Shambhala Open House

Please enjoy and share these clips from our courses, programs, and brilliant Shambhala teachers. May they benefit many beings.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche:
Good Society is Based on the Relationship Between Two People

Intro to A Cure for Zombie Mentality In this clip from his talk, “A Cure for Zombie Mentality,” Acharya Noel McLellan describes ways we often feel less than human –– feeling undead and constantly craving things. McLellan is an acharya, or senior teacher, in the Shambhala meditation tradition, and teaches middle and high-school students at the Shambhala School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. To see the full video (and get the cure), go to Also see his blog at


Intro to Joy in Everyday Life
In this excerpt from the Joy in Everyday Life course, Shastri Holly Gayley introduces the shift from “The Me Plan” to the “Other” plan that occurs on the meditation path. She describes the Tibetan’s Snow Lion analogy for the spaciousness and joyousness that result from this shift toward a compassionate view. Holly Gayley is a senior teacher in the Shambhala meditation tradition, conducts research on Tibetan Buddhism, and teaches in the Religious Studies department at University of Colorado in Boulder.
Joy in Everyday Life is a course in the Way of Shambhala series, which offers an experiential overview of practices, teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Vajrayana Buddhism. These courses are available at Shambhala Meditation Centres and, for those who don’t live near a centre, via Shambhala Online.

Contentment in Everyday Life overview
Eve Rosenthal gives an overview of the Shambhala Online course, Contentment in Everyday Life. Rosenthal is an Acharya, or senior teacher, in the Shambhala lineage of meditation. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and provides the teachings for this 6-week course. Shambhala Centers around the world also offer these teachings — live and in person.


Acharya Noel McLellan created this lovely visual poem on ritual for the Culture and Decorum Conference at the Boulder Shambhala Center, March 2014. Mark Whaley created the hypnotic audio track. Enjoy!

Meditation— it’s for humans

Meditation is a natural state of the human mind—at rest, open, alert. The basic meditation technique predates all religious traditions, though it is used in one way or another by each of them. Undertaken as a steady practice, meditation allows the mind to relax and settle. It encourages our inherent qualities to emerge:  stability, clarity and mental strength. If you’re new to meditation, our Meditation in Everyday Life course is a great place to start a lifelong habit. But first, here’s a brief introduction by meditation master Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.