Sangha Retreat with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Acharyas Pema Chödrön & Adam Lobel

Pema Chodron, Acharya Adam Lobel and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

July 17–24, 2009

Tuition $375 + 7 nights

This retreat provides an opportunity for the Shambhala community to gather, practice and connect with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and Acharyas Pema Chödrön and Adam Lobel. The retreat will focus on the sitting practice of meditation and include talks, guided meditation, contemplation practice, and Shamatha yoga. Open to members of Shambhala, this week will count as one week of a dathün.

For information about becoming a member of Shambhala, please go to the Shambhala membership information page.

The Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is also the dharma heir and son of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain’s founder. He is the spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and the author of the best-selling books Turning the Mind into an Ally and Ruling Your World. Rinpoche’s background embraces both Eastern and Western cultures. Born in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and received his spiritual training from his father and other distinguished lamas.

Pema Chödrön is a leading exponent of teachings on meditation and how they apply to everyday life. Widely known for her charming and down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences, Pema studied under the meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and currently studies with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Pema is the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery for Westerners. She is author of The Wisdom of No Escape, Start Where You Are, When Things Fall Apart, The Places that Scare You, No Time to Lose, and Practicing Peace in Times of War.

Acharya Adam Lobel leads meditation workshops, courses on Buddhist philosophy and the social vision of Shambhala. Adam is also the Acharya for the Mipham Academy, an advanced, annual intensive for Buddhist philosophical and contemplative studies at Karme Choling in Vermont. He teaches meditation to youths within the prison system and a mental health institution. Adam holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, where he is helping to establish a track for Buddhist ministers and chaplains. His research focuses on philosophy, phenomenology, meditation, and the Great Perfection tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

The payment schedule for the program is as follows: 50% due upon registration with Shambhala Mountain, and 50% due on June 17, 2009.

Indoor accommodations are currently filled. If you wish to place your name on the waitlist for Lodge or Red Feather accommodations, or if you have other housing questions, please send an email to with Sangha Retreat Waitlist in the subject line and your housing preference in the body of the email. When rooms become available, they will be assigned in the order email requests are received.

This program is expected to sell out, so if a shared tent is an acceptable housing option for you please register now to assure your place in the program. You may place your name on the wait list for upgraded housing whether or not you are registered for the program.

Acharya Adam Lobel

Acharya Adam Lobel was drawn to the path of meditation when he was 16 years old, in response to the social and ecological injustices he saw.  He soon encountered the writings and vision of Tibetan meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  Inspired by the path of warriorship and the vision of enlightened society, he pursued meditation retreats and training in the Shambhala Buddhist path.  Adam connected with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of the Shambhala lineage, while on retreat in Parphing, Nepal in 1997. He was co-editor of the Sakyong’s book Turning the Mind into an Ally.  Adam was named an Acharya in 2004 and completed a Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. In 2008, the Sakyong named Acharya Lobel the Kalapa Acharya. The Kalapa Acharya presides over the Pillar of Practice and Education within Shambhala. Acharya Lobel is particularly responsible for curriculum and path development as well as training Shambhala teachers. Adam is involved with various social and ecological transformation initiatives both within and beyond Shambhala. Adam is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife and two sons.


Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.