(Orange County) Being Who You Are: An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation (An Online Course)

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

August 6th—August 27th (2017)

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  • $100.00 Program Price
  • $140.00 Patron Price
Room: ORANGE COUNTY SHAMBHALA @ 2750 Harbor Blvd, Suite B03, Costa Mesa, 92626

At this time, great confusion and suffering exist because humanity cannot simply be. — Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Proclaiming Basic Goodness

In February of this year, the Shambhala Meditation Center of Halifax hosted Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, alongside Acharya Eve Rosenthal and Acharya Noel McLellan, for an intimate retreat weekend to explore the profound practice of Shambhala Meditation. We are now making those teachings available in this 4-week class.

Shambhala Meditation is a unique practice developed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche that lays the ground for and leads us into shamatha/vipashyana meditation (the meditation technique that is taught  and practiced at Shambhala centers). While receiving a series of tantric teachings in Pharping, Nepal in 2011, the Sakyong had a strong experience of the need for humanity to connect to its own worthiness. Reflecting on how his father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, had expressed to him the essence of meditation, Shambhala Meditation arose in his mind as a vision that expresses the heart of the Shambhala message: feeling worthy to be, and touching our basic goodness. 

While not a meditation technique per se, Shambhala Meditation captures the essence of awareness through three contemplative gestures that invite us to feel who we are completely, to rest in our goodness as human beings, and to connect with both the world around us and the lineage of practitioners who have discovered their inherent wisdom. In this recorded course, the Sakyong himself will present and teach on this simple yet profound practice. Through practice, dialogues and contemplations, attendees can expect an immersion in Shambhala Meditation, through which the entire vision of Shambhala can be experienced.

More About Proclaiming Basic Goodness 

Upon receiving the transmission for Shambhala Meditation, students may choose to purchase the Sakyong's recently published book Proclaiming Basic Goodness: A Guide to Shambhala Meditation available in the SMCLA bookstore.

Receiving the transmission for Shambhala Meditation will also prepare students to take the Basic Goodness series of classes that will be offered later in the year.

This course is open to all!

About the Teachers

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The Sakyong, literally translated as “earth protector,” is a dharma king and lineage holder of the Shambhala lineage, guiding thousands of students around the world in the path of meditation.

The Sakyong’s teachings show us how to use everyday life as a means to ripen our spiritual potential. We practice turning the mind toward others as a discipline that creates confidence and compassion — the ability to attain success that occurs from acting virtuously.

Born in Bodhgaya, India, in 1962, the Sakyong is the eldest son of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Lady Könchok Palden. He is the incarnation of Mipham the Great, a renowned Nyingma scholar and meditation master. As part of the Mukpo clan of eastern Tibet, he is a descendant of the Tibetan warrior-king Gesar of Ling.

The Sakyong is also an avid runner who has completed nine marathons. He is author of the bestselling Turning the Mind into an Ally, the award-winning Ruling Your World, and Running with the Mind of Meditation. Through the Sakyong Foundation, he engages in supporting organizations and projects whose activities exemplify the vision of Shambhala. He teaches all over the world, using his unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives to the benefit of his students in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Acharya  Dale Asrael grew up in a suburb of Washington, DC. After completing university studies in film and Eastern religions, she moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1970, where she took Refuge Vows and heard reports of a “revolutionary young lama” who was teaching about chaos and wisdom. She met the Vidyadhara in 1973, attending the first session of Naropa Institute and the first public dathün at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center in the summer of 1974. Acharya Asrael attended the 1978 Vajradhatu Seminary and in 1979 moved to Boulder, where she taught music at the Buddhist-inspired Vidya School for five years. She later moved to Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, serving as Head of Practice and Study from 1985-1990. Each summer she taught at the Seminaries at Shambhala Mountain Center. In this way, she began to work closely with Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche and to learn deeply from his stream of teachings. 

She has taught as Core Faculty at Naropa University since 1992, in the M.A. Buddhist Studies, Contemplative Education, and Counseling programs, and is an Upadhyaya (Buddhist minister). In March of 2011, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed Dale the Dean of Meditation Instructors, asking her to be responsible for the compassionate activity of meditation instruction in the Shambhala mandala.

Acharya  Noel McLellan is a second-generation Shambhala practitioner, who was raised in the culture that was emerging around Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his students. At 16 Noel attended Warrior’s Assembly, where he first met Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. After high school he attended the first three-month Seminary led by the Sakyong. He completed a degree in Religious Studies from Colorado University, and after that was asked to become a kusung, attendant to the Sakyong. Noel lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife Marguerite Drescher and their two ferocious young children, Gabriel and Esmé. He teaches at the Shambhala School, helping to develop a transformative approach to education. He oversees training for young Shambhala teachers and leaders in social transformation, and is a mentor to the Ziji Collective which is dedicated to exploring the confluence of contemporary society and Shambhala principles.  

The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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