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On behalf of the Kongma Sakyong, Jampal Trinley Dradul, and Ms. Jane Arthur, Minister of the Pillar of Government, the Office of the Sakyong takes great pleasure in announcing the designation of the area south of San Luis Obispo, California as the Southern California Region.
We are equally delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Sharon Owyang as the Director of this new region.
Ms. Owyang will work closely with the current group of centers, satellites and groups — Eagle Rock, San Diego, Carpinteria, Ojai, Mar Vista and Orange County — to further evolve the potential of the region. She is the right person at the right time to guide the Southern California Region and take it to the next level.
Sharon Owyang joined Shambhala in 2006 and is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She has been the Director of Education and held a variety of posts at the Los Angeles Shambhala Center. Sharon was born in Singapore and graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Social Studies. She has worked as a film and documentary producer, author, and travel writer.
In past years, she has also run a non-profit organization dedicated to the civic and political advancement of Asian Americans, and worked in California and national politics. Sharon is currently a writer and researcher in the area of U.S.- China relations, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband. She speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, French and German.
Please join us in welcoming Ms. Owyang to this new position.
2 responses - Posted 11.22.16
Ron Renz and Janet Whelan at Taktsang, BhutanOn behalf of the Kongma Sakyong and the Kalapa Council, the Office of the Sakyong is delighted to announce the appointment of Ron Renz and Janet Whelan as Co-Directors of Gampo Abbey. They are succeeding Director Richard Haspray, who ...continue
no responses - Posted 09.27.16
Kongma Sakyong Harvest of Peace 2016 The Sakyong’s Harvest of Peace address to the international community is now available online. In this year’s address, the Kongma Sakyong touched on strengthening families, looking to the future, loyalty to basic goodness, balancing bravery and tenderness, and extending out. Please click ...continue
no responses - Posted 07.15.16
In a summer marked by violence, political divisiveness, homophobia, and systemic racism, let the recent tragedy in Nice and the turmoil in Turkey serve as reminders of the preciousness of life. To counteract such degeneration, let us look within to face our fears and open our ...continue
no responses - Posted 07.08.16
This May, leaders from throughout the Four Pillars of the Shambhala community gathered at Karme Choling with the Kongma Sakyong, for the first Kalapa Garchen (Great Gathering.) The Sakyong made it clear this was to be the first of many more — and likely much larger ...continue
no responses - Posted 06.17.16
A video by Acharya Pema Chodron and Shastri Loden Nyima has just been posted on the Shambhala Times describing the vision of the Shambhala Monastic Order, answering some frequently asked questions, and outlining the current offerings of 9-12 month monastic residencies themed around the Four Dignities ...continue
2 responses - Posted 06.14.16
On behalf of the entire Shambhala Community I express profound sadness and pain toward the brutal killings in Orlando this past weekend. As we now know, Florida has suffered the deadliest mass shooting in American history. My heart breaks for everyone affected by this tragedy. I ...continue
no responses - Posted 06.13.16
The Office of the Sakyong is pleased to announce that the Kongma Sakyong has formally appointed Ms. Magali Meneses Ibañez to the position of acharya. A native of Santiago, Chile Ms. Meneses is the first South American acharya. Magali has been a key leader in the ...continue
5 responses - Posted 04.15.16
We are delighted to announce that within the past month the Kalapa Media Information Technology Team has made a transition to Universal Transformation Format (UTF-8) which enables Shambhala’s web pages and the Shambhala Database to be vastly more multilingual. Previously alphabets containing diacritic characters were incompatible ...continue
5 responses - Posted 04.11.16
The Office of the Kalapa Court is pleased to announce the appointment of twenty-six new shastris by the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, effective for three-year terms beginning this summer. These shastris join over ninety shastris appointed in recent years, fulfilling three year terms in their ...continue
no responses - Posted 04.08.16
The Sakyong made a strong connection with the Shambhala community of Copiapo, Chile during the Chilean Garchen in February. They were in the front-lines when a storm caused devastating mudslides leaving tens of thousands of people without power or drinking water last year. To read more ...continue
1 response - Posted 03.31.16
Dorje TsegyalNext week the Sakyong will be performing two pujas, or intensive practices. This is an opportunity to request the Sakyong to help friends, loved ones, or ourselves through these practices. The pujas will be Medicine Buddha April 8th, for health, healing, and recovery from illness, ...continue
no responses - Posted 03.17.16
The Sakyong will perform two pujas, or intensive practices, for the benefit of Shambhala this April 8th and 9th. This is an opportunity to request the Sakyong to specifically help a friend, loved one, or ourselves through these practices. The pujas will be Medicine Buddha, for ...continue
2 responses - Posted 03.04.16
The Office of the Kalapa Court is delighted to announce the Lady Sharon Hoagland Endowment established through the vast generosity of Kalapa Patrons Lady Sharon and James Hoagland. Seeded with a million dollars principle, this endowment has been formed to stabilize and enrich the Sakyong ...continue
no responses - Posted 03.03.16
The Kongma Sakyong has returned to South America, presiding over an 8-day long Garchen retreat with 170 Chileans, Brazilians, and a few North Americans in Cuncumen Chile. Following the retreat, the Sakyong gave a public talk in Santiago and addressed the Shambhala community. Acharyas Eve Rosenthal and ...continue
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