Shambhala Day Films

“This is not a time to close down or hold on…”
Please click below to view the President’s film that weaves together the themes of our global crisis, our lineage vision and Shambhala Day giving…
Once upon a time

Making the Impossible Possible
“Making the Impossible Possible — the Year in Review” was shown throughout the mandala at Shambhala Day events. Produced by Shambhala Media, edited by Ethan Neville, and narrated by Pascale Roger-Mckeever, the film shows highlights of the year from Shambhala locations and events around the world, previews the forthcoming film “An Uncommon King” and the Sakyong’s book, “Running with the Mind of Meditation”, to be published in April this year.

The Shambhala Day film is already available, thanks to the work of our international translators and Hamish Maclaren, in English French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. Other languages will follow. For all languages, please click here .

Painting the Water Dragon

For those who have expressed interest in the making of the President’s film, “This is not a time to hold on or close down…”, a short film of the painting of the Water Dragon is posted on his column, “From our President”.

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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.

10 thoughts on “Shambhala Day Films

  1. Good Morning Sir,

    I am having a similar issue with playing your film here as with the one you made earlier, which begins at the Imperial War Museum. They both stopped playback after a few seconds

    As a “remote” student, I deeply appreciate your manifesting these teachings in such a practical and inspiring way.

    Warm wishes to you for a very Happy and prosperous New Year!


  2. I don’t know how to solve this problem– described by Edmund! Does anyone out there have a suggestion?


    • Thanks Faramaz, please tell us either here, or by emailing me and I’ll share that with Edmund…

      Thank you,


  3. I answered your request for an annual donation to the Shambhala global budget prior to Shambhala day. I was happy to do it and think it’s a very good approach. I just watched the President’s film. Overall, I like the approach of helping us to understand the financial needs of the Mandala. However, I continue to have a negative visceral response to the increased use of the King and Queen of Shambhala language. That part of the video (“the king said …”) was a TOTAL turn off for me. Here in the US, our culture is very anti-monarch – and all over the world last year (think Arab Spring) people were rebelling against monarchies and rulers who were in power for 20+ years. In the US the Occupy movement has galvanized hundreds of thousands against the 1% richest people (the aristocracy in the US). I just wonder if part of the donations drop and not meeting the goal has anything to do with this increased language use and imagery of the Sakyong as King and the “ruler” of Shambhala. It may not be resonating with new comers. If we are trying to magnetize more people joining the Mandala, it may be a good idea to test out the use of this royal language is off putting or not an issue. You might even want to test it in different parts of Mandala (e.g., US, Europe, Canada, Asia, etc.). Thank you for your leadership.

    • Dear Ellen,

      It’s true that some folks, like yourself, do find references to the royal tradition of Shambhala to be a complete and total turnoff. I think part of the challenge we face is how to be open and honest with people about this tradition, so that we are neither shy nor deceptive about this part of our heritage. Recently, for the public event at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, we placed ads that had the following description:

      Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche holds the royal lineage of the ancient kingdom of Shambhala, legendary for its wisdom and compassion. As the sovereign of Shambhala, he has inherited the Buddha’s teachings on enlightened society, which offer a radical antidote to greed and aggression.

      On this visit to the Bay Area, the Sakyong will present the vision of Shambhala. He will offer guided meditation on connecting with our fundamental dignity and using it as a force to shape the future of the world.

      “The history and legend of Shambhala is based upon a great community that was able to reach a higher level of consciousness. This community could occur because its individual members participated fully in creating a culture of kindness, generosity, and courage.” – The Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche

      It was something of an experiment, to see if there was a way to be straight up about the Sakyong’s role and inheritance in a very public setting. We monitored this closely. As you may have seen, the place was packed out and my understanding is that we reeived no “blow back” to this presentation. Of course, there is no way of knowing whether many thousands of other people were turned off by it…

      My own feeling is that careful choice of language may be important here so that the main point, which is the wisdom held by this lineage, is the main point, not the title…



      • Dear Sir,
        Eternal thanks for all you do; and I look forward to seeing you live sometime. I really enjoy the films and your drawings, and wanted to make a few points:

        1. I saw a bit of the article of how Shambhala Day donations were only 1/3 of the target. Don’t give up on us! I am one of what may be many who worked, unable to attend on that weekday celebration, and until just now, didn’t see the requested $ amount. My intent is to make that donation (or as close as possible) at my next paycheck. Perhaps a follow-up campaign appealing to those in similar situations to bring in more under the 1-time Shambhala Day donation umbrella?

