About us

Rigden

Primordial Rigden

The Auckland Shambhala Shambhala Meditation Centre is a nonprofit, volunteer-run part of Shambhala, an international community of more than 200 meditation centres and groups founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by his son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

At our community’s core is the Shambhala Buddhist path. Unique in the world of Western Buddhism, this path combines the teachings of the Kagyü and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala tradition of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.

We share a commitment to the path of awakening and the inspiration to create a society where people appreciate their innate goodness (which is personified as the Primordial Rigden, shown right) and aspire to express it in every aspect of their lives.

It is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation, following ancient principles, and it can be further developed in daily life, so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

In the course of our lives, this goodness, warmth and intelligence can easily become covered over by doubt, fear and egotism. We tend to fall into a kind of sleep or stupor, believing in the conditioning we have as the ultimate truth, and coming under the sway of fear. The journey of becoming fully human means seeing through fear and egotism, and waking up to our natural intelligence. It takes kindness—to ourselves and others—and courage, to wake up in this world.

We invite and value everyone’s presence. Come and see for yourself! This is where we are…

Auckland Shambhala Centre: 29A Portage Road, New Lynn

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