Community

2004 grand opening - sangha

2004 grand opening – sangha

Established in 2004, the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group on Oahu, Hawaii provides meditation instruction for beginners or experienced practitioners and programs to help participants discover sanity, gentleness and humor, with warm aloha spirit.  Although our actual physical space was lost in January 2017, we continue to meet occasionally at Kailua beach and other locations.  Email is the primary means of communication for our group since Calendars of Events are no longer issued.

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.

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.

“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.

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. Meeting and talking with meditation practitioners and instructors provide first-hand experience about various activities and how you can participate in them.