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Jun 11
Shambhala News Service
The Sakyong Foundation announces Shambhala Vision Campaign

At Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s request, The Sakyong Foundation today announced a $300,000 Shambhala Vision campaign. This matching grant campaign is a collaboration with Shambhala and the noble sangha. The Shambhala Vision campaign aspires to raise $300,000 to express the community’s support for key priorities the Sakyong has highlighted for this year. This will be the first of an annual series to support the Sakyong’s year-by-year priorities for realizing Shambhala vision.

The Shambhala Vision campaign was sparked directly by looking into and beyond the panic and fear that is gripping the world today. “What is happening around us is literally caused by the absence of Shambhala Vision,” the Sakyong said. The campaign aims to support the Sakyong’s exertion and generosity, culminating this summer with the Scorpion Seal and Sangha retreats.

This year the Sakyong wishes to focus on the efforts he is making to “bring down” the lineage of the Rigdens through the Rigden Lineage Thangka, the unified path of practice and education (which requires construction of Scorpion Seal Retreat Cabins), the manifestation of Kalapa through the Kalapa Centre in Halifax and his increasing emphasis on peace initiatives for which he wishes to develop further the infrastructure at Shambhala Mountain Center.

As a direct result of the Sakyong’s personal efforts, The Sakyong Foundation is initiating this endeavor with a $100,000 challenge grant. The funds will be granted based on a ratio of $1 of matching funds for every $2 of general support as outlined below:

Shambhala Vision Campaign

Rigden Lineage Thangka $ 50,000
Scorpion Seal Retreat Cabins $ 75,000
Kalapa Centre in Halifax $ 75,000
Shambhala Mountain Center $ 100,000

Total $ 300,000

This will be a four-month, sangha-wide campaign beginning in June and ending with the celebration of the Harvest of Peace in September.

Brief project descriptions:

Rigden Lineage Thangka – Create a unique depiction of the Shambhala lineage tree, commissioned by the Sakyong from a team of artists led by pre-eminent thangka painter Ngoedup Rongae.

Scorpion Seal Retreat Cabins – Initiate the construction of these cabins beginning at Karme Choling – to enable Acharyas, senior teachers and students to practice the heart terma of the Druk Sakyong, the highest of the practices he brought into the world.

Kalapa Centre in Halifax – Conduct the next phase of planning for establishing a building that would house the international seat of the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo, Shambhala’s central government and executive, as well as the Halifax Shambhala Centre, including a large civic and cultural event space.

Shambhala Mountain Center – Building on the existing foundations of our community’s practice and study at this power spot in our mandala, continue to develop SMC as an international focal point for the Sakyong’s aspiration to apply these teachings in the service of world peace.

For more details on the campaign and these projects, (including film of the Sakyong speaking on each project), please visit us at http://www.sakyongfoundation.org/shambhala-vision-campaign/

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