In Shambhala, thousands of meditation evenings, public talks, conferences and programs of varying lengths are offered each year throughout our international network of centres and groups. This constant stream of teaching, practice, study and innovation takes place largely through the devoted efforts of volunteers. This web of activity serves as an integral part of spiritual training as there is no fundamental separation between the sacred and secular within Shambhala vision. Everything can be used as the training ground for taming the mind and creating enlightened society.
In this spirit, Shambhala embraces a rich array of projects and activities.
The Shambhala Archives is the repository for one of the largest audio-visual collections of lectures and oral discourses by Tibetan Buddhist teachers in the West. The Archives cares for all records related to the life and teachings of Chögyam Trungpa, Osel Tendzin, and Sakyong Mipham, as well as thousands of tapes by other prominent contemplative teachers.
Chögyam Trungpa Legacy Project
The Chögyam Trungpa Legacy Project is a newly founded project, dedicated to preserving and promoting the dharma legacy of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche through the preservation, propagation and publication of his dharma teachings. The Legacy Project plans to initiate new projects and programming, to create a comprehensive virtual archive and learning community, and to create the financial base for current and future generations to support this mission. Through this process, the Legacy Project will enhance, enrich, and further inspire existing institutions and other manifestations of the Shambhala world that Chögyam Trungpa created.
Dramatically transforming the landscape of Shambhala Mountain Center, The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya is an expression of the aspiration for peace, harmony and equanimity for all beings. Rising 108 feet from its foundation, construction of The Great Stupa was initiated in 1988 and the monument was consecrated in August 2001.
The Dorje Kasung is modelled on the ancient tradition of dharma protectors. Its members are trained in protecting the space in which practitioners are able to hear and practice the teachings. The protection extends to the teacher who presents the teachings, the teachings themselves, and the community who practice the teachings. Click for more information.
The Shambhala Congress is a major gathering of the Shambhala community, open to any member. Its purpose is to explore major issues of concern and provide a forum for direct discussion between representatives of the entire community and the Sakyong, President and other leaders of the mandala. Major proposals arising from the working groups formed at previous congresses are discussed, and space is kept open for on-the-spot exploration of any themes that arise.
The Shambhala Trust is an independent group of individuals from throughout the Shambhala community who pool their resources, experience, and inspiration to provide financial and/or consultative support to Shambhala-related projects worldwide. Trust members individually and collectively explore the practice of generosity from the Buddhist and Shambhala points of view.
Established by Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche in 2006, The Sakyong Foundation was formed to provide support to organizations and projects throughout the world whose activities are aligned with the vision of Shambhala – a legendary enlightened society founded on the premise that there is basic human wisdom that can help to solve the world’s problems.
The Foundation is organized as a public charity and acts to match the inspiration and generosity of our donors with projects they wish to support. One of the Foundation’s goals is to build Shambhala’s financial sustainability by creating endowments where contributions become a legacy that is protected and a portion of investment profits are used to make grants.
The mission of the Konchok Foundation is to help meet the spiritual, cultural, educational and humanitarian needs of the Tibetan people in Surmang and elsewhere in the Kham and Golok regions of eastern Tibet. Currently, the focus is to provide financial and other support for the rebuilding of Surmang, the historic home of the Trungpa Tulku’s, especially the Surmang shedra (envisioned as a school for monks and laity).
The Gesar Fund is a European foundation within the Shambhala Mandala, registered in the Netherlands. It supports medical and educational projects as well as poverty relief in Kham (Yushu Prefecture) and Golok. The Gesar Fund focuses on these areas because of the historical and actual connection that Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche have with these areas. Its educational project is carried out in Surmang (Kham) in close cooperation with the Könchok Foundation. Its health projects – fighting tubercuosis and hepatitis – are carried out in cooperation with two local hospitals in Chindu (Kham). At present the Gesar Fund focusses on earthquake relief as well. The name of the foundation expresses the Shambhalian notion that promoting enlightened society includes promoting health, education and prosperity, just as the legendary king of Tibet, Gesar of Ling, did many centuries ago.
Surmang provides a window into rural Tibetan life. It is not only one of the poorest regions in China; it is also one of the poorest in the world. The Surmang Foundation supports the acute needs of poor Tibetans in the remote Surmang region by providing free health care. The project is based at the home monastery of the Trungpa incarnation line, Surmang Dutsi Til. In the past 10 years, Surmang Foundation has treated over 60,000 patients.
The Nalanda Translation Committee supports the practice and study of the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings by creating authentic translations of Tibetan practice texts and commentaries in English and other Western languages. By publishing these texts the Nalanda Translation Committee ensures quality and consistency, teaching and transmition of practices, and increasing the students’ understanding of their significance and cultural background.
International Translation Committee
Founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, Naropa University is the first of its kind as a Buddhist-inspired university in North America that integrates ancient traditions of wisdom into the curriculum of modern education. Named after the Indian Buddhist mystic and scholar Naropa, it is a non-sectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. Contemplative education is an approach to learning that integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. True learning, as it is understood and practiced at Naropa, comes from a combination of study and practice; it is both academic and experiential; it engages both intellect and intuition.
The Mukpo Institute offers the opportunity to deepen practice and study of the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. It is divided into two courses of study. Heart of Shambhala Buddhism: The Path of Awakening is an immersion in the intellectual, meditative, intuitive, and physical disciplines that lie at the heart of Shambhala Buddhism, open to all. Vajra Retreat provides students who have attended Vajrayana Seminary with a further opportunity to mix view and practice of teachings central to the vajrayana transmissions of our Kagyu, Nyingma, and Shambhala heritage.
The Mipham Academy is a month-long program of advanced study, beginning in the summer of 2007 and to be led annually by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. It features teachings on Buddhist philosophy by Khenpo Gawang, based on Mipham the Great’s commentary on The Ornament of the Middle Way by Shantarakshita. The Mipham Academy is a gathering place for those who long to intensively cultivate their experience of Buddhist insight and soak in the poetry of the teachings.
Tail of the Tiger
Tail of the Tiger programs bring together meditation with secular disciplines such as the arts, music, dance, theater, yoga, chi kung, business, social engagement, family and leadership. Meditative and contemplative disciples allow individuals to marshal the resources of their whole being while remaining engaged with the world, work, family, the arts, and business. Joining creativity and practicality is the inspiration for Tail of the Tiger.
Shambhala Sun Camp is an annual gathering for children ages 10 – 16. Campers create and live in their own outdoor environment. Simplicity is the ground for experiencing daily life as open space. Campers discover themselves, their world and each other in a fresh and genuine way. Sun Camp is a place to have fun, make friends and learn to take responsibility for oneself and one’s world in a gentle and playful environment.
As you may know, Pema‘s deepest wish is to support the tradition of Buddhist monastic life in the west as well as the east. Monastic life is centered on deep training within a community of others who have committed themselves to actualizing the dignity and wisdom that is the human inheritance of all. The Pema Chödrön Foundation has been created to help make this a reality. Pema’s “home monastery”, Gampo Abbey exemplifies the beauty and profundity that such contemplative community can offer the western world, and all who come in contact with it. The Foundation is also a source for obtaining Pema Chödrön’s recorded teachings.
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