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Events and Materials for Parinirvana 25th Anniversary

Mar 21, 2012

As a special feature of the events commemorating the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche and Lady Diana Mukpo will be filmed in conversation about his life and teachings. This film, which may be between 25 and 35 minutes long, will be made be available to all centres and groups on Tuesday 3 April (in time for Parinirvana Day on Wednesday 4 April).

Access information for this film, materials for centre events, and films listed below, will be sent in a separate message to centre directors and group coordinators.

On 1 April, at the Halifax Shambhala Centre, the Sakyong will give the Sadhana of Mahamudra Abhisheka. For details, please visit:

A filmed curated tour of the Great Eastern Sun exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, led by Carolyn Gimian, which will be available shortly. To see a photo slideshow of preparing the exhibit, please visit:

To view a video tour of the exhibit from the Shambhala Sun, please visit:

To hear a CBC radio broadcast about the exhibit and the role of the Shambhala community in Nova Scotia, please visit:

Shambhala Archives is preparing a video teaching from the Vidyadhara's seminar on The Sadhana of Mahamudra that centres will be able to download before Sunday 1 April. This teaching presents the principle of the teacher, reminding us of the brilliance and profundity that are the foundation of the Shambhala lineage.

On Saturday 31 March, the Shambhala Community in Nova Scotia will host a public conference at Pier 21 in Halifax titled: Nova Scotia -- Our Strengths, Our Future. To register for this free event, please click here:

The Konchok Foundation is offering a five-panel exhibit of text and color photographs titled, "Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet," which will focus on new information about the life of the Vidyadhara in Tibet which has only come to our attention in the past decade. This will be made digitally available centre directors and group coordinators soon.

The Konchok Foundation is also releasing a new DVD, Glimpses of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's Life and Legacy in Tibet, as a donation gift in conjunction with the commemoration of his parinirvana, and to support the new shedra at his monastery--Surmang Dutsi Til. The 42 minute film includes video and photos of his birthplace at Geje, an on-location explanation of the Vidyadhara's terma sites at Kyere by Karma Senge Rinpoche and interviews with people who knew him in Tibet, including his brother Damcho Tenphel Rinpoche and Chime Palmo, the consort of Khenpo Gangshar. The DVD is available at:

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week is having a contest in honour of this anniversary to give away one book by CTR for 25 days beginning April 4, sponsored by Shambhala Publications. They are also offering a discount on all CTR books through April, with a discount code. To learn more and to enter the contest visit:

The Nalanda Translation Committee is planning several publications related to The Sadhana of Mahamudra, some completely new and others new editions. All but the last item should be available at the Sadhana of Mahamudra Abhisheka in Halifax on 1 April:

The Sadhana of Mahamudra: Resources for Study is a collection of articles and excerpts, mostly by the Vidyadhara, along with our more literal translation of the Sadhana, and a new 20-page glossary.

In commemoration of the parinirvana, we are producing for the first time a "Funeral Edition" (just a little dark-red humor), an edition of the Sadhana used for funerals, composed by the Vidyadhara.

The Sadhana of Mahamudra abhisheka booklet (without feast offering).

The Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast Offering (for tantrikas only).

Talks on The Sadhana of Mahamudra, given by Changling Rinpoche (for tantrikas only).

Later this year, we plan to produce a deluxe hard-cover edition of the Sadhana with color photos of the visualization.

For more information, and to order any of these, please see:

The Shambhala Times has created a special tribute page for the 25th Anniversary of the Parinirvana. Everyone is invited to post a tribute, memory, story, or other offering. Please visit:

(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)