Shambhala Projects & Activites
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
Nalanda Translation Committee
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
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.
ALIA Institute: Authentic Leadership in Action
The ALIA Institute is a vibrant meeting-place of people, practices, and ideas engaged at the frontier of organizational and societal change. ALIA programs are known for their unique blend of ancient and leading-edge theory, practices, and principles. Since 2001, ALIA's Shambhala Summer Institute has attracted 250 people to Nova Scotia, Canada each June and has become internationally known as a premier leadership development venue.
The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya
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 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.
The Sakyong Foundation
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 Dana Group
The Dana Group was formed after the recent Shambhala Congress to pool the experience and advice of people with professional fund-raising experience. The group, which is not a donor group, aims to stimulate creative thinking about how best to strengthen the funding of the mandala as a whole in order to support further the creation of enlightened society.
Read the Dana Group's newsletter
Vajra Dawn is a program to further empower and provide teachings for the upcoming generation of students
in the Shambhala community. Meant primarily for 18-30 year olds, this celebration usually draws 150-200
people from around the world for teachings by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on a variety of themes from our rich heritage of meditation
and compassion practices. Participants are encouraged to applying these principles in their daily life
through school, work, relationships, social action, and more.
Social Service Network
Active commitment to benefiting others is the natural expression of
meditation practice. It is the inheritance of the teachings offered by
Shambhala. You are invited to explore the Social Service Network, and the
many endeavours of individuals and groups in Shambhala, who are engaged in
compassionate work in the world. These pages offer shared opportunities and
projects to inspire individuals in offering social service.
Social Service Network
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.
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.
NEW Preliminary report from the Fourth Shambhala Congress, Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 2009
Listen to the talks and see photos of the Third Shambhala Congress here
International Translation Committee
Translating the Shambhala Buddhist dharma into languages other than english.
Founding 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 is a three-month residential investigation into intensive practice and study of Shambhala at Karmê Chöling. In essence, Mukpo students gain transformative experience on treading the path of the open-hearted warrior or how to take the challenges of daily life in our modern society as opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.
Mukpo Institute is offered in the Fall and Spring seasons. Students are welcome to join for just one semester or both.
For an application or more information on curriculum, faculty, testimonials, and scholarships visit our website - http://www.mukpoinstitute.org
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
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.
Successor to Shambhala's former print newspaper The Dot, the Shambhala Times brings news and views from throughout the mandala. With stories from local sanghas and community members, teachings from senior teachers, multimedia and contemplations of our community's past, present, and future, Shamahala's Online News Magazine provides a forum for open and lively discussion of what it is to be part of Shambhala.
For seven years, The Dot published news about Shambhala's worldwide community. Stories included various interviews with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche over the years, major events and happenings (the Sakyong Wangmo Empowerment of August 2008, an interview with the Sakyong Wangmo Chöying Sangmo and our royal couple, their Halifax wedding and Orissa wedding celebration, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa's first U.S. visit), social action, global and society announcements, teachings, Shambhala culture, profiles about various centers and community members around the world, and lots of community news.
You can enjoy The Dot's complete Archive online, a glimpse into Shambhala's recent past: www.shambhala.org/dot/
Shambhala Sun is today’s best-selling and most widely-read Buddhist magazine. It offers authentic teachings from the Buddhist and other contemplative traditions, and applies the wisdom born of meditative practice to all the important issues in life—from livelihood, parenting, and relationships to politics, social action, and the arts.
Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly
Buddhadharma is an in-depth, practice-oriented journal for everyone with a serious interest in Buddhism. Buddhadharma is the one place you'll find in-depth teachings from all the Buddhist traditions, presented in a way that applies directly to your practice. No matter what Buddhist path you follow, Buddhadharma offers you relevant and helpful teachings in every issue.
The Pema Chödrön Foudation
As you may know, Pema's deepest wish is to support the tradition of Buddhist monastic life in the west. 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.
Samadhi Cushions has been making and selling quality cushions for practitioners of meditation since 1975. Our cushions are sewn, hand-stuffed and hand-tufted right here in our workshop in the village of Barnet, Vermont. Our retail outlet, Samadhi Store, carries over 3000 items for the support of mindfulness meditation, including over 900 titles on Buddhist meditation and related topics.
