An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation
In this recorded course, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will present the essence of awareness through the three gestures of Shambhala Meditation. The entire vision of Shambhala can be experienced though this simple yet profound practice.
Shambhala Meditation practice opens us to our own wisdom, tenderness and bravery, and is a powerful antidote to the aggression and suffering we see all around us. The Sakyong, along with Acharya Dale Asrael and Acharya Noel McLellan, will guide us as we explore the depth of our own humanity, the basic goodness that is at the root of all of our experience.
Shambhala Meditation is both intimate and profound; it teaches us to embody our inherent wisdom and compassion, and empowers us to discover the basic goodness of the the world with an open heart.
This course is open to all!
Readings for this course:
- The Shambhala Principle, Sakyong Mipham. If you don't want to buy the book at this time, you might ask a friend if they have a copy, or borrow it from a library.
- We have received permission to purchase and study Sakyong Mipham's book, Proclaiming Basic Goodness, A guide to Shambhala Meditation.
About the Teachers
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The Sakyong, literally translated as “earth protector,” is a dharma king and lineage holder of the Shambhala lineage, guiding thousands of students around the world in the path of meditation.
The Sakyong’s teachings show us how to use everyday life as a means to ripen our spiritual potential. We practice turning the mind toward others as a discipline that creates confidence and compassion — the ability to attain success that occurs from acting virtuously.
Born in Bodhgaya, India, in 1962, the Sakyong is the eldest son of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Lady Könchok Palden. He is the incarnation of Mipham the Great, a renowned Nyingma scholar and meditation master. As part of the Mukpo clan of eastern Tibet, he is a descendant of the Tibetan warrior-king Gesar of Ling.
The Sakyong is also an avid runner who has completed nine marathons. He is author of the bestselling Turning the Mind into an Ally, the award-winning Ruling Your World, and Running with the Mind of Meditation. Through the Sakyong Foundation, he engages in supporting organizations and projects whose activities exemplify the vision of Shambhala. He teaches all over the world, using his unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives to the benefit of his students in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Acharya Dale Asrael grew up in a suburb of Washington, DC, studying music and dance. After completing university studies in film and Eastern religions, she moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1970, where she took Refuge Vows and heard reports of a “revolutionary young lama” who was teaching about chaos and wisdom. She journeyed to Boulder and met the Vidyadhara in 1973, attending the first session of Naropa Institute and the first public dathün at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center in the summer of 1974. Following that, she completed university studies in Education and became a music teacher in the British Columbia public schools.
Acharya Asrael attended the 1978 Vajradhatu Seminary and in 1979 moved to Boulder, where she taught music at the Buddhist-inspired Vidya School for five years. She later moved to Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, serving as Head of Practice and Study from 1985-1990. Each summer she taught at the Seminaries at Shambhala Mountain Center. In this way, she began to work closely with Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche and to learn deeply from his stream of teachings.
She has taught as Core Faculty at Naropa University since 1992, in the M.A. Buddhist Studies, Contemplative Education, and Counseling programs, and is an Upadhyaya (Buddhist minister). She leads meditation retreats, dathuns, Sutrayana Seminaries, Ngondro Instructor trainings, and other programs internationally. In March of 2011, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed Dale the Dean of Meditation Instructors, asking her to be responsible for the compassionate activity of meditation instruction in the Shambhala mandala. This includes the training, supervision, development, and support for the actual meditation instruction path itself.
Acharya Noel McLellan is a second-generation Shambhala practitioner, who was raised in the culture that was emerging around Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his students.
At 16 Noel attended Warrior’s Assembly, where he first met Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. After high school he attended the first three-month Seminary led by the Sakyong. He completed a degree in Religious Studies from Colorado University, and after that was asked to become a kusung, attendant to the Sakyong. He traveled with the Sakyong in this capacity for 18 months in North America, Europe and India. Noel later held several other posts in the Dorje Kasung.
Noel lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife Marguerite Drescher and their two ferocious young children, Gabriel and Esmé. He teaches at the Shambhala School, helping to develop a transformative approach to education. He oversees training for young Shambhala teachers and leaders in social transformation, and is a mentor to the Ziji Collective which is dedicated to exploring the confluence of contemporary society and Shambhala principles. Noel’s writings on education, culture and Shambhala are available at broken leaf.
About Our Courses
Shambhala Online courses are designed for those who don’t live near a Shambhala Center, or who need a particular course in order to continue on the path. Each course features a senior Shambhala teacher, an online community of participants, and facilitation by an experienced course leader. Over 6 to 8 weeks, course participants view recorded teachings, then gather in the online learning environment to discuss, contemplate and engage in exercises aimed at deepening their understanding.
When Does the Class Meet?
The course is asynchronous. You may view the recorded talks at your convenience. The recommended schedule is to view one talk each week and complete the associated readings and exercises in the module. There are 5 talks; the course is open for 8 weeks.
Please note that an important aspect of the course involves meeting with another course participant for dialogue. You can arrange live meetings via telephone, an online meeting forum such as Skype, or in person.
How Much Time Does it Take?
Most participants spend 1 to 2 hours per week on the course. The talks average 45 minutes in length. Allow yourself time to do the readings, meditation practices and other assignments. It’s a good idea to schedule the time on your calendar as you would for a face-to-face class.
Regular Amount. Individual rate is $99.
Patron. The Patron rate of $150 supports our efforts to connect teachers and learners through online programs. In particular, it helps us offer the generosity policy to those in need.
Generosity Policy. We want to make the teachings available to all and will work with you to ensure your participation. Click on the Request a Discount link below before registering to receive a coupon code to use at checkout.
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