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          <h1>Chögyam Trungpa</h1>
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                <small>Chögyam Trungpa</small>
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            <p>Chögyam Trungpa (Wylie: Chos rgyam Drung pa; February 28, 1939 – April 4, 1987) 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.</p>

            <p>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.</p>

              <li><strong>1940</strong>: Born in Kham, Eastern Tibet. Enthroned as eleventh Trungpa Tulku, Supreme Abbot of Surmang Monasteries, and Governor of Surmang District. Some put his birth in 1939.[75]</li>

              <li><strong>1944–59</strong>: Studies traditional monastic disciplines, meditation, and philosophy, as well as calligraphy, thangka painting, and monastic dance.</li>

              <li><strong>1947</strong>: Ordained as a shramanera (novice monk).</li>

              <li><strong>1958</strong>: Receives degrees of Kyorpön (Doctor of Divinity) and Khenpo (Master of Studies). Ordained as a bhikshu (full monk).<l/i>

              <li><strong>1959–60</strong>: Follows the Dalai Lama to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising, which failed to overthrow the Chinese government.<l/i>

              <li><strong>1960–63</strong>: By appointment of the 14th Dalai Lama, serves as spiritual advisor to the Young Lamas' Home School in Dalhousie, India.</li>

              <li><strong>1962</strong>: Fathers first son, Ösel Rangdröl (Mukpo), by a nun later referred to as Lady Kunchok Palden (or Lady Konchok Palden).[76]</li>

              <li><strong>1963–67</strong>: Attends Oxford University on a Spaulding scholarship, studying comparative religion, philosophy, and fine arts. Receives instructor's degree of the Sogetsu School of ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement).[77]</li>

              <li><strong>1967</strong>: Co-founds, with Akong Rinpoche, Kagyu Samyé Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre, in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.[77]</li>

              <li><strong>1969</strong>: Travels to Bhutan and goes on solitary retreat.[77]</li>

              <li><strong>1969</strong>: Receives The Sadhana of Mahamudra terma text while on retreat in Paro Taktsang, a sacred cliffside monastery in Bhutan.[78]</li>

              <li><strong>1969</strong>: Becomes the first Tibetan British subject. Injured in a car accident, leaving him partially paralyzed.[79]</li>

              <li><strong>1970</strong>: After the accident Chögyam Trungpa renounces his monastic vows.[79] He claims that the dharma needs to be free of cultural trappings to take root.[77]</li>

              <li><strong>1970</strong>: Marries wealthy sixteen-year-old English student Diana Judith Pybus.[80]</li>

              <li><strong>1970</strong>: Arrives in North America. Establishes Tail of the Tiger, a Buddhist meditation and study center in Vermont, now known as Karmê Chöling. Establishes Karma Dzong, a Buddhist community in Boulder, Colorado.[81]</li>

              <li><strong>1971</strong>: Begins teaching at University of Colorado. Establishes Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, now known as Shambhala Mountain Center, near Fort Collins, Colorado.</li>

              <li><strong>1972</strong>: Initiates Maitri, a therapeutic program that works with different styles of neurosis using principles of the five buddha families. Conducts the Milarepa Film Workshop, a program which analyzes the aesthetics of film, on Lookout Mountain, Colorado.</li>

              <li><strong>1973</strong>: Founds Mudra Theater Group, which stages original plays and practices theater exercises, based on traditional Tibetan dance.[82] Incorporates Vajradhatu, an international association of Buddhist meditation and study centers, now known as Shambhala International. Establishes Dorje Khyung Dzong, a retreat facility in southern Colorado.[83] Conducts first annual Vajradhatu Seminary, a three-month advanced practice and study program.</li>

              <li><strong>1974</strong>: Incorporates Nalanda Foundation, a nonprofit, nonsectarian educational organization to encourage and organize programs in the fields of education, psychology, and the arts. Hosts the first North American visit of The Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyü lineage. Founds The Naropa Institute, a contemplative studies and liberal arts college, now fully accredited as Naropa University. Forms the organization that will become the Dorje Kasung, a service group entrusted with the protection of the buddhist teachings and the welfare of the community.</li>

