Combined Programs: Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary & Shambhala Dzogchen Retreat with Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

July 6–31, 2007

Tuition $ + 25 nights

In order to make the precious teachings of the Vajrayana as accessible as possible, Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche will be presenting Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary during a two-week period in 2007. Those seminarians who are able are strongly encouraged to deepen their training by extending their stay to attend Shambhala Dzogchen Retreat. That retreat will include a Primordial Rigden Ngöndro group for new Vajrayana practitioners, as well as Werma, Vajrayogini, Chakrasamvara and Mahamudra practice tracks led by acharyas. Seminarians atending both programs will receive a $150 discount. Prices below reflect the discount.

Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary (July 6 to 21)
The Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary enters 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 Primordial Rigden Ngöndro practices under Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche’s personal guidance. In applying for Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary, students are requesting to be accepted as Vajrayana students of Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche and committing to follow his practice instructions. Thus, attendance at this program requires a personal connection and commitment to Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, the teachings of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and the Shambhala Buddhist mandala.

Shambhala Dzogchen Retreat (July 22 to 31)
Join Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche as he weaves together the view and practice of the Shambhala Terma tradition with the Dzogchen Ati tradition. We will cultivate the nature of mind transmission both as a practice and as a way of life. This program is open to all graduates of Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary. Each participant will take part in one of four intensives—Ngöndro, Werma, Sadhana or Mahamudra—led by an acharya. All practice numbers or days accumulated during this retreat will count toward overall practice requirements.

Sakyong Jamgon 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.

First-Time Seminarians
Applying: The application process for Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary is managed by Shambhala International. For information and an application, please visit the Vajrayana Seminary web site. Applications are currently being accepted. Fill out and submit the program application, and then register with Shambhala Mountain Center below.

Financial Assistance: Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary is a Shambhala International program and has different procedures for applying for financial assistance than other Shambhala Mountain programs. After you have been accepted into the program, you will be provided a link to the Shambhala International Program Financial Assistance Application. Financial assistance awards will be determined based on relative need.

Registration: You are not fully registered for these programs until your application has been approved by Shambhala International and you have registered with Shambhala Mountain Center. Shambhala Mountain Center has very limited indoor housing options for this program. Applicants are encouraged to place deposits for these housing options by registering below as soon as possible in order to reserve them. In the event that an applicant is denied acceptance to the program, he or she will receive a full refund.

Seminary Graduates
If you are a Vajradhatu Seminary graduate, you are encouraged to re-take Vajrayana Seminary. The rates below will be reduced by $498 for returning graduates. Note in the comments section of your registration that you are a returning graduate. Also, please indicate in which intensive you will be participating during the Shambhala Dzogchen Retreat.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.