The Shambhala Lineage Festival held in September was an opportunity to explore how, as Shambhalians, we can personally, communally, and globally take basic goodness as the guiding force in our lives. It asked the question – with the world at a social and environmental crossroads – can we arouse our bravery and confidence to truly establish enlightened society?
We can summarize the basic message from the Sakyong since he has returned from his year of retreat in three key points:
Focus from the depth of our training on creating enlightened society
This was the command of the Dorje Dradül and what the dralas whispered to the Sakyong in his year of retreat. This is not a new instruction; rather the Sakyong is asking us to re-emphasize the vision of enlightened society as the context for everything that we do in Shambhala.
The Shambhala Lineage Festival also marked the beginning of our new Shambhala Chant Book. For many years, we have heard from our Centres that there has been a need for an accessible approach to chanting. This means a balance between maintaining our tradition of chanting, while also opening up to an increasingly large and diverse audience of students. Many students come expecting simple meditation, and not too much ritual. The Shambhala Chant Book is the result of the Sakyong’s efforts to establish an approach to daily chants that expresses the vision of our tradition in a skillful and accessible way.
The Sakyong has created the Way of Shambhala curriculum for the beginning of our Shambhala Buddhist path and has transmitted many new practices and texts for the Scorpion Seal Assemblies, the most advanced part of our path. Now he has turned his attention to Sutrayana and Vajrayana Seminary, which lie at the middle of our path. The Sakyong has renamed these two pivotal programs. Sutrayana Seminary is now called Enlightened Society Assembly and Vajrayana Seminary is now Sacred World Assembly.
A significant feature of the Shamhala Lineage Festival was that we suggested that centres and groups devote time to contemplation and discussion of the theme: Shambhala and Society. The idea was to reflect on two aspects: Shambhala as a society itself, and the role that Shambhalians are playing in the larger society around them.
Over the coming period, the teachers and directors of practice and education will focus on three specific themes within our training and path.
Focus on Outer programs.
In connection with the message to simplify, focus, and engage, we are placing attention on outer programs such as Open Houses and Learn to Mediate days. We will be exploring ways to energize these major gateway programs with the themes of basic goodness and creating enlightened society. Continue reading
His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche bestows the Nyingma Kama
His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche bestowed the Nyingma Kama upon the Sakyong at Rigon Tashi Choeling Monastery in Pharpeng, Nepal in late 2011. The Nyingma Kama is a collection of empowerments and instructions for the kama, or oral transmission lineage, one of two unique streams of teachings in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.
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The Sakyong Foundation, working with Karme Choling, has launched 100000aspirations.org, a new on-line community in support of the “Stupa that Conquers all Directions” being built at Karme Choling at the request of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Inspired by the Sakyong’s vision for Shambhala Mountain Center as a place where people gather to train in the inner and worldly practice of peacemaking, a huge campaign has been underway to lay the infrastructure necessary for future development. Pure Land, Pure Water, Pure Heart opened the campaign necessary to build a new water treatment system capable of purifying current levels of waste, while accommodating the future growth and development. Continue reading