By Matthew Lyon Recently I have been listening to the music of Joseph Haydn, who is the most prolific major composer of all time, having written over 340 hours of music. He composed 104 symphonies, numerous choral works and hundreds of instrumental pieces in many combinations. He is regarded as the father of the symphony … Continue 

Seattle Shambhala Garden Magic

By Andrea D’Asaro “The Shambhala garden has a magic about it, as if it has its very own intention to bring you closer to it, to bring the community closer to nature and each other,” says Claire Oravec, who has nurtured the Shambhala garden for the past year. About a year ago, some Shambhala members … Continue 

Garden and Outdoor Clean-up Day Gratitude

Many thanks to those who have stepped up to volunteer for the countless tasks necessary to maintain our Center and our community.  In particular, our thanks go out to those who showed up for the Garden and Outdoor Clean-up Day on August 11th. The tender loving care our volunteers provided included cutting back perennials; composting … Continue 

Town Hall Recap from the Co-Directors

A Letter from our Co-Directors, September 5, 2019   Dear Seattle Shambhala Community,  As many of you know, this past month we had the pleasure of holding two Town Hall Gatherings with members of our community. Thank you to all who attended and shared your thoughts, concerns, and inspirations for the future! These Town Halls … Continue 

Seattle Shambhala Shows Sneak Preview of “The Boys Who Said ‘NO!'”

Bill Prince, former sangha member and film producer, joins the Seattle Shambhala Center for a sneak preview showing Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 pm, of a nearly-completed antiwar documentary titled The Boys Who Said NO!   In the 1960s, one group of young people found their ideals of patriotism shaken by the Vietnam War. Inspired … Continue 

Volunteers Hold the Shambhala Sky

by Andrea D’Asaro “Our center is run by volunteers who give of their time. If they weren’t here the center wouldn’t exist,” says Susie Saalwaechter, explaining why she volunteers as a Sunday open house host every other month. Many members and visitors don’t realize that our precious center is run by over 70 inspired volunteers. … Continue 

Experiencing “Kyudo: The Way of the Bow”

Photos by Brad Warren On July 20th and 21st, students gathered to learn one of the oldest arts of the Japanese tradition of contemplative warriorship, Kyudo. Brad Warren shares his experience of the weekend through photos.   One is not polishing one’s shooting style or technique, but the mind. The dignity of shooting is the … Continue 

Self-Guided Retreat — A Reflection

by Stacy Hall de Gomez Summer in Seattle can be so busy, with work, family commitments, visitors, travel, and all our region has to offer.  And then there’s that sense that we should get outside and not miss a single minute of the beautiful summer weather. Despite all this, about a dozen Seattle Shambhala sangha … Continue 

Regard All Dharmas As Dreams

by Larry Steele Walter Parker’s favorite Lojong slogan is #2: “Regard all dharmas as dreams.”  “It speaks to emptiness,” Walter said recently. “It reminds us that ultimately we are making everything up. All that head tripping! Our monkey minds never seem to stop projecting our own neuroses on the world.” Walter Parker will offer his … Continue 

Seattle Shambhala’s Midsummer Day Celebration

by Stacy Hall de Gomez On Sunday, June 23rd, our sangha came together to celebrate the summer solstice, a special day on the Shambhala calendar.  Early risers got the day started by invoking awakened energy with a lhasang (a traditional offering of juniper smoke), followed by the chanting practice of the Shambhala Sadhana and an … Continue