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 

People of Color Meditation Group

by Nina Nabizadeh How can we move away from the dominating structure of whiteness as the way to liberation? That’s the continual question we ask at People of Colour Meditation group. Started in 2017, our current goal is is to grow the group and nurture it since it is one of the newer affinity groups … Continue 

Reflections from Magnetizing Enlightened Society

by Larry Steele Sunlight pours through the windows and lights the bamboo floor of Seattle Shambhala Center shrine room. Green leaves shimmer with life outside. And, of course, it is raining. Thirty-five straight-backed meditators breathe out, flowing with Shastri Trinley Busby’s guided meditation. “Feel your emotion in your belly,” she says. “Is it confidence, inspiration, … Continue 

Imagery from Beautiful Trip to Dash Point

by Anisha Prasad I felt energized as I took in a sip of the crisp winter air and looked up at the grey skies. What a delight to follow children gaily skipping along a forested trail during the December overnight outing of the Shambhala Families, Parents, and Children’s Group. The pathway was at Dash Point … Continue 

Magnetizing Enlightened Society

by Michael Busby This month at our center, we welcome Deputy Minister Cynthia MacKay to give teachings on leadership from the Shambhala Pillar of Government. Deputy Minister MacKay is a true delight to learn from and I’m excited that she will be offering a program that is open to everyone: Magnetizing Enlightened Society. As human … Continue