Children’s Day is Every Day

by Larry Steele Iliana the warrior-girl was afraid. Days had turned dark and everyone feared the sun would never return. But Iliana vowed to find the sun and bring it back to her family and community. Seattle Shambhala children will dress up in warrior crowns and tiger stripes to perform The Iliana Story during Children’s … Continue 

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    Awake in Action Embodies Social Engagement

    by Andrea D’Asaro “I’ve come to serve residents at the Union Hotel each month for seven years, feeling the weight of current events and the difficulties we all face but by the time our work is over, my heart is full and my steps are lighter,” says Sandra Noel, Awake in Action Coordinator and Shambhala … Continue 

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      Quiet for a Week, Retreat with Shambhala

      Photo: Karme Choling Retreat Center in Barnet VT This is the first in a series of three newsletter/blog posts about seven-day “weekthuns” and other meditative retreats. We will cover upcoming retreats, discuss why we go on retreat, and review some retreat centers in the Shambhala mandala. by Larry Steele Life gets pretty busy sometimes. Have … Continue 

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        Exploring Money, Mind and Meditation with Shambhala

        How do we, as meditators, learn to balance a spiritual path with worldly achievement? Sometimes financial success can seem at odds with spirituality. Yet, the tradition of Shambhala teaches that through meditation practice we can have a fulfilling and prosperous life. Shastri Matthew Lyon, a Shambhala teacher and financial advisor, answers questions about his upcoming … Continue 

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          Inclusion Movement Fueled by Radical Compassion

          by Andrea D’Asaro Groups throughout our Seattle community are engaging in challenging conversations and connections around diversity and implicit bias, with the goal of healing collectively through mindfulness and insight.  The book Radical Dharma is the touchstone of these efforts.  Lead author Rev Angel kyodo Williams, a friend of the Sakyong and frequent speaker at … Continue 

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            What is Suffering?

            By Larry Steele It is said that the Buddha gave his first teachings at Deer Park, near what is now known as Varanasi, India. There, after years of searching and contemplation, he presented the four noble truths about suffering. This is known as the first turning of the wheel of dharma, the first lesson offered … Continue 

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              Join Sakyong Mipham’s Book and Retreat Tour: The Lost Art of Good Conversation

              In a world of iPhones and connectivity to social media and email, we are all in constant connection with one another. Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues, and abandoned by family and friends? In this new book, The Lost Art of Good Conversation, from the bestselling author of Running … Continue 

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                Thursday Night Meditation Open House in Madison Valley

                    Thursday Nights have been a long running tradition at the Shambhala Center of Seattle, providing a safe space for many to experience meditation and the Dharma for the first time- and as a gathering space for our community. We’re excited to announce a refreshing new take on Thursday nights starting in October. We … Continue 

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                  20 Free Things To Do At Seattle Shambhala

                  by Larry Steele Marpa the Translator, who helped bring Buddhism to Tibet, always carried bags of gold to offer as gifts to his teachers in India. In fact giving money and other precious gifts for Dharma is very traditional and is also a practical way of helping the student succeed and the Dharma flourish. In … Continue 

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                    The Latest From Town Hall: Membership Drive Emphasizes Generosity and Radical Inclusivity

                    “Generosity is self-existing openness, complete openness. You are no longer subject to cultivating your own scheme or project. And the best way to open yourself up is to make friends with yourself and with others.” – Dorje Dradul of Mukpo by Andrea D’Asaro The second Town Hall, on July 30th at the Seattle Shambhala Center … Continue 

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