August 13, 2010

First Photo: baby daughter of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Sakyong Wangmo.

Good morning,
Little Princess!

A first look at the little one and her proud parents, the Sakyong Wangmo and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Read Waylon Lewis’ exclusive first interview with Shambhala President Richard Reoch re the birth of Lady Dragon Wisdom.

Read our initial coverage, context, history, see many more photos of the happy royal couple.

Press Release:

Lady Dragon Wisdom, Princess born to king and queen of Shambhala in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on August 11 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Shambhala International) August 12, 2010 — Caption: The King and Queen of Shambhala with their newborn princess, Lady Dragon Wisdom, born yesterday in Halifax. The royal couple hold the hereditary Shambhala Buddhist lineage, named after the legendary Himalayan kingdom of Shambhala, renowned for its compassion and wisdom.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and his queen Sakyong Wangmo Khandro Tseyang hold the rare title of Sakyong which means “Earth Protector” in Tibetan. Their daughter is named Drukmo Yeshe Sarasvati Ziji Mukpo, Lady Dragon Wisdom, Goddess of Melody, Brilliance Mukpo. She is named after a famous queen who ruled in Tibet alongside the powerful Gesar of Ling, ancestor of the Shambhala royal line.

High- and low-resolution JPG images are attached.

For more information, please refer to the birth announcement issued yesterday, below.

MEDIA RELEASE (sent August 11)

Princess born to king and queen of Shambhala at
IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Shambhala International) August 11, 2010 — The king and queen of Shambhala, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Khandro Tseyang, today gave birth to their first child, a princess. The baby girl was delivered today at 10:24 AM Atlantic Daylight Time, in the birth unit of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The couple were married in Halifax in 2006.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and his queen, the Sakyong Wangmo Khandro Tseyang, are holders of the hereditary Shambhala Buddhist lineage. The royal line dates back over a thousand years to the Tibetan king, Gesar of Ling, whose epic story is told in song and dance throughout Asia.

The new princess has been given the name Drukmo Yeshe Sarasvati Ziji Mukpo [Lady Dragon Wisdom]. Traditional Tibetan rituals will be performed privately at the family’s home in Halifax.

“The birth was cheerful, uplifted and free of complications. Both mother and child are healthy and resting well,” said Dr Mitchell Levy, personal physician to the royal family. Dr Levy is Professor of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. The birth took place at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.

The couple decided to have the birth in Halifax because it is their adopted home and the spiritual capital of the worldwide Shambhala community. The Shambhala Buddhist tradition has thousands of members in some 50 countries throughout the world. It takes its name from the Himalayan kingdom of Shambhala renowned for its wisdom and compassion.

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The Shambhala tradition was brought to the West by the Tibetan meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. After his escape from Tibet in 1959, he taught widely throughout North America and Europe in the years from 1963 to 1987 and became an internationally established author. His best known and most widely translated books include “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism” and “Shambhala: the Sacred Path of the Warrior.”

In 1986, he moved to Nova Scotia, Canada, along with hundreds of his students, and established the international headquarters of Shambhala in Halifax. By the time of his passing in 1987, he had laid the foundation for a global network of meditation centres that today has an annual attendance of some 250,000 people at its worldwide programs.

“The Shambhala teachings are founded on the premise that there is basic human wisdom that can help to solve the world’s problems,” Trungpa Rinpoche declared. “Shambhala vision teaches that, in the face of the world’s problems, we can be heroic and kind at the same time.”

The Shambhala tradition continues today under the leadership of Trungpa Rinpoche’s heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The title, Sakyong, literally means “earth protector”.

The Shambhala teachings, offered in a series of public weekend programs, aim to nurture people’s fundamental intelligence, offer support in the midst of conflict and confusion, and open the door to the compassionate care of others. Shambhala Centres also offer classes in contemplative arts as a way of cultivating creativity and bringing students’ everyday awareness to a higher level.

The Shambhala community in Nova Scotia numbers more than 600 people, with its main centre at 1084 Tower Road, Halifax. Throughout Atlantic Canada there are over a dozen Shambhala meditation centres and groups, as well as two retreat centres, Gampo Abbey, and the main offices of Shambhala-inspired enterprises such as the Shambhala Sun magazine, and the Shambhala Summer Institute (ALIA) which brings social activists and thinkers from all over the world to innovative leadership programs.


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