Chögyam Trungpa

Philosopher, Author

1939 – 1987

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Who was Chögyam Trungpa?

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was a Buddhist meditation master and holder of both the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages, the eleventh Trungpa tülku, a tertön, supreme abbot of the Surmang monasteries, scholar, teacher, poet, artist, and originator of a radical re-presentation of Shambhala vision.

Recognized both by Tibetan Buddhists and by other spiritual practitioners and scholars as a preeminent teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, he was a major, albeit controversial, figure in the dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism to the West, founding Vajradhatu and Naropa University and establishing the Shambhala Training method.

Among his contributions are the translation of a large number of Tibetan texts, the introduction of the Vajrayana teachings to the West, and a presentation of the Buddhadharma largely devoid of ethnic trappings. Regarded as a mahasiddha by many senior lamas, he is seen as having embodied the crazy wisdom tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Some of his teaching methods and actions were the topic of controversy during his lifetime and afterwards.

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Born
Feb 28, 1939
Qinghai
Also known as
  • Trungpa, Chogyam
Children
Religion
  • Buddhism
Ethnicity
  • Tibetan American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Oxford
Died
Apr 4, 1987
Halifax

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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