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Discovering the basic goodness of human life, the warrior learns to radiate that goodness into the world for the peace and sanity of others.

A basic truth of the Shambhala teachings is that we all want to lead sane, dignified and confident lives, and that this is possible. If we look directly at our own experience, we can discover a continuity of wakefulness underlying all the changing conditions of life. This wholesome, wakeful presence enables us to experience our lives fully and directly. In Shambhala Training, this is referred to as "basic goodness."

Unbiased awareness of what is actually going on, within ones own being and in ones environment, automatically leads to appropriate action. When ones mind and body are synchronized, when what is actually happening is experienced on the spot, actions mesh with situations as they truly are. Developing such basic sanity, such authentic presence in the actual situation, is possible for all of us.

The truth of innate human wisdom and basic goodness does not belong to any one religion or doctrine. Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, developed the Shambhala teachings as a non religious presentation of the most basic of all contemplative practices and the ancient ideal of the sacred warrior, learning to master the challenges of life, both on and off the battlefield.

Here on this page, the section Books, Tapes and Magazines About Shambhala points out several works by Trungpa Rinpoche and his students that discuss the Shambhala path from various perspectives. The following section then introduces the Shambhala Training programs, presented at Shambhala Centers worldwide.

Shambhala Centers offer training in both the Buddhist and Shambhala approaches, and many students are working with both. Trungpa Rinpoche's son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, expressed the relationship between the two in these words: "In essence, the emphasis of the Buddhist path is to help us attain enlightenment, and the emphasis of the Shambhala path is to help us create and maintain a good society. When we put these two together, we have the Shambhalian Buddhist view of enlightened society. Thus the two paths work in tandem, not in competition."

For information on research into the legends of ancient Shambhala, look at this page by Okar Research.  Those interested in James Redfield's fictional account may find Robin Kornman's Review of The Secret of Shambhala useful.

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Books, Tapes and Magazines About Shambhala
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Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior
Chögyam Trungpa

"Like a guidebook to Shambhala or a road map of the warrior's path."

Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala
Chögyam Trungpa (Carolyn Rose Gimian, Editor)

Shambhala teachings at a new level of intimacy and depth. Uncanny insight into our deepest fears, combined with unshakable confidence in human goodness and in our ability to create an enlightened society.

Sacred World: The Shambhala Way to Gentleness, Bravery and power
Jeremy and Karen Hayward

Practical guidelines, meditations, personal insights, anecdotes, and mindfulness exercises to guide the reader on the warrior's path.

The Art of War: A New Translation
Sun Tzu
Translation, essays & commentary by the Denma Translation Group

This 2,300 year old text offered a radically new perspective on conflict, whereby one might attain victory without going to battle. It has shaped the strategic thinking of all East Asia since that time, and has now become a handbook for people all around the world seeking to transform their approach to conflict, whether in warfare, in business or simply in everyday life. This particular translation is praised by Asian scholars and military strategists.

The Myth of Freedom

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

More Books by Chögyam Trungpa

Shambhala Warrior Training
Cynthia Kneen
(Audio Cassette Edition)

A detailed course in becoming a Shambhala Warrior, explaining the philosophy and giving practical methods to implement this lifestyle.

The Shambhala Sun

A bimonthly magazine devoted to the principle that true human wisdom is not the property of any one religion or culture.

Review of Redfield's The Secret of Shambhala

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Shambhala Training
Shambhala Training is a secular path of spiritual training based on teachings presented by Chögyam Trungpa and his students. The training process supports one in developing fearlessness, confidence and openness -- together with a rich and powerful appreciation of life in the actual present moment -- which enables one to act  gently and effectively in the world. This attunement to ones own innate wisdom and power arises out of meditation practice and the study of Shambhala warriorship.

"Shambhala Training is ... the tradition of human bravery, not being afraid of who you are. This path shows how to take the challenges of daily life in our modern society as opportunities for contemplative practice." 

Shambhala Training welcomes people of all religious traditions as well as those who do not follow a particular spiritual path, to a series of weekend workshops consisting of lectures, readings, group discussions, individual interviews and group meditation practice.

Shambhala Training programs are conducted at Shambhala Centers in many parts of the world -- on any given weekend, there is at least one such program happening somewhere in the world. To find a program near you, you can usually view scheduling information on a nearby center's web site. This can be found using the center locater:

Shambhala on the Web

Shambhala Training begins with the five "Heart of Warriorship" Programs:

Level I, "The Art of Being Human" -- Experiencing the world as sacred and seeing basic goodness as your birthright. 

Level II,  "Birth of the Warrior" -- Recognizing habitual patterns and discovering fearlessness. 

Level III, "Warrior in the World" -- Developing confidence in practice and all aspects of daily life. 

Level IV,  "Awakened Heart" -- Allowing your heart and intuition to open so that you communicate fully with the world. 

Level V, "Open Sky: Primordial Stroke" -- Trusting who you are and genuinely caring for others.

After completing this thorough introduction to meditation practice and the study of Shambhala warriorship one can pursue more advanced training in the graduate levels.

If you'd like to get started with the meditation practice right away, it's not necessary to wait for a nearby Shambhala Center to offer Level I of Shambhala Training. All Shambhala Centers offer free meditation instruction and group practice sessions. At Shambhala Centers, introductory meditation instruction and basic meditation practice are the same for the Buddhist and Shambhala approaches.

"How to Meditate" -- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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Shambhala's Teachers
Chögyam Trungpa and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Chögyam Trungpa and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The Chronicles project

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Ani Pema Chödrön

More Shambhala Teachers

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Shambhala on the Web
Shambhala Training

Find the nearest Shambhala Center

Shambhala International

Major Centers
Gampo Abbey  (Nova Scotia)Dechen Chöling (France)
Karmê Chöling (Vermont)
Shambhala Mountain Center

Shambhala in Arts and Media

Shambhala SunShambhala Publications

Kalapa Recordings

Shambhala Arts and Culture

Shambhala Filmography
Film recommendations from Shambalians

Meditation Talks

"How to Meditate" -- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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