Top photo: Young children playing near Sumang. Photo by Marvin
Left photo: Prayer Flags
Throughout history, men and women have aspired to create societies
that enabled them to express the dignity of human existence and to
lead meaningful lives within a flourishing culture. According to
the Shambhala tradition there is a natural source of radiance and
brilliance in the world, which is the innate wakefulness of human
beings. This is the basis, in myth and inspiration, of the kingdom
of Shambhala, an enlightened society of fearlessness, dignity and
compassion. It is from this tradition that the global Shambhala mandala
established by the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche takes
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala Mandala
and founder of the Konchok Foundation. He is the author of
the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally. “That
his teachings are finally available to a wider audience is wonderful.
That they will benefit all who read them, I have no doubt. I am glad
that many more people will now be able to experience the clear and
precise wisdom of my heart friend and precious teacher.” – Pema
Chödrön, bestelling author of When Things Fall Apart.
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 focuses on these areas because of the historical and actual connection that Chögyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham have with these areas. The name of our foundation expresses the Shambhalian notion that promoting enlightened society includes promoting health, education and prosperity, just as the legendary king of Tibet, Gesar of Ling, did many centuries ago.
Great Stupa of Dharmakaya
One of the most extraordinary architectural achievements of the
Buddhist world outside Asia, this 108-foot high Stupa rises in the
Colorado Rockies at Shambhala Mountain Center. Bob King, the Stupa
project manager, has carried out the technical survey for the Surmang
Düdtsi-til Monastery construction.
Weyching Gompa Nunnery and Kyere monastery
Weyching Gompa nunnery and Kyere monastery are part of the Surmang group of monasteries in Tibet. Weyching nunnery was started in 1995 by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's cousin, Karma Senge Rinpoche. There are now 60 nuns in residence getting the same traditional Tibetan education that monks receive. The land where it is located was recognized by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche as a place where auspicious events were likely to occur.
Kyere monastery is located in the same vicinity as Weyching, in the former kingdom of Lhato approximately fifty air miles south of Surmang Dutsi Til. The abbot of Kyere, Damchö Tenphel Rinpoche, the younger brother of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, remained in seclusion in this remote area along with other members of his family in the years following the Chinese invasion of Tibet. Since approximately 1980, he has led the re-establishment of Kyere.
The Konchok Foundation has begun to provide some support for Weyching and Kyere.