Our Lineage
& Teachers

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

The Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche
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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
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The acharyas (Sanskrit, "senior teacher") of Shambhala are deeply experienced teachers appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The acharyas are empowered to offer Buddhist refuge and bodhisattva vows and to bring the continuity of our spiritual lineage into the living teaching environment of local Shambhala centers.

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What is Shambhala?

Throughout history, men and women have aspired to create societies that enable them to express the dignity of human existence and to lead meaningful lives within a flourishing culture. This is the vision of Shambhala.

At the heart of this wisdom tradition is the view that a dignified life based on meditative understanding is accessible to everyone and can blossom into an enlightened society. Contemplative practices bring into our ordinary lives a natural sense of goodness, fearlessness, and humor.

The Shambhala Meditation Center offers a place to practice meditation and to study Shambhala Buddhism. Everyone, of any spiritual tradition, is warmly welcome to take part in our programs in meditation, Tibetan Buddhist studies, enlightened warriorship presented in Shambhala Training and contemplative arts and disciplines.

The Center is affiliated with Shambhala International, a worldwide network of meditation and retreat centers. Shambhala was founded by Tibetan meditation master and scholar Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche renowned for his ability to present Buddhism in a form readily understandable to Western students. Trungpa Rinpoche, a lineage holder in the Kagyü and Nyingma Buddhist traditions, was also a holder of the Shambhala lineage of teachings. Shambhala is currently under the direction of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Trungpa's son and dharma heir. The Sakyong was trained in cultural traditions of both Asia and the West and is the lineage holder of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

A Contemplative Community

The Shambhala community draws on a wide variety of contemplative traditions. The core practice is mindfulness-awareness meditation. Instruction follows the tradition of oral transmission from teacher to student-an unbroken lineage that goes back twenty-five hundred years. At each Shambhala Meditation Center, senior members teach meditation and work with their students in how to join the view and experience of meditation with everyday life. Meditation instruction is available free of charge at all Shambhala Meditation Centers.

A comprehensive path of Buddhist practice and study is offered through the network of local centers. The Buddhist tradition provides a well-defined, graduated method of developing skillful action and wisdom through meditation practice and study of the dharma.

Shambhala Training is a nonsectarian path of spiritual training that emphasizes the cultivation of fearless, gentle, and intelligent action in the world. This action arises out of trust in innate human goodness and the inherent power and sacredness of the world, connecting with both through meditation practice as well as mindful activity in everyday life. Shambhala Training welcomes people of all religious traditions as well as those who follow no particular spiritual path.

Nalanda programs bring the contemplative perspective to the arts, health, education, and business. They include such traditional disciplines as the visual arts, archery (kyudo), flower arranging (ikebana), and tea ceremony (cha).

At the heart of each Shambhala Center is the meditation hall, which offers an open and protected space for meditation practice, contemplative disciplines, and community gatherings.

Shambhala's residential practice centers offer month-long meditation programs, public weekend programs, solitary retreats, and intensive practice and study programs for all levels of students. One can also live at a meditation center for an extended period of time, participating in the regular practice and contemplative disciplines.

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