The Garden Fountain: A New Beginning

by Janine Bloomfield As spring moves into summer, we are finally beginning the process of coming together again as a community, after a more than two year ‘winter’ due to the pandemic. In preparation for the re-opening of the Seattle center, members came in during the spring to clean and refresh the shrine rooms, meeting … Continue 

Contemplative Creativity Lab is Here!

By  Ladan Yalzadeh (Seattle Shambhala Center)  and  Anne Saitzyk (Los Angeles Shambhala Center) If we open our eyes, our minds and our hearts, we will find that this world is a magical place.  – Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche  Inspired by the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by the global community of Shambhala … 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 

Shambhala Art Explores the Question of Art and Beauty

By Andrea D’Asaro The classic question: “Is beauty inherently present in an object or is it solely in the eye of the beholder?” will be explored in an upcoming Shambhala Art Evening. “This question goes to the very nature of our experience of ourselves and our world,” says Seattle Shambhala art coordinator Shelley Pierce. The … 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 

Children’s Day Lights the Season

By Ben Black — The magic of family, community, song, and light were as powerful as ever during Childrens Day 2015 at the Seattle Shambhala center. As the children’s procession entered the candle-lit shrine room, Debbie Newell and Dave Tallent sang “Finlandia.” The celebration included a children’s Ikebana session led by Shelley Pierce, a Jingle … Continue 


Here is a wonderful poem, a favorite of Deborah Jordan, who sits with the Shambhala Tacoma satellite group. ….. A Ritual To Read To Each Other by William Stafford If you don’t know the kind of person I am and I don’t know the kind of person you are a pattern that others made may … Continue 

Miksang “Good Eye” Photos

Written by Dan Peterson — During the third class of Wisdom in Everyday Life we entered into a rather feisty discussion of how preconceptions and habits veil our capacity to directly experience the richness of our environment. If we do catch a glimpse of this vivid world it is soon subsumed by our conceptual efforts … Continue