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Return to South America

The Sakyong leads an historic eight-day Garchen in Cuncumen, Chile

by Pablo Coddou

Garchen_alta_0K9A9015-768x512In the ten years since the Kongma Sakyong last came to South America a lot has happened in his world. To name a few—he opened the treasure of the Scorpion Seal Retreat, was married, and had three children, securing the family lineage of Shambhala. A lot has happened in South America as well. After years of planning for the Sakyong’s return, the collaborative efforts of the Chilean and Brazilian sanghas has borne the fruit they have been longing to see.


Garchen_alta_0K9A7929On February 21st, 2016, the Sakyong arrived in Cuncumen, Chile, and was received with an amazing display of love, appreciation, respect, and inspiration. During the eight day long Garchen—the first of its kind—practitioners of Shambhala Meditation, the Shambhala Sadhana, Shambhala Ngöndro, the Werma Sadhana, and the Scorpion Seal all practiced side-by-side. The South American sanghas’ devotion and commitment grew and deepened.



Garchen_alta_0K9A8471-768x512The Sakyong was able to make a profound and genuine heart-connection with each of the 170 people, many of whom hadn’t seen him since he last came, or were meeting him for the first time. Immersed in the untamed opulence of the beautiful valley country, performing the Shambhala chants fully in the native languages, and joining with the authentic warrior spirit of the local dralas, the Sakyong fully empowered Shambhala in South America. He met the culture as it is, and rather than present the vision of enlightened society as a foreign import, he expressed it according to the needs, customs, and spirit of this region.

Garchen_alta_0K9A9241-1024x522As a testament to the amazing experience the Sakyong and the communities of Chile and Brazil had together during the Garchen, he proclaimed the intention and commitment to return in two years.

Viva Shambhala, viva Sud America!


Por una version en español de este articulo, vida:

http://shambhalatimes.org/2016/03/04/regreso-a-sudamerica/ ‎



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5 responses to “ Return to South America ”
  1. Carol Henderson
    Mar 4, 2016

    Buenos dias

    Por una version en español de este articulo:


  2. Timaree Bierle-Dodds
    Mar 4, 2016

    Thank you for sharing. What lovely energy and photos!

  3. Carolina Palacios
    Mar 4, 2016

    Pablo Coddou, el autor, habla español correctamente. Quizás él pueda entregar una versión traducida autorizada.

  4. Carol Henderson
    Mar 3, 2016

    Gracias por tu comentario. Una version en español de este articulo? ¡Es una buena idea!

    To Spanish-English bilingual readers: I would very much like to provide a Spanish-language translation of this article, for the author of this comment, and also for others. Is there a reader out there who is able to help? If so, please contact me, or email a translation to: [email protected]

  5. lautaro huentecura
    Mar 3, 2016

    Buenos días

    NO hay una version en español de este articulo ? porqué al parecer se privilegia el uso del inglés en estas publicaciones?

    Gracias por su respuesta

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