Uncovering the Mystery of KI and SO

Definitions of KI and SO were crafted with advisement from Ben Hines “The Shambhala warrior’s cry. Chanting this cry is a way to rouse your head and shoulders, a way to rouse a sense of uplifted dignity. It is also a way to invoke the power of windhorse and the energy of basic goodness. We … Continue 

Making a Leap

by  Shastri Matthew Lyon The practice of generosity can be paradoxical. In Buddhist wisdom, the highest form of this virtue is said to be free of self-interest. When we give freely without expecting anything in return we are manifesting beautiful kindness. Yet the teachings also tell us that when we are generous in this way, … Continue 

Social Restoration & the Dharma

By Kaitlyn Hatch This past autumn I was given the wonderful opportunity to lead three separate classes exploring the practices of bodhichitta, maitri/metta, and tonglen, and how they relate to the work of social restoration. Called ‘Power, Privilege & Difference’, the format for these classes was experimental, co-developed with my dear friend, John Tsungme Guy, … Continue 

Parenting as Path: Balancing & Being Brave

Parenting as Path: Balancing & Being Brave, with Acharya Jenny Warwick, recording, April 2014, Seattle Shambhala Center. By Robin Willett Sending gratitude and greetings from the Families and Children program at the Seattle Shambhala Center. As the days grow shorter, we offer you three uplifting videos of the Parenting as Path: Balancing and Being Brave … Continue 

Salon: How to skillfully communicate while holding opposing views

by Terry Jaworski Some of our gracious Shambhalians will open their homes in November and December for a conversational Salon. The Salons will give us an opportunity to discuss communication and how we can hold opposing views and still listen and honor each person’s perspective. One Salon will be scheduled in each of our four … Continue 

Giving Back

by Robin Willett Gabe Jones washed, sanded, and repainted the umdze platform. You might have noticed its beautiful blue during the Tea Ceremony at this year’s Harvest of Peace or while you were sitting on any Sunday since then. Repainting the platform is the first of Gabe’s projects to give back to those who gave … Continue 

Downtown Emergency Services Center recognizes Awake in Action

by Larry Steele Seattle Shambhala’s Awake in Action volunteers are basically good. In fact, they are the best. Ask anyone at the Downtown Emergency Services Center, which recently named Awake in Action as its 2018 Volunteer Group of the Year. Coordinator Sandra Noel and some of her team members accepted the award during a gala Breakfast … Continue 

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 

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 

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