Windhorse Retreat Center is Open

by Larry Steele Beyond the Tibetan-style gateway, nestled among hundreds of trees and echoing with birdsong, sit the three small cabins of Windhorse Retreat Center. Over the past 9 years, a steady stream of meditators have taken the ferry to Whidbey Island, loosened their ties to the everyday world, and settled into the cabins for … Continue 

Courage and Generosity

by Matthew Lyon In these anxious times, it is natural to slip into a cycle of hope and fear. We have fear of contracting the virus, and yet hope we won’t. Fear that society and economies will fall apart, and hope for a cure or effective treatments to bring stability. Fear of the dysfunction of … Continue 

Meeting a Monk in Myanmar

By Laura Kaye Chamberlain Earlier this year, sangha member Laura Chamberlain moved across the world to Myanmar, where she currently works and lives. She shared some of her experiences and thoughts on Buddhism and her Path with us in this article. My first Sunday in Myanmar, I talked with a monk. (I must say, this … Continue 

Neighborhood Delegs Overcome Social Isolation

by Andrea D’Asaro Despite the short-term shuttering of our center, members are gathering for happy hours, meditation groups, and salons, along with helping each other with grocery and pharmacy deliveries. No, Shambhalians aren’t breaking social distancing guidelines, they are congregating online in community delegs, or subgroups among members. “Our center has nine delegs from Port … Continue 

Coronavirus Reflections from West Africa

by Sala Sweet Sweet, a long-time Seattle Shambhala member,  was in Ghana, West Africa, when COVID-19 first hit our communities in Washington. She was there to help fight malaria, a disease that already takes 400,000 Ghanian lives each year. Sweet faces unique challenges as she works with doctors, health clinics, and volunteers as part of … Continue 

A Great Gathering of the Sangha

By Larry Steele Shambhala Day may have been our last face-to-face community gathering before COVID-19 changed our lives. Nevertheless, as it is every year, the day marked a great gathering of the Seattle sangha of Shambhalians. The video broadcast from Karmê Chöling linked Seattle with Shambhala centers around the world, in North and South America, … Continue 

Generosity in Fearful Times

By Matthew Lyon In these challenging times in the world, fear and uncertainty abound. We face multiple sources of anxiety as our personal health, the well being of society, and our financial stability are all threatened. Emotions are raw and at times turbulent. Today I was in line at a bank drive-in window, and the … Continue 

Practices for Difficult Times: Caring for Ourselves and Others

by Andrea D’Asaro Exchanging self for others in tonglen practice, bringing attention to small moments, creating a home retreat, and focusing our minds on feeling what we are feeling, are among the ways senior Shambhala teachers are suggesting we keep our practices going while the Seattle Shambhala Center is closed as part of the social … Continue 

The Generous Earth

by Matthew Lyon As the warmth of spring begins to dawn, this is a perfect time to pause and contemplate the abundance of the world around us. In our busy, often stressful daily lives, we are sometimes focused on abundance in terms of the tasks we have to accomplish and the number of responsibilities we … Continue 

A Cheerful Center Clean-up

Seattle Shambhala community members gathered on Sunday, February 23rd, after the open meditation and discussion to clean and uplift our center in preparation for Shambhala Day. We call the day before Shambhala Day “Neutral Day”, and it’s a chance for us to clear up lingering energetic obstacles and clean our spaces for the new year. … Continue