Ballard Satellite Bows Out

by Alan Ness The Ballard Satellite, Seattle Shambhala’s first neighborhood-based meeting place, held its last session on August 28. The Ballard group inspired a constellation of other satellites that continue to bring meditation practice closer to people’s homes. As we know, everything changes. Often a vibrant group, Ballard eventually had a steady decrease in attendance, … Continue 

Fun and Belonging at Enlightened Society Assembly in Austin, TX

By Aarush and Aarnav Uli, ages 7 and 11 This year my brother and I attended the Enlightened Children’s Program (ECP) at the Austin Shambala Center, led by Shastri Iris Ramos, with volunteers Christian Mitchell, Davis Maynard, and Miya Little. A fun part of the program was when we did the slip and slide and splash … Continue 

The Wealth of Generosity

By Shastri Matthew Lyon Generosity is directly related to a feeling of abundance and confidence in our lives. On an inner level, in meditation practice, we rest the mind in the ground of basic goodness, the primordial confidence in our heart, our true nature. We can notice that when fear arises, this feeling of wholeness … Continue 

Hiking group takes wide view

by Anisha Prasad When confusion and speed arise, the Seattle Shambhala hiking group hits the trail. This summer we hiked the beautiful Harvey Manning trail, a good five-mile walk in the Issaquah Alps and just minutes from the city. It was a glorious hike. We took turns leading the way, sharing some reflections about our … Continue 

Membership Reflections

People who celebrated Midsummer’s Day at Seattle Shambhala told us about why they open the gate to the great eastern sun by visiting the center. Anyone willing to share their thoughts wrote them on pre-printed cards. They snapped polaroid photos and attached them to the cards. Why do you come to the Shambhala Center? “Meditating … Continue 

From Complexity and Confusion Emerges Enlightened Design

by Andrea D’Asaro The design process — turning an idea in reality — is an example of mindfulness-awareness, says Alan Ness, a long-time member of our sangha and a residential design architect. He’s been designing and remodeling homes for 30 years — his way of expressing the wisdom of Shambhala. “Right Livelihood is going beyond … Continue 

Visit the Metta Sutta

by Larry Steele The Metta Sutta, the Buddha’s discourse on loving kindness, is a key teaching in the Pali Canon. It is chanted by Theravadan monks throughout the Asian southeast. During my recent visit to Myanmar, the social-activist monks Ashin Issariya and Ashin Kovida both guided me to the Metta Sutta. So did my instructor … Continue 

A Blessing for Spring

The Children’s Blessing Ceremony Photos by Michelle Ringgold Making room for the sun in your heart Everything is fresh! The clouds of this and that wash away. A cookie for me A flower for you and now we play. Please enjoy these photos of the Children’s Blessing given by Acharya Richard John on May 4. … Continue 

Right Livelihood: Doing Good and Doing Well

by Andrea D’Asaro The Shambhala teachings are inspiring Seattle sangha members in their professional lives and as volunteers, where they offer their skills and time each month towards running our center.  These members are making “right livelihood” choices, following traditional Buddhist teachings on living a dignified life and working in an ethical way. Inspired by … Continue 

Shambhala Teachers Support Buddhist Humanitarian Appeal

Shambhala meditators worldwide are supporting the Buddhist Humanitarian Appeal to raise wider support and funds for the 1,000,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Buddhist leaders from 25 countries have signed a letter to the Myanmar State Sangha Committee. The appeal now is open for everyone to read and sign the letter, and to donate to reliable … Continue