Description of Organization
The Boulder Shambhala Center was established by Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973. BSC now operates within an international organization of city and retreat centers under the guidance and protection of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Shambhala USA. The Boulder Shambhala Center provides parents, children and teenagers with an education in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Families learn meditative principles that work with the heart and mind, and gain confidence through exploring the basic goodness of all sentient beings. BSC is a cultural institution dedicated to creating enlightened society: humanity’s expansive embodiment of bravery, compassion, and profound confidence in humanity’s basic goodness.
In 2019, a grant in the amount of $6,500 was awarded to Boulder Shambhala to support their children and family programming.
- Bodhi School serves children ages 5 through 12. The curriculum is designed to be accessible and fun for newcomers to the Buddhist path as well as those with more experience
- Parenting as Path is a program that views raising children as the path to being open and compassionate beings, rather than seeing parenthood as an obstacle to spiritual learning. The starting point is mindfulness practice. The program consists of meditation, a short talk or teaching, and discussion groups
- Dharmic Warriors provides teenagers with an opportunity to form close friendships with their peers and to make their own connection with Shambhala and the teachings
- Shambhala Levels One through Five for Teens is a path of training in authentic meditation practices and wisdom teachings specifically tailored to teenagers with shorter sitting periods and more discussion than standard Shambhala Levels
- Children’s Day is a special annual holiday to help connect to the turning of the year, to connecting with the earth and the elements and be more embodied and in touch with our world and one another.