Shambhala Day 2014

Together with 311 other Shambhala centers around the world, Seattle Shambhala welcomed the new lunar year, the Year of the Wood Horse, with meditation and renewed commitment to creating enlightened society. An early-morning lhasang ceremony sent up juniper smoke to invite the drala energy. More than 80 meditators settled into the shrine room to hear … Continue 

Director’s Notes: Visioning Additional Space

Everyone in Shambhala Seattle is invited to a community meeting at the center, 2:00 pm, Sunday, March 9, to consider the possibility of opening an additional meditation space. The Seattle Shambhala Center is bursting at the seams. Our shrine rooms are crowded. Multiple events compete for space on the same day. Our practice and community are … Continue 

What Is A Shastri?

by Shastri Ben Hines When you come to the Seattle Shambhala Center, you soon encounter a term never heard in the West until recently: shastri. It reflects a role and responsibilities conferred by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, spiritual leader of Shambhala, on certain senior teachers in many Shambhala communities around the world. Speaking personally, I think of … Continue 

The Meditating Practitioner

About two years ago after returning from travels as Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s attendant, I hung out my own shingle as a solo attorney with equal parts excitement and trepidation. I decided to take advantage of a service provided through the WA state bar association for starting a law practice. As I was told some of … Continue 

The Sun Returns to Seattle

The 2014 Winter Solstice and Children’s Day celebration: The sun returned to the kingdom of Seattle Shambhala as the sangha gathered for our annual Winter Solstice and Children’s Day celebration. Lewis Helsel, age eight, helped defeat the winter darkness by playing the role of the warrior who retrieves the lost sun in the short play, … Continue 

Jon Poland’s Pilgrimage

Hi everyone. Jon Poland here. As most of you know by now, I have decided to go on pilgrimage. This will by my second pilgrimage in two years, but really I look at it as a continuation of my first pilgrimage since I didn’t really feel like I completed that. There are four locations that … Continue 

Seattle Shares Ideas with Acharya Richard John

by Larry Steele    Seattle is “without question one of the strongest Shambhala Centers, which has everything to do with the spirit and wisdom of the teachers, leaders and sangha members old and new,” according to Acharya Richard John.  The Acharya expressed this impression repeatedly during his recent visit to Seattle, including at a very … Continue 

Children’s Blessing with Acharya John

We gathered on October 6 for the Children’s Blessing with Acharya Richard John. The atmosphere was warm and playfully alive. One parent said:  I felt as “blessed” as the children. My grandson was thrilled. Before we started over, he was a “grumpy bear”. On the way home, he was the sweetest little cub you can … Continue 

Harvest of Peace 2013

The Harvest of Peace Celebration occurs each year near the equinox and it is a time for us to celebrate the season of harvest and the richness and joy of our community. Below are some of the highlights from this year’s celebration. We had a great turn-out! The shrine room was packed with other 70 … Continue 

The Shambhala Principle

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, temporal and spiritual director of Shambhala, just released a new book: The Shambhala Principle – Discovering Humanity’s Hidden Treasure. The book is an exploration of basic goodness and enlightened society. Enlightened society is not a utopia, but a place where we are brave enough to see – and be – just who … Continue