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 

On The Dorje Kasung and Pacifying the Mamos

This is a first in a series to introduce a major service organization of our Shambhala community. The organization is called the Dorje Kasung. The following is by Darryl Burnham, Kadö, the Windhorse Regiment Commander of the Dorje Kasung for the Southwest.  Dorje is a Tibetan word that means indestructible or diamond-like, and Kasung refers to … Continue 

Looking at Engaged Buddhism – a Shambhala Perspective

I’m someone who has actively followed politics all my life. I read about it every morning and discuss it regularly. Since I’m a photographer who lives and works in Hollywood, it should come as no surprise that I’m strongly progressive. But part of my job is relating to whomever I’m shooting, so I’ve gotten pretty … 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 

What is an Acharya

I will never forget the first time I met an acharya. For the previous couple of months, I had been spending as much time as I could at the Los Angeles Shambhala Center. My new sangha friends told me that Acharya Allyn Lyon was coming for her winter visit. They were very excited to see … Continue