Programs for Pacific Northwest USA Region

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

Dharma Study - Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

August 4th—December 22nd

Join us for a book study group on Trungpa Rinpoche’s landmark book: Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. Beginning with the introduction, we will be going through the book chapter by chapter, with facilitation by one of our center teachers. Continue »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Open Sky Eugene Shambhala Meditation Group

White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times, A 5-week Online Course

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

September 30th—October 28th

Locally, at Open Sky Shambhala, Didier Gohler & Linda Willow will facilitate viewing of recorded talks and practice sessions to learn the White Tara practice which helps soothe fear, calm anguish, and heal suffering. Continue »

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

Taking the Buddhist Refuge Vow

with Shastri Jason Ruvelson

October 14th—November 25th

An every-other Monday night class before Open House for those curious to learn more about the Buddhist Refuge Vow, and for those individuals intending to take their Refuge Vow in February. Continue »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Janet Bronstein

October 19th—October 20th

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 being, and the tenderness of one’s heart – these are some of the hallmarks of being human. In Continue »

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

Ikebana, the Path of Flowers

with Charles Coghlan

October 19th—November 23rd

Ikebana is a truly delightful journey. You are invited to join us for one or all of these monthly classes. Continue »

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

DEEPENING IN COMPASSION ~ Part 4 ~ The Skillful Dragon: Lojong & Compassionate Engagement

October 20th—January 19th (2020)

A Twice-Monthly Shambhala Online Series with Live Talks by Shambhala Acharyas on Sunday mornings. Continue »

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Menla, The Medicine Buddha

with Dr. James Sacamano

October 21st—April 20th (2020)

An in depth exploration of healing process in the Buddhist tradition as it applies to our world of changing cultures, contrasting paradigms and emerging challenges today Continue »

Vancouver Shambhala Meditation Centre

Awakening the Heart: The Path of the Bodhisattva Warrior

with Acharya Susan Chapman

October 22nd—November 26th

This is the first of a four-part program that offers a comprehensive introduction to the teachings and practices of Mahayana Buddhism. Open to the Public Continue »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Way of Shambhala - Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Mark Hazell & Suzanne Sparling

October 26th—October 27th

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. Open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

Day Long Buddhist Retreat: All Practices Welcome

October 27th

Join us for this day of meditation which brings together practitioners of the hinayana, mahayana and vajrayana practice paths! Continue »

Edmonton Shambhala Centre

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Katherine McGeean & Anita Christianson

October 27th—November 24th

The Meditation in Everyday Life course provides participants with introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. Open to everyone - a good introduction to meditation! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

Sadhana of Mahamudra

October 27th

This powerful monthly practice is open to everyone. We chant a liturgy composed by Shambhala's founder, the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, as a means of overcoming the obstacle of spiritual materialism in our practice, our lives and Continue »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Open Sky Eugene Shambhala Meditation Group

The Three Jewels

with Teri Rowe

November 6th—November 20th

This program explores what it means to take refuge in the three jewels and to become a Buddhist. It is open to anyone who is curious and interested in exploring the topic, including those who are not at the point of making a formal commitment. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

Opening Our Hearts to Social Liberation Workshop

with Michaela McCormick & Anemone Fresh

November 9th

This one-day workshop explores opening our hearts to social liberation, the dharma's role in lliberating us all, and creating a brave and caring space for us to connect with our basic goodness. Continue »

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Ikebana Workshop

with Lee White

November 9th

Open to all, our monthly ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) gatherings typically combine talks, demonstrations, discussion, hands-on arranging, and whatever arises from participants' collective inspiration. Continue »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

Portland Urban Meditation Retreat (Weekthün)

with Shastri Calryn Aston

November 15th—November 22nd

The Portland Shambhala Meditation Center warmly invites you to explore your inherent wisdom and kindness during our Fall Urban Retreat. Together we will engage a week (or 3 days) of mindfulness meditation practice, contemplation, and creating sacred commu Continue »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Way of Shambhala - Shambhala Training Level V

with Shastri Rebecca Hazell & Shastri Mark Hazell

November 15th—November 17th

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind. We learn to trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment. Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level IV. Continue »

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

"The Art of Being Human" ~ Introductory Meditation Retreat

with Shastri Rayna Jacobson

November 16th—November 17th

Bring your meditation into a supportive environment with guidance and a longer sitting opportunity. A day-and-a-half meditation experience with teachings from the Shambhala tradition. Q & A and discussion. Make meditation a part of your daily life Continue »

