Shambhala Tradition and Buddhist Lineage
Shambhala is a worldwide association that offers training in basic meditation practice, contemplative disciplines, and advanced Buddhist studies.
Dechen Chöling is the principal retreat centre of Shambhala Europe—a network of more than 75 urban meditation centres and groups—and of Shambhala International, a worldwide network of 210 urban centres and seven residential practice centres.
Shambhala Tradition and Shambhala Buddhist Lineage
The premise of the Shambhala tradition is that basic human goodness and wisdom transcend any one culture or religion. It is a secular, non-religious approach, that teaches the path toward realizing bravery, dignity, and kindness, and embodies an essence that has been recognized by many cultures throughout history. Shambhala is inspired by the teachings of the Buddha, as well as modern teachers trained in Tibetan Buddhism--Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche.
Shambhala Buddhism joins the legacy of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala tradition of awakened living in the world. The teachings of Shambhala Buddhism emphasize the need in our times for cultivating enlightened, or uplifted society, free from personal and national ego-centrism. It draws on a wide variety of contemplative traditions and offers a comprehensive path of mindfulness and awareness meditation practice and study. It is based on the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and the Shambhala teachings, as well as other contemplative disciplines. The word lineage means a line of instruction/transmission that has been passed down from teacher to disciple throughout history.
For more information about the lineage of Shambhala Buddhism, visit Shambhala International.
Sakyong Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche
Sakyong Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, the spiritual head of the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage, founded Dechen Chöling in 1994. He is the Dharma heir of his father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who was instrumental in bringing Buddhism to the West and founded Shambhala.
Without attachment to the myth of "me", we are much happier.
- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche