Shambhala international

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Shambhala international

Post by LuisR » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:29 pm

Do any of you have experience with this group? It was started by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche back in the seventies and is now led by his son Miphpan Rinpoche. One of the main people over there is also Nun and well known author Pema Chodron.

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Post by Aloka » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:38 pm

No, I don't live in the USA - but I noticed this newspaper article about them recently:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... y-teachers

Somehow I don't feel comfortable with the idea of a Buddhist organisation with its own "king" and "queen" of a mythical kingdom in the Himalayas.

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php ... yJxJ1VKjqc


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Re: Shambhala international

Post by LuisR » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:48 pm

That is rather unfortunate. Pema Chodrons writings are pretty good. I was given a book written by her not long ago. I like her writing style.

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Re: Shambhala international

Post by LuisR » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:49 pm

They have centers all over. The head quarters are in Canada.

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Re: Shambhala international

Post by Aloka » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:52 pm

LuisR wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:48 pm
That is rather unfortunate. Pema Chodrons writings are pretty good. I was given a book written by her not long ago. I like her writing style.
Sure, Pema Chodron writes some sensible advice for beginners. She was previously a student of Chogyam Trungpa and she's a nun who keeps her precepts.
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Re: Shambhala international

Post by LuisR » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:53 pm

Yeah. I wish I had my own Kingdom.
Aloka wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:38 pm


Somehow I don't feel comfortable with the idea of a Buddhist organisation with its own "king" and "queen" of a mythical kingdom in the Himalayas.

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php ... yJxJ1VKjqc


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Re: Shambhala international

Post by LuisR » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:58 pm

Has anyone read Chogyam Trungpas writings?

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Re: Shambhala international

Post by Justsit » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:30 pm

My formal introduction to the Buddhist path was through Shambhala, a series of five weekend programs with extensive meditation practice, rather like Buddhist boot camp. It was a great foundation for my further studies.

Trungpa was a unique master, using very unorthodox methods to convey very orthodox teachings. His lifestyle was unusual to say the least, some things very controversial, but ultimately he was pivotal in planting the seeds of Buddhism to a receptive American and other Western audiences. His writings can be very challenging.

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Re: Shambhala international

Post by Dhammanando » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:47 pm

LuisR wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:53 pm
Yeah. I wish I had my own Kingdom.
You can find one here.

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Re: Shambhala international

Post by Grigoris » Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:40 pm

ye dhammā hetuppabhavā tesaṁ hetuṁ tathāgato āha,
tesaṃca yo nirodho - evaṁvādī mahāsamaṇo.

Of those phenomena which arise from causes:
Those causes have been taught by the Tathāgata,
And their cessation too - thus proclaims the Great Ascetic.

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Re: Shambhala international

Post by retrofuturist » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:42 pm

Greetings,
LuisR wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:29 pm
Do any of you have experience with this group? It was started by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche back in the seventies and is now led by his son Miphpan Rinpoche. One of the main people over there is also Nun and well known author Pema Chodron.
Maybe you could ask over at the Mahayana / Vajrayana Dharma Wheel forum.

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Paul. :)
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"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: Shambhala international

Post by Saengnapha » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:44 am

Dhammanando wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:47 pm
LuisR wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:53 pm
Yeah. I wish I had my own Kingdom.
You can find one here.
Good one, Bhante!

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Re: Shambhala international

Post by Saengnapha » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:51 am

Justsit wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:30 pm
My formal introduction to the Buddhist path was through Shambhala, a series of five weekend programs with extensive meditation practice, rather like Buddhist boot camp. It was a great foundation for my further studies.

Trungpa was a unique master, using very unorthodox methods to convey very orthodox teachings. His lifestyle was unusual to say the least, some things very controversial, but ultimately he was pivotal in planting the seeds of Buddhism to a receptive American and other Western audiences. His writings can be very challenging.
I went through the training almost 40 years ago. It was a good way to clear my head at the time but I had no interest in continuing or in Trungpa and his indulgences.

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Re: Shambhala international

Post by LuisR » Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:02 am

Justsit wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:30 pm
My formal introduction to the Buddhist path was through Shambhala, a series of five weekend programs with extensive meditation practice, rather like Buddhist boot camp. It was a great foundation for my further studies.

Trungpa was a unique master, using very unorthodox methods to convey very orthodox teachings. His lifestyle was unusual to say the least, some things very controversial, but ultimately he was pivotal in planting the seeds of Buddhism to a receptive American and other Western audiences. His writings can be very challenging.
Where did you do your program?

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Re: Shambhala international

Post by LuisR » Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:03 am

Dhammanando wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:47 pm
LuisR wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:53 pm
Yeah. I wish I had my own Kingdom.
You can find one here.
Thank you that was great. :namaste:

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