Children’s Blessing 2019 with Acharya Richard John

by Stacy Hall de Gomez with photos by Larry Steele and Brad Warren How could our hearts not be opened by the sight of our youngest community members at the October 27th Children’s Blessing Ceremony?  The ceremony, led by visiting Acharya Richard John, is designed to invite wakefulness and appreciation within the children. Each child … Continue 

Exploring the Protector Principle

by Kaitlyn Hatch Next month Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls and Dr. Claudelle Glasgow (Dr. G) are giving two offerings the weekend of December 13-15. Friday evening and all day Saturday will explore the relationship between the Protector Principle and habitual patterns of power and privilege. This offering is open to Dharma practitioners of all levels … Continue 

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