Awake in the World

What does it mean to live a wakeful life, as an individual and as a society? Awake in the World is a Shambhala London’s way of exploring this in partnership with other organisations and communities.

In 2013 Shambhala London hosted a 3 day festival to explore that question, in partnership with SOAS, University of London, in particular the Circle of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies. There were workshops designed to wake us up to the magic of the world and to help us to relate wakefully with others, and discussions on how we can act effectively in the world whether in the fields of politics, psychology, education, social action, or in our own workplaces and families.

Festival video highlights: Watch an inspiring set of videos from leading speakers.
Remembering Chögyam Trungpa: Watch a video about Shambhala’s founder Chögyam Trungpa on the 50th anniversary of his arrival in the UK.
Festival images: View a gallery from the festival.

Sakyong Mipham, the spiritual leader of Shambhala, presented the vision of Shambhala and how it can enrich us and our world. He asks us to rethink what it means to be human and recalls the arrival of his famous father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in the west.


A film of the opening event by Shambhala President Richard Reoch: