Shangpa Rinpoche tours USA East Coast and Chicago Centers (March 31-May 2, 2017)

Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers of the USA are delighted to welcome the Venerable Shangpa Rinpoche to teach on meditation according to the profound path of Mahamudra

Posted: 13.03.17

Cultivating Mind's Clarity: Mahamudra meditation on tranquility and insight

The Buddha taught that mind’s natural state is clear and awakened. To find peace and enlightenment, we do not need to search anywhere other than where we are right now. As practitioners, it is up to us to untangle the habits of mind that cloud our awareness and cause confusion. By doing this, we discover the awakened state that is already present within us.

The key to this path is meditation. First we must calm our minds, to settle the the busy, distracting, chatter that clouds our daily awareness. This is accomplished through the practice of shamatha (calm-abiding, Tib: Shinay). As we develop focus and stability, we can better examine our minds in order to unravel the sources of our confusion and reveal mind’s limitless potential. This is accomplished through the practice of vipashyana (insight, Tib: Lhaktong). By cultivating stability and insight, we can train the mind to realize its natural, uncontrived, and peaceful nature, which in fact is already present within us (Mahamudra).

Shangpa Rinpoche will provide teachings on the practices of shamatha and vipashyana meditation according to the profound path of Mahamudra.


Current Schedule

(additional details will be available shortly through each center)



Born in 1960 at the border between Tibet and Nepal, Shangpa Rinpoche was recognized at the age of two as an incarnation of the Great Yogi Shangpa Rinpoche. In 1976, at age 19, Rinpoche was appointed by the 16th Karmapa as Abbot of the Janchub Choeling Monastery in Pokhara, Nepal. Since 1982, Rinpoche has overseen the Karma Kagyu Buddhist Center of Singapore at the request of the 14th Shamar Rinpoche. Shangpa Rinpoche is also Abbot of Vikramashila Buddhist Institute in Nepal, Tharpa Choeling Nunnery in Mustang, and Drubgyud Choeling Monastery in Lumbini. In 2004, Rinpoche founded the Kagyu Institute for Buddhist Studies in Kirtipur. To manage his works in these areas, Rinpoche established the Shangpa Foundation in 1996 and became Chairman with the approval and support of the Nepalese Government. An important teacher in the Kagyu lineage, Rinpoche travels frequently to other countries to keep in touch with the progress of his works and to continue with the propagation of Buddhism. For more details see the full bio.