Chogyam Trungpa (CIA)

Joshua Eaton filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.

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From: Joshua Eaton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all records that relate or refer to Chogyam Trungpa (3/5/1939 – 4/4/1987) or his aliases.

Trungpa was a Tibetan Buddhist teacher and author who was born on 3/5/1939 in Kham, eastern Tibet (now Sichuan Province, China). Trungpa founded the meditation center Tail of the Tiger (now Karme Choling) in Barnet, Vermont, in 1970. He moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 1971. There, he founded the Buddhist groups Vajradhatu (now Shambhala International) and Naropa University. Trungpa moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1986. He died there on 4/4/1987 and was cremated at Tail of the Tiger, in Barnet, Vermont, on May 26, 1987.

Trungpa's death was reported in The New York Times:

Please include the following aliases in your searches:
- Chogyam Trungpa
- Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
- Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
- Chokyi Gyamtso
- Chokyi Gyatso
- Vidyadhara
- Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa
- Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
- Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
- Dorje Dradul
- Dorje Dradul of Mukpo
- Sakyong
- Kongma Sakyong
- Kongma Sakyong I
- Druk Sakyong
- Sakyong Dorje Dradul

I am a full-time, professional journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera America, The Intercept, PRI's The World and Religion News Service (RNS). I am making this request as part of the news-gathering process, not for commercial purposes.

If there are fees, please inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

If possible, please provide these records by email attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Joshua Eaton

From: Central Intelligence Agency

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Central Intelligence Agency

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.