Source: The Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
On April 30, 2004 The Religion and Ethics Newsweekly reported, "Buddhist meditation techniques are widely popular, and one such method is called Shambhala meditation, a simplified version of Tibetan practice. Recently, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, author and meditation leader, told a group of beginners to relax, note their breathing, set aside their thoughts, and just be -- quietly -- who they are. The setting was All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C." Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the Spiritual leader of the Shambhala Buddhist Movement, says in the article, "'Shambhala' is a word that really connotes how a human being can live in the world and practice spirituality and not renounce anything, in a sense. It's a notion that one can have a family, one could have a job, and one can still deepen and meditate and understand. And that life is a journey and that one does not have to become a renunciator or monastic in order to do that."