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 »

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 »

Level I: The Art of Being Human (Portland)

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

October 18th—October 20th

Note: This program is the first level in the five-level Way of Shambhala training series. Living as if each moment were fresh and new, relaxing the wish to experience something different from what is happening right now, feeling the strength of one’s b 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 »

Community Conversation with Acharya Richard John

with Acharya Richard John

October 25th

Seattle Shambhala members are invited to an evening of food and conversation with Acharya John about our hopes, concerns, and questions about Shambhala and our future. Open to members only. 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 »

Children's Blessing

with Acharya Richard John

October 27th

The Children's Blessing is a moving half hour ceremony followed by a short reception.  It is a non-sectarian celebration inviting wakefulness and appreciation of the inherent goodness of children, family and community. All are invited. 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 »

Community Gardening Day

November 10th

Please join us at the Seattle Shambhala Center on November 10th to work outdoors at our center and refresh our environment. The more the merrier! Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Tom Gaylord & Janine Bloomfield

November 11th—December 9th

This course is designed to provide participants with the introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in daily life. Mindfulness meditation practice can bring greater stability, strength, and clarity. Open to everyone. Continue »

The Dharma and James Baldwin

with Ben Hines & Brad Warren

November 14th—December 12th

In 4 evenings, we’ll discuss "The Fire Next Time" and use the Obstacles and Antidotes, traditional Buddhist guide for meditators, to help us open honestly to the full extent of the spiritual impoverishment that racism has brought to all of us in America. Continue »

Weekthün: Portland Urban City Retreat

with Shastri Calryn Aston

November 15th—November 22nd

The Portland Shambhala Meditation Center warmly invites you to explore your innate wisdom, stability, clarity, and strength during our week-long City Meditation Retreat. This retreat is open to everyone - both new and experienced meditators. There are n Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Gregory Wolk

November 15th—November 17th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. 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 »

Privilege, Power, and Protection

with Dr. Claudelle Glasgow & Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

December 13th—December 14th

Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls and Dr. Claudelle Glasgow offer teachings on the Protector Principle, bringing the ancient and powerful wisdom of Buddhist meditation and dharma to benefit the interrelationships in community. 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 »

Healing and Celebration: A Day-Long Meditation Retreat for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

with Dr. Claudelle Glasgow & Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

December 15th

Dr. Claudelle Glasgow and Dr. Shanté Smalls will hold a space of sanctuary for BIPoC for a day of discovering the ways the healing process can bring joy, liberation, and celebration through various contemplative activities. 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 »