Meeting Shambhala—An Introduction to the Shambhala Lineage

with Walker Blaine

September 2nd—September 30th

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  • $85.00 Standard price
  • $108.00 Patron price
  • Pre-arranged "Generosity Policy" Price
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Room: Online

This course is a progressive exploration of the core elements of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, which is the union of warriorship and Buddhism. The root of receiving the practices of any lineage is the relationship between the living lineage-holder—who holds the stream of teachings and realization—and the student. To support that, the student must understand the lineage they want to enter, in this case the Shambhala lineage held by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The course is designed for all levels of practice and will be of interest to new and seasoned practitioners alike. 

The course will cover what a lineage and lineage holder are; what meditation is in general and according to the outlook of a lineage; and will explore the views of basic goodness and natural hierarchy in their relationship with the Rigden and Sakyong. The major figures in the Shambhala tradition will be presented through the Supplication to the Shambhala Lineage, with special emphasis on Gesar of Ling and the Rigdens, who Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche named as the sources of the Shambhala terma teachings. The class concludes by examining the points of direct intersection between a student and a lineage as a way of showing the unique features of Shambhala Buddhism and its cultural container.


Participants will join the class either physically at the center or from their home, using the Zoom platform. We will watch the teachings together, and follow this with group discussion facilitated by our local Austin teachers. 

Connection Information

For those attending virtually, we will attend using Zoom. If you have never done this before, please try it out in advance.

The meeting URL and password will be sent to paid registrants prior to the event. (Please pay online when you register because we don't have an easy way to collect payment afterwards.)

If price is an obstacle for you, please inquire about our Generosity Policy.  Please contact Colleen Roundhill for payment options.

Note: Participants who would like the option to view missed classes or to look at classes again on their own time can do so by paying an additional $21.60 to Shambhala Online. The only way to access this offer is to first pay ASMC for the local class, and then request a discount code from Colleen Roundhill, which Shambhala Online will honor when you then sign up for their online version of the class.