We are delighted to be able to give all our friends in Shambhala this fresh update on key developments in our mandala. Many people said how much they appreciated our very long update in June, and suggested we send shorter ones very few months. To shorten this update, there are links throughout this message, as well as a link to the one we sent you in June.
If you have questions or suggestions, please do let us know by using the “Over to You” live link at the end of this posting.
The Shambhala Lineage
“The idea of lineage in the Shambhala teachings relates to one’s connection with primordial wisdom,” wrote the Druk Sakyong in Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior. “That wisdom is accessible and extremely simple, but also vast and profound.”
It is in this spirit that we invite you to take time to read through the following updates, from news of the Sakyong, Sakyong Wangmo – and Jetsun Drukmo, an update on developments in the sphere of Practice and Education, to the live links describing the latest innovations in creating online community.
In addition to the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo, we thought you would like some news about other members of the Mukpo family.
The Druk Sakyong Wangmo, Lady Diana Mukpo, is currently in Florida, campaigning her horse, Pascal, on the winter dressage circuit. She has had considerable success this winter at the Gran Prix (Olympic) level. She continues to teach programs in various Shambhala centres throughout the United States, and co-directed the Warrior Assembly at Shambhala Mountain Center this summer with Acharya Levy. Her health remains strong and she is as vibrant as ever.
Rainbow over Kalapa Valley
The Sakyong’s Kalapa Valley Scorpion Seal Retreat Cabin interior construction is now substantially finished. Getting to this point has taken a dedicated team and the support of many practitioners over the last few years. Richard Peisinger writes: “In October the Sakyong spent an afternoon at the cabin during his Kalapa Valley retreat. He sat alone in the building in the darkened space. He then shared how he envisioned to do future retreats there, use it as a seat during Kalapa Valley teaching gatherings and as a place for group lhasangs. Continue reading
The Kalapa Council – looking ahead
The Kalapa Council has been contemplating how best to galvanize action and support for the vision that the Sakyong has set out in his Letter of the Morning Sun. In it he writes:
If Shambhala as a vision, a lineage, and a community is to have any real effect on the world, the next ten years are essential. We must now begin to organize, train, and develop ourselves with greater commitment and determination. Therefore, I ask all Shambhalians to see the next ten years as a time to truly challenge ourselves.
The Makkyi Rabjam stated: “The path of the Kasung is a central message of the Shambhala teachings, and we need to do more to utilize these teachings.”
Karmê Chöling has just celebrated its 40th anniversary. The highlights of the year were:
• Completing of the Scorpion Seal Retreat cabin
• Launching the Cornerstone Campaign — the first big leap toward a long-term, major expansion of Karmê Chöling Continue reading
Shambhala Europe is now a mandala of over 70 groups and centers, with 1,500 members and additional friends in 16 countries. It is based at the Kalapa Centre Europe in Cologne, Germany. The Kalapa Centre Europe also holds the principal European seat of the Sakyong, as well as the Cologne Shambhala Centre and hosts regional trainings and events.
New Shambhala Network to go live
This innovative, major project is going to radically upgrade our current communications networks. It will go live in the coming year, replacing our current, outdated system.
Shambhala Community Newsletter
Ultimately it is the basic nature and intention of the community to help itself. In putting together programs, presenting practices, and providing places to meet, the organization and its leaders can help communicate social issues and concerns, but addressing them at the roots will take interaction between community members who have a deep desire to do so. ~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche