Namkha Drimed in Shambhala International

July 28, 2008 by     Print This Post Print This Post

Since the Sakyong’s marriage in 2006, Namkha Drimed, Rinpoche, the Sakyong’s father-in-law, has been handed a major role in Shambhala International — giving empowerments and teachings in North America and Europe. This short article takes a look at Namkha Drimed and some possible outcomes of his dharma activity in our mandala.


58 Responses to “Namkha Drimed in Shambhala International”

  1. Dawa Chöga on August 26th, 2012 7:43 pm

    Even as the roof is falling down,
    even as flames are spreading,
    we are not perturbed.
    The view has room for falling roof and fire
    and sacred outlook is not upset —
    Even if worse comes to worst,
    pure intention never falters…

  2. John Tischer on August 28th, 2012 4:44 pm

    The Gelugpazation of Shambhala

    What do the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and Shambhala .Org. have
    in common?

    The leaders of both are more political leaders than religious figures, (though the
    Dali Lama is more of a religious leader.)

    Rigid hierarchy of pundits.

    Emphasis on study more than practice.

    A culture of “specialness”…..(exclusivity.)

    let’s see….what else?

  3. Joe Schmidt on August 29th, 2012 1:49 pm

    Dear John,

    It might be too late for wondering and worrying about sectarian intrigues.

    These times remind me of when the red army was close, and Khenpo Gangshar called all the yogis out of retreat and empowered them to transmit the holy Dharma to anyone and to everyone.

    For every list of likenesses one could construct, some one else could construct a list of unlikenesses, so it’s inconclusive.

    It’s up to us to transmit that sort of sobriety of a society that goes beyond likes and dislikes, right now! The red menace is at our doorstep.

    We have mostly all heard of flashing tgs. This seems like the central pillar of our guru’s blessings.

    This understanding of how to liberate whatever arises is the gift we received, and it seems like this is the greatest gift we have to offer to others at this perilous time.

    Call it basic goodness. Namaste.

  4. John Tischer on August 30th, 2012 1:19 pm

    Yes, the Gelugs are Buddhists too, just like the other sects. And the Shambhalians are Buddhist too….in spirit if not in fact. But within that broad category, there is plenty of room for individual critical thinking….which is really all I’m saying.

  5. Dawa Chöga on September 2nd, 2012 4:08 pm

    “May we,
    Through illusory-like virtuous actions,
    Purify illusory-like defilements and
    Go through illusory-like bhumis and, thus,
    Attain illusory-like enlightenment.”

    Thangtong Gyalpo, c. 1361-1485

  6. tsering tashi on September 3rd, 2012 10:51 pm

    Ah /wo/men, as is said !

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