Remembering Chögyam Trungpa

Over fifty years ago, in 1963, a young Tibetan monk named Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche arrived in the UK on board a steamer from India. He went on to develop a fresh and hugely influential approach to the teachings of Buddhism for the West. His inspiration was the ancient Tibetan legend of the Kingdom of Shambhala, where meditation and ‘enlightenment’ were not about retreating into a cave or monastery, but about living a wakeful life within society with all its challenges. London celebrated this 50th anniversary with a festival inspired by this vision of a wakefulness.

This video by Snow Lion Media explains the inspiration and aims of the festival.

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Professor Peter Conradi, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, recounts the decision of the Oxford English Dictionary to attribute the first use of “egolessness” to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

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