Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Shambhala - making enlightened society possible - founder's page

the Chronicles Project - the archive and oral history of all things Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa - Wikipedia

Crazy Wisdom - the movie

Books - Shambhala Publication Trungpa page

Amazon page for Trungpa's books

12-05-17 - The Chronicles of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche posted a message from DC yesterday, December 4th, the anniversary of Shunryu Suzuki's death - with a response from Walter Fordham describing what they did together. Read it on cuke

Related pages on the Chronicles of CTR site

1-05-12 - Introduction to The Teacup and the Skullcup: Chögyam Trungpa on Zen and Tantra by David Schneider - which draws on Trungpa's relationship with Shunryu Suzuki, Kobun Chino, Edo Tai Shimano, and Bill Kwong.

Trungpa Rinpoche and Zen by David Schneider

Stole this mini bio of Trungpa from the home page of the Chronicles Project.

Trungpa on Suzuki from Born in Tibet

Trungpa on Suzuki from spring 1972 Garuda - jpg with calligraphy
PDF of Trungpa on Suzuki from the spring 1972 Garuda
Solitary Rock calligraphy by Trungpa - Translation and comment (Calligraphy also posted in spring 1972 Garuda.

Chogyam Trungpa talk transcript 12/13/71 at the SFZC City Center on creating a memorial for Suzuki and more.

American Karma - transcript excerpt from Trungpa's 12/13/71 talk at the SFZC City Center with p.8 - 11 where he mentions Shunryu Suzuki.

Read Trungpa on Suzuki at the Chronicles of CTR site with photos and an interview with Richard and Alice Haspray

Trungpa in Crooked Cucumber

Trungpa Vices in Crooked Cucumber Errata

Laura Kwong on Trungpa and Suzuki

Henry Schaeffer on Suzuki and Trungpa

DC remembers Suzuki and Trungpa saying "Don't go on trips."

10-02-12 - Chronicles Project - Talks by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on Zen and Tantra - video and audioOn the same talks, read David Schneider's The Teacup and the Skullcup - here's the introduction

10-24-12 - MK noticed in the Trungpa Rinpoche lecture on Zen linked to on October 2nd that Trungpa said Zen was like a Heath Robinson Pancake Machine. Here's a Heath Robinson page with the pancake machine being three down and 4th down the OK Go video for "This too shall pass." - thanks Michael Katz

10-04-13 - Seems to be true but memories morph and myths are made.

SR and CTR both said:

Just do it
Don't go on any trips
First thought best thought

SR = Suzuki Roshi, CTR = Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Source: Howie Klein and DC (As in What? That's what SR said. Really?)

10-03-13 - Alan Watts and Chogyam Trungpa as told by Sam Bercholz - from the Chronicles Project. [audio]

Sam Bercholz is the founder of Shambhala Publications (publisher of two of my books). I remember buying books from him in the sixties at his little hole-in-the-wall store on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. Sam and I were talking about mysterious events surrounding the death of Alan Watts and he told me that Trungpa was with Alan earlier that evening. He said that Trungpa loved Alan Watts' books and thought he must be enlightened - until he met him - though that didn't diminish Trungpa's respect for Watts and his work. Sam said he went to Sokoji and heard Shunryu Suzuki speak, liked Suzuki but was turned off by some people or maybe some person and didn't go back. He went on to become a close disciple of Chogyam Trungpa. - dc

In her biography, Dragon Thunder, Diana Mukpo, Trungpa's wife writes:

While we were in California, Rinpoche also had a remarkable visit with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, the founder of San Francisco Zen Center. Suzuki Roshi had been in America for more than ten years, and a large community of practitioners had grown up around him. He had an extraordinary effect on Buddhism in America. One would have to call him the true grandfather of the Practice Lineage in this country. . .

In meeting Roshi, Rinpoche said that he had met his first real spiritual friend in America. . . Rinpoche was also quite taken by certain aspects of the Japanese aesthetic. . . . However, what was most important about this first meeting was the heart connection between Rinpoche and Roshi. After we left, Rinpoche said that Suzuki Roshi was the first person he met in America who reminded him of his own teacher, Jamgon Kongtrul.

Mukpo, Diana J. Dragon Thunder. p. 111-113

Thanks to Jim Lowrey for sending this.


Here's a PDF of those pages from the book - slightly more included


Dragon Thunder: My Life with Chogyam Trungpa


Shambhala Publications link

Amazon link

This part linked to in Brief Memories (of Shunryu Suzuki)


Jack Weller talks about his relationship with Chogyam Trungpa

Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche came to Tassajara in the spring of 1970. He stayed in the fireplace room. People liked him. There was a good feeling. He came with his young English wife Dianne, Sam and Hazel Bercholz. Jack Weller had arranged the visit.  Trungpa and Suzuki walked down to the pool. Trungpa went into the zendo with shoes on and we liked him. Suzuki Roshi was apprehensive about the visit beforehand as were various others but it went quite well. - from DC comments with disciples

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