telling you that you need to take another step. Each time there is an...

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  • Awareness Is The Basics Of Good Conduct

    February 13, 2009

    For a dharmic person, good conduct is a sense of mindfulness and awareness: whatever you are doing, you should try to see it as an extension of your sitting practice, your general sense of awareness and refraining from too much, unnecessary activity....You could look at yourself and smile.

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  • Preventing Too Many Activities

    February 10, 2009

    One characteristic of a dharmic person, someone who practices meditation and the teachings of the Buddha, is to prevent too many activities, or you could say, reduce too many activities...

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  • No Chewing Gum Is Simplicity

    February 6, 2009

    Supposing you feel an itch in your pocket, but you don't have any chewing gum on that particular day. You should feel contented; you should feel relieved. "For heaven's sake...

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  • To Experience Fearlessness, It Is Neccessary To Experience Fear

    January 6, 2009

    The essence of cowardice is to not acknowledge the reality of fear. Fear takes many forms. We are afraid of death, we are afraid that we can't handle...

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