Chogyam Trungpa Conference
Vienna, Austria
22-24 May, 2020

Meditation, Materialism and Mind: Chogyam Trungpa’s Legacy for the 21st Century.

Notice of Cancellation 

We regret to inform you that the Chogyam Trungpa Conference in Vienna, May 22 to 24, 2020, has been cancelled, in view of the global health crisis. We hope to reschedule the in-person conference at a later date, when it is feasible to do so. We are working on an online event involving some of the speakers, and will notify everyone as soon as something is scheduled. Thank you for your interest in the conference. We hope that everyone will stay safe and healthy.

One’s appreciation of the world never diminishes. Whenever there is doubt about that, that provides another step on your staircase. That means that you have to take another step to go beyond. So each time there is an obstacle, you go step-by-step.

— Chogyam Trungpa, in “Jolly Good.” .

25 March, 2020

Hosted by
Chögyam Trungpa Institute, Naropa University & 
Vienna Shambhala Center 


The aim of this 3-day conference is to revisit the teachings of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, to foster interactions between older and newer practitioners of his teachings and the broader European community, and to encourage the emergence of new scholarship and interest in his work. 

With increasing socio-cultural and political divisions throughout the world – in religious and spiritual realms as well – there is a need to review and re-examine our assumptions, about Buddhism, our practice, and our teachers. Chogyam Trungpa’s emphasis on cutting through spiritual materialism and working with fear and doubt, as well as other areas of his work, may be helpful in this time of turmoil.  

Featured Speakers

Lady Diana Mukpo

Larry Mermelstein

Carolyn Gimian

Han de Wit

Rigdzin Shikpo

Judith Simmer-Brown

Deborah Klimburg-Salter

Francesca Fremantle

Judy L. Lief

Alexandre Jollien

Fabrice Midal

Ryan Jones






The three-day conference will include keynote speeches, hosted panel discussions, and opportunities for all conference participants to interact and socialize with the presenters. 






Seating is limited to 100 people. Tickets include participation for all three days of conference.






The conference will take place in a beautiful historic part of Vienna, in the MuseumsQuartier. 

We will meet in the Barocke Suiten, a space with a 100-person capacity, in the former state rooms above the MQ main entrance.