||D.C. Center Shrine Blessed by
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Tuesday evening, October 16, the Shambhala Center of Washington, D.C. hosted Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, his wife Khandro Tseyang, their attendants, and Shambhala President Richard Reoch, for a ceremony to bless the D.C. Center shrine. At least 80 people came to the new Center for the ceremony and reception which followed.
Center Director, Chris Montone, speaking about the event, noted that he was fortunate enough to speak with the Sakyong several times during his visit. "He and Khandro Tseyang both liked our new Center and felt we made the right move. Khandro-la told me today that she felt there was very good energy at the Center and she especially noted the warmth with which the Sakyong was received by our sangha here. From my conversations with Rinpoche, I think he is likely to return again soon and to send some more exciting events our way. Additionally, he indicated that, being in Washington, he feels we should focus more on the Ruling Your World teachings. I will be working with the acharyas and the Council to get a program and perhaps a teacher-training to be held here."
During the beautiful candlelight shrine blessing ceremony, 50 people from the community showed their generosity by making one-time or recurring donations to the tune of about $2,500 and an additional $157 in recurring donations to the Center of the Mandala (i.e., Shambhala International). More pledges were received for additional monthly donations of $362 per month to the local Center and $1,500 in one-time donations. This constitutes about a 5% increase in Center dues revenue which will help the Center move forward.
For many who attended it was their first time seeing the new Center. The atmosphere was one of enthusiasm and celebration, and with the newly-blessed shrine the community can look forward to a bright future for Shambhala in D.C.!
Members of the Center can go to the new Online Multimedia Library of our Members Section to listen to an edited version of the ceremony online, featuring Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche addressing the D.C. community. Go >
The New ‘Kingdom of Shambhala’
Some have been surprised to see that central thangka on the new shrine is now the Primordial Rigden. Other changes to the shrine have also been implemented along the guidelines from Shambhala. If you would like to learn more about the new shrine (including the reasons for the changes) you are encouraged to explore the Rigden Shrine page (member log-in required): Rigden Shrine Information Page.
For many individuals attending the Shrine Blessing Ceremony it may have been their first encounter with the Kalapa Court. Terms used at the ceremony, such as "His Majesty," "King," and "Queen" may have raised some questions like "What's all THAT about?". It's very important to know both what we're doing and why. In that vein, you are encouraged to be curious and learn more about this aspect of the Kingdom of Shambhala. Please feel comfortable to talk to Center Director, Chris Montone about this (or others like Jonathan Kirkendall, Linda Watson, Tamara Ewald, or Jerry Webster), and ask any questions you may have.
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Visit of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to Washington DC in 2004
Photo & Video
Photos and video shot at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC, and All Souls Unitarian Church in June 2004.
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BELIEF & PRACTICE: Shambhala Meditation
April 30, 2004
with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, filmed at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC.