Program Details

The Shambhala Principle: Rising to the Challenge of Our Time

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Dale Asrael & Ethan Nichtern
June 13 / 6:30 PM - June 15 / 6:00 PM

This program takes place at the Boulder Shambhala Center.

The Shambhala Principle: Rising to the Challenge of our Time

The Tibetan meditation master and founder of Naropa University, Chögyam Trungpa, offered the modern world the Shambhala vision of enlightened society. The underlying principle of this vision is the inherent basic goodness of humanity. More than simply a hope for the future, Shambhala vision is also a practice or a way of rising to the social and ecological challenges of our time.

The Shambhala Principle allows us to summon the innate potential of both personal and collective wisdom. During the program, we will be practicing meditation not only as a means of personal transformation, but as a way to shift deep cultural assumptions about human nature. The weekend will extend the meditative experience to engage in contemplative conversation focusing on three levels of social transformation:  personal, interpersonal (relationships), and collective (societal).

The Shambhala Principle is a living movement of courage, inspiration, and genuineness that we can experience right now. The inspiration for the weekend is the Sakyong's latest book, "The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity's Hidden Treasure." As the Sakyong describes in the preview video for the book, the Shambhala principle allows us to summon the innate potential of both personal and collective wisdom to fearlessly engage with the world. 

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the leader of Shambhala. We are honored that Sakyong and senior teachers will lead us in a weekend of meditation and teachings to rouse our own connection with basic goodness. 

Everyone is invited to attend! This will be a profound way to celebrate the inspired vision that gave birth to Naropa University 40 years ago. This program is open to all - whether you are a new or experienced meditator.

This weekend program is part of Naropa University's 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Registration: Your reserved seat is based your date of registration. Please register soon as we expect this program to reach full capacity.

  • Sponsor ticket: $275*

  • Individual ticket: $225

*Purchasing a Sponsor Ticket is an act of generosity - by offering a little more, you make it possible for those who can't afford the full ticket price to attend the program. Thank you for your generosity!   

Online registration for this program is now closed. Please register in person at the Boulder Shambhala Center until 6:45 pm on Friday, June 13.



About the Teachers:

Sakyong Mipham RinpocheSakyong Mipham Rinpoche serves as temporal and spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers. Born in Bodhgaya, India, in 1962, the Sakyong is the eldest son of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Lady Könchok Palden. He is the incarnation of Mipham the Great, a renowned Nyingma scholar and meditation master. As part of the Mukpo clan of eastern Tibet, he is a descendant of the Tibetan warrior-king Gesar of Ling.

The Sakyong is also an avid runner who has completed nine marathons. He is author of the bestselling “Turning the Mind into an Ally,” the award-winning “Ruling Your World,” “Running with the Mind of Meditation,” and “The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity’s Hidden Treasure.” Through the Sakyong Foundation, he engages in supporting organizations and projects whose activities exemplify the vision of Shambhala. He teaches all over the world, using his unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives to the benefit of his students in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Acharya Dale Asrael Acharya Dale Asrael is an associate professor at Naropa University in the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Buddhist Studies, and Contemplative Education departments¸ and is an Upadhyaya (Buddhist minister). In March of 2011, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed Dale the Dean of Meditation Instructors, asking her to be responsible for the compassionate activity of meditation instruction in the Shambhala mandala. This includes the training, supervision, development, and support of meditation instructors, and for the encouragement of meditation instruction as a path itself.

Shastri Ethan Nichtern Shastri Ethan Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition, and he is the founding director of the Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, integral activism, mindful arts, and meaningful media.

He is on the part-time faculty at Eugene Lang College at New School University and lectures regularly at Brown, Wesleyan, and New York Universities. He is the author of the acclaimed book “One City: A Declaration of Interdependence” (Wisdom Pubs), and his second book, “The Road Home,” will be released early in 2015. His writing has been featured on Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Tricycle Magazine, BuddhaDharma Magazine, Sentient City, Reality Sandwich, as well as other online publications.

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