Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.
The Hoosier Heartland Meditation Group is part of Shambhala International, an international community of over 200 urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and further developed by his son and our lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Throughout history, people have aspired to create societies that express the dignity of human existence within a wise, flourishing culture. This is the vision of Shambhala – a legendary enlightened society. The first king of Shambhala is said to have received teachings directly from the Buddha; teachings on the inseparability of spirituality and everyday life. The Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche carried this tradition into the modern world. He writes:
The Shambhala teachings are founded on the premise that there is a basic human wisdom that can help to solve the world’s problems. This wisdom does not belong to any one culture or religion, nor does it come only from the West or the East. Rather it is a tradition of human warriorship that has existed in many cultures at many times throughout history.
Warriorship is a path of bravery, gentleness, and genuineness. At the heart of the Shambhala warrior tradition is the view that a brilliant life is accessible to everyone. Contemplative practices bring a natural sense of goodness, fearlessness, and humor into our path.
Our Mission Statement
Hoosier Heartland Meditation Group provides and encourages:
(1) Instruction and guidance in meditation and other contemplative practices and arts, as well as opportunities for group practice
(2) The study of Shambhala Buddhism, including a path of formal programs called the Way of Shambhala under the guidance of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
(3) A welcoming, supportive community of all who practice and study, and
(4) A proper setting for practice and study and an essential meeting place
in order to promote mindful awareness, openness, human dignity and an enlightened society in our Hoosier community and the world.