What we're about
The ancient kingdom of Shambhala was renowned for the compassion and wisdom of its leaders and citizens. According to the legend of Shambhala, these qualities were the result of unique teachings on enlightened society that the Buddha gave personally to King Dawa Sangpo, the first sovereign of Shambhala. These instructions have been preserved over the centuries and are held by a hereditary lineage of teachers that hold the title “Sakyong.” It is a royal title that means “Earth Protector.”
The first Sakyong of modern times - and the founder of Shambhala - was Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He wrote many modern classics of Buddhism, including 'Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior' and 'Cutting through Spiritual Materialism' and his disciples include Pema Chodren and Alan Ginsberg. The Shambhala lineage is now lead by Chogyam Trungpa's eldest son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Shambhala teaches that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation (http://melbourne.shambhala.info/what-we-offer/), following ancient principles and it can be further developed in daily life, so that it radiates out to family, friends, community (http://melbourne.shambhala.info/community/) and society. Shambhala Melbourne Meditation offers guided instruction and teachings are available to the public at our Brunswick East (http://melbourne.shambhala.info/community/location/) gatherings every week during school terms.
We also offer a wide variety of classes and retreats (http://melbourne.shambhala.info/programs/) ranging from half day to two weeks. Several times a year we import a senior teacher (http://melbourne.shambhala.info/community/visiting-teachers/) from Canada or the USA, Europe or New Zealand to come and teach a Shambhala Training Level which is part of the Way of Shambhala (http://melbourne.shambhala.info/what-we-offer/the-way-of-shambhala/) curriculum. Shambhala Training is a sequence of contemplative weekend workshops, suitable for anyone looking to explore the transformative benefits of meditation.