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Sadhana of Mahamudra Abhisheka will be offered by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

February 20th, 2012 by

We are delighted to announce that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will bestow the Sadhana of Mahamudra Abhisheka at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 1, 2012.

This ceremony is a special occasion for practitioners to receive the blessing empowerment of this sadhana as part of the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the parinirvana of the Druk Sakyong, The Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.

In 1968, during a retreat at Taktsang Senge-ge Samdrup in Bhutan, the Vidyadhara made a profound connection with Padmasambhava and received as terma the Sadhana of Mahamudra. This sadhana addresses the problems of the current dark age and how to overcome its obstacles.

His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche requested the Vidyadhara to write the abhisheka and feast for this sadhana. Unfortunately, the Vidyadhara was never able to do so. After the parinirvana of Trungpa Rinpoche, His Holiness was requested to fulfill this intention. When he completed the composition in 1990, he conferred the empowerment upon the Sakyong (known then as the Sawang) alone, making him the sole holder of this lineage. As instructed by His Holiness, The Sakyong did the retreat practice of the sadhana and after three years was permitted to confer the abhisheka upon the Shambhala sangha.

First bestowed by the current Sakyong in 1993 and several times subsequently at Vajrayana Seminary, this will be the first time in many years that the sangha will have an opportunity to receive the blessings of this abhisheka.

The abhisheka is open to all and you may register online here – http://halifax.shambhala.org/program_details.php?id=93314&cid=197

In order to make this program available to as many people as possible, we are pleased to offer tiered pricing. Your generosity at any level will help cover the cost of the abhisheka. Please see the registration page for details.

Early Bird Rate ends Monday, Jan. 23 for Rigden Weekend w/ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

November 28th, 2011 by

Following several requests, the early bird rate to register for the Rigden Weekend with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in Northern California has been extended through Monday, January 23rd.

The Sakyong’s opening Friday, March 2nd, night talk of the Rigden Weekend will be held at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and will also be open to the public and anyone not able to attend the full weekend. Saturday and Sunday programs, March 3rd and 4th, will continue at Craneway Pavilion in nearby Richmond.

Registration and on more information both programs are available on the Northern California Shambhala website: http://norcal.shambhala.org. If you’re traveling from out of the area, you will find helpful information on housing and transportation as well.

The Rigden Weekend is open to graduates of Way of Shambhala I and any other students who have completed Sacred Path. One of the intentions for this program is to provide an opportunity for newer students to meet the Sakyong earlier on their path than has generally been possible. For older students, it will be an opportunity to study this material directly with him for the first time.

We welcome your attendance at this special event.

Steve Schurkey
Regional Communications Coordinator,
Northern California Shambhala

The Rigden Weekend with a public talk Friday night.
March 2-4, 2012
San Francisco, CA

Join our beloved Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for this very special program that is the culmination of The Way of Shambhala educational path.

The first night of of this weekend is a Public Talk open to all! The Sakyong will present the vision of Shambhala abd offer guided meditation on connecting with our fundamental dignity and using it as a force to shape the future of the world. Location: Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California

The rest of the weekend is open to those who have completed Shambhala Training Level V AND Way of Shambhala I classes through Wisdom in Everyday Life, OR have completed the Sacred Path program up to Outrageous & Inscrutable (completion of the Four Dignities), OR have attended Kalapa Assembly.

The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional bravery. Historically, rigdens were enlightened rulers —those who could “rule their world” based on their unwavering experience of basic goodness.

The contentment, joy, fearlessness, and wisdom of the Way of Shambhala culminate in unconditional confidence. This weekend workshop introduces the teachings of enlightened rulership. With the great problems now facing human society, it seems increasingly important to find simple ways to bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world, even in small ways. This weekend emphasizes genuine confidence and steadfastness in facing the world’s challenges. Confidence can come from genuineness and wakefulness instead of aggression.

To register or for more information, visit norcal.shambhala.org.