Shambhala Shop / Vajradhatu Publications and Recordings
The Shambhala Shop is home to the books and recordings of major Shambhala Buddhist teachers and also offers banners and flags, pins, brushes, photographs and prints in the Shambhala tradition.
Shambhala Mountain Center Gift Store
The Gift Store at Shambhala Mountain Center is filled with elegant gifts, meditation and yoga supplies, and a library of relevant books on meditation practice courses and techniques.
Great Path Tapes and Books
A direct source for obtaining Pema Chödrön's recorded teachings by mail. Coordinators Robert and Jill Walker are Pema Chödrön's archivists and are affiliated with The Pema Chödrön Foundation and Pema Chödrön's monastery, Gampo Abbey. A percentage of proceeds from sales goes to The Pema Chödrön Foundation.
Ashoka Credit Union
Ashoka Credit Union is where money, community and skillful means meet. Investing savings in Ashoka Credit Union not only benefits the investor, but contributes to the growth of the Shambhala community, its organizations and its members.
Services offered by the Federally insured Ashoka Credit Union include: savings, loans for all purposes, certificates of deposit, monthly electronic funds transfers, all types of IRAs, wire transfers (domestic and international) and counseling for financial success.
The Five Wisdoms Institute
The Five Wisdoms Institute is an independent training organization that promotes the five wisdom energies teachings. As qualities of being fully human the five wisdoms cultivate personal integration and foster wisdom.
They provide a common language to engage in genuine relationships, skillful communication and creative thinking. As the vivid energy of all we experience, they tune us into the dynamics of situations so we can respond appropriately and fully. Based on vajrayana teachings, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche created the unique five posture practice to work directly with our body, emotions, thoughts and surroundings. Based on those teachings, the institute offers Five Wisdoms @ Work, a two-year training oriented to
professionals in the service of others. Five Wisdoms Trainer and Coach Training provides the institute¹s certification to work professionally. For further information, please visit www.FiveWisdomsInstitute.com
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.
Shambhala Publications has been devoted to the magic, craft, and business of books for more than 30 years. Shambhala Publications offers hundreds of titles —from miniature classics to oversized art books, from scholarly translations to stories for children, from books on tape to books in a box, from A Little Course in Dreams to The Great Path of Awakening.
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.
The Chronicle Project is a repository for a rich array of stories, interviews, travelogs, and features
regarding the founder of Shambhala, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and his legacy. Its goal is to tell the story
of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's life in a detailed year-by-year account, to gather the oral history
from those who knew him, and to preserve a record of his extraordinary legacy for future generations.
Satdharma propagates the teachings that the Vajra Regent, Osel Tendzin, received from the Vidyadhara,
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Satdharma offers ongoing teachings on the three-yana
path of Vajrayana Buddhism, as well as Shambhala education, meditation instruction, yoga instruction,
residential retreats and opportunities for community practice and study.
Ratna Peace Initiative
The Ratna Peace Initiative is dedicated to cultivating the fundamental sanity and dignity in individuals, and therefore in society at large. We provide meditation instruction, in person and through correspondence, to prisoners throughout the United States. Our work includes developing and distributing correspondence courses for inmates. The Ratna Peace Initiative donates spiritual and educational books and other items that support an inmate’s spiritual path, including prayer beads and meditation cushions. Most recently, RPI has begun a secular meditation program for war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Prison Dharma Network
Prison Dharma Network (PDN), is a support network that provide prisoners, and those who work with them, with the most effective contemplative tools for self-transformation and rehabilitation. PDN support prisoners in the practice of contemplative disciplines, provides networking and training, and connects prisoners with outside volunteers.
Ratna Prison Initiative
info coming soon...
Shambhala School is an independent school in Halifax, Nova Scotia that believes all students possess
natural intelligence and curiousity, as well as a desire to belong to a harmonious community. It is
a non-denominational day-school employing a creative, integrated curriculum of academics and the arts,
from primary through grade 12.
Practice Centers & Retreat Facilities