About Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche


The Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, is one of today’s most respected spiritual masters and leaders. Born in Bodhgaya, India, the Sakyong was raised in both the East and the West. He was educated in the United States and England, and trained extensively in Asia with many of the great meditation masters of the 20th century. His unique multicultural background enables him to present the riches of the East’s contemplative traditions in a modern Western context.

The title Sakyong literally means “earth protector” and represents a lineage of teachers and rulers who over centuries have helped the world during times of heightened conflict. More broadly, it refers to every individual’s potential to live a life based on generosity and service.

The Sakyong’s work benefits an array of causes and institutions worldwide. As the leader of Shambhala, he directs a global network of meditation and retreat centers in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia. These centers are dedicated to promoting the vision of an enlightened world. In the field of contemplative education, he is the lineage holder of Naropa University, the first university established in the West that is based on Shambhala principles.

About the
Sakyong Wangmo

Khandro Tseyang is the daughter of the prominent Tibetan Buddhist teacher Namkha Drimed Rinpoche and married the Sakyong in 2005.

As Sakyong Wangmo, or “Earth Protector Lady”, she has a many faceted role in the Shambhala society, which includes cultivating peace and harmony through communication and through encouraging true sophistication and elegance in family life, celebration and ritual.

In 2013, under the guidance of the Sakyong Wangmo, the Foundation initiated The Sakyong Wangmo Fund to provide humanitarian assistance to the Tibetan refugee communities in India and Nepal.  Through her fundraising efforts, the Foundation hopes to be able to complete the paving of roads connecting the settlement camps in Orissa, India.  She has also raised funds for monks who train at the Rigon Tashi Choeling monastery in Pharping, Nepal and helped support the health and well-being of elderly monastics in India and Nepal.