Open Sky Eugene Shambhala Meditation Group

Exploring Meditation

with Didier Gohler

November 17th

Empower, jump start or renew your meditation practice. Following this hour which includes guided instruction and will cover the basic techniques of mindfulness-awareness meditation, you may choose to join the open sitting session from 2 - 4 pm. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

Day Long Buddhist Retreat: All Practices Welcome

November 24th

Join us for this day of meditation which brings together practitioners of the hinayana, mahayana and vajrayana practice paths! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

Sadhana of Mahamudra

November 26th

This powerful monthly practice is open to everyone. We chant a liturgy composed by Shambhala's founder, the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, as a means of overcoming the obstacle of spiritual materialism in our practice, our lives and Continue »

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Stillness, Imagination, and Spontaneous Brush

with Heather Midori Yamada

November 30th—December 1st

demonstrations and exercises with ink and watercolour to encourage a relaxed approach to spontaneous brushwork on Japanese washis and other papers. Continue »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Way of Shambhala - Shambhala Training Level I

December 14th—December 15th

The Art of Being Human is the first in the series of Shambhala Training weekends and the first program in the Way of Shambhala curriculum. Continue »

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

Being "On the Dot" ~ Winter Meditation Intensive - Mini Retreat (Part 1)

with Acharya Susan Chapman

December 14th—December 15th

The first of a two-part winter practice intensive--offered as two weekend programs spanning the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. Continue »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Open Sky Eugene Shambhala Meditation Group

Exploring Meditation

with Ron Schultz

December 15th

Empower, jump start or renew your meditation practice. Following this hour, which includes guided instruction and will cover the basic techniques of mindfulness-awareness meditation, you may choose to join the open sitting session from 2 - 4 pm., Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

Sadhana of Mahamudra

December 26th

This powerful monthly practice is open to everyone. We chant a liturgy composed by Shambhala's founder, the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, as a means of overcoming the obstacle of spiritual materialism in our practice, our lives and Continue »

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Annual Winter Retreat - Maintaining Good Heart

with Hamish Tucker & Joyce Rankin

December 28th—January 3rd (2020)

A city weekthun, or week long practice intensive, is a unique opportunity to deepen one’s meditation practice without going far from home. Open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

Day Long Buddhist Retreat: All Practices Welcome

December 29th

Join us for this day of meditation which brings together practitioners of the hinayana, mahayana and vajrayana practice paths! Continue »

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

Taking the Bodhisattva Vow

with Jenny Warwick

January 9th—February 6th (2020)

A Thursday Evening Class for those individuals intending to take their Bodhisattva Vow in February. Continue »

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

Being "On the Dot" ~ Winter Meditation Intensive: A Mini-Retreat for Busy Folks! (Part 2)

with Acharya Susan Chapman

January 11th—January 12th (2020)

The second of a two-part winter practice intensive--offered as two weekend programs spanning the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. Continue »

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

"The Birth of the Warrior" ~ Shambhala Weekend 2

with Greg Heffron

January 24th—January 26th (2020)

When we really try to make a connection with the practice of meditation, obstacles arise. How do we work with and through these difficulties--how do we bear them? Continue »

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Chariot of Mahamudra

with Acharya Richard John

January 31st—February 2nd (2020)

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

How We Communicate Matters - Mindful Communication for Effective, Kind and Vibrant Communities

with Greg Heffron

February 1st—February 2nd (2020)

Based on the work presented in Acharya Susan Gillis Chapman’s The Five Keys to Mindful Communication, this workshop will unravel some of these basic misunderstandings and offer us methods to reconnect first with ourselves, and then to those in our communi Continue »

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Mahamudra Retreat

with Acharya Richard John

February 3rd—February 8th (2020)

Mahamudra, the “great seal,” is among the most profound streams of teaching and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism Continue »

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Richard John

February 10th (2020)

The taking of the Refuge Vow marks one's commitment to the Buddhist path. The taking of the Bodhisattiva Vow is a deepening commitment to work on behalf of relieving the suffering of all sentient beings. Continue »

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

MAMOS CHANTS ~ Fresh Start for the Year of the Iron Mouse ~ 10-Evenings Chanting Practice

February 13th—February 22nd (2020)

A traditional Tibetan Buddhist chanting practice done in the ten-day period before the beginning of the Tibetan Lunar New Year. Continue »

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

Shambhala Day Celebration

February 24th (2020)

Join us for our annual celebration of the Tibetan New Year ~ the first day of the Year of the Iron Mouse! Continue »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »