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Trungpa Rinpoche on the Nature of Mind; Berkeley, Ca, 1971


Ocean Classes Winter/Spring 2017


New DVD sets for Vajrayogini Sadhakas from Kalapa Recordings


A Children's Day Story

Chögyam Trungpa Legacy Project Year-End Newsletter

Glimpses of Alaya

Remembering Denny

Westchester Buddhist Center's 5th Annual Retreat

1971 talk on Meditation

Like a Foreign country

International Launch: FROM LION'S JAWS

On Shechen Kongtrül

Spookiness

Tribute to Ani Migme

Available for the first time: Audio Recordings of Trungpa Rinpoche's Vajrayogini Teachings


Conversation with Clarke Warren: Part Three


Glimpses of Mahamudra:
An Online Course taught by Judith L. Lief


84000 Posts New Translations in their Online Reading Room


Presentations of the Ngöndro for the Vidyadhara's Termas


In the Kitchen at BPB


Conversation with David Rome Part 3: In the years since ...


Ocean Open House on The Sanity We Are Born With, Tuesday Evening


Ocean Class: Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism start this Wednesday


Ocean: Registration open for autumn classes


Conversation with Clarke Warren: Part One


Ri-me Society Announcement:
Form from Space


Halifax Announcement:
Lee Weingrad Presentation Sept 9 & 10


Tribute to Olive Colón


Dennis Southward: Looking in the same direction


Chakrasamvara Empowerment in New York State this October


Khentrul Rinpoche on Jonang Kalachakra, Shambhala, and the Shentong Middle Way View


Summer Classes: Registration is now open


The Big Thud, a brief encounter from Karen Ritchie


A Conversation With David Rome


Jim Lowrey reads from TAMING UNTAMEABLE BEINGS


An interview with Jack Niland


Tribute to Acharya Allyn Lyon


Chogyam Trungpa in Mousehole


Tribute to Binny


Twenty-Nine years ago in the upper meadow ...


Nothing Else,
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CTR Retreat:
A Report from James Wilton


Translators Share Top Award


Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche


Oxford Refuge for Buddhist Monks


Tribute to Suzanne Duarte


Tribute to George Marshall


Jigme Phuntsok On Trungpa Rinpoche


Vajrayogini Abhisheka to be conferred


"No One Has Ever Been There"


The Escape's Place in History


A salute from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche


Eleven years of poems and tributes including three poems from April 4, 2016


Trungpa Rinpoche on The Dawn of Enlightenment


An excerpt from an upcoming new book about Trungpa Rinpoche's escape from Tibet


Controversial New Mindfulness Study


An audio Valentine from Chögyam Trungpa


Shambhala Announces Larry Mermelstein's retirement as an acharya


Tribute to Maggie Russell


Shambhala Day Address from 1980


Ocean Update


Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on the Passing of Chatral Rinpoche


Westchester Buddhist Center's Annual Meditation Retreat


Tribute to William Gilkerson


Boston Buddhadharma Invitation: Weekend Retreat, April 2016


Tribute to Andrew MacLean


Devotion: Lama Ugyen Shenpen's Home Video of the Lineage


It was the memory of his kindness, a brief encounter by James Edward Reid


Clarke Warren Reviews TAMING UNTAMEABLE BEINGS


Excerpts from TAMING UNTAMEABLE BEINGS


Glimpses of Mahamudra, Practice Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa


Winter Meditation Retreat


Kindness in the Trenches


Announcing: Ocean's Autumn Classes


Community Talk from 1977


Tribute to Selda Chender

Stayed in Tibet


Halifax News: Robert Dvorkin Plays Benefit Concert


Boulder News: A public talk and seminar with Sam Bercholz


Honouring the
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Two Opportunities for Intensive Meditation Retreat Practice


Tribute to Pamela Krasney


Tribute to David Harding


Climbing a Staircase, a Brief Encounter by William Hope


Lama Chime on Trungpa Rinpoche 50 Years On


Tribute to Jill Scott


Very sad news from Karma Senge Rinpoche


Derek Kolleeny Part 2: Westchester Buddhist Center


Joining Heart and Mind: An Evening with the Karmapa


First hand account from Nepal


Emptiness, Luminosity, and Compassion: The Path of Tantra Mahamudra, With Dorje Loppon, Lodro Dorje


Interview with Vana Jakic


Tribute to Gail Mueller


A book review by Alan Sloan


May Nepal Endure as Vajra Nature, by Clarke Warren


A conversation with Derek Kolleeny about Trungpa Rinpoche's Diplomatic Corps


Ocean Class for vajrayana students based on the Vidyadhara's 1976 EVAM seminar


An evening with the Karmapa at the New York Ethical Cultural Society: 14 April 2015


Please Give Me Space, by Joan Whitacre


A Stone for your Headstone, by Deanna Dana


Trungpa Rinpoche on "The Teacher"


Ongoing Tributes to Chögyam Trungpa


The Winter It Is Past, sung by Jane Condon


Chögyam the Translator


The Karmapa speaks on interdependence at Harvard Divinity School


Parinirvana Weekend at Dorje Denma Ling with Acharya Marty Janowitz


Tribute to Aba McHardy


Book Giveaway: Mindfulness in Action


Buddhadharma Without Credentials


Smile at Fear, An Introduction to Chögyam Trungpa's Teachings on Bravery


Tribute to
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Walking the Bodhisattva talk, with Marty Janowitz


Milarepa Day Offering


SEARCHING FOR SHAMBHALA by James George


When the Karmapa visited the Hopi, a first-hand account from Stephen Roth


The passing of Monika Kretschmar, By Bill Karelis


TRUNGPA PHOTOGRAPHS by Robert Del Tredici


Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's Advice to Teenagers


Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Quick Charcoal, By William Gilkerson


Extraordinary Being, Ordinary Magic, a book review by Clarke Warren


Sign up for Ocean Pilot Classes


Bob & Lindy King, on behalf of The Konchok Foundation


David Whitehorn reviews THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS OF WEALTH, by Layth Matthews


Trip to Baca, by Walter Fordham


Devotion and Leadership:
Talk Five of Karmapas, Holders of the Mahamudra Lineage


"You can sit on my throne anytime"


The Karmapa's Golden Handprints


Johanna Lunn on Mosaics


The Vajra Crown:
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Holders of the Mahamudra Lineage Seminar,Talk 3: Karma Pakshi and Rangjung Dorje


The Profound Treasury Retreat 2015: Glimpses of Vajrayana


Taming the Space, by Harry Einhorn


The Pop-Up Mandala, by Alicia Fordham


Seminar on the Karmapas: Talk Two, Dusum Khyenpa


It Is Up To Us
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CTR: Beckoning His Holiness to Return
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Karmapas: Holders of the Mahamudra Lineage,
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What I Did on My Summer Vacation, by Meg Federico



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In the Kitchen at BPB

By Jonathan Michaels

Posted: 14 September 2016

In 1981 or 82, when I was living at Karmȇ-Chöling in the position of head cook, I still couldn't figure out whether I was connected enough to Rinpoche to commit fully and apply to Seminary. At one point during that period he was visiting KCL with his family and staying at his nearby house, Bhumi Pali Bhavan. During that visit, I served as his cook and the first evening, there I was in the kitchen with everyone—Rinpoche, Lady Diana, and their two youngest children—all in there as well, chatting noisily like any family. I recall Lady Diana finding a small container of MSG (which Rinpoche liked in his food) and declaring with great determination that she was throwing it out. Like any husband whose wife is doing something for his own good that he doesn't like, he protested weakly, "But it's only poison if you eat it without awareness" (or words to that effect). However, she was having none of it and out it went.

Meanwhile, I was working away in silence. Then, suddenly, I realized that everyone had left the room except Rinpoche, who was sitting in a chair at a table, with his back to me. I was far too shy to say anything to him, but my mind was racing furiously as I tried to figure out, "Is this my guru? Or isn't he? Yes, I feel an intense awareness right now, but if that were (then president) Ronald Reagan (whom I despised) sitting in that chair and I were alone with him, wouldn't I feel equally aware?" And so it went, with me working and him just sitting there silently doing nothing until dinner was served.

When the evening had ended and everyone had eaten and the cleanup had been done, I returned to Karmȇ-Chöling where my friend, Noreen Morris, a very devoted student of Rinpoche's, greeted me, asking eagerly, "How did it go? How did it go?" I expressed some disappointment, going on about how "ordinary" the experience had been. As I talked, Noreen started laughing quite hard, and surprised, I asked what was so funny? She asked me, "Do you have any idea how the energy is just pouring off you right now?" And all of a sudden I realized that she was right; I was incredibly energized and aware in a way that I had never experienced before. And I immediately realized that it had nothing to do with what I thought or what I wanted—this was not a choice: like it or not, this was my guru.

I often think of that evening. It seems funny that my most vivid memory of Rinpoche is of the back of his head—along, of course, with his electrical presence.

-Jonathan Michaels

Editor's note: Does anyone have a photograph of BPB? If so, please let us know.

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In the Kitchen at BPB
by Jonathan Michaels

The Big Thud
by Karen Ritchie

Nothing Else
by Scott Wellenbach

It was the memory of his kindness
by James Edward Reid

Climbing a Staircase
by William Hope

Please Give Me Space
by Joan Whitacre

Loss
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As a parent, all you can do is ...
by Barbara Blouin

Compliments to the chef
by Marguerite Stanciu

A half hour in his company
by Dan Barnes

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by Dan Meade

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by Elisabeth Gold

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by Joel Wachbrit

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You knocked over the musician
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We're going to test your realization
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by Kate Abato

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by Meera Flint

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What Space?
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