Paranirvana Day

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Shambhala’s annual Paranirvana Day is a community gathering that celebrates the life and influence of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

The founder of Shambhala was Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987). Trungpa Rinpoche was the 11th descendent in the line of Trungpa tulkus, important teachers of the Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Renowned for its strong emphasis on meditation practice, the Kagyü lineage is one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

In addition to being a key teacher within the Kagyü lineage, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was also trained in the Nyingma tradition, the oldest of the four schools, and was an adherent of the rimay or “non-sectarian” movement within Tibetan Buddhism. The rimay movement aspired to bring together and make available all the valuable teachings of the different schools, free of sectarian rivalry. Throughout his life, Trungpa Rinpoche sought to bring the teachings he had received to the largest possible audience.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was a high lama and abbott of several monasteries in Tibet, when he escaped from his homeland following the Chinese invasion in 1959. After studying at Oxford University and emigrating to the United States, he became arguably the most influential teacher in the spread of Buddhism to the West, and taught tirelessly until his death on April 4th, 1987. Find more information about Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche here.

Parinirvana Observances for Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
This year the San Francisco center will host two events to celebrate Paranirvana Day. Both will take place during our regular Wednesday Dharma Night.

April 2
Discovering Elegance: Film and Discussion
With Shastri Sandra Ladley

The question is: How are we going to organize our life so that we can afford to produce beautiful things, not at the expense of the suffering of others?
—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Join us for an open evening as we explore mindfulness, perception, and beauty by looking at Discovering Elegance, a 16 mm film of Chögyam Trungpa and his students demonstrating the art of oriental design, as they prepare an environmental art exhibit held at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art in 1981.

We will begin with meditation, followed by the film and discussion.

April 16
Many Facets of a Single Jewel: A Tribute to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
With Acharya Melissa Moore and other presenters to be announced

Speakers will discuss different aspects of Trungpa Rinpoche’s life.


Other Regional Celebrations
Berkeley Shambhala Center
Friday, April 4th, 6 to 9 PM
A potluck, Sadhana of Mahamudra, and offerings and toasts. Bring readings, poems, songs, and other things to share inspired by Trungpa Rinpoche. Information here.

Silicon Valley Shambhala Center
Friday, April 4th, 7 to 9 PM
Food, camaraderie, and the Sadhana of Mahamudra, Information here.

Santa Rosa Shambhala Center
Sunday, April 6th, 9 to 11:30 AM
As part of First Sunday Morning activities, we will view and discuss a newly released video from 1976 of Rinpoche entitled, “Viewing and Working with the Phenomenal World.” More information here.

Davis Shambhala Center
Friday, April 4th, 7 to 9 PM
Food, celebration and sharing. Information here.

Chögyam Trungpa Ripoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Gesar Mukpo

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