At Home: Children’s Day & Winter Solstice Celebration

by Larry Steele and Robin Willett Celebration marks every season and it’s Children’s Day & Winter Solstice that blaze in December. “Precisely because this year is different, we felt a deep call to loft the light of Children’s Day” said Robin Willett. “The seasonal rituals we share in Shambhala are such an important part of … Continue 

A Harvest Of Peace Celebration!

by Sala Sweet On Sunday, September 20, thirty members of the Seattle Shambhala sangha came together to celebrate the harvest of the efforts and caring of our members during the last cycle of seasons.  Ladan Yalzadeh opened our celebration, guiding us through our gathering with grace and Shelley Pierce closed our day with an offering … Continue 

Seattle Shambhala Teachers On Connecting During Pandemic Times

Matthew Lyon As the pandemic continues to frame our daily lives and our decisions, our meditation practice can be especially powerful. When we sit down to practice, we are asserting the prominence of the inner path in our lives. The inner path of mindfulness and awareness is not an escape from external stresses and fears. … Continue 

Contemplative Creativity Lab is Here!

By  Ladan Yalzadeh (Seattle Shambhala Center)  and  Anne Saitzyk (Los Angeles Shambhala Center) If we open our eyes, our minds and our hearts, we will find that this world is a magical place.  – Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche  Inspired by the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by the global community of Shambhala … Continue 

Generosity Column: Inspiration

by Matthew Lyon To be alive at this very moment is a divine gift. We could express our gratitude in this way at any time, but it is especially meaningful in a time when impermanence and uncertainty surround us. In describing the benefits of meditation, Chogyam Trungpa once said that it trains us to relate … Continue 

New Board Members Share Expansive Views

By Larry Steele An expansive vision of benefit beyond self shines through each member of Seattle Shambhala’s Board of Directors, like light reflecting from the facets of a wish-fulfilling jewel. Each officer of the seven-member Board, which was first seated on Shambhala Day 2020, brings unique strengths, life experiences, and a deep commitment to the … Continue 

Pema Chödrön with Advice on Wholehearted Living during a Global Pandemic

By Andrea D’Asaro After a 45-minute wait, thousands of Pema Chödrön fans finally saw her face through a FaceTime patch into Zoom on Sunday, May 17, as part of one of Shambhala Online’s weekly Sunday Gatherings, this time a question and answer event. Pema encouraged her online support team to keep trying, despite connection difficulties: … Continue 

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