“It is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation, following ancient principles, and it can be further developed in daily life, so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.”
The mission of the Seattle Shambhala Center is to promote a sane and decent world by cultivating the nature of goodness in every human being. We provide a welcoming and vibrant community for study and the practice of meditation. With a strong emphasis on community and practice, we learn to meet challenges with courage, gentleness and mindfulness.
Buddhism offers methods to clarify our mind, open our heart, and face the realities of human life, while the Shambhala teachings offer practices for rousing confidence and connecting with the natural power and energy of the world.
- Upgrade Shambhala Center building on Harrison Street as required by the City of Seattle. Completed
- Perform additional improvements, e.g. community room, accessibility, etc. on Shambhala Center building on Harrison Street. Lower Shrine Room Expansion – planned for August 2012. Other improvements on-going.
- Rent a space by the end of 2012 which has both a community space and a program space for up to 100+ participants.
- Buy a building of sufficient size to realize the Sakyong’s vision of an urban Shambhala House by 2020*.
- Buy 10+ acres of land within two hours of Seattle and build one main house with office, kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, and practice rooms for up to 25 retreatants, teachers and staff, plus 3 single retreat cabins, by 2025*.
*Milestones 4 and 5 are aspirations that have been discussed at various times by different groups of sangha members. They are included here to inspire long-term visioning and discussion.