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.

Two hundred Shambhala centers around the world offer meditation practice and contemplative arts with the goal of cultivating kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue. These centers provide guided meditation practices, wisdom teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in Eastern traditions and Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. These practices reveal the wisdom just beneath the surface of one’s mind. Meditation is a process that brings us back, again and again, to the vividness of the present moment.

Rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, Shambhala takes its name from a legendary Asian kingdom said to be an enlightened society. Today, Shambhala attracts both new and experienced meditators, as well as people are looking to enrich their spiritual path and their expression of social action. The centers teach a blending of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala teachings, which were introduced by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1970s, based on the warrior tradition of Tibet’s legendary King Gesar.

Today, Shambhala is a spiritual path of study and meditation as well as a path of serving others by engaging with our world to inspire compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies. It is called a warrior tradition – although bravery, here, is the courage to bring forward one’s strength and vulnerabity in a genuine way. With its vision of basic goodness, Shambhala welcomes people of all backgrounds and religious traditions, fostering an atmosphere that is open, inclusive, and welcoming of diversity.