The Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center is part of an international community of 165 meditation centers founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has appointed Acharyas, or senior teachers, to represent him and the Kagyu, Nyingma, and Shambhala lineages he holds. These individuals were chosen because of their knowledge, wisdom, and commitment to the confluence of teachings found in Shambhala. As the Sakyong's representatives, the acharyas, who are empowered to offer refuge and bodhisattva vows, bring the continuity of the lineage into the living teaching environment of local Shambhala centers. In addition to the Acharyas, teachers have been trained and cultivated to teach various programs.
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was one of the most dynamic teachers of Buddhism in the 20th Century. He was a pioneer in bringing the Buddhist teachings of Tibet to the West and is credited with introducing many Buddhist concepts into the English language and psyche in a fresh and new way.
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the former supreme abbot of Surmang Monasteries in Tibet, is known as the foremost meditation master and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. In the early 1970s, he founded Naropa University, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America, along with over 100 meditation centers worldwide and authored two dozen books on meditation, poetry, art and the Shambhala path of warriorship.
Read Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's biography on the Shambhala International website.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head teacher of the international Shambhala community. Born in India in 1962, Mipham Rinpoche was raised primarily in North America. His training is a unique hybrid of the classical traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and modern American culture and society. He has studied with some of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of our time. Rinpoche is renowned for his straightforward, practical approach teaching style and his skill at making even the most esoteric Buddhist teachings meaningful and relevant to an American audience. His bestselling book, Turning the Mind into an Ally, is a perfect handbook for starting a personal meditation practice.
Visit Sakyong Mipham's Website
Acharyas (Senior Teachers)
Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center has had the good fortune to host several acharyas as visiting teachers, and we are extremely honored to have a special ongoing relationship with Acharyas Arawana Hayashi and Gaylon Ferguson, who have offered to serve as meditation instructors for our members.
Arawana Hayashi is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, with roots in Asian and Western arts. Arawana was on the faculty of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and the Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado.
Her workshop in creative process, The Art of Making a True Move, has been presented in educational institutions, meditation centers, and organizational settings in the U.S. and Canada. In this and other workshops, Arawana invites non-dancers to discover their natural creativity as she guides them through a gentle, non-judgmental process of paying attention to their own physicality and to their environment. She is a master meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and recently completed a three-year term as teacher-in-residence at Karmê Chöling in Northeast Vermont.
Arawana came to the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center in 2005 to teach Shambhala training. She returned to Hawaii in 2007 to lead a week-long spring retreat at St Anthony Retreat Center. Arawana is available as a meditation instructor to members.
Gaylon Ferguson attended the 1975 Vajradhatu Seminary, taught briefly at The Naropa Institute, led a dathun at the now deceased Padma Jong, and finally returned to Karme Choling, first as a staff member in the practice and study department, and then as Executive Co-director. In 1979, Gaylon journeyed west again to serve as teacher-in-residence for the Berkeley Dharmadhatu and in 1983, he joined the Office of Three Yana Studies in Boulder. He taught View and Practice of the Buddhadharma at the 1999 Vajradhatu Seminary. After several years teaching cultural anthropology at the University of Washington, Gaylon moved to Karme Choling as teacher in residence through 2005. For the Spring Semester of 2006, Acharya Ferguson was Visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Naropa University. His article, "Making Friends with Ourselves" (from the collection Dharma, Color, and Culture) was selected for inclusion in The Best Buddhist writing: 2005. Gaylon joined the core faculty in Interdisciplinary Studies at Naropa in the fall of 2006.
Gaylon led the annual week-long spring retreat at the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center in 2006. Gaylon is available as a meditation instructor to members.
At Karme Choling, Allyn managed to sit five dathuns and began teaching. She went to the 1979 Vajradhatu Seminary, the first of seven that she would attend as a student, staff member or teacher.
