Parinirvana Reflections

Many of Shambhala holidays and observations change dates each year according to the Tibetan lunar calendar. One that doesn’t change is April 4th – the Parinirvana of Shambhala’s founder, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a.k.a., The Dorje Dradul of Mukpo Dong. He died April 4, 1987 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. That day turned unusually cold they … Continue 

Harvest of Peace – our newest Nyida Day

One upon a time there was a young, incarnate Tibetan meditation master who managed to escape cultural genocide in 1959. He landed in India, studied at Oxford University and contemplated British culture for a few years. After meeting Western students while co-administering a small Buddhist monastery in Scotland, he made drastic changes to his personal … Continue 

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Tricycle Article: The Dharma in a Single Drawing

As we approach the 28th parinirvana of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, this article written by John J. Baker, a close student, relates profound and personal teachings from the Druk Sakyong.  This article originally appeared in Tricycle Magazine.  In the fall of 1970 Bob Lester, then Chairman of the Religious Studies Department at the University of Colorado (CU), … Continue 

Celebrating the Lineage of Milarepa

This Saturday, March 7 is Milarepa Day which is celebrated by a day of practice where the  book The Rain of Wisdom is read from cover to cover. Everyone is welcome to practice for part of the day or for the full day. The following blog post originally appeared in the Shambhala Times.  On the first … Continue 

How Acharya Allyn Lyon Became My Teacher

  Often, the teacher-student relationship is a strong, life-changing bond. Buddhist teachings are passed along from teacher to student. This lineage begins with the Buddha. Think of  Milarepa and his devotion to his teacher, Marpa. This blog by Chris O’Hare explores that deep connection with his teacher Acharya Allyn Lyon.   I took my first … Continue