The Way of Shambhala
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The Way of Shambhala series of workshops, retreats and evening courses provides an experiential overview of meditation practices, wisdom teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Tibetan vajrayana Buddhism. This series is offered within a supportive community and is open to people of all religious backgrounds or no religious background. This path is recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as those looking to enrich their personal spiritual path.
Throughout history, people have aspired to create societies that express the dignity of human existence within a wise, flourishing culture. This is the vision of Shambhala - a legendary enlightened society. The first king of Shambhala is said to have received teachings directly from the Buddha; teachings on the inseparability of spirituality and everyday life.
The Shambhala teachings recognize the truth of innate human wisdom and basic goodness, which does not belong to any one religion or doctrine. We can appreciate all genuine contemplative paths, whether they stem from the great religions, the arts, or from native spirituality; however, this wisdom arises only when the grasping and confusion of ego is stilled through a commitment to a contemplative discipline.
The Tibetan meditation master, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche carried this tradition into the modern world. He writes,
The Shambhala teachings are founded on the premise that there is a basic human wisdom that can help to solve the world's problems. This wisdom does not belong to any one culture or religion, nor does it come only from the West or the East. Rather it is a tradition of human warriorship that has existed in many cultures at many times throughout history.
At the heart of the Shambhala warrior tradition is the view that a brilliant life is accessible to everyone. Contemplative practices bring a natural sense of goodness, fearlessness, and humor into our ordinary lives. This path of warriorship is built upon the practice of meditation and therefore emphasizes bravery, gentleness, and genuineness.