Chogyam Trungpa Speaks About Loneliness & Love


Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on loneliness and love from the talk “Loneliness.” A short audio clip from talk six of the Vipashyana Meditation Seminar, September 12, 1974, Karme Choling, Barnet, Vermont.

Chögyam Trungpa (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.

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 (Tib. yeshe chölwa) 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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    iron_mountain
    February 16, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Interesting. Maybe this explains people at peace with themselves saying they are “in love with everything”.
    I’m surprised he agreed with the “would you say that loneliness is love?” question. It sounded to me like he was trying to say something more like loneliness is a symptom of the flawed perception that we are distinct beings in isolation, rather than a part of one larger thing.
    I’m surprised again that he thought egolessness came with loneliness. I can’t see that. I would’ve thought that being around people(in a positive or at least neutral context) would breed that more than loneliness.

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