Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, a spiritual and family lineage that descends through his family, the Mukpo clan. This tradition emphasizes the basic goodness of all beings and teaches the art of courageous warriorship based on wisdom and compassion.
Rinpoche is the son and heir of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. His background embraces both Eastern and Western cultures. Born in India, he received spiritual training from his father and other distinguished lamas and received further education and training in Europe and North America. He now travels extensively teaching worldwide.
"When we talk about enlightened society, we aren't talking about some utopia where everyone's enlightened. We're talking about a culture of human beings who know the awakened nature of basic goodness and invoke its energy in order to courageously extend themselves to others."
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Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was one of the most dynamic teachers of Buddhism in the 20th Century. He was a pioneer in bringing the Buddhist teachings of Tibet to the West and is credited with introducing many Buddhist concepts into the English language and psyche in a fresh and new way.
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the former supreme abbot of Surmang Monateries in Tibet, is known as the foremost meditation master and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. In the early 1970s, he founded Naropa University, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America, along with over 100 meditation centers worldwide and wrote
many books on meditation, poetry, art and the Shambhala path of warriorship.
"The Buddhist tradition teaches the truth of impermanence, or the transitory
nature of things. The past is gone and the future has not yet happened, so
we work with what is here -- the present situation. This actually helps us
not to categorize or theorize. A fresh, living situation is taking place
all the time, on the spot. This noncategorical approach comes from being
fully here, rather than trying to reconnect with past events. We don't have
to look back to the past in order to see what people are made out of. Human
beings speak for themselves, on the spot."
Read Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's biography on the Shambhala International website.
Acharyas (Senior Teachers)
The acharyas of Shambhala are senior teachers appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. As the Sakyong's representatives, the acharyas, who are empowered to offer refuge and bodhisattva vows, bring the continuity of the lineage into the living teaching environment of local Shambhala centers. Fredericton has the good fortune of a special ongoing relationship with Acharya Moh Hardin.
Acharya Moh Hardin
Moh Hardin was born in South Carolina on April 10, 1944. The son of a Methodist minister, Moh grew up in the church. After graduating from Duke University with a B.A. in music, and completing alternative service as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, Moh dropped out and became a hippie. At the time, Moh considered himself an independent thinker who would never have a teacher. That was before an encounter with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche changed his mind: "His words were true to my experience...and he had nothing in it for himself."
Find out more about Moh Hardin at the Shambhala International website.
In 2010 Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche created the new teaching position of Shastri (Sanskrit for “teacher learned in the texts and commentaries”). Shastris will serve as senior teachers of the city and regional Shambhala Centres. The Sakyong has designed the position of Shastri to especially represent and teach the integrated Shambhala Buddhist curriculum, “The Way of Shambhala.” The Shastris’ portfolios will include strengthening and developing our teaching mandala, bringing current understanding of the Shambhala Buddhist curriculum vision to their centres, and mentoring and training other teachers. Shastris will also support the leadership in Shambhala Centres in building community, and strengthening the vision of enlightened society so important in Shambhala. The Shastri for New Brunswick (Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton) and Prince Edward Island
is Veit Weber.
Shastri Veit Weber
Veit Weber was born on October 22, 1956 in Remscheid, Germany. After many years of active service in the Protestant Church, he started looking at other religions. In 1979 and 1980 he traveled to India, where he was further exposed to Hinduism and Buddhism. Veit immigrated to Canada in 1984, primarily in order to have more space. At that time he had a private mix of different world and religious views. In 1993 he was introduced to Shambhala and wholeheartedly embraced it - "It felt like coming home".