January 2012: Other Lineage Teachings

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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January 2012: New Developments in our Communications

中文香巴拉 Shambhala in Chinese

About 中文香巴拉 Shambhala in Chinese 歡迎來到香巴拉!

與出世 之精神性的見地,以及禪修的訓練基礎,因此,提供了一種饒富意義的、人人可修的個人生命方式。這樣的視見,即是我們所指的「香巴拉」。
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January 2012: Pure Land, Pure Water, Pure Heart

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

Who is the Kalapa Council?

In the Shambhala teachings, Kalapa is the capital of the Kingdom of Shambhala. It is the seat from which the Sakyong and the Sakyong Wangmo govern the mandala. In traditional Tibetan paintings Kalapa is depicted as the palace at the centre of the Kingdom of Shambhala. Because Shambhala is a mandala, the kingdom is normally depicted as a complete circle, with the capital as a smaller, inner circle:

A classical painting of the Kingdom of Shambhala,with its capital, Kalapa, at the centre.

In the contemporary Shambhala mandala, Kalapa refers to the core energy of the mandala, and is closely associated with the central role played by the Sakyong and the Sakyong Wangmo.

The Sakyong has appointed a senior leadership group, the Kalapa Council, to assist him and the Sakyong Wangmo in the integration and governance of the mandala. The Kalapa Council is the Lha body of Shambhala Governance. It’s role, described by the Sakyong, is “to disseminate and govern” and is “the structure for the Sakyong to express his direct command and wishes.”

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Kalapa Council Update Summer 2011

Many people throughout Shambhala have welcomed this new series of mandala updates, and recommended future improvements. This update is shorter and concentrates on developments since Shambhala Day. There are live links if you want to get more details, as well as a link to the one we sent you in January.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please do let us know by using the “Over to You” live link at the end of this posting.
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