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Collecting the Wisdom of Chögyam Trungpa

The 24th anniversary of Chögyam Trungpa’s parinirvana (death) is April 5th, and in honor of the occasion Shambhala Publications is giving away a set of the eight-volume Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa.

We are celebrating the growth of Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week, which began nine years ago in April 2003, with 108 subscribers. Now almost 11,000 people receive the quotes each week. We are also celebrating the wisdom of Chögyam Trungpa, whose name means Ocean of Dharma, and whose words are a vast ocean of wisdom.

To enter this contest, please post a comment below telling us your favorite book, article, or saying by Chögyam Trungpa and why you like it. The winner will be chosen by random draw at 3PM EST on Monday, April 4. Congrats to Kris T.! He’s won the eight-volume set of the Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa. Thank you for your thoughtful comments, everyone! Please stay tuned for more contests.

514 thoughts on “Collecting the Wisdom of Chögyam Trungpa

  1. The Myth of Freedom:

    People complain that Buddhism is an extremely gloomy religion because it emphasizes suffering and misery. Usually religions speak of beauty, song, ecstasy, and bliss. But, according to Buddha, we must begin by seeing the experience of life as it is. We must see the truth of suffering, the reality of dissatisfaction. We cannot ignore it and attempt to examine only the glorious, pleasurable aspects of life. If one searches for a promised land, a Treasure Island, then the search only leads to pain. We cannot reach such islands, we cannot attain enlightenment in such a manner. So all sects and schools of Buddhism agree that we must begin by facing the reality of our living situations. W cannot begin by dreaming. That would only be a temporary escape.; real escape is impossible.

  2. “The challenge of warriorship is to step out of the cocoon, to step out into space, by being brave and at the same time gentle ”
    There are so many other great ones in The Sacred Path Of the Warrior. Definitely a favourite book.

  3. “Fearlessness comes from working with the softness of the human heart.”

    Could there be a more pithy instruction for the path of practice? I think not!

  4. I studied with Kanjur Rimpoche in the 1960’s and 1970’s in India. In those days I had to learn the tibetan language and background culture to understand the complex concepts he taught.
    Chogyam Trungpa has changed all this..bringing the Dharma not only into western language but expressing in familiar concepts that allows access for all western students of the Dharma.
    Thankyou Rimpoche

  5. from Work,Sex,Money…p.125
    If our approach to sex, or anything else in our life, is connected with that primeval quality, we find there is a possibility of wonderful skillful communication.
    Finally insight and guidance on the subject of sex… This entire chapter of Chogyam Trungpa’s is beautiful, has enhanced intimate connections with my partner and opened us to new heights of communication.

  6. i know the contest is over, but i will pst anywayz 🙂
    my favorite quote from trungpa, is from smile at fear ,”A warrior sits on a throne of exertion and wears a crown of patience.” This quote has helped me in remembering that the way of the warroir is about living and embracing the struggles of our situation. They will always be there and we need to let go of our constant need to grasp them in our attempts of making our problems go away.

  7. “Shambhala The Sacred Path of the Warrior” changed me. This is a book that is gentle and powerful. It woke me up! There are so many gems of wisdom in this book. Here’s a quote that I love: “Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others.”

  8. Why do Thai massages hurt so much….they are supposed to help!!??

  9. Very few writers might make these toppers interesting, but you handled that. My partner and i liked studying your thoughts and ideas. To be sure along with a lot of whatever you have written below.

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