Aspiring towards Right Livlihood

By Andrea D’Asaro As a stormwater engineer, Anisha Prasad assures that roads and buildings stay clear during heavy rains, and that new development allows fish and wildlife to survive.  “A vague feeling” encouraged Prasad to switch careers to Environmental Engineering. “Even though I had degrees in both Engineering and Computer Science, I chose Environmental Engineering, … Continue 

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    Our inner path through crisis

    Matthew Lyon has been a Shastri, or senior teacher, in Shambhala for nine years and has held various responsibilities in the organization for 42 years, including serving as center director in Seattle and Burlington.Vermont.  Recently, he talked with Larry Steele about how to practice in a time of crisis, and how to hold Shambhala teachings … Continue 

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      Working together to eradicate malaria

      By Sala Sweet Community member Sala Sweet’s experiences in Ghana over many years have inspired her to connect to assistance groups in the Pacific Northwest working to eradicate Malaria. Malaria affects everyone in Ghana.  Children contract it at young ages and sometimes die from it.  Once you have malaria, it can return again and again. This … Continue 

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        Ballard Satellite Bows Out

        by Alan Ness The Ballard Satellite, Seattle Shambhala’s first neighborhood-based meeting place, held its last session on August 28. The Ballard group inspired a constellation of other satellites that continue to bring meditation practice closer to people’s homes. As we know, everything changes. Often a vibrant group, Ballard eventually had a steady decrease in attendance, … Continue 

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          Fun and Belonging at Enlightened Society Assembly in Austin, TX

          By Aarush and Aarnav Uli, ages 7 and 11 This year my brother and I attended the Enlightened Children’s Program (ECP) at the Austin Shambala Center, led by Shastri Iris Ramos, with volunteers Christian Mitchell, Davis Maynard, and Miya Little. A fun part of the program was when we did the slip and slide and splash … Continue 

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            The Wealth of Generosity

            By Shastri Matthew Lyon Generosity is directly related to a feeling of abundance and confidence in our lives. On an inner level, in meditation practice, we rest the mind in the ground of basic goodness, the primordial confidence in our heart, our true nature. We can notice that when fear arises, this feeling of wholeness … Continue 

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              Hiking group takes wide view

              by Anisha Prasad When confusion and speed arise, the Seattle Shambhala hiking group hits the trail. This summer we hiked the beautiful Harvey Manning trail, a good five-mile walk in the Issaquah Alps and just minutes from the city. It was a glorious hike. We took turns leading the way, sharing some reflections about our … Continue 

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                Membership Reflections

                People who celebrated Midsummer’s Day at Seattle Shambhala told us about why they open the gate to the great eastern sun by visiting the center. Anyone willing to share their thoughts wrote them on pre-printed cards. They snapped polaroid photos and attached them to the cards. Why do you come to the Shambhala Center? “Meditating … Continue 

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                  From Complexity and Confusion Emerges Enlightened Design

                  by Andrea D’Asaro The design process — turning an idea in reality — is an example of mindfulness-awareness, says Alan Ness, a long-time member of our sangha and a residential design architect. He’s been designing and remodeling homes for 30 years — his way of expressing the wisdom of Shambhala. “Right Livelihood is going beyond … Continue 

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                    Visit the Metta Sutta

                    by Larry Steele The Metta Sutta, the Buddha’s discourse on loving kindness, is a key teaching in the Pali Canon. It is chanted by Theravadan monks throughout the Asian southeast. During my recent visit to Myanmar, the social-activist monks Ashin Issariya and Ashin Kovida both guided me to the Metta Sutta. So did my instructor … Continue 

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