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People in, a hub of sorts - started 4-13-11

People Index or link pages - for more people, see Interviews, Brief Memories, Suzuki Stories, LinksComments, and a few other places for some stragglers.

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

1-05-12 - Introduction to The Teacup and the Skullcap: 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.



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

Trungpa on Suzuki from Born in Tibet

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

Solitary Rock calligraphy by 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 Skullcap - 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

There are many other mentions of Trungpa on Just go to the home page and use the site search feature.

what's new this year

There's a lot of old material that's as good as new if you haven't read it. -DC

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