Allyn has held a number of administrative positions in the Shambhala Mandala including at The Naropa Institute, Vajradhatu, and Boulder Karma Dzong. In 1992, she traveled to Asia to direct three Naropa Nepal Programs and then to Crestone, Co to direct two three-month Maitri Space Awareness programs. In 1995, Allyn "found herself volunteering" to take on the position of Director of Rocky Mountain Shambhala Center and during that time, she managed to combine center administration with teaching trips to Europe, Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, and elsewhere. In 2000 she was appointed an Acharya and ended her tenure at Shambhala Mountain Center. Since then she has been traveling and teaching while creating a home base in Tepotzlan, Mexico, where she is the resident Acharya. Allyn is also the resident Acharya for Los Angeles, CA where she spends a couple of months each year. Recently, she has traveled to South America to teach in Brazil and Chile.
Allyn led the annual spring retreat at the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center in 2008.
Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center is fortunate to have had the following wonderful teachers who have provided excellent training to our members.
Eamon Killoran (deceased 2011) was a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche since the mid 1970's and studied with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche during the Sakyong's Shambhala Mountain Center summer programs for many years. He was a director at the Rocky Mountain Dharma Center (now Shambhala Mountain Center) during the early 1990's. A retired Merchant Marine Officer, he taught Shambhala Training for many years.
In April 2005, Eamon led the annual Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center retreat at St Anthony's on Oahu, Hawaii, teaching Shambhala Heart of Warriorship series Levels 1, 2 and 3. Eamon returned to Hawaii many times to teach Shambhala training and Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies courses. We will all miss Eamon dearly, as he has been an important part of our sangha for many years.
Dr. Dean M. Nelson
Dr Dean Nelson started studying with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974 at Naropa Institute. He attended two 3-month seminaries with Rinpoche and took refuge and bodhisattva vows with Rinpoche in 1979. Dr. Nelson started three Shambhala Meditation Centers and has taught extensively - not only at these Centers, but at hospitals, churches and schools. He has been a meditation instructor since 1981 and a director of Shambhala Training since 1983.
Dr. Dean Nelson, a holistic health care provider formerly at the WindHorse HealthCare, is dedicated to the integration of mind and body medicine, with mind training and compassion as the ultimate and most potent medicine. Dean taught a class entitled “Luminous Healthcare”, from his recently published book
entitled “Brilliant and Luminous Health – Ancient Teachings on Healthcare from the Kingdom of Shambhala”. He and his family went on a 2-1/2-year retreat that enabled them to practice more, simplify their lives, and travel. Dean is available as a life coach - check out his website at: www.thenextstepdrdean.com
Jaynine Nelson began studying with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1979. She attended the Vajrayana Buddhist Seminary in 1983 led by Trungpa Rinpoche. She studied Japanese Ikebana as a mindfulness practice for 12 years in Seattle and Minneapolis becoming a teacher in 1993. Jaynine and Dean Nelson were the Shambhala Training Directors of the Minneapolis Shambhala Center for 5 years before moving to Kailua in 1996. They started the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group using their home for meditation and weekend Shambhala Training intensives. Jaynine has been a meditation instructor since 1987 and has served as assistant director of many Shamahbala training levels at the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center. Jaynine is available as a meditation instructor to members.
Chris Zorn has worked as an artist, musician, calligrapher and teacher. Before moving to Hawaii in 2002, he lived in Boulder, Colorado for 20 years where he taught for 8 years in the InterArts department of Naropa University and also founded and taught for 9 years at Tobatana: A Center for Multi-cultural Music and Education.
Chris has studied and practiced Buddhist meditation for over many years and since 1989 has regularly done solo retreat practice
outdoors in pristine wilderness areas following the example and practices of not only the Tibetan Buddhist tradition but also a number of indigenous traditions from around the world. Chris practices art as a contemplative discipline.
He holds a Masters degree in ethnomusicology and currently teaches art and music privately, at the Education Laboratory School and at Kapi’olani Community College.
Chris has been a speaker on Sundays, and has taught Buddhist and contemplative classes at the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center. He is available as a meditation instructor to members.