meditation
buddhist study

The Buddhist teachings, or buddhadharma, are divided into three "vehicles," or yanas, by Tibetan teachers: the vehicle of individual liberation, not causing harm and taming the mind (the hinayana), the vehicle of benefitting others, buddha nature and two-fold egolessness (the mahayana), and the indestructible vehicle of devotion and skillful means (the vajrayana). Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche taught these three vehicles in a systematic way, encouraging students to "begin at the beginning," then developing a progressive path based on meditation discipline, awareness practice in everyday life, and study. We believe that this approach to practice and study provides a strong foundation for life, whether the student is interested in commitment to Buddhism as a religion or not.

buddha study

Lineage and Practice

The teachings of the Buddha are sustained by a stream of teacher-student relationships which have transmitted those teachings for over 2500 years in the form of words, understanding, meditation, and realization. The Buddhist teachings within Shambhala are primarily based on the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, with a connection to certain elements of the Zen and Theravada traditions. In all of these traditions, there is a strong emphasis on mindfulness-awareness practice. Such practice is encouraged in the form of daily practice sessions as day-long, week-long, or month-long group retreats (nyinthun, weekthun, and dathun, respectively) and individual retreat practice.


You can find talks from some of our visiting teachers (and others) on the Great Path website at
great-path.com
Some of these talks were given to our group here in Michigan. They include talks by Ken Friedman, Robin Kornman, and Bill Karelis.


Trungpa Rinpoche
To find out more about Trungpa Rinpoche, his life and teachings: Chronicles of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
There are many streaming audio talks available on this site.