Portland News Magazine

Dan & Vanessa Rubin’s twins were born!

March 26th, 2012 by

Dear Sangha Community,

It is a pleasure to let you know that Vanessa and Dan Rubin welcomed two beautiful new warriors, their newborn twins, born on Tuesday March 20th, the spring equinox.  Charles Clinton was born at 1:48 PM and weighed in at 5 lbs. 6 oz.  Ella Joan was born at 1:49 PM weighing 4 lbs. 10 oz.  The twins were born a week earlier than expected.

Mother and children are home from the hospital.  At present Dan and Vanessa do not know what kind of help they might need.  When they need help, they will let the community know.  At present if you would like to contact the new family, they would prefer via email rather than phone.

All joy and goodwill to our newest warriors and their parents and grandparents.

Ann Cason and Jay Stewart

On Aging: Let Things Flow featuring Ann Cason

March 26th, 2012 by

Read the Shambhala Times article written by David Whitehorn about Ann Cason’ work  on bringing Shambhala vision and teachings to the process of caring for elders:

“Let things flow though you…we can help people keep moving forward as they get old, rather than getting stuck”. Ann Cason offered these pith instructions in a recent conversation about working with aging. They reflect nearly 40 years of Ann’s work with elders and her continual drive to learn from her experiences and share what she has learned.

Read more…

Win a Book — in honor of the Parinirvana

March 26th, 2012 by

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Chogyam Trungpa’s parinirvana on April 4, 2012, Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week is having a contest to give away one book by CTR for 25 days beginning April 4. The contest is sponsored by Shambhala Publications.

They are also offering a discount on all CTR books through April, with a discount code.

To learn more and to enter the contest: http://live.shambhala.com/learn-more/chogyam-trungpa/blog/

Sakyong Addresses 1200 in San Franscisco

March 26th, 2012 by

Shambhala News Service

March 09 , 2012

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche visited Northern California this past weekend to offer a public address and teach the Rigden program to people from all over the mandala. His public talk on Friday night was to a standing-room-only crowd of 1,200 people at the majestic Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

To read the complete article on the visit with photos, click here

The Sakyong spoke eloquently about the “sense of bravery and self-reflection that everybody shares,” and the nature of our collective work towards creating a global mood where basic goodness is acknowledged as inherent in human nature. He noted that, “Society is no more than all the thoughts and feelings we have right now, expressed in a myriad of ways.”

He described the importance of meditation, and wryly noted, “My new book,Running with the Mind of Meditation, is not to be confused with meditation while the mind is running!” In encouraging us to practice in the face of obstacles, he observed that: “Even the great meditators weren’t necessarily in the mood. But they continued.”

The Sakyong went on to Craneway Pavilion to continue the Rigden weekend with 400 students who had completed the Way of Shambhala curriculum. Many newer students commented afterwards that up until then, the idea of “Sakyong” had been just that — an idea. Now that they had met him they understood at a heart level what Shambhala is trying to do in the world.

(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)

Shambhala Sun Summer Camp 2012 Dates

March 26th, 2012 by

Good Morning Shambhala,

The Sun Camp Leadership Group is pleased to launch our new website: www.shambhalasuncamp.org. Please help us to spread the word about these remarkable programs.

 What is Sun Camp?

Sun Camp is an outdoor, sleep-away summer camp for children ages 10-16. Campers sleep in tents and enjoy the simple experience of waking up every day to their own world. Sun Camp is a place to have fun, make friends and learn to take responsibility for oneself and one’s world in a gentle and playful environment.

Camp consists of three interconnected programs:
Sun Camp: the main week-long program, for ages 10-16. Cadet Command Workshop: a leadership training intensive for participants age 14-16 that starts three days before camp and continues throughout Sun Camp. Rites of Warriorship: a rites of passage program for 16 year-olds, for the two days following camp.

 What do we do?

Sun Camp takes place in an open field where campers take time away from the busyness of their day-to-day lives to experience living simply in a natural environment. Campers live in tents, assist in the preparation of food and the maintenance of camp, and live with one another. Sun Camp draws on military forms, like wearing a uniform and raising flags, based on the idea that discipline and camaraderie can be used to conquer aggression and produce peace and cheerfulness. In addition, there are one or two short meditation sessions a day as well as hiking and other traditional camp activities like campfire songs, marshmallow roasting, and talent night. Camp culminates with a capture-the-flag game requiring training, discipline, teamwork, and a sense of humor.

As any one who has attended any summer camp can attest – living and practicing together in this way, cooking, eating, working and playing together, allows campers to discover themselves, their world and each other in a unique and genuine way.