        2. I, too continue to have visceral reactions to the royalty terms. As a member for nearly 5 years, I’ve seen, read, and been given several good explanations. These include yours above, CTR’s written references to wise, compassionate warrior kings, Achrya Eve Rosenthal’s wonderful description of the Sakyong uplifting us from beneath rather than “powering over” us (given at Rigden Weekend in San Franscisco last week), and my own wonderful center director (Margaret Beilharz) who taught the view of all of us being held as kings and queens. These really help.

        3. Nonetheless, as Ellen states, we in the U.S. are a rough crowd. For the general public, there is still too much association of monarchy with oppression. Explanations as those above may help those already in the mandala; but I wonder if leadership, (who has deep, abiding understanding after years associating with the central mandala), may not grasp how off-putting royal references are to those of us not so centralized, as well as those we hope to reach in coming years. Many who may invest energy in creating enlightened society are those who bristle, not so much at the wording you mentioned above for the SF event, but at written introductions by leaders referencing “his majesty.” As much as seeing video of the Sakyong holding his precious daughter warms my heart, hearing her referred to “our Princess” chills me to such an extreme, it really worries me that leadership does not “get” this. There is very much a sense of elitism, those who feel “outside” compared to you “insiders,” and a fear that the amazing and necessary messages of Shambhala will be lost due to lack of insight into this dynamic.

        4. Despite point #3, I appreciate the overall effort to be more forthcoming about Shambhala lineage, and the controversies about CTR. I felt aspects of his life were hidden from me, and almost left when I learned of them. Showing “Crazy Wisdom” and similar films to members who have gone through a few level trainings can help the mandala keep an air of openness and transparency (instead of shame/secrecy) about this amazing and inspired leader’s life.

        I hope you take my comments not as argument but as heartfelt encouragement to do what I think will help the mandala achieve it’s goals.

        With Warmth and Appreciation for All Your Good Work,
        Linda Willow
        Member, Eugene, OR Open Sky Shambhala

  4. Dear President and Kalapa Council

    I have some quick ideas that I offer with open heart and basic goodness. I came to Shambhala with an intention to engage the mandala/community with the vision of basic goodness and enlightened society.

    1) I offer myself as an innovative community facilitator/developer/teacher for the enlightened society and social engagement path.

    I’ve stayed in the fringe without formal shambhala credential but feel I must offer myself to the mandala now. Please use me as a support for mandalawide fundraising events (online and offline programs of innovative nature). I am confident given the opportunity I can take the mandala at much higher level of joyful integration, healing and positive engagement as a friend (kalyanmitta) of Sakyong and Shambhala. I am yet to meet him and the council.

    2) Create a page for mandalawide community offerings where innovative and engaging programs can be offered mandalawide and members can be empowered to elect which programs they want to bring to their community. After all costs (and teachers gifts) remainder of tuition is split 50/50 or any other way between Kalapa and the local Center that hosts the program.

    3) If all members instead of 1600 contribute how much the figure/member would be….give a scenario to make people feel even small contribution counts.

    4) Since my center’s mortgage is paid off I want my membership to go to Kalapa court and revert my status as a friend.

    5) Try some experiments for centers. Give level one free (only teacher’s gift is accepted), so more people sign up for other levels. I could not take windhorse this year after three year wait for poor enrollment. Also give free member appreciation gift certificates for levels and classes during community events and outreach.

    6) Also each center with site can offer auction items, and promotions for local right livelihood business by shambhalians and have some percentage (10% or more) donated to the Kalapa court. That’s all for now. All the best.

    Yours in the GES

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