How Is Shambhala Different?

Hear Senior Shambhala teacher, Shastri Matthew Lyon describe how the Shambhala emphasis is similar to other Buddhist traditions and the emphasis that makes it different.

He talks about the Shambhala concept of the meditative warrior; someone has the courage to compassionately meet the world instead of retreat to the safety of their inner world. Shambhala training helps develop the skills of dealing with obstacles and challenges so one can meet the world while seeing the basic goodness in ourselves and others. And, when you get a community of people together that all view the world in this way it can be powerful.

"Compassionate energy is naturally expansive; it inspires us to actually want to make a difference"

What is Shambhala?

In this video, senior Shambhala teacher, Shasti Matthew Lyon talks about the basics of Shambhala teachings and his journey along the path.

He describes what is meant by the term ‘warrior’ - as a meditative warrior, not someone who uses aggression and engages in conflict. He also explores the impact of meditation and how it can make people more ready to give and do good in the world. And, finally how we can use our own interactions to create a better, or ‘enlightened’ society.

By simply repeating that practice something very powerful develops.

Who Is Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche?

Senior Shambhala teacher, Shastri Matthew Lyon speaks in the video above about the Sakyong and why he is such a special teacher and person.


Hear about the meaning of the title 'Sakyong' as it relates to being the leader of the Shambhala community and the keeper of ancient Tibetan wisdom. As well, find out what it means to 'transmit' wisdom and how the Sakyong actually personifies what he teaches, making it much more powerful. Yet, for as much as Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is a master of these teachings, he is also an example of how we can live them -- as a regular person who embodies the natural qualities of a good human being. And hear about how he is a unique teacher, having both eastern and western influences.

"On one hand he is a visionary but on the other hand he embodies the natural qualities of a good human being"

Fleet Maull, from Federal Prisoner to Radical Responsibility

Fleet Maull is a meditation teacher, author, coach, and social activist working for prison reform and social transformation. As a senior teacher or Acharya, appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, he teaches at Shambhala Centers around the country. Maull was a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Sakyong’s father, and served as his personal attendant for years in the 1970s.

Maull’s innovative approach to personal transformation is called Radical Responsibility, which encourages people to focus their energy beyond blame where they have the power to make a difference.  He trains people from all walks of life, including executives, managers, correctional officers, law enforcement and prisoners to discover freedom, power and creativity through accountability, self-empowerment, emotional intelligence training and mindfulness practice.

What is the Shambhala Vision?

Shambhala vision is rooted in the idea that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness or inherent worthiness. Confidence in this basic goodness grows with the practice of meditation and can radiate out to family, friends, community, and society.

We are living in an age of greed, cynicism, and aggression – and have been for several hundred years. Shambhala offers a radical remedy: that we already have what we need to live fully, richly, and with compassion for ourselves and others. Unique among forms of Buddhism, Shambhala’s vision suggests that our innate wakefulness provides the brilliance that can heal the darkness of our times. This vision offers a shift towards a culture in which everyday challenges are met with kindness, generosity, and courage. Meditation practice develops an appreciation for the moment-by-moment texture of one’s own experience.