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Celebrating 20 Years of Our Sakyong

Twenty years ago, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on May 14, 1995, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche was formally enthroned as the Sakyong of Shambhala.

His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche (Penor Rinpoche), then the Supreme Head of the Nyingma lineage, conferred the enthronement in the midst of the Shambhala Celebration known as Joining Heaven & Earth. This festive celebration, held at Pier 23 in Halifax, lasted nine days and had thousands of Shambhalians in attendance. As part of the celebration, Penor Rinpoche auspiciously conferred the Kalachakra Empowerment for Enlightened Society. Continue…

- 2015-07-14 - 5 comments

Sakyong Appoints 20 New Shastris

Sakyong Appoints 20 New Shastris The Office of the Kalapa Court is pleased to announce that the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, has formally appointed twenty new shastris. The position of shastri was created by the Sakyong in 2009, and these shastris join almost eighty currently serving in centers throughout the mandala. By all reports, the shastri program is a great success, providing local support for teachers, programs, and meditation students. These new shastris will, when possible, take their oaths this summer with the Sakyong, and ... continue

Scene and Heard - 2015-08-01 - comment

Vermont’s New Babies

Vermont's New Babies Amaia LunaPlease join the Shambhala Times in welcoming these new additions to our community! Introducing Amaia Luna, born to Pablo Coddou and ... continue

Mandala Projects - 2015-07-31 - comment

People of Color Scholarship Fund

People of Color Scholarship Fund COLUMN: Enlightened Society Celebrates Diversity Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the People of Color Scholarship Fund (POC) Leadership Awards Part One of Three article ... continue

Community Articles - 2015-07-29 - 4 comments

The Barnacle’s Roar

The Barnacle’s Roar Coming Home from Enlightened Society Assembly article by Emma Cataford, Gampo Abbey photos by Jacqueline Larson and Naomi de Ville Between June 24th and ... continue

Arts and Poetry - 2015-07-27 - 3 comments

Social Presencing Theater

Social Presencing Theater A Shambhala Art Form for Social Change A Look at the Training Offered by Acharya Arawana Hayashi article by Maria Patten with Shastri ... continue

Video, Audio, Photos - 2015-07-25 - 7 comments

The Radical Path Between Promise and Fear

The Radical Path Between Promise and Fear A Talk on Enlightened Society by angel Kyodo williams The more we look, the more we realize how profound the vision of an ... continue

Community Articles - 2015-07-24 - 2 comments

Summer Fun at Gampo Abbey

Summer Fun at Gampo Abbey Gampo Abbey Monastics Play Ball, Release Lobsters and Visit Kalapa Valley article by Ani Lodro Dechen Like the seasons surrounding us, life at ... continue

Community Articles - 2015-07-22 - 1 comment

Our Money Mind

Our Money Mind miksang image by Charles BlackhallCOLUMN: Shambhala Economics Welcome to Shambhala Economics, a column in the Shambhala Times where we publish articles on ... continue

Dharma Teachings - 2015-07-20 - 2 comments


Meditation Dharma Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche We sometimes forget how the Buddhist teachings came into being. We forget why the Buddha left his ... continue

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Dharma Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche We sometimes forget how the Buddhist teachings came into being. We forget why the Buddha left his father’s palace. Dissatisfied with maintaining an illusion, he wanted to understand his life—and life itself. Just like the Buddha, most of us also would like to discover some basic truth about our life and get some perspective about what’s going on. But are we really capable of knowing what’s going on? This is a question that relates to the most profound truth of the Buddhist teachings. The Buddha’s answer is, “Yes, ultimately we are. But we need to go on a journey of meditation to find out, because essentially we are in a state of bewilderment.” Why are we bewildered? Because we don’t understand ... continue

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