 Why do we do it?

The philosophy of Sun Camp is both simple and profound, based on the Shambhala Buddhist teachings. The basic tenant of both is the belief that everyone is inherently good. Sun Camp provides the space for campers to experience that without being religious or dogmatic. When young people are given a chance to discover who they truly are, they can more easily grow into confident, compassionate, and wise adults.

The dates for this year are:

Shambhala Mountain Center
 Cadet Command Workshop (CCW): July 19-22
 Sun Camp: July 22-29
 Rites of Warriorship (ROW): July 29-31

Dorje Denma Ling
 The Cadet Command Workshop (CCW): August 9-12
 Sun Camp: August 12-19
 Rites of Warriorship (ROW): August 19-21

Dechen Choling
 The Cadet Command Workshop (CCW): July 12-15
 Sun Camp: July 15-22
 Rites of Warriorship (ROW): July 22-24


Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of the Shambhala Buddhist community was struck by the dignity and elegance of the military while he lived in England. The army had order, was uplifted, and crisp. When he came to the United States he created a Buddhist “army,” the idea being that it would utilize all the outside forms of a normal military (i.e. uniforms, marching, hierarchy, order and discipline), but that its goal and vision would be to cultivate a gentle heart, fearlessness and a wakeful mind. The adult program was called encampment; within a few years a kids program was created based on the same teachings.

Dorje Denma Ling Offers Free Tuition For All 2012 Practice Intensives

March 26th, 2012 by

Dear Friends,

Dorje Denma Ling is pleased to announce that we are adding a “free tuition” option for all of our practice intensives in 2012. Inspired by the experience of our two “free” weekthuns this year, we have decided to offer a free tuition/accommodations-only pricing option for allour practice intensives in 2012, including Shamatha weekthüns/dathüns, Werma and Ngöndro intensives, and Vajrayogini, Chakrasamvara and Mahamudra retreats.  Here are the key details:

  • For the list of programs below, we will offer full, discounted, and “accommodations only” pricing (free tuition)
  • Everyone is encouraged to come!
  • If you can pay the full or discounted tuition, please do so – having people attend at all price levels is what will allow us to offer the free tuition rate
  • Payment plans are available at all tuition levels
  • We have limited housing, so register early
  • The free tuition rate is $30/day in the non-summer months, and this is the minimum daily fee (no additional discounts apply)


2012 Practice Intensives:

Chakrasamvara Retreat January with Acharya Larry Mermelstein
Ngöndro Group Retreat March with Acharya Jeremy Hayward
Werma Group Retreat March with Acharya Jeremy Hayward
Half Dathün March with Shastri Benoît Côté
Mahamudra Retreat April with Acharya Richard John
Scorpion Seal/Werma May TBD
Summer Weekthün August with Walker Blaine
Fall/winter Ngöndro retreat TBD TBD
Fall/winter Werma retreat TBD TBD
Winter Weekthün December TBD


Please help us make this program a success! Come to support others in their journey by paying one of the regular tuition rates, or if your finances require it, come to take advantage of that community support by opting for the free tuition. As our individual economic circumstances ebb and flow, we can feel the richness of creating community together and supporting each other through the different phases of our lives.

We hope to see you soon.


Patricia U. Hayward, Executive Director
Dorje Denma Ling

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2280 Balmoral Road
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Phone: 1.902.657.9085
email: [email protected]
Website: dorjedenmaling.org

Shambhala Archives 2012 Newsletter

March 26th, 2012 by

Greetings from Shambhala Archives!

2012 is the year in which we mark the 25th parinirvana of the Vidyadhara. Our newsletter begins with a personal reflection from Sakyong Mipham on his father:

As part of my own contemplation on basic goodness, I reflected on my father’s life. He experienced the loss of his culture, the destruction of his home, and the knowledge that his friends and family were being tortured. One of the most brilliant minds of his generation—the last to be fully trained in Tibet—he became a refugee in places where nobody understood who he was or what he knew…

We invite you to read the full quote, and learn about progress in our projects in the 2012 Newsletter. Also visit our website at archives.shambhala.org to visit new photo galleries and learn more about our activities as the main repository of Shambhala teachings and Lineage artifacts.

This year we are again raising funds that will go towards several important preservation projects, help to maintain our facility, the ongoing expenses and pay two part time salaries.

Your generosity and support is greatly appreciated. May Shambhala continue to flourish!

