Shambhala takes its name from a legendary kingdom famous for being an enlightened society. Today, the global Shambhala network brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life who are interested in exploring our own minds, transforming our experience, and awakening our potential for enlightened society. Founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shambhala offers a path of meditation practice and contemplative arts oriented towards modern life and compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies.
Pema Chödrön Foundation
Buddhist teacher, author, and nun, Pema Chödrön has inspired millions of people from around the world who have been touched by her example and message of practicing peace in these turbulent times. The Pema Chödrön Foundation is dedicating to preserving and sharing Pema’s inspiration and teachings in order that they might help us all awaken wisdom and compassion in ourselves and the world around us. The Foundation also supports several projects in Tibetan and Himalayan areas that foster the education of nuns. We are grateful to the Pema Chödrön Foundation for the matching grant of $150,000 with the vision of completing the Surmang Shedra by Fall of 2015.
The Gesar Fund
The Gesar Fund is a European foundation within the Shambhala Mandala, registered in the Netherlands, that supports medical and educational projects as well as poverty relief in Kham (Yushu Prefecture) and Golok. The Gesar Fund began to work together with Konchok Foundation in the Fall of 2008 on launching our Children’s Education Program for the children of the Surmang area. Gesar also worked with us as allies when the Jeykundo earthquake devastated the area in April 2010.
Wenchen Nunnery is located in a remote location south of Surmang Dutsi Til. Under the direction of Karma Senge Rinpoche, the nephew of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and with the support of local nuns and monks, an educational program for children has been established at Wenchen, and also a smaller program at nearby Kyere Monastery. Konchok Foundation provides modest support each year, much of it donor-directed, to these educational programs for children managed by Karma Senge Rinpoche.
Nālandā Translation Committee
The Nālandā Translation Committee provides vital translations of dharma texts from Tibetan into English for the Shambhala community. They work closely with teachers from the Surmang group of monasteries, including Karma Senge Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsering. For this reason, the Konchok Foundation and Nālandā Translation Committee have had a shared history of working together with Surmang and its affiliates in Tibet.
The Shambhala Times
The online news hub for the Shambhala global community of more than 200 meditation centers and groups around the world.
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