Chogyam Trungpa

  • The Slow Burn Paid Member

    Bernie Flynn, a longtime student of Chögyam Trungpa, recently told me about the time he and the Rinpoche tried to quit smoking cigarettes. A few days in, he was driving the Rinpoche to a meeting. Antsy and in withdrawal, Bernie couldn’t help but notice his teacher sitting calmly in the passenger seat. Finally, his nerves on edge, Bernie turned to Trungpa and asked how the whole quitting thing was going. “It’s easy,” said Trungpa. “Either you smoke, or you don’t smoke.” Ah, so simple. Later that evening, Bernie entered a room to find the Rinpoche gleefully chain smoking. Oh, not so simple. More »
  • Psychological Materialism and Mindful Work Paid Member

    Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, from Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness, More »
  • Dancing with Life Paid Member

    Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, from Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness, In working with others, the approach of genuine spirituality is to just do it, just help. If you are relating to others unskillfully, you'll be pushed back. A direct message is always there. If you are relating with things directly, there will be direct messages coming toward you automatically. It happens on the spot. This could be called genuine mystical experience. More »
  • Fearless Surmang Paid Member

    When you are frightened by something, you have to relate with fear, explore why you are frightened, and develop some sense of conviction. You can actually look at fear. Then fear ceases to be the dominant situation that is going to defeat you.  Fear can be conquered. You can be free from fear if you realize that fear is not the ogre. You can step on fear, and therefore, you can attain what is known as fearlessness. But that requires that, when you see fear, you smile. -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche The word Surmang both refers to a region of eastern Tibet as well as a group of monasteries of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism within that region. The traditional seat of the Trungpa tulkus, Surmang has been the home of countless dedicated practitioners and advanced Vajrayana masters. More »
  • A Visit to the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya Paid Member

    Last week I took a trip to Colorado and while I was there I was able to visit the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya at Shambhala Mountain Center, the largest stupa in North America.  Below are some pictures I took during my visit. To learn more about the the Great Stupa, click here. More »
  • Buddhist Teachers on Facebook Paid Member

    A 10-second history of the internet: First, there was a Big Bang (millions of individual little websites spewing out randomly into a vast virtual cosmos) followed by a Big Crunch (everybody slamming together onto social networking sites) then evolution (various websites fighting for survival and the top spot in a brutal Darwinian mess). In recent years, Facebook, having all but slain its feebler and shallower rival MySpace, has emerged the victor in this evolutionary struggle and now boasts over over 500,000,000 active users, about one eighth of the entire planet's population. More »