With love and appreciation,


Carolyn Gimian, Director Emeritus Shambhala Archives

Gordon Kidd, Technical Director, Shambhala Archives

Sandra Kipis, Administrative/Archival Assistant

Jeanne Riordon, Ladrang Curator

Ruth Whitehead, Photographic Collections

Emily Sell, Co-Director, Shambhala Media

Terry Rudderham, Co-Director, Shambhala Media

25th Anniversary of the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

March 22nd, 2012 by

On April 4, 1987, the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the beloved founder of Shambhala, left his human form. On this 25th Anniversary of his parinirvana, there are many special events happening around the world to honor his precious life, vast teachings, outrageous wisdom and infinite compassion.

Read about some of the special commemorations:

— On 1 April, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will bestow the Sadhana of Mahamudra Abhisheka in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Read more…

— The Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project, together with the Halifax Shambhala Centre and the Shambhala Archives, created an exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The title of our exhibit is Great Eastern Sun: The Shambhala Community in Nova Scotia. It runs from February 8 through April 21, 2012.

  • To see a photo slideshow of preparing the exhibit, please visit: http://chogyamtrungpa.com.
  • View a video tour of the exhibit from the Shambhala Sun.
  • A filmed curated tour of the Great Eastern Sun exhibit led by Carolyn Gimian, which will be available shortly.
  • Listen to a CBC radio broadcast about the exhibit and the role of the Shambhala community in Nova Scotia.

— On Saturday 31 March, the Shambhala Community in Nova Scotia will host a public conference at Pier 21 in Halifax titled: Nova Scotia — Our Strengths, Our Future. Read more….

— The Konchok Foundation is offering a five-panel exhibit of text and color photographs titled, “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet,” which will focus on new information about the life of the Vidyadhara in Tibet which has only come to our attention in the past decade. This will be made digitally available to Shambhala Centers soon.

— The Konchok Foundation is also releasing a new DVD, Glimpses of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Life and Legacy in Tibet, as a donation gift in conjunction with the commemoration of his parinirvana, and to support the new shedra at his monastery–Surmang Dutsi Til. The 42 minute film includes video and photos of his birthplace at Geje, an on-location explanation of the Vidyadhara’s terma sites at Kyere by Karma Senge Rinpoche and interviews with people who knew him in Tibet, including his brother Damcho Tenphel Rinpoche and Chime Palmo, the consort of Khenpo Gangshar. The DVD is available at: http://www.konchok.org 

— Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week is having a contest in honour of this anniversary to give away one book by CTR for 25 days beginning April 4, sponsored by Shambhala Publications. They are also offering a discount on all CTR books through April, with a discount code. To learn more and to enter the contest visit: http://live.shambhala.com/learn-more/chogyam-trungpa/blog/ 

— The Chronicles of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche has a rich array of ongoing tributes. Read more…

— The Nalanda Translation Committee is planning several publications related to The Sadhana of Mahamudra, some completely new and others new editions:

  • The Sadhana of Mahamudra: Resources for Study is a collection of articles and excerpts, mostly by the Vidyadhara, along with our more literal translation of the Sadhana, and a new 20-page glossary.
  • In commemoration of the parinirvana, we are producing for the first time a “Funeral Edition” (just a little dark-red humor), an edition of the Sadhana used for funerals, composed by the Vidyadhara.
  • The Sadhana of Mahamudra abhisheka booklet (without feast offering).
  • The Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast Offering (for tantrikas only).
  • Talks on The Sadhana of Mahamudra, given by Changling Rinpoche (for tantrikas only).
  • Later this year, we plan to produce a deluxe hard-cover edition of the Sadhana with color photos of the visualization.

For more information, and to order any of these, please see: http://nalandatranslation.org/publications/SoM:

— The Shambhala Times has created a special tribute page for the 25th Anniversary of the Parinirvana. Everyone is invited to post a tribute, memory, story, or other offering. Please visit: http://shambhalatimes.org/category/vctr-tributes

Tonglen Request for Jack Bodner’s Father George

March 12th, 2012 by

It would be appreciated very much if you would include my 92 year old father, George Bodner, in your tonglen practice. Yesterday, he and my 91 year old mother were on their usual Saturday afternoon outing. Having recently given up driving, they had walked to a restaurant in downtown Portland and on their way home, were walking to a grocery store on a busy street. A group of young men, rushing to catch a bus, knocked my father to the pavement, breaking his hip in two places.

He is scheduled for surgery at 10:30 am today. Besides the physical injury and abrupt interruption to a fairly independent lifestyle, he is also feeling anxious about the surgery and worried about how my mother will adjust to their new circumstances. If you could include my mother as well, that would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Jack Bodner