Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1940-87) was a recognized lineage holder in both the Kagyu and Nyingma Buddhist traditions of Tibet. During the Tibetan sovereignty debate in 1959, Trungpa fled to northern India. He began presenting Buddhist teachings in North America and Europe in 1970. Over the next 17 years, he founded over 100 Vajradhatu meditation centers, established the Naropa Institute (the first Buddhist University in the United States), and initiated Shambhala Training (a meditation program designed specifically for non-Buddhists).