20 Free Things To Do At Seattle Shambhala

by Larry Steele Marpa the Translator, who helped bring Buddhism to Tibet, always carried bags of gold to offer as gifts to his teachers in India. In fact giving money and other precious gifts for Dharma is very traditional and is also a practical way of helping the student succeed and the Dharma flourish. In … Continue 

The Latest From Town Hall: Membership Drive Emphasizes Generosity and Radical Inclusivity

“Generosity is self-existing openness, complete openness. You are no longer subject to cultivating your own scheme or project. And the best way to open yourself up is to make friends with yourself and with others.” – Dorje Dradul of Mukpo by Andrea D’Asaro The second Town Hall, on July 30th at the Seattle Shambhala Center … Continue 

Shambhala Art Explores the Question of Art and Beauty

By Andrea D’Asaro The classic question: “Is beauty inherently present in an object or is it solely in the eye of the beholder?” will be explored in an upcoming Shambhala Art Evening. “This question goes to the very nature of our experience of ourselves and our world,” says Seattle Shambhala art coordinator Shelley Pierce. The … Continue 

Learning to meditate

Beginning Meditation, Learn How with Shambhala

Training the mind through meditation is an important part of what we practice at Shambhala. Each week, many of us come together to sit at our Madison Valley location, as well as, our 7 satellites throughout the greater Seattle area. For those new to meditation, we offer three ways to get started. Free basic instruction … Continue 

New Shastri Brings a Feminine Perspective to Seattle

by Andrea D’Asaro Our new Shastri, Trinley Busby is relocating to Seattle from her home in Vancouver as our center’s first female Shastri. She brings a deep passion to open Shambhala to greater diversity including the power of the feminine. Her work in diversity includes 10 years of reaching out to marginalized populations in Vancouver’s … Continue 

At Shambhala, Two Sadhanas Lighten the Dark Age

by Andrea D’Asaro “This is the darkest hour of the dark ages,” wrote Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1968 in the introduction to the Sadhana of Mahamudra. The dark ages he is referring to is a period of roughly 500 years that humanity is seen by Buddhist scholars to be in the midst of now. Each … Continue 

Recap From Our First Town Hal

“Great to get together and be heard” Director, Michael Busby convened our first Town Hall on April 29th. It is the first of an ongoing quarterly schedule, which he started to bring the sangha together and create an avenue for open communication . He told us, “Confidence and health have always been a part of … Continue 

The Dharma of Horsemanship

by Mary Ann Campbell Working skillfully with fear, with horses as our mentors When we sit to practice meditation, we don’t just walk in the room and sit down. We develop a sense of occasion, we pay attention to our physical balances and tensions, the quality of our mind, the quality of our emotions. As … Continue 

Service as Path

by Jill Avey In the words of Julia King Tamang, “To do a job mindfully and well is a pleasure. To attend to details that might make the difference between ‘good enough’ and ‘good’ can be joyful. To finish one’s work commitments at a high level of integrity is fulfilling. To work in that way … Continue 

Eva Wong – A Transformative Awakening in Daily Life

by Tanya Carter Many of us experience events in our lives that transform the way we perceive the world. If we are aware and seize these opportunities; they can also serve as catalysts on a wonderful lifelong journey of learning and self-discovery.  We are fortunate to have the privilege of experiencing one such transformative event this … Continue