Program Details

Parinirvana: Celebration of the death & life of Shambhala's founder Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.


April 4 / 7:00 PM - April 4 / 9:30 PM

Celebration of the 26th anniversary of the Parinirvana (death & life) of Shambhala's founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.


The evening's festivities will include a screening of Crazy Wisdom, a documentary about Trungpa's life.   The Bellingham Center purchased this film last year, when it came out, so it would be available to the community in our area.    


Suggested donation:  $10  (Our generosity policy supports individuals who need to "pay-what-you-can" due to financial hardship. Please contemplate how much you can offer and give more, less, or the suggested amount based on your individual circumstances.)


The founder of Shambhala, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987) was the 11th descendent in the line of Trungpa tulkus, important teachers of the Kagyu lineage, one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism and renowned for its strong emphasis on meditation practice. In addition to being a key teacher within the Kagyu lineage, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was also trained in the Nyingma tradition, the oldest of the four schools and was an adherent of the rime or "non-sectarian" movement within Tibetan Buddhism, which aspired to bring together and make available all the valuable teachings of the different schools, free of sectarian rivalry. Throughout his life, he sought to bring the teachings he had received to the largest possible audience.


The Shambhala Mandala:  One of the greatest accomplishments of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, was the establishment of the Shambhala Mandala, the global basis for the transmission of the vision, teachings and practices he brought to the world. The teachings and transmissions passed on by the Vidyadhara are studied and explored in the expanding association of centres, groups and other entities he founded, and now directed by his son and spiritual heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. In addition to centres and groups, now on five continents, the Shambhala Mandala includes a wide range of other programs and institutions which reach out into many areas, including education, health care, social work, organizational change and innovation, publishing, and a broad spectrum of the arts.


The Bellingham Shambhala Center is a non-profit organization supported entirely by the generosity of its members, program participants, and the energy of its volunteers and donors. 

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