Chogyam Trungpa and the Shambhalian Vision of an Enlightened Society

By Janet M. C. Burns.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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Max Weber’s theorizing is prominent in the sociology of religion. He spent a great deal of time and effort examining the relationship between “social action” and religious beliefs. This study examines the origins and credos of Shambhala Buddishm, a new religious movement founded by Chogyam Trungpa in the late twentieth century with reference to Max Weber’s typology of the “paths to salvation”. The emphasis is on describing Trungpa’s vision that an enlightened society will necessarily result as an intended consequence of adopting and practicing Shambhalian meditation.

Keywords: Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala, Enlightened Society, Max Weber, Paths to Salvation

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.75-87. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 398.024KB).

Dr. Janet M. C. Burns

Professor, Department of Social Science, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, NB, Canada

I am a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Science at the University of New Brunswick. My research interests are in the sociology of religion, art and culture. Topics include historical comparisons of early modern art in Western Europe, Canada, the United States, and Mexico; modern art and the portrayal by and of women; the culture of occupations; ethnography; social theory; positive sociology; and the sociology of religion, play and creativity.