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Apr 02
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Parinirvana Day 2020 Resources

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To the Noble Sangha,

We hope that each of you are well and cared for during this groundlessness.

Each year on April 4th, Shambhala marks the life and passing of its founder, the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, with the commemoration of Parinirvana Day.

As we approach the anniversary of Trungpa Rinpoche’s death in these extraordinary times, the impact he has on our lives feels particularly present.

It’s traditional to practice The Sadhana of Mahamudra, one of Trungpa Rinpoche’s seminal works, on this day. This sadhana describes the dark age of materialism, how we can look directly at the vividness of that experience, and how we can supplicate the wisdom of the lineage to support us. Usually, we would gather in our centres to practice and offer toasts, poetry and sangha kinship.

Since most of us are isolating at home, we can practice the Sadhana of Mahamudra or other practices by Trungpa Rinpoche on our own or online with friends.
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Zoom tutorials from SMCLA
Zoom tutorials from SMCLA
no responses - Posted 04.02.20
SMCLA has recently started exploring online programming and they would like to share their experiences in this youtube playlist in the hope that it will inspire others to try also. The journey so far has been eventful and they are cautiously moving forward. The SMCLA Sangha ...continue
COVID-19 Resources on the Shambhala Times
COVID-19 Resources on the Shambhala Times – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 04.02.20
From the Editorial Team Many resources have been shared by the Shambhala leadership and Community members to help us all through this moment of isolation and uncertainty. Your editorial team has gathered them together here so that this page can be a resource for everyone. We will ...continue
Staying Sane In Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Staying Sane In Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic
no responses - Posted 04.02.20
Photo by Natalia Figueredo on Unsplash By “Jackie Writing Jackie” The number of Covid-19 cases around the world has surpassed 872,000, leading governments to effect nationwide lockdowns to reduce the level of contagion. During this time, many people are surrounded by family. One of the hardest-hit groups, however, is ...continue
Letter from the Druk Sakyong Wangmo
Letter from the Druk Sakyong Wangmo – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 03.30.20
Office of the Druk Sakyong Wangmo Dearest Community Members, During this unprecedented time of difficulty, I have been thinking about all of you and wanted to reach out. I know that we are all struggling, in many different ways. Within my own family, I see that everyone has ...continue
COVID-19 — Community Care Message
COVID-19 — Community Care Message
no responses - Posted 03.30.20
Dear Shambhalians – We are living an unprecedented time of uncertainty, disruption, and stress. It seems that each day brings yet more difficult news. COVID-19 (known as the coronavirus) has brought isolation—both felt and real—as we all struggle, putting our lives on hold and using social distancing ...continue
Meditation and Connection in a Time of Isolation
Meditation and Connection in a Time of Isolation – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 03.28.20
Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash by Gayle Van Gils I have been feeling more than a bit ungrounded and lonely…..  Being forced to stay home and away from other people seems so wrong.  Yet, here we are – in this together – feeling our way towards a ...continue
What Role Can Exercise Play In Shambhala Practice?
What Role Can Exercise Play In Shambhala Practice? – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 03.24.20
Photo by Form on Unsplash By “Jackie Writing Jackie” Meditation has a key role to pay in Shambhala practice, but Buddhist belief does see a vital link between mental and physical well-being, and the Eightfold Path clearly envisions both. In a more symbolic sense, the path of Perfect Livelihood ...continue
How to Stay Calm in the Face of Fear
How to Stay Calm in the Face of Fear – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 03.15.20
This article was originally posted by Sarah Lipton here. Tea with a T-Rex T-Rex is roaming the earth again. Wreaking havoc, causing disruption, up-ending the status quo. This time, it’s crowned in the form of COVID-19. A global pandemic. A local disaster. From my vantage point, the greater harm is ...continue
Being You is a Practice
Being You is a Practice – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 03.10.20
by Kelsey Blackwell This article was originally posted here at The Marvelous Crumb Happy Lunar New Year! Year of the Rat — known for industriousness, thriftiness, diligence and positivity. That feels about right. I’m burrowing into my studies at the Strozzi Institute and gnawing on bits of wisdom that are ...continue
Know Thyself (Or the algorithms will do it for thee)
Know Thyself (Or the algorithms will do it for thee) – HIGHLIGHT
3 responses - Posted 03.02.20
A review of the bestseller by Yuval Noah Harari, by Stephen Gleitch What does a brilliant, Israeli, Oxford educated, gay, 42-year old historian who has meditated daily for 20 years, and has written two best-sellers have to teach us about how to live in this age of ...continue
Ubuntu: "No tenía nada, pero creía en el poder de mi gente”
Ubuntu: “No tenía nada, pero creía en el poder de mi gente”
no responses - Posted 02.23.20
Crédito de la foto NaomiW25 en Wikimedia Commons Por Hans Kaufmann Cuando trabajaba con niños en el Centro Shambhala de Viena, las historias siempre fueron una parte importante y muy bien recibida de nuestras reuniones. Durante los últimos años tenían alrededor de 10 años y manifestaron vívida curiosidad ...continue
Ubuntu: "I had nothing but I believed in the power of my people."
Ubuntu: “I had nothing but I believed in the power of my people.” – HIGHLIGHT
6 responses - Posted 02.17.20
Photo Credit NaomiW25 on Wikimedia Commons By Hans Kaufmann Este artículo ha sido traducido al español aqui. When I worked with children in the Shambhala Center in Vienna, stories were always an important and requested part of our meetings. During the last years they were around 10 and they manifested ...continue
Announcing the Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche Conference in Vienna
Announcing the Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche Conference in Vienna – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 02.09.20
Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 at the Sacred Heart Auditorium. Photo by Blair Hansen. Vienna, Austria, May 22-24, 2020 The Shambhala Center of Vienna and the Chogyam Trungpa Institute of Naropa University are proud to present the Chogyam Trungpa Conference, in Vienna, Austria, from May 22-24, 2020 titled, “Meditation, ...continue
Fostering Indoor Air Quality, with Shambhala Teachings and Practice
Fostering Indoor Air Quality, with Shambhala Teachings and Practice – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 02.02.20
By Vinicius Amano on Unsplash By “Jackie Writing Jackie” The Dalai Lama once stated that there are two major reasons leading to the current environmental crisis: ignorance, and a lack of courage to take action to solve problems. The human connection to nature is a vital part of Shambhala Buddhism ...continue


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