Your Mind in a Jar

This is your mind in a jar. That’s right. It’s red, gold, orange, pink, blue, green, even black. Sparkly, whirling, spinning, messy. We ring the gong and wait. And now it is still and clear. When we bring our attention to our minds, what do we notice? And when we spend a few moments in … Continue 

Paranirvana Day

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 … Continue 

Video: Ringing in the Year of the Wood Horse

The much-anticipated full video of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Shambhala Day Address 2014 From Boulder Colorado. Produced by Centre East Media with Shambhala Online. Watch the video on Vimeo.  

Transcript of the Sakyong’s Shambhala Day Address 2014

Sakyong Jampal Trinley Dradul, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche THE SAKYONG: I would like to begin this new year with a bow, an international bow from here in Dorje Dzong. We can extend our heart out and meet all those of you who are joining us online — from Europe, where it is much later, from Halifax … Continue 

Discovering Our True Wealth

8 Monday Evenings from 7 to 9 PM beginning March 10th through April 28th Our own Charity Martin will be facilitating a new group beginning next Monday Evening, and we want to make certain you don’t miss the opportunity to participate. This is a great way to build resources and trust in coming home to … Continue 

Photo: Mark Anderson

Year of the Wood Horse San Francisco Style

Photos by Leslie Gossett unless otherwise noted Cheerful Year of the Wood Horse to you! Yesterday morning we gathered early at the San Francisco Center to celebrate Shambhala Day. After exchanging many hugs and cheerful greetings, a group gathered outside, in the cleansing drizzle, for the opening Lhasang ceremony. We invited down the magic energy … Continue 

Shambhala Shing Kam Ceremony for Susan Stonefield

Wednesday, February 26th at 7 PM Berkeley Shambhala Center Our sangha sister, Susan Stonefield, gently passed away Monday morning, February 17, at her home in Minneapolis. With genuine full hearts of sadness we invite you to practice this week for Susan and also join us next week at the Berkeley Shambhala Center for the Shing … Continue 

Protector Principle: Averting the Negativity of the Old Year

by Dorje Loppön Lodrö Dorje The year end Mamo Days practice is a means of clearing up the environmental negativity of the whole year. It is traditional at this time to invoke the transforming power of realization in the form of the Dharma Protectors’ practice. The karmic forces which shape our world are both personal … Continue 

No Complaint

Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche When I visited Tibet in 2001, I frequently performed ceremonies outdoors. On one occasion, thousands of people gathered in a high, beautiful valley. It began to rain — just a light drizzle — but at 13,000 feet, any precipitation turns the weather cold. Fifty of us were under a brightly … Continue 

Is it good or bad to have a big ego?

By Susan Piver As a Buddhist teacher and someone with a lifelong interest in spirituality, I have attended my share of, well, interesting gatherings. From months-long meditation retreats where the vast and profound dharma is practiced, to sweaty evenings of devotional chanting, to workshops on using Sacred Geometry to attract love, to cocktail parties where … Continue