Our Mission

Established by the Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, the Foundation and its partners provide leadership and financial support to organizations and projects whose activities exemplify the vision of Shambhala: a contemplative tradition grounded in the view that the path to peace for individuals and society is based on the cultivation of universal human qualities of wisdom, compassion and courage.

What is a Sakyong?

The word Sakyong means “earth protector” and refers to a lineage of leaders and teachers who over centuries have helped the world achieve peace during times of heightened conflict. More broadly, it points to every individual’s potential to act with courage and compassion throughout their lives.

The current Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche has dedicated his life to teaching and presenting the vision of Shambhala. The Shambhala tradition flourished for over 1,000 years in Tibet before being brought to the west by the last Sakyong, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the late 1960s. Sakyong Mipham directs a global community inspired by this vision, including a network of urban community centers and rural retreats that offer extensive training in meditation and contemplative disciplines, and support their integration into everyday life.

Our Objectives

  • To increase our impact and capacity in the form of endowments that will provide long-term support for Shambhala vision.
  • To encourage generosity by collaborating with patrons towards the successful completion of projects and campaigns aligned with our mission.

Our Impact

Since its inception the The Sakyong Foundation has received over $2.6 million in gifts, earned over $400,000 of investment profits, and made grants of over $2.2 million. In the case of endowed funds – where the Foundation has long-term management responsibility – our investment philosophy is based on the desire to protect our capital as well as expand them. These monies are currently diversified amongst money market, index sector funds and hedge funds.

The Sakyong Foundation’s staff includes Jeff Waltcher, Executive Director and Jane Vosper, Director of Operations.  The Foundation is overseen by a Board of Directors that includes Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Jessie Grimes, Alex Halpern, Connie Brock, and Jeff Waltcher.