Chögyam Trungpa

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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, aka Surmang Trungpa Chökyi Gyamtso (Tib. ཟུར་མང་དྲུང་པ་ཆོས་ཀྱི་རྒྱ་མཚོ་, Wyl. zur mang drung pa chos kyi rgya mtsho) (1940-1987) — a meditation master, teacher and artist, born in Kham, eastern Tibet. He was supreme abbot—the Eleventh Surmang Trungpa—of the Surmang Monastery, where he received the degree of khenpo at the age of eighteen. His main teachers were Shechen Kongtrul Pema Drimé Lekpé Lodrö, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, the Sixteenth Karmapa, and Khenpo Gangshar. He travelled to the United States in 1970 and is the founder of Naropa University and Shambhala International.



Further reading

  • Chögyam Trungpa, Born in Tibet, George Allen & Unwin, 1966
  • Midal, Fabrice. Chögyam Trungpa: His Life and Vision. Shambhala, 2004. ISBN 1-59030-098-X
  • Mukpo, Diana J. Dragon Thunder: My Life with Chögyam Trungpa. Shambhala, 2006. ISBN 1-59030-256-7
  • Perks, John. The Mahasiddha and His Idiot Servant. Crazy Heart Publishers. ISBN 9780975383605

External links


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Selected videos:

  • Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche About Tibet, Materialism and Openness
    Description: In this short video we hear Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche talk about Tibet. This is an excerpt from a much longer talk Rinpoche gave about meditation (the links to the source material are at the bottom of this description).

    "...The Tibet as I saw it was gradually going to a process of degenertion. Particularly as far as the meditation practice is concerned. ... Monasteries involved building great temples, building multiple stories, golden roofs, brocade ropes and all sort of things have developed. That is more the attitude of grandeur than of simplicity. ...Whenever there is a kind of dogmatic church, the church becomes more important than the teachings, a similar things could have happened in Tibet and it did happen. ... When discipline becomes less important and when a person begins to relax, that relaxation rather becomes wild than openness. And I think a lot of Tibetans also experienced the same thing. ... If this situation would not have happened in Tibet, it would have gone through slow death, because of the invasion of materialism. Sooner or later hundreds of tourist would have come to Tibet if Tibet wasn't invaded by communist China." audio is extract from: Talk on Meditation By Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche - May 10, 1971 and video material from National Archives
  • Chögyam Trungpa: Complete speech from Zeitgeist: The Movie
    Description: As featured in the edited opening of Zeitgeist: The Movie
  • Surrendering Your Aggression -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche --Shambhala
    Description: Aggression not in the sense of that you're angry, you keep on loosing temper. But aggression in the sense of fundamental obstacle. ...surrendering, seems to be the only way to overcome aggression. Naropa University 1975 ©1975 by Diana J. Mukpo.
  • The Teacher. Guru - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Shambhala
    Description: In relating with the teacher, your critical input and your surrendering work together at the same time. They’re not working against each other. The more you get input from the teacher and the phenomenal world and the more you develop, at the same time the more you question. So there is some kind of dance taking place between the teacher and yourself. You are not particularly trying to switch off your questioning intelligence and switch on some sort of mindless devotion. Rather, the two — cynicism and devotion — are synchronized together.
  • Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
    Description: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo discusses her first encounters with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in England. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was later known as the brilliant "bad boy of Buddhism," and was pivotal in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West
  • Meditation Instruction -How to meditate. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Shambhala
    Description: Chögyam Trungpa gives a general orientation to meditation in the Buddhist tradition and gives meditation instruction. This is essentially the same basic instruction that he gave throughout the time he was in the United States. It is also virtually identical with the meditation instruction that was the basis of Shambhala Training and is still used extensively, along with other approaches. This approach is meditation as a way of life rather than purely as a practice. We can't reject ourselves before we know what we are. Meditation allows us to realize and understand ourselves, without either chickening out—rejecting ourselves—or congratulating ourselves. This requires a sort of heroism. This approach to meditation is based on bhavana, a Sanskrit term that means exertion or discipline. Unless you are willing to discipline yourself through practice, you are in a hopeless situation. Through practice, you see the colours of your own existence in a very down to earth way. Chögyam Trungpa speaks about how he has personally gained wisdom and clarity from practicing meditation in this way. June 12, 1974
Description Rigdzin Shikpo (formerly MIchael Hookham) was one of Trungpa Rinpoche's first western students. In this short audio recording from 2007, he talks about his training with Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1960s, beginning while Rinpoche was studying at Oxford.

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