The Bangkok Shambhala Meditation Center is part of an international community of meditation centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by his son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
The meditation technique that we practice and teach is Shamatha Viphashana a mindfulness-awareness meditation. This technique originates directly from the Buddha Shakyamuni and has been passed from teacher to student for over 2500 years.
Shambhala Day; Year of the Fire Bird Begins February 27, 2017
The Bird is associated with dawn and awakening, so it is said that the Year of the Bird (Hen) values discipline and hard-work; never giving up and seeing each day as a fresh start. The Year of the Fire Bird highlights loyalty, commitment, and integrity. There can sometimes be a tendency for impulsiveness in the quick flames of the Fire Bird Year, but generosity, courage and strong principles calm the impetuous nature of this time. The Fire Hen is social, and reminds us that the power of community is the support and encouragement that we can offer each other. *This year is known as Fire Bird since it’s a “Rooster” year, but female, so therefore Hen or Bird.
SHAMBHALA DAY marks the beginning of the New Year, and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. Based on the traditional Tibetan New Year’s celebration of Losar, the day is calculated astrologically according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, and changes every year to coincide with the annual lunar cycles.
Shambhala Day is a time for us to express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, elegance and pomp. As is customary, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche addresses the worldwide Shambhala community on Shambhala Day through an online hook-up, which includes centres and groups from six continents and over thirty countries around the world.
We have scheduled a few activities throughout the week following Shambhala Day as part of the traditional celebrations. Please check the details listed on the calendar to see the events we have scheduled throughout the week.
We host a drop-in meditation class every Saturday afternoon. Each class is led by a meditation instructor (certified and trained in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage), so you can ask any questions you have about your practice, or just come along and benefit by sitting with a group!
In addition to the regular Saturday class, we have a few open meditation practice sessions throughout the week. We also occasionally have visiting teachers, and special practice events or classes. Check out the calendar page to see what’s happening.
How to get here: we are located on Sukhumvit Soi 23, on the 2nd floor of the Yogatique building. You can take a motorcycle taxi from the Asoke BTS station for 20 Baht, or walk through the Interchange building and get a motorcycle from the Soi 23 side, for 10 Baht. If you walk, it takes about 10 minutes from the station. If you take a motorcycle, tell them to take you to the car wash (pronounced; “long loat” in Thai) on Soi 23. if you pass the car wash, you’ve gone too far. If you drive, you can park in the parking lot at “Narz” for a fee of 100 Baht.