Trungpa Parinirvana

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987)

Today marks the day of the 30th anniversary of the death (the parinirvana) of Allen’s great teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

There will be various celebrations, among them the Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast offered by the sangha at Shambhala, Boulder. 

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche wrote the Sadhana of Mahamudra in 1968 while staying in the cave of Taksang in Bhutan. The Sadhana of Mahamudra invokes the wrathful manifestation of Padmasambhava, called Dorje Trolö, to help us overcome obstacles and confusion in our time.

Here’s three images of Allen and Trungpa:

Allen Ginsberg and Chogyam Rinpoche, Spring 1973 –  Ginsberg Collection, Stanford

Allen Ginsberg & Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Macky Auditorium, Boulder Colorado, May 1972 – photograph by Bob Morehouse

Allen Ginsberg & Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche – Photograph by Karen Roper

And here’s Patti Smith‘s memorable version of Allen’s hyper-attentive  “On The Cremation of Chogyam Trungpa, Vidyadhara”:

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