Thus I Have Heard is a 60-minute collection of video clips - one television interview and four speeches - given to North American audiences in the 70's and 80's. It was issued in conjunction with an 8-volume set of his Collected Works, plus a 9-volume video set, published in 2001. The five selections in sequence are:
- Practicing the Lineage 1980 – an interview in which Chogyam discusses his early life and training
- Mediation Instruction 1974 – instructions for an introductory meditation course
- Sitting Practice is Your Breakfast 1976 – meditation as food to nourish the mind
- Surrendering Your Aggression 1975 – learning to let go of ego
- Creating an Enlightened Society 1982 – a call to work not only for personal enlightenment, but also for building enlightened societies
From these clips it's hard to see today what made Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche so appealing. Certainly so throughly adopting the manners of his students and presenting his teachings in their own idiom won over large numbers. It also didn't hurt being one of the first generation of teachers. Having no one against which he could be compared put him in a league all his own.
For anyone wanting to sample the voice and manner of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche at various points in his career, there probably isn't a better place to start than Thus I Have Heard.