November 2010


Dear Friends of the Chögyam Trungpa Legacy Project,


It is more than twenty-three years since the Parinirvana of the great mahasiddha, Vidyadhara the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Not a day goes by that we do not think of the Dorje Dradul, the vajra warrior, our root teacher. We dedicate our practice to him. We dedicate our thoughts and dreams to him. In so many ways, we dedicate our life to him.


It is not just us, who were his close and direct students, who think of him. So many others, including many who never met him, read his teachings, practice his instructions, and feel moved by his life and his work.  And this is what we hope for, that his teachings will be an inspiration for many generations to come, and that the blessings of his buddha activity will help the buddhadharma and the Shambhala teachings to spread and flourish throughout the world.


This year, we launched our website, which gives a broad picture of our mission, our activities, and our aspirations. We encourage you to visit the website at 


Overall, the Chögyam Trungpa Legacy Project was established to help inspire and support the blossoming of the legacy of the Vidyadhara. Sometimes we act as a spark to ignite the work of others; sometimes we act as a reminder, sometimes we act as an initiator, and sometimes we act as the completer. Our role always relies on our  mission:  to preserve the teachings of the Vidyadhara and to facilitate the practice, study, and application of those teachings by as broad a public as possible in order to foster wisdom and compassion throughout society.


2010 has also been a year of gathering energy for major projects to come. Among these, two stand out. For the next two years, we plan to concentrate in two areas:


2012:  the 25th Anniversary of the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara. We will help to plan and implement activities, celebrations, publications, and other ways to express the importance of this anniversary, as a means of focussing and enhancing the appreciation and blessings of the Vidyadhara for decades to come. We will work with the Mukpo family, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shambhala International, Shambhala centres around the world, senior students and practitioners, and other institutions and individuals.

The Legacy Project Online. Our two year goal is to launch a comprehensive virtual archive and learning community by the end of 2012. The project will be based online, not in one physical location, and will have an international character. Much of the continuity of the project will be maintained and enhanced through communications and information shared electronically, via the internet.

We are preparing a feasibility study and implementation plan for a searchable database of the written and oral dharma teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The CTR Library -- as we are calling this project -- would provide online access to the audio, video, and written teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.


In 2009, the Legacy Project raised just over $22,000. In 2010, your donations of time and money (around $25,000)  have gone to help with projects and activities big and small. They include:

  • Support for the staff (Director, 1/4 time; Admin Asst., hourly) and ongoing expenses such as the website, office supplies, and communications.
  • The purchase of a computer for the storage of photographs digitized by the Shambhala Archives.
  • Completion of Touch and Go, a film about Chögyam Trungpa's escape from Tibet.
  • Digitization of the ngedon school audio tapes.
  • Audio Recovery of the Dorje Kasung audio collection.
  • Digitization of the video teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
  • Continued documentation  and preservation of the personal and sacred objects in the Ladrang of the Vidyadhara.
  • Resources for the final phase of editing the root teachings given at the Vajradhatu Seminaries, to be published in 2012 as The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma.         
  • Sending a Shambhala Archives' employee, Gordon Kidd, to the annual conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.
  • Curriculum and other support for the development and delivery of courses in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Boulder, Colorado; and Northern California.
  • Support to His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, his representatives, and the Shambhala Archives in locating, cataloguing, and scanning of photographs from the visits of the 16th Karmapa to America.

The Advisory Board of the Legacy Project is pleased to be supporting these current and future activities with time, energy, and money. Our goal for 2011 is $35,000: $15,000 for general  and ongoing operations; $10,000 towards the online feasibility study and CTR Library, and $10,000 towards Parinirvana activities and other special projects. We thank all of you for your continued support, and we encourage you to consider a gift to the Legacy Project at this time.


Yours in the Ocean of Dharma,


The Advisory Board of the Chögyam Trungpa Legacy Project:


Sara Bercholz                                             

Jane Carpenter                                                       

Walter Fordham                                       

Carolyn Gimian

Wendy Karr

Judith Lief

Thomas Hast

Larry Mermelstein

Richard Reoch

David Rome

Miriam Tarcov

Sally Walker