The Inner Path

by Matthew Lyon The power of generosity is invoked as we establish a path of inner development in our life. This means that as we acquire skills in our external life, such as training for a job or learning to play an instrument, we are also attending to our state of mind and being. In … Continue 

Finding the Balance

By Matthew Lyon In discussions about a generous life, I am most often asked about the right balance between taking care of ourselves and our desire to help others. There is no easy answer to this, but we can contemplate some basic principles. For example, good parents need to put a lot of energy into … Continue 

Welcoming the Teacher

A noted teacher’s upcoming July 2019 workshop in Kyudo inspires a personal reflection on the long, braiding path by Brad Warren I learned early that a truly qualified teacher is precious. As a boy, during a turbulent time in life, I found refuge in a rigorous daily practice of archery. A small 12-year-old could gather … Continue 

Parenting as Path

by Larry Steele Shastri Iris Ramos tells a story about a hot Texas afternoon when her grandchildren were playing outside in the yard. It might have been fun to play in the street, but Abuela (Grandmother) Iris closed the gate and shut them in. Her granddaughter objected.  Striking her most authoritative pose, with one hand … Continue 

The Fundamental Virtue

By Matthew Lyon In Buddhist wisdom, generosity is regarded as the ground, the basis, of all other virtues. Why is this so? We can understand this by exploring the state of mind which allows beneficial actions to arise and flourish. In other words, generosity is defined by an approach to life, a way of being, … Continue 

A Letter from the Seattle Shambhala Co-Directors

A Letter from Annica Holder and JoAnn Schindler, April 27, 2019   Dear Noble Sangha, We write to you today newly seated in our roles as Co-Directors of the Seattle Shambhala Center. We are filled with gratitude and humility as we transition into our positions. It is an honor to serve a community that we … Continue 

A conversation with Acharya Susan Chapman and Elesa Commerse, teachers of “End of Suffering”

The Seattle Shambhala community is excited to welcome Elesa Commerse and Acharya Susan Chapman this April for a weekend program to strengthen our connections with one another: The End of Suffering: Claiming our Vulnerability as Strength. These two women have spent many years experiencing and understanding the cycles that we find ourselves in that cause … Continue 

Announcing Seattle Shambhala Center’s New Co-Directors

Dear Seattle Shambhala Community Members, With warm hearts and a feeling of celebration, we are delighted to share with you the selection of Annica Holder and JoAnn Schindler as Co-Directors of Seattle Shambhala and to confirm that Annica and JoAnn have accepted the Council’s offer to serve in leading our community for the next two … Continue 

Community Raises Lungta with Spring Clean

Many thanks to community members who came out on Saturday, March 23 to clean and uplift the garden and inside our center! A group of members joined together to weed and mulch the garden and uplift the community room and office. Special thanks to Claire Oravec and Brad Warren for their garden enthusiasm and expertise. … Continue 

Voices of Courage

by Larry Steele The Boulder Shambhala Center (BSC) is radiating a spirit of warriorship that reaches all the way to Myanmar (formerly Burma) and the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. In a program called “Voices of Courage — Facing extremism in Myanmar…and wherever it arises,” Boulder Shambhala is exploring the use of Islamophobic “hate speech” … Continue