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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche: The Tibetan Buddhist Path – Part I

Explore this recorded Shambhala Online course at your own pace.

Profound, potent, and intimate, this course includes videos of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche teaching that provide a rare glimpse of the early days of Buddhism in the West. The Tibetan Buddhist Path was the first seminar given by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche during the inaugural summer session at Naropa Institute in 1974. More than a thousand spiritual seekers received these seminal teachings in fourteen talks. The following topics are included in this recorded course:


Spiritual Materialism

Origins of Tibetan & American Buddhism

The Three Marks of Existence

The Five Skandhas

Meditation & Surrender


The Narrow Path & the Open Path


Current dharma teachers offered commentaries in this course to elucidate Rinpoche’s talks.

Watch Clips of Sessions 1 and 2 Below

Nearly fifty years later, these teachings remain undiminished in relevance. Each talk includes the complete question-and-answer session.

Recorded live sessions were led by: Dale Asrael, Carla Marie Burns, Rhea Colmar, June Crow, Lödro Dorje, Harry Einhorn, Gaylon Ferguson, Marty Janowitz, Travis May, Larry Mermelstein, Tillie Perks, Lauren Sanford, and Judith Simmer-Brown.

The sessions featured short video excerpts of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche teaching, readings from Cynicism and Magic (the book that is based on these teachings), and contemplations and other exercises to deepen one’s understanding of these profound teachings. 

The original, full-length talks of Chögyam Trungpa are also available to view in the Courseware along with the live recordings.

Open to all. No prerequisites required.


“Based on a series of talks given by Chögyam Trungpa during the first session of what was to become Naropa University, Cynicism and Magic introduces key Tibetan Buddhist concepts, including karma, the structure of ego, the paramitas, and the bodhisattva. Employing a unique and intimate teaching style, Trungpa Rinpoche presents these concepts in a larger framework of questions we all have: What is authentic spirituality? Can I find enlightenment and freedom? How should I approach life, death, suffering, and boredom? How can I develop some discipline, patience, and sanity? Whether you are new to Buddhism or returning to the fundamentals of your practice, this book will guide you toward experiencing a living dharma intelligently, with a sense of openness and wonder.”

-Shambhala Publications

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