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Shambhala is the name of a mythical/historical kingdom in Central Asia that is widely recognized as an example of an enlightened society, where people enjoy harmony, good health, and well-being. The basis for such an enlightened society is the people’s confidence and respect for inherent goodness, wisdom, and dignity—in themselves, in each other, and in society. Much of our path in Shambhala Training is predicated on the notion of being able to create such a society. But, is this actually possible? And if so – how would it be done? These are certainly questions worth contemplating, especially now when most of the world is in crisis.
In this workshop we will explore Dr. Robin Kornman’s understanding of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s view, practice, and action for creating such a society. We will listen to talks from Dr. Kornman’s “Creating Enlightened Society” program and explore the definition of, and the relationship between, terms such as cosmic mirror, mandala principle, society, nature of mind, drala, dharma art, decorum, etc. We will also examine how meditation practice expands the practitioner’s sense of awareness and makes wakefulness the key driver of our personal and collective lifestyles.
Recommended Reading: Sourcebook “Creating Enlightened Society” available from the Nalanda Translation Committee.
Robin Kornman, Ph.D. (1947–2007), a longtime student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, is best known for his work as a Tibetan Buddhist scholar, as well as a founding member of the Nalanda Translation Committee. Up until his death, he spent many years working on the translation of the Epic of Gesar. Robin was also a principal translator and editor of The Rain of Wisdom and a key contributor to the translations of the Vajrayogini, Chakrasamvara, Jambhala, and Werma Sadhanas as well as the Long Werma Lhasang and the Vidyadhara’s Shambhala terma texts. A longtime student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, he earned his PhD from Princeton University and was a professor of Comparative Literature at St. John’s in Annapolis and at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.