A Time to Go Deeper – Community and Lineage

with Carolyn Gimian & Mikayla Sanford

March 20th

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    Room: Online


    Led by Carolyn Gimian & Mikayla Sanford
    with Jon Barbieri

    In the Buddhist tradition the Three Jewels represent the core elements of the Buddhist infrastructure – the Buddha, Dharma, and the Sangha. In this context, the third retreat will focus on the Sangha (Sanskrit) or community of practitioners. Utilizing the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa, we will explore the dynamics of a group of like-minded individuals who practice meditation and study Buddhism. What are the qualities of a sangha? What is their role – what part do they play in transplanting the dharmic teachings into Western Culture?

    We will also touch on the topic of how these teachings, which began 2,500 years ago, were brought forward from generation to generation to this day and the role of the teacher/student relationship. What is our experience of what qualities/virtues are passed on from generation to generation in the west?  How is compassion and wisdom passed on?

    We aspire that this retreat be a number of Buddhist sanghas coming together to practice, explore and discuss these and related important topics. That the gathering has a quality of Mahasangha; with Mahayana and Vajrayana students of various sangha’s inquiring, investigating and exchanging their experiences while appreciating the differences in their way – their manifestation – their teacher/student relationships and what responsibilities beginning and older students have.

    In short, a dharmic feast. Join us on March 20th.

    Readings from: Volume 10 of The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, as well as material from The Path of Individual Liberation, Volume One of The Profound Treasury of The Ocean of Dharma, Selected Community Talks, and other sources. The community talks can be found here

    Tuition: $60 Full Price / $75 Sponsor / $35 Subsidized / Enter your own donation amount 

    Register for Community and Lineage: please click here (you will be redirected to the Boulder Shambhala Center website.)

    This offering is part of a five-part series. To register for the entire program or other individual pieces, please click here. 

    Carolyn Rose Gimian is a teacher of meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhism, as well as a writer, book editor, and archivist. She edited Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior in close cooperation with Chögyam Trungpa. She is also the editor of the ten-volume Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa, Mindfulness in Action, and many other volumes of his work.

    Carolyn was the founding director of the Shambhala Archives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a major repository of Trungpa Rinpoche’s archival legacy, and she is the Executive Director of the Chögyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa University.

    Mikayla Sanford was raised in the lineage of Trungpa Rinpoche. She first received mediation instruction at the age of eight and has been teaching in contemplative education for over 14 years. In addition to teaching at the Buddhist inspired Alaya Preschool in Boulder, Colorado, she has designed curriculum for numerous programs in the United States, Europe and in Asia. Mikayla received her Bachelor’s degree from The New School University, New York. She has also studied dance, archery, fine arts and photography, and child development extensively.

    Jon Barbieri is a Buddhist practitioner and teacher who studied under Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He has been teaching the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings throughout North America for over 35 years. He has served as Director of Shambhala Mountain Center and as Senior Teacher to the Fort Collins Shambhala Center.

    His livelihood has included being a consultant to cities and counties on the West Coast, offering management services to small businesses and non-profits, presenting Mindfulness Training Programs to the private and public sector, and most recently, presenting Chogyam Trungpa’s view on politics and the need to be engaged in societal issues.


    This program is offered by a collaboration of the following Shambhala Centers: Albuquerque, Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Tucson.

    Denver Shambhala Center contact for more information: [email protected]