At Shambhala, Two Sadhanas Lighten the Dark Age

by Andrea D’Asaro “This is the darkest hour of the dark ages,” wrote Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1968 in the introduction to the Sadhana of Mahamudra. The dark ages he is referring to is a period of roughly 500 years that humanity is seen by Buddhist scholars to be in the midst of now. Each … Continue 

Recap From Our First Town Hal

“Great to get together and be heard” Director, Michael Busby convened our first Town Hall on April 29th. It is the first of an ongoing quarterly schedule, which he started to bring the sangha together and create an avenue for open communication . He told us, “Confidence and health have always been a part of … Continue 

The Dharma of Horsemanship

by Mary Ann Campbell Working skillfully with fear, with horses as our mentors When we sit to practice meditation, we don’t just walk in the room and sit down. We develop a sense of occasion, we pay attention to our physical balances and tensions, the quality of our mind, the quality of our emotions. As … Continue 

Service as Path

by Jill Avey In the words of Julia King Tamang, “To do a job mindfully and well is a pleasure. To attend to details that might make the difference between ‘good enough’ and ‘good’ can be joyful. To finish one’s work commitments at a high level of integrity is fulfilling. To work in that way … Continue 

Eva Wong – A Transformative Awakening in Daily Life

by Tanya Carter Many of us experience events in our lives that transform the way we perceive the world. If we are aware and seize these opportunities; they can also serve as catalysts on a wonderful lifelong journey of learning and self-discovery.  We are fortunate to have the privilege of experiencing one such transformative event this … Continue 

Sakyong Mipham’s November visit – Article in Shambhala Times

Seattle Shambhala’s Andrea D’Asoro wrote a beautiful summary of Sakyong Mipham and Fleet Maull’s recent visit to Seattle that was published in Shambhala Times. You can read the article, titled “Rising in the West”,  by following this link. As a new arrival in Seattle, Andrea enjoys serving as an assistant director for Shambhala Training as … Continue 

Bake Sale to benefit Bodhi School Sunday October 23

Come and enjoy bake sale goodies this Sunday!  Bake, cook, or buy something sweet or savory for the October 23 bake sale & benefit the Children’s Rites of Passage Ceremony.  Drop off your donated yummy at the Shambhala Center on Sunday, 10/23, or earlier, in which case, place it either in the upstairs refrigerator or on the … Continue 

Governing Council Minutes Now on Website

by JoAnn Schindler I didn’t know we have a Governing Council! Who is on it?  What do they do? Have you ever heard this or said it yourself?  In fact we DO have a Governing Council who meet monthly to address a variety of topics related to vision, policy and operations of our Center. Sample … Continue 

Sand Mandala Event on Bainbridge in May

A group of 6 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastic College in India are coming to Bainbridge Island May 2-7 to create a sand mandala at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.  They will be at the museum, which is a 5-minute walk from the ferry, from 10a-6p every day and till 8p on Friday, May … Continue 

Shambhala Day Festivities and Center News

by Greg Wolk Dear friends, I am writing to connect with you and share some of our experiences during Shambhala Day here in Seattle, February 9th. Because Shambhala Day was on a weekday this year, we offered two celebrations: one in the morning to welcome the beautiful day with a lhasang, our crisp color guard, … Continue