The Generous Present

by Matthew Lyon Recently I read a book by Dr. Joe Dispensa, a well-known author and motivational teacher. A certain phrase jumped out at me from the pages. In describing the qualities of a relaxed and healthy state of mind, he referred to “the generous present moment”. The words sparked something in me, and I … Continue 

Harvesting Peace Together

As temperatures cool, autumn colors appear, and leaves begin to fall, the Seattle Shambhala community joined together to celebrate the autumn equinox.  Our annual Harvest of Peace celebration took place on September 22nd, incorporating our regular Sunday Open House. The morning began with a ritual lhasang, followed by the Shambhala Sadhana, meditation, a report from … Continue 

The Heart of Recovery

By Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia “Heart of Recovery is a weekly meeting that joins Buddhist meditation and Twelve Step work in order to connect to and engage in a commitment to recovery from addiction, addictive behaviors and patterns in our lives.” This is the basic description of the Heart of Recovery, which are meetings that take … Continue 

Satellites Bow Out

By Andrea D’Asaro Seattle Shambhala’s West Seattle and Mercer Island satellites are stepping back from offering meditation in local neighborhoods. After four years of offering weekly meditation and discussion groups at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, the West Seattle satellite of the Seattle Shambhala Center recently closed its doors. The satellite branch was originally founded … Continue 

Inspiration

By Matthew Lyon Recently I have been listening to the music of Joseph Haydn, who is the most prolific major composer of all time, having written over 340 hours of music. He composed 104 symphonies, numerous choral works and hundreds of instrumental pieces in many combinations. He is regarded as the father of the symphony … Continue 

Seattle Shambhala Garden Magic

By Andrea D’Asaro “The Shambhala garden has a magic about it, as if it has its very own intention to bring you closer to it, to bring the community closer to nature and each other,” says Claire Oravec, who has nurtured the Shambhala garden for the past year. About a year ago, some Shambhala members … Continue 

Garden and Outdoor Clean-up Day Gratitude

Many thanks to those who have stepped up to volunteer for the countless tasks necessary to maintain our Center and our community.  In particular, our thanks go out to those who showed up for the Garden and Outdoor Clean-up Day on August 11th. The tender loving care our volunteers provided included cutting back perennials; composting … Continue 

Town Hall Recap from the Co-Directors

A Letter from our Co-Directors, September 5, 2019   Dear Seattle Shambhala Community,  As many of you know, this past month we had the pleasure of holding two Town Hall Gatherings with members of our community. Thank you to all who attended and shared your thoughts, concerns, and inspirations for the future! These Town Halls … Continue 

Seattle Shambhala Shows Sneak Preview of “The Boys Who Said ‘NO!'”

Bill Prince, former sangha member and film producer, joins the Seattle Shambhala Center for a sneak preview showing Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 pm, of a nearly-completed antiwar documentary titled The Boys Who Said NO!   In the 1960s, one group of young people found their ideals of patriotism shaken by the Vietnam War. Inspired … Continue 

Volunteers Hold the Shambhala Sky

by Andrea D’Asaro “Our center is run by volunteers who give of their time. If they weren’t here the center wouldn’t exist,” says Susie Saalwaechter, explaining why she volunteers as a Sunday open house host every other month. Many members and visitors don’t realize that our precious center is run by over 70 inspired volunteers. … Continue