May 2021 Newsletter

Hot off the presses!! New and Improved!  Here is the link to this month’s newsletter: May 2021 Every month we send out a local newsletter using Mail Chimp.   Did you sign up on the website but you are not receiving a word from us?  My apologies! Why did that happen? Technology doesn’t always synchronize.  I … Continue 

My First Shambhala Level 1

  I remember my first Shambhala Level 1 retreat in Milwaukee many years ago.  I had a mix of reactions, both positive and negative.  But the impression that has stuck with me was a feeling that I had accomplished something unique, something many people can not accomplish: I sat still with myself and others and … Continue 

Renunciation, Discipline and Letting Go

In this post, facilitator Tom McCann gives some personal insight into Renunciation, Discipline and Letting Go in Chapters 8, 9 and 10 of Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trunpa Rinpoche.  The Dharma Study Group weekly one-hour discussions of the book will resume in October of 2021. —————————————-   In Chapter 8, … Continue 

Three Ways of Great Eastern Sun

The Dharma Study Group discussed Chapter 7 of the Shambhala The Sacred Path of the Warrior on 2/15/2021.   In this post, facilitator Tom McCann gives some personal insight on the text. ———————————————————————— Chapter 7 is most notable for descriptions of the Cocoon. It also includes further information about applications of the Great Eastern Sun (GES).  … Continue 

Wise Hope vs Ordinary Hope

  Hope.  It is a powerful word yet troubling for Buddhists.  We feel we need a glimmer of  positive possibility but the flip side is fear of an outcome we do not want. Once I learned about the cycle of hope and fear, I started to hesitate before I said or wrote that I hoped … Continue 

Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman’s Inspiring Words

The inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, brought an unexpected new poet to the stage:  Amanda Gorman.  Her powerful reading of her poem “The Hill We Climb” has inspired countless people this week, including Shambhalians. Many lines in the poem were striking.  From a Shambhala perspective, her ending was spot-on: … Continue 

New Dharma Study Group

Our new Dharma Study Group facilitated by Tom McCann starts in January 2021 on Sunday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 via Zoom. The group is reading Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Shambhala’s founder Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. By simply being on the spot, your life can become workable and even wonderful. This is … Continue 

New Year’s Invitation From Windhorse Retreat

Our friends at Windhorse Retreat Present: Meditation & the Barbarian New Year! With Alan Kent Anderson Meditation is the practice of Fresh Start. It’s the practice of moving into Square One. Again and Again. Let’s ring in some sanity on Jan 1! 11:00 AM-12:15 PM RSVP to [email protected] to save your Zoom seat. $20 or pay-what-u-can-which-includes-zero!

Addressing Issues Surrounding Sakyong Mipham

  From the Minneapolis Shambhala Center Council We would like to address the scandal surrounding Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, who was formally installed as the head of Shambhala in 1995. In early 2018, allegations arose regarding sexual misconduct by Sakyong Mipham.  The Sakyong subsequently acknowledged his misconduct and in October, 2018 he stepped down from his … Continue 

Local Retreats are now available at our Center!

Our Center is now available for meditation retreats! Solitary retreats with intensive meditation practice can help practitioners deepen their understanding of mind. Such retreats have a long history within the Buddhist traditions. The Minneapolis Shambhala Center now offers retreat opportunities of 1 day or many days. Click here for more information:  Solitary Retreats