TravisMay11 wrote:I am a Shambhala Buddhist (for the past four years) and a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. I was drawn to this lineage originally from reading and admiring the teachings of the great Dorje Dradul, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
mint wrote:TravisMay11 wrote:I am a Shambhala Buddhist (for the past four years) and a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. I was drawn to this lineage originally from reading and admiring the teachings of the great Dorje Dradul, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Welcome to the forum.
I am very interested in your being a Shambhala Buddhist and being a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. I am in the process of looking for a teacher, and like you, I greatly value the works of Trungpa Rinpoche. I have given some thought to being a Shambhala student because of this, though I am more than a little confused how to go about initiating the process and becoming a student of Mipham Rinpoche.
TravisMay11 wrote:There are weekday evening classes where students study the path of the Shambhala Warrior and traditional Buddhist teachings. Then, there are also longer and more advanced trainings that one goes through, for example, a dathun (month long meditation retreat). The dathun can also be accomplished in weekly segments if it's too hard to get away for a month.
So, if you look at this chart (which goes from the bottom to the top): http://www.shambhala.org/documents/ShambhalaBuddhistPathIllustrationUpdated6-1-10.pdf, you can see how the path is laid out. It's at Vajrayana Seminary (a three week long intensive program in a retreat environment, which is going to be renamed next year, by the way) where one takes the initial samaya with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as your root guru. At this program you are given pointing out instructions and the ngondro transmission. After you complete ngondro you take Rigden Abhisheka with him and become a sadhaka.
TravisMay11 wrote:You're welcome! Good luck! I think it would be pretty hard to do it being that far away from a center.
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