Shenpa – Unhooking Habitual Patterns

Synopsis – Have you ever been in a heated argument and you have no idea how you got to this angry place? If you trace back far enough you’ll see that initially there was an instance when something irritated you. And that irritation triggered a response for some immediate relief. Almost immediately that response triggers … Continue 

DC Premiere of An Uncommon King

In truth the seeds for An Uncommon King began in the mind of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche as he stood in the mountains of Tibet watching the destruction of his country. Before his harrowing escape, he told his brother Damchö Rinpoche that he wanted to start a family lineage. Trungpa Rinpoche told him that … Continue 

Artful Leadership

This is the fifth in a series of articles based on the Six Ways of Ruling, a teaching that was first presented by the founder of Shambhala, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1978 and further expounded upon by his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in his book Ruling Your World (Chapters 22-23). The “Six Ways” are qualities … Continue 

My Way Back To Practice After A Long Hiatus

My college roommate was a resident of New Orleans and evacuated ahead of Katrina. She was watching the news on television when she saw her car float away. She had a first floor apartment which flooded to the top shelf in the closet, so she lost everything. She has an MBA and was a VP … Continue 

Shambhala Hosts Panel on Creativity at AU

(image courtesy of the artist) On February 23, members of the Shambhala Center gave a presentation at the Katzen Museum of American University on the subject of Art and Meditation. The talk was in conjunction with an exhibit of work by Andrea Way (link to http://www.american.edu/cas/museum/gallery/andrea-way-retrospective.cfm). The artist uses meditation as a key part of … Continue 

Fearless Leadership

This is the fourth in a series of articles based on the Six Ways of Ruling, a teaching that was first presented by the founder of Shambhala, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1978 and further expounded upon by his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in his book Ruling Your World (Chapters 22-23). The “Six Ways” are qualities … Continue 

You Threw It Away!

Just last Thursday I composed a very important email, one I had been avoiding writing for about six months. I finally finished writing it though, only to click Send and watch it disappear behind a little error message informing me that the server was unreachable and that I should check my account settings. My heart … Continue 

Cracking Open That Door To Responsibility

“See if you can get that door to responsibility to crack open.” The following is excerpted from a talk on accountability by teacher and activist Fleet Maull. Fleet will be visiting Washington DC March 8-10 to teach a program on Radical Responsibility, presented by the Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC and sponsored by BuddhaFest. … Continue 

Genuine Leadership

This is the third in a series of articles based on the Six Ways of Ruling, a teaching that was first presented by the founder of Shambhala, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1978 and further expounded upon by his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in his book Ruling Your World (Chapters 22-23). The “Six Ways” are qualities … Continue 

The Wisdom of No Escape

Synopsis – When we embark on a spiritual journey we often do this out of a sense of basic dissatisfaction with our lives and thus we search for some relief from our misery. Ironically it is just this struggle to seek pleasure and to avoid pain that is the cause of our suffering. Contrary to … Continue