Preservation first and foremost, then access.
The Transcription Project is a key initiative of the Chögyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa University, recently formed to support and further the preservation and understanding of his teachings. The Institute is also planning for an online archive (known as “CHELA”) which will provide widespread access to these teachings, including: audio of 2,500 lectures and other events and more than 500 hours of video.
Central to the archive will be complete, accurate, searchable, and richly annotated digital transcripts of those recordings. A suprisingly large percentage of the existing recordings have never been transcribed, including seminars on the mahamudra lineage, (including seminars about its forefathers Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa, and Gampopa, as well as later teachings about the Karmapas and Jamgon Kongtrul). Other seminars present material on the battle of ego, working with death and dying, meditation and mindfulness, crazy wisdom, mandala principle, discipline and devotion, self-deception, the ten bhumis, the four maras, karma and the nidanas, and many other topics.
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The project was conceived during an annual gathering at Naropa University of younger editors-in-training, where a committee was formed to consider how the remainder of the collection of CTR recordings could be transcribed, and the already-existing transcripts could be conformed to current digital archival standards.
Over the course of the past year, we completed a pilot study, comprised of a small group of students from the training, with a focus on developing, refining and documenting the procedures and toolset that will allow the full-scale project to be undertaken in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, my late husband, taught tirelessly during the seventeen years that he was in North America, and there is still a vast amount of material that has not yet been transcribed. These teachings are profound and precious and in the right circumstances will be of enormous benefit to future generations. This project represents both a precious opportunity as well as an enormous responsibility. I wholeheartedly support it.
—- Diana J. Mukpo, widow of Chögyam Trungpa