Shambhala Household Program

with Sangyum Wendy Friedman

March 23rd—March 24th (2018)

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  • $175 Program Price
  • $225 Patron Price
  • $130 Student/Early Registration
Room: Meditation Hall

The Shambhala Household program introduces a grassroots, powerful way to work with the challenge of integrating the Shambhala teachings and practices we are given with the mundane yet profound activities of our daily lives. It provides us with a way to engage with these teachings and practices with a sense of joy and personal inspiration.

The household is not a place to hide from the world, but place to express our principles and invite others to experience dignity. To fully embody the teachings, it is important to infuse our households with our ideals and our heart, as well as our own experience and meditation practice.

...when you express gentleness and precision in your environment, then real brilliance and power can descend onto that situation.
—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Since we all share the experience of being householders in many styles and forms, we now have the opportunity to bring Shambhala principles even more deeply into our daily lives and homes. Shambhala Household is the common ground of experience that all of us share in our daily lives.

The intention is to bring together Shambhalians from many different ages, paths, and demographics to share their experiences and inspirations about being householders. And, this program will pave the way to establish a Shambhala Household mandala in Northern California. 

This program will include the lung for the Shambhala Household text by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. And, those who have not already received a copy of the text can purchase one at the program.

Families and Children
Children are welcome at the program and can come and go from the meditation hall as they need to. There will not be a formal children's program, however there will be a children's space. Adults will take shared responsibiltiy for the community of children. Please contact Amanda if you are planning to bring children: akhodson [at] ucdavis [dot] edu.

Sample Schedule

Friday Evening

7:30Talk One – Shambhala Household

Saturday Morning

8:45Physical Exercise
9:15Opening Chants & Sitting
10:15Short Break
10:25Introduction to Lung and Shambhala Household Text
11:45Lunch—A simple lunch at the center together

Saturday Afternoon

1:00Short Talk on Shambhala Household
2:00Group works together to determine the menu
3:00Shopping for food, drinks, and decor
4:30Prepare the meal, decor, and atmosphere together

Saturday Evening

6:30Celebratory Dinner


Wendy FriedmanWendy Friedman, Minister of Culture and Decorum on the Kalapa Council, was raised in a Shambhala family and has worked with major cultural events such as the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo’s wedding and the Sakyong Wangmo Empowerment. She was made Director of the new Shambhala Office of Culture and Decorum in 2010, and a Minister on the Kalapa Council in 2015.

In 1985, the Dorje Dradul designated her as a member of the Mukpo family and gave her the title Sangyum Drukmo Wangmo. Wendy lives with her husband and owns a clothing store and a home décor store in Halifax. She is active in civic duties and mentorship, loves hosting, and is an avid traveler.

This program is open to any current Shambhala member who has completed Rigden weekend or equivalent. Shambhala Household is now the first text that practitioners will be able to receive from the lineage on the Shambhala Path, which is a significant moment.

Full program price: $175
Patron Rate: $225
Scholarship/Reduced rate: $130
Bare Minimum: $100

*Materials are NOT included in the program price.
The text is an additional $50 to be purchased at the program. Please indicate in the notes section if you will need to purchase the text or if you already have it. 

Kate, krraddock [at] gmail [dot] com

Please register and pay online in advance of the program so we know how many people to expect.

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