Tales of Gesar at Thursday Open House

By Larry Steele Seattle Shambhala welcomes David Shapiro, author of “Gesar of Ling: A Bardic Tale, as a visiting speaker at Thursday Night Open House on January 16th, 2020. The book translates the epic tale of Gesar, whose magic is palpable in Shambhala culture; it was recently reviewed in the Chronicles of Chogyam Trungpa. The … Continue 

A Joyful Children’s Day Celebration

An article by Andrea D’Asaro Photos by Andrea D’Asaro and JoAnn Schindler The December solstice eve was greeted with a vibrant intergenerational menagerie of tigers, lions, garudas and dragons on the main shrine room stage. Colorful murals and a chocolate-laden shrine greeted families and friends for the story of Iliana, narrated skillfully by Andy Gordon … Continue 

Kindness to Ourselves

By Matthew Lyon We live in a stressful world in many ways. The demands of our families, our jobs and the complexities of modern life can seem extreme at times. In response to this, we often develop a pattern of pushing ourselves to our limits to accomplish as much as possible in a short time … Continue 

Strive onward with care

By Greg Wolk Just after the Buddha became enlightened, he walked past some people who were very impressed with his presence. Knowing he was special but not knowing why, they asked if he was some sort of angel or god? He said no. They kept asking him questions. Finally, they asked him, “Well, what are … Continue 

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