              <li><strong>1975</strong>: Forms the organization that will become the Shambhala Lodge, a group of students dedicated to fostering enlightened society. Founds the Nalanda Translation Committee for the translation of Buddhist texts from Tibetan and Sanskrit. Establishes Ashoka Credit Union.</li>

              <li><strong>1976</strong>: Hosts the first North American visit of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, revered meditation master and scholar of the Nyingma lineage. Hosts a visit of Dudjom Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma lineage. Empowers Thomas F. Rich as his dharma heir, known thereafter as Vajra Regent Ösel Tendzin. Establishes the Kalapa Court in Boulder, Colorado, as his residence and a cultural center for the Vajradhatu community. Receives the first of several Shambhala terma texts (see termas). These comprise the literary source for the Shambhala teachings. Founds Alaya Preschool in Boulder, Colorado.</li>

              <li><strong>1977</strong>: Bestows the Vajrayogini abhisheka for the first time in the West for students who have completed ngöndro practice. Establishes the celebration of Shambhala Day. Observes a year-long retreat in Charlemont, Massachusetts. Founds Shambhala Training to promote a secular approach to meditation practice and an appreciation of basic human goodness. Visits Nova Scotia for the first time.</li>

              <li><strong>1978</strong>: Conducts the first annual Magyal Pomra Encampment, an advanced training program for members of the Dorje Kasung. Conducts the first annual Kalapa Assembly, an intensive training program for advanced Shambhala teachings and practices. Conducts the first Dharma Art seminar. Forms Amara, an association of health professionals. Forms the Upaya Council, a mediation council providing a forum for resolving disputes. Establishes the Midsummer's Day festival and Children's Day.</li>

              <li><strong>1979</strong>: Empowers his eldest son, Ösel Rangdröl Mukpo, as his successor and heir to the Shambhala lineage. Founds the Shambhala School of Dressage, an equestrian school under the direction of his wife, Lady Diana Mukpo. Founds Vidya Elementary School in Boulder, Colorado.</li>

              <li><strong>1980–83</strong>: Presents a series of environmental installations and flower arranging exhibitions at art galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and Boulder.</li>

              <li><strong>1980</strong>: Forms Kalapa Cha to promote the practice of traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. With the Nalanda Translation Committee, completes the first English translation of The Rain of Wisdom.</li>

              <li><strong>1981</strong>: Hosts the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to Boulder, Colorado. Conducts the first annual Buddhist-Christian Conference in Boulder, Colorado, exploring the common ground between Buddhist and Christian contemplative traditions. Forms Ryuko Kyūdōjō to promote the practice of Kyūdō under the direction of Shibata Kanjuro Sensei, bow maker to the Emperor of Japan. Directs a film, Discovering Elegance, using footage of his environmental installation and flower arranging exhibitions.</li>

              <li><strong>1982</strong>: Forms Kalapa Ikebana to promote the study and practice of Japanese flower arranging.</li>

              <li><strong>1983</strong>: Establishes Gampo Abbey, a Karma Kagyü monastery located in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, for Western students wishing to enter into traditional monastic discipline. Creates a series of elocution exercises to promote precision and mindfulness of speech.</li>

              <li><strong>1984–85</strong>: Observes a year-long retreat in Mill Village, Nova Scotia.</li>

              <li><strong>1986</strong>: Moves his home and the international headquarters of Vajradhatu to Halifax, Nova Scotia.</li>

              <li><strong>1987</strong>: Dies in Halifax; cremated May 26 at Karmê Chöling. (His followers have constructed a chorten or stupa, The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, located near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, for his remains.)</li>

              <li><strong>1989</strong>: The child recognized as his reincarnation, Chokyi Sengay, is born in Derge, Tibet; recognized two years later by Tai Situ Rinpoche.</li>
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