Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary & Rigden Abhisheka with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
July 12–August 16, 2005
The Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary introduces the student into the vajrayana teachings and practices of our Shambhala and Buddhist lineages. During this program, students will receive authorization and training in the Shambhala ngöndro practices under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s personal guidance. In applying for Vajrayana Seminary, students are requesting to be accepted as his vajrayana students. Thus, attendance in this program requires a personal connection and commitment to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the teachings of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and the Shambhala Buddhist mandala.
Please note: If you have already attended Vajrayana Seminary and want to attend the Rigden abhisheka, please refer to the Rigden abhisheka page for information on attending the abhisheka and group ngöndro retreat.
*The application process for Vajrayana Seminary is managed by Shambhala International. Applications are reviewed by the Seminary Application Review Committee, under the direction of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Acceptance is determined based on the student’s level of preparation and understanding of basic dharmic principles, and their readiness to undertake the further commitment inherent in becoming a vajrayana student.
For information and to fill out an application, please click here to visit the Vajrayana Seminary web site. Please fill out the program application (i.e., verify your eligibility) and register with Shambhala Mountain Center (i.e., book your reservation) below.
Vajrayana Seminary is a Shambhala International program and has different procedures for applying for Financial Assistance than other Shambhala Mountain programs. If you would like to apply for financial assistance to attend this program, please fill out a financial assistance application after you have submitted your application.
PLEASE NOTE: You are not fully registered for this program until your application has been approved by Shambhala International and you have registered with Shambhala Mountain Center.
If you are a Vajradhatu seminary graduate, you are welcome to re-take Vajrayana seminary. The cost of the program is reduced by $625 for returning graduates. Please note in the comments section of your registration that you are returning. Partial attendance is welcome, and the cost will be reduced accordingly.
If you are a returning graduate participating in only a portion of the program, please change the dates on the registration page to reflect when you are actually coming and indicate in the notes field that you are a returning graduate. Please note that partial attendance is not an option for first-time participants.
***Shambhala Mountain Center has very limited indoor housing options for this program. Applicants are encouraged to place deposits (50% of total program fee) for these housing options through the Shambhala Mountain web site or our call center as soon as possible in order to reserve them. In the case that an applicant is denied acceptance to the program a full refund will be issued. Once your program acceptance and housing request has been confirmed, your remaining balance will be due as follows: 20% on April 15, and 30% on May 15.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is the dharma heir and son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain Center’s founder. Sakyong Mipham is the spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and the author of the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally, as well as Ruling Your World , Running with the Mind of Meditation and The Shambhala Principle. His 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. In addition to Shambhala, the Sakyong also holds the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. An avid poet, artist and athlete, he travels extensively teaching throughout the world.
Financial aid is available for this program.