Programs

Child Care: Tiny Tigers 2nd Sundays!

June 9th—January 13th (2020)

Tiny Tigers childcare occurs during the Sunday morning community meditation and discussion on the second Sunday of the month. Child care for children 2 years old through pre-school age is led by the Shambhala Parent Cooperative. Continue »

Lojong: Buddhist Teachings on Compassion and Mind Training

with Walter Parker

July 29th—August 26th

. Called "lojong" (Tibetan) or “mind training,” the method is a combination of three basic practices—meditation, a compassion practice called “tonglen,” and contemplation of 59 slogans, grouped into “7 points of mind training.” Continue »

Family Camp!

August 23rd—August 25th

Family Camp! Soar like an eagle, step like a deer, and rest in dappled shade like a human. Families & friends of all ages register soon. State Park campsite reserved. Continue »

Bodhicitta & Social Change

with Kaitlyn Hatch

August 24th

During the three hour class we will explore the move from 'I am suffering' to 'there is suffering'. We will examine what Zenju Earthlyn Manuel calls 'the multiplicity of oneness', and how to cut through dualistic thinking and ego-clinging that traps us in Continue »

Town Hall Meeting at the Seattle Shambhala Center

August 25th

Town Hall is where our community gathers to hear about and participate in the government of our Shambhala society. This kind of participatory government is the path to being able to successfully achieve our goals as a community. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Rachel DeMotts & Robert Salskov

September 6th—September 8th

In this weekend, we will be developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, and are increasingly willing to experience our lives without relying on the cocoon. We begin to develop direct sense perceptions and an openness to the world. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

September 14th

Kalapa Ikebana is a contemplative practice in the Japanese art form of flower arranging. These unique teachings combine the traditional forms from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, with the teachings of Shambhala. Open to everyone. Continue »

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Gregory Wolk & Shelley Pierce

September 16th—October 14th

Learning to work with our anxiety, we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings on mind and the nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. Prerequisite: Joy in Everyday Life. Continue »

Basic Goodness II: How Can I Help?

with Janet Bass & Rachel DeMotts

September 16th—October 21st - Date postponed or cancelled

The second Basic Goodness course asks the question, "How can I help?" and explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. Continue »

The Heart Sutra: A Journey To Emptiness

with Alan Ness

September 19th—October 24th

A 6-class course on The Heart Sutra.  We will explore the ground of prajna, the journey to emptiness, and the fruition of wisdom and compassion.   Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Sarah Addison

September 20th—September 21st

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Special Preview Showing of "The Boys Who Said NO!"

September 21st

The Boys Who Said NO! is a nearly-completed documentary whose producer is Bill Prince, a former Seattle sangha member. It tells the little-known story of draft resisters in the Vietnam War, who put their own freedom and futures at risk to oppose our gover Continue »

Harvest of Peace Celebration

September 22nd

Join with community to celebrate the changing of the seasons and the autumnal equinox at Harvest of Peace! Continue »

Refuge Vow Preparatory Class

with Ben Hines

October 5th

A one day preparatory class for taking the Refuge Vow. The formal decision to become a Buddhist is marked by the refuge ceremony, in which you take refuge in what are known as the three jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Continue »

Bodhisattva Vow Prep Class

October 19th

Having taken the Refuge Vow and entered the path of dharma, we expand our commitment by taking the Bodhisattva Vow and dedicating ourselves and all that we do to benefit all beings. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

October 19th

Kalapa Ikebana is a contemplative practice in the Japanese art form of flower arranging. These unique teachings combine the traditional forms from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, with the teachings of Shambhala. Open to everyone. Continue »

Songs of Experience: Oral Instructions to Awaken the Student Simply and Directly

with Acharya Richard John

October 26th—October 27th

In this weekend program, participants will explore one of three songs of realization recently translated and published in a booklet titled “Songs of Experience”. Continue »

Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Richard John

October 29th

We are delighted to announce that Acharya Richard John will be offering refuge and bodhisattva vows at the Seattle Shambhala Center on the evening of Tuesday, October 29th 2019. Continue »

Refuge Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Richard John

October 29th

We are delighted to announce that Acharya Richard John will offer Refuge Vows at the Seattle Shambhala Center on Tuesday evening October 29, 2019. Continue »

Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

with Acharya Richard John

November 1st—November 3rd

Part I of the Way of Shambhala culminates in this weekend program, exploring the principles of enlightened leadership as symbolized by the Rigden. Continue »

The Trekchö Instructions of Yeshe Tsögyal

with Acharya Richard John

November 4th

This program is open for all Vajrayana Students who have attended Sacred World Assembly or Vajrayana Seminary regardless of their current practice. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

November 16th

Kalapa Ikebana is a contemplative practice in the Japanese art form of flower arranging. These unique teachings combine the traditional forms from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, with the teachings of Shambhala. Open to everyone. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

with Shelley Pierce

December 14th

Kalapa Ikebana is a contemplative practice in the Japanese art form of flower arranging. These unique teachings combine the traditional forms from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, with the teachings of Shambhala. Open to everyone. Continue »

Celebrating the Vajrayana

with Acharya Christie Cashman

March 6th—March 12th (2020)

Throughout this week-long retreat, we will explore how wrathful, peaceful, and effortless vajrayana methods “touch the fruition,” and thus remind us of our inherent wisdom. Continue »