Community

2004 grand opening - sangha

2004 grand opening – sangha

Shambhala is home to a wonderfully diverse community, with a genuine connection to contemplative practice and the aspiration to realize a more wakeful, sane society.  Everyone is welcome to attend practice sessions.

The Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group is part of an international community of 170 meditation centers founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  The Shambhala Buddhist path, unique in the world of Western Buddhism, combines the teachings of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala view of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.

“Sangha” is the Sanskrit term for “community of practitioners” – one of the three jewels of Buddhism.  Programs in Buddhist teachings, meditation and other contemplative disciplines are offered as well as free individual meditation instruction.

Some Shambhala communities offer free programs for children, celebrating and nurturing creativity in a gentle and awake environment.  Families and members celebrate Children’s Day on or near the winter Solstice.

Traditional Buddhist holidays such as “Shambhala Day” (the Lunar New Year) are celebrated, as well as community gatherings, parties and personal rites of passage.

Established in 2004, the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group on Oahu, Hawaii provides meditation space, instruction in meditation for beginners or experienced practitioners, and occasional programs to help participants discover sanity, gentleness and humor, with warm aloha spirit.

At the heart of Shambhala is the meditation space, where students practice the discipline of meditation and receive teachings from qualified teachers. The meditation space offers a beautiful, open, and protected environment for practice, instruction and community gatherings. You may meet and talk with meditation practitioners and instructors who can tell you from first-hand experience about various activities and how you can participate in them.