Kalapa Council Update Summer 2010

I am writing on behalf of the Kalapa Council to update you on some key developments in our mandala. If you find our update helpful or have questions, please let us know by using the “Over to You” live link at the end of this letter.

Our Shambhala mandala is now so extensive and diverse that we have included links to many relevant reports and websites. Our purpose in gathering this information together is to offer an overview, and open up further dialogue. To locate what most interests you, here is a list of the topic headings, which also serves as an outline of the update that follows:

The Drala Lineage of Mukpo

The Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo
The retreat
“I will have everyone in my heart”
The Sakyong Wangmo
Invoking the protectors
Sustaining the retreat
The Sakyong Ladrang

The Mukpo Family

Practice and Education
The Scorpion Seal and other paths of practice in Shambhala
A fuller statement for the vajra sangha
Support for our Kagyü and Nyingma Practices
The Great Vajradhara thangka in Boulder
Support for our acharyas
The appointment of shastris
The Way of Shambhala
The Scorpion Seal Assemblies

Kalapa Council
Kalapa Executive
Kalapa Governance Training
The Sakyong’s Council

The Dorje Kasung

Shambhala Europe

Shambhala Media, Shambhala Online and our networked community
Shambhala Media (includes Shambhala Archives, Kalapa Recordings, Shambhala Times)
Communications and Technology Steering Group
Shambhala Online

Our Major Practice Centres, Gampo Abbey, and a new dzong
Karmê Chöling
Dorje Denma Ling
Dechen Chöling
Shambhala Mountain Center
Gampo Abbey
Sharchen Dzong

Community development
Culture and decorum
A Culture of Kindness
Community newsletter
Community Care Council

The world around us
The Kalapa Capital Centre
President of Naropa
The Center for Enlightened Society
Other entities: interdisciplinary studies

Our Future campaign

Over to you – the live link for your comments and questions…</strong>

Photo credits

Download: If you would prefer to download this update so that you can read it later, please click here

Photos: The Druk Sakyong on horseback in his abhisheka uniform, photographer unknown; the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo at their wedding in Halifax, photographer Michael Wood;the blessing of the stupa site at Dechen Chöling, photographer Dominque Grand; the online display of the community on Shambhala Day, photograph from Shambhala Online; the twelfth Trungpa Rinpoche, Aten Rinpoche and Surmang monks practicing for victims of the earthquake in Tibet, photographer Khenpo Tsering.

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About Richard Reoch

Richard Reoch was appointed by the Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, as the President of Shambhala in 2002 -- a position he holds to this day. He heads the Government of Shambhala and chairs the highest governing body of the mandala, the Kalapa Council. Prior to his position in Shambhala, he was the global media chief of the human rights organization, Amnesty International, and continues as a trustee of the Rainforest Foundation and Chair of the International Working Group on Sri Lanka, a network of diplomats and major agencies devoted to peace making.

3 thoughts on “Kalapa Council Update Summer 2010

  1. The Kalapa Council update in its condensed, briefer form was helpful, not as overwhelming as previously, fewer decisions to have to make in terms of what to prioritise.
    However, I believe I had only scrolled 1/4 of the way down when I got to the end of it, (where there was an invitation to comment), when I got to the section ‘Who is the Kalapa Council?’
    It was confusing to me that there was so much more. It would have been helpful if the subsequent information was sent in a seperate email, with a seperate explanation of what it was.
    I expect this was addressed in the cover email, but by then I had forgotten. Seperate emails might have afforded further clarity for me. I expect more mindfulness on my part might have helped too :), but the amount of information coming at us from the screen these days is truly challenging.
    Thanks for all the amazing work you do.

    • Dear Nadia,

      Thanks for sharing your experience of working your way through these updates! I think now that we can use this blog format we can do them more frequently and shorter! Someone else wrote in about having a table of contents at the beginning, which we did earlier in the 2010 and 2011 updates. There wasn’t one on the January 2011 update since it seemed to get in the way of starting reading. Maybe we can find a format that will make that possible. In any case, we hope this can become more interactive. Your taking the time to share all this and make suggestions is a big step in that direction… thank you so much!

  2. well, since we’re adding helpful comments, out of great affection for you…

    (1) please use YouTube/Vimeo instead of embedded video files for your inline video clips – but not QuickTime movies or embedded mp4 files. Some of us (perhaps many) just won’t see them, what a shame. Using online hosted videos that embed and play easily inline (using Flash and/or html5) is simply to speak the common tongue and to use the ordinary courtesies. This is not a Mac world out here, it’s a hard-pressed, degraded PC world, we need the Web standards just to get by 🙂

    (2) And this page is hugely long – this is not coming to a blog but an archive. I always remember the web developer’s teaching that they’re not looking for MY information, they’re looking for THEIR information. So, yes, an index of articles or the selling points you want to impress on us please. Don’t think of it as marketing, think of it as pointing out – if you’ve brought me here out of my love for you then you have to show me where to go, out of your love for me.

    I’ve said way too much but I meant it well – I hope you take it well.
    Much love- Ross

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