Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

trungpa-arragingMeditation master, scholar, best-selling author, translator, poet, and artist, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939–1987) was a pioneer in bringing Buddhism to the West. Trained from an early age as the supreme abbot of monasteries in eastern Tibet, he was an adherent of a movement bringing together the teachings of different schools of Buddhism. He became renowned for presenting the essence of these teachings in secular terms based on the legendary enlightened kingdom of Shambhala, integrating the view of meditation and study into everyday life. He is the founder of the Shambhala lineage, now held by his son and heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

In 1970, Trungpa Rinpoche established Karmê-Chöling, his first meditation center in North America. He also founded Naropa University, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; established meditation centers throughout the world; and authored dozens of books on meditation, Buddhism, poetry, art, and the Shambhala path of warriorship.

Trungpa Rinpoche is credited for introducing important Buddhist concepts into the English language and culture in a fresh and unique way. The widely accepted authority on the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary cites his use of the word ego in one of its definitions.

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