Shambhala

  • Running with the Sakyong Paid Member

    Last week, the New Yorker caught up with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, leader of Shambhala International, to speak about human integrity, mindfulness, and the benefits of jogging. "When you're running," says Rinpoche, "there's a real sense of bringing your mind into your body and relating to what's happening." It's time to speed up that walking meditation, we guess. More »
  • Tricycle Retreats: Coming Soon! Gaylon Ferguson on Natural Bravery Paid Member

    Thank you to Professor Rita Gross for the incredible month of teachings she offered in her Tricycle Retreat, Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners. As with all Tricycle Retreats, the teachings will remain available on tricycle.com as part of our Wisdom Collection after the retreat is over, so if you haven't joined yet, it's not too late!Beginning September 5th, Gaylon Ferguson, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and professor at Naropa University, will be leading a Tricycle Retreat titled Natural Bravery, in which he will discuss fear and fearlessness as a path to awakening. Ferguson introduces these teachings in his piece from our Fall 2011 issue: More »
  • BuddhaFest: Crazy Wisdom starts Monday! Paid Member

    "I wanted the audience to feel like they had met Trungpa," says Crazy Wisdom filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas. "I want people to leave the theater feeling like they had spent an hour and a half in his presence."Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's presence is legendary. Consider: Allen Ginsberg considered him his guru; Thomas Merton wanted to write a book with him; Pema Chodron was his student and Joni Mitchell wrote a song about him. He inspired a huge Buddhist movement in the West. Crazy Wisdom looks at the "life and times" of this major, if controversial, Buddhist figure. Crazy Wisdom is a long time coming. Demetrakas spent five years researching the film and four more years making it. Many Tricycle Community Members have said that it's the film that they are most excited about in the first Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival. More »
  • Tibetan Children at Surmang Celebrate Losar Paid Member

    via Lyndon Comstock in the Shambhala Times, More »
  • David Nichtern on the Future of Buddhism in the West Paid Member

    VIA the Huffington Post, The essence of Buddhism, I think most Buddhists would agree, is to cultivate awareness and compassion and to explore our existence in an open and unbiased way. In some sense Buddhism has always been what we Westerners would consider a fusion of religion and science. There are no articles of faith, there is no dogma, nothing to believe without verification. Buddhism is considered a non-theistic tradition, and from that point of view it should mix well with scientific, technological and rationalist thought. More »
  • Acharya Judy Lief on Gratitude Paid Member

    Every Friday, Acharya Judy Lief, a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, comments on one of Atisha’s 59 mind-training (Tib. lojong) slogans, which serve as the basis for a complete practice. Atisha (980-1052 CE) was an Indian adept who brought to Tibet a systematized approach to bodhicitta (the desire to awaken for the sake of all sentient beings) and loving-kindness, through working with these slogans. Judy edited Chogyam Trungpa’s Training the Mind (Shambhala, 1993), which contains Trungpa Rinpoche’s commentaries on the lojong teachings. Each entry includes a practice. See the previous slogans and commentaries here. More »