All Day Program with Carolyn Gimian, editor of 'The Future is Open' by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

with Carolyn Gimian

February 23rd

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  • $65 Program Price
  • $90 Patron Price
Room: Main Meditation Hall

Give yourself a discount if you are also coming to the Karma class in April or your means require a discount. Pay what you can afford - you can write in that amount in "Notes" when you register online. Register for the April class with Douglas Anderson: "Karma & the 12 Nidanas," too, & pay only $170 for both. And we always appreciate those who can afford full price and the Patron price.  

In The Future Is Open: Good Karma, Bad Karma, and Beyond Karma, Chogyam Trungpa challenges both popular and fundamental misconceptions in our understanding of the Buddhist doctrines of karma and rebirth. However, his purpose is not primarily to set the record straight from a doctrinal point of view. Rather, he is interested in sharing a view of the Buddhist path and the practice of meditation that can actually help people to wake up. This is the approach to karma and to meditation that we will explore in our day long program.

The unique contribution that Chogyam Trungpa makes to the understanding of karma is to talk about it as a path of awakening, if we link it with meditation. He identifies meditation practice as a way in which we can actually step outside of the world of karma and, for moments at least, stop creating future karma, either good or bad. The past may be determined by our previous actions, but the next moment—the future—is always uncharted territory. In fact, the future is open.

Here is an excerpt from her preface to the book on Karma. Speaking of Trungpa Rinpoche she writes:

He also doesn’t sugarcoat the devastating ways in which we create suffering though our thoughts and actions. He very much believed that people must take responsibility for their actions and their circumstances in life. However he isn’t trying to reform people as much as he is trying to get them to step out of the whole thing, to get off the treadmill of habitual action and reaction.


Through the practice of meditation, contemplative exercises, and small group discussions and activities, as well as lectures, we will investigate how karma is related to our own experience.  We will also look at the birth of karma in the context of ego or an attachment to a self.

The program will be led by Carolyn Rose Gimian, who is the editor of The Future Is Open: Good Karma, Bad Karma, and Beyond Karma. She is the Executive Director of the Chogyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa University and has taught Buddhist and Shambhala teachings throughout North America and Europe.

Carolyn is a masterful editor and has edited the material for many books by Chogyam Trungpa including; Shambhala -The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Smile at Fear, Mindfulness in Action, (The Great Eastern Sun) and The Essential Chogyam Trungpa.

News & Reviews

"Carolyn Gimian has accomplished a formidable task, boiling down the reflections on ‘karma’ of the ever wise and irascible Chögyam Trungpa. The Future Is Open, as in the title itself, C Gimiansketches a path forward even as it candidly details our karmic dilemma. As always, Trungpa Rinpoche poses us a riddle, this one about the stuff of our lives—and, just perhaps, dangles a solution." —Daniel Goleman, author Emotional Intelligence and Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World

"Our deep urge to understand the ultimate truth often implicitly assumes we understand the relative truth. But beyond the failures of philosophers, at the most basic level we sentient beings constantly fail in our own pursuit of happiness. So it is of utmost importance to understand the relative truth, of which karma is the epitome. And who can explain that truth better than Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche—a master who was not only extraordinarily knowledgeable but was spiritually accomplished and understood the modern world like no one else. If you’re curious how karma works, read this book!" —Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, author of What Makes You Not a Buddhist


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Pay what you can afford - you can write in that amount in "Notes" when you register online. If you're registering for the April class "Karma & the 12 Nidanas," too, give yourself a discount of $170 for both. And we always appreciate those who can afford full price or even the Patron price.