Portland News Magazine

Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo Expecting Second Child !!!

September 24th, 2012 by Lesa Ricci
Shambhala News ServiceSeptember 23,  2012 –

During this weekend’s celebration of Shambhala’s annual Harvest of Peace, the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, announced that he and the Sakyong Wangmo are expecting the birth of their second child.

“I’m happy to say the Sakyong Wangmo is in good health and we are all delighted. Jetsun Drukmo seems very pleased and cheerful. As our family grows, so does the possibility of Shambhala.”

The formal announcement from the Kalapa Court follows:

“The Kalapa Court is delighted to announce that the Kongma Sakyong, Jampal Thrinly Dradul, and the Sakyong Wangmo, Dechen Choying Sangmo are expecting the birth of their second child in the Spring of 2013.

May all beings enjoy Profound, Brilliant Glory. KI KI SO SO!


Position Opening for Portland Shambhala Center Director

July 31st, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

July 30, 2012

Dear Shambhala Community,

After four years of skillful and dedicated service, Lesa Ricci is retiring as the Director of the Portland Shambhala Meditation Center. On behalf of Shambhala, a Director Search Committee has been formed in order to find a candidate to take the position of Director for the Portland sangha.

We warmly invite interested members of the worldwide Shambhala community to apply to serve as the new Director of the Portland Center.

The Portland Shambhala Center began in the basement of one of its members in the mid-1990s, and has occupied its current location for 17 years – a beautiful, historic brick building once housing a library, now providing office space to tenants such as an Eastern medicine clinic, a workers’ union and a public involvement firm. Located in the heart of Southeast Portland, the Center is close to richly creative neighborhoods, lush parks, bike paths, farmers’ markets and bustling nightlife.

The Portland Center plays an active role in the larger Pacific Northwest Shambhala community, and is aided by the wisdom of one regional Acharya and two regional Shastris. There is a full complement of Shambhala Buddhist teachings offered regularly at the Center, along with many special-interest programs. The Sakyong has visited Portland three times, and he and his staff enjoyed our running paths, the sense of friendliness, and sangha-wide hospitality.

In preparation for the search for a new Director, the Center has undertaken a “20/20 Vision” process, in which people meet at each others’ homes or the Center to join in conversation about what they envision for the Center in the coming years. The Center has recently re-established a Young Meditators’ night, and the Kids’ Club meets monthly on Sunday mornings where children of all ages have supervised play, leaving parents free to practice. The Ikebana Guild is very active, as is the entire Shambhala Arts program, offering imaginative and fun events for the sangha to enjoy. We look forward to realizing the vision of owning our own Center in the not-too-distant future.

Portland is a vibrant city of just over half a million people, located in the lush Willamette Valley at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. It is home to several world-class research institutions and the start-up companies that sprout up around them. It has a flourishing tech sector led by Intel, and is an open source software development center. Amidst stately old growth forests, snow-capped mountains and fertile farmland, Portland also provides a home to many artists and musicians, dedicated small-business owners, thriving urban farmers, doctors, scientists and teachers, among the many passionate, creative and intelligent people who call Portland home.

The Center Director plays a critical role in the life and health of our community, providing leadership and cohesiveness for the Center, and disseminating the Sakyong’s vision of Enlightened Society and basic goodness. The Center Director chairs the Governing Council for the Portland Center, and stewards its financial, spiritual and physical health. S/he represents the Shambhala community to the municipality, region and the broader Shambhala mandala.

This post is a three-year position with the possibility of extension. Benefits include a stipend and retreat benefits. For further information please see the full job description at: http://portland.shambhala.org/PortlandShambhalaCenterDirector.php

Interested individuals are warmly invited to submit (1) a statement of interest, and (2) a resume to the Search Committee at [email protected]The Search Committee will receive applications until August 30, 2012. The Director is appointed by, and responsible to, the Sakyong, who actively engages with and supports those on the path of governance. We look forward to the new Director to begin serving by Shambhala Day of 2013.

Thank you for your interest in this vital role at our Center!

In the vision of the Great Eastern Sun,

Nancy Smith, Marc Otto and Rebecca Jamieson – Portland Shambhala Director Search Committee

Shambhala Community YouTube Channel Launched

July 9th, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

A Shambhala Community YouTube Channel has been created to showcase our community and community members:http://www.youtube.com/user/shambhalavideos The inspiration behind this channel is to enhance our global Shambhala community through an online forum in which Shambhala practitioners from all over the world can post and view uplifted videos.
Videos can reflect the richness of the global community that we are creating on a daily basis. This meeting place allows us to connect with the larger world of Shambhala, beyond our local situations, and to use technology to touch our hearts and wake us up. For specific instructions about how to submit videos, please visit this article in the Shambhala Times:http://shambhalatimes.org/2012/05/20/submit-your-videos /

Note that other channels for official videos already exist, including the Official Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche channel:http://www.youtube.com/user/officialsakyong?feature=watch and the Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche channel:http://www.youtube.com/user/TrungpaRinpoche?feature=watch

We greatly hope that the new Shambhala Community Channel will be a source of inspiration, enjoyment and connectedness throughout the Shambhala mandala and beyond. If you have any questions, contact us at:[email protected]http://shambhalatimes.org/2012/05/20/submit-your-videos /

(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)

The Under 35 Project…

July 9th, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

….is the digital hub for a new generation of meditators.

This is a place for young meditators to share what it’s like to try to live mindfully, every day. Shambhala Publications, one of the world’s pre-eminent publishers of books on enlightened living, is hosting this conversation on what it means to bring mindfulness and compassion to every aspect of our lives. Each month we’ll contemplate a different topic—be it relationships, work, parenting, or social action—and invite you to share your experience. We have quite a few contributors from the Porltand Shambhala sangha. Check it out at: http://www.under35project.com/ 

This is a site for you: We want your personal essays, poems, screenplays, short stories, art, photography, and video, because we value your voice and want it to be heard.

Leadership Changes for International Working Groups

July 9th, 2012 by Lesa Ricci

The Shambhala Office of Societal Health and Well-being,  in February, announced leadership changes in several of the international working groups, including Families and Children, Aging, Accessibility and Disability, and Touching the Earth. Each of these working groups offers guidance and support to Shambhala Centres related to their topic areas, and also assists in developing international guidelines and initiatives.

The new chairperson appointments are:
Families and Children’s Working Group — Cathy Conlin, Boulder
Working Group on Aging — Andrea Sherman, New York City
Accessibility and Disability — Stefan Carmien, Spain
Touching the Earth (environmental sustainability) — Joel Shecter, Toronto
Shastri Charlene Leung will continue as Chairperson of the Diversity Working Group, and Sophie Maclaren continues to lead the Young Sangha Working Group.

Deep gratitude for their years of excellent service is extended to the chairpersons who are stepping down, having completed their term limits. This includes Susan Williams (Families and Children), Hamish Maclaren (Accessibility and Disability), David Whitehorn (Aging), and Elizabeth Kanard (Touching the Earth).

To learn more about what the international working groups are doing, visit the following links:
Diversity: http://shambhala.org/diversity /
Accessibility and Disability: http://www.shambhala.org/community/da.php
Families and Children:http://www.shambhala.org/community/familyandchildren /
Aging: http://www.shambhala.org/community/aging/index.php
Touching the Earth: http://www.shambhala.org/community/touching_earth /

(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)

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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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