Programs for Pacific Northwest USA Region

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

Ikebana, the Path of Flowers

with Charles Coghlan

February 16th—November 23rd

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

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

White Tara: A soothing practice for difficult times

July 25th—August 22nd

 This five-week recorded course, lead by Acharya Judith Simmer Brown introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion Continue »

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

DEEPENING IN COMPASSION ~ Part 3 ~ The Fearless Garuda: Emptiness & Absolute Bodhicitta

July 28th—October 6th

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

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

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

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 »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 Meditation Center of Portland

Sadhana of Mahamudra

August 30th

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 »

Open Sky Eugene Shambhala Meditation Group

Labor Day Weekend Retreat at Open Sky

August 31st—September 2nd

People of all levels of meditation practice are invited to this self-guided retreat. We welcome brand new meditators as well as vajrayana practitioners. You may attend any or all sessions though you must arrive at the beginning of any session you attend. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

Cultivating Presence: A YMG Social Meditation Deep Retreat

August 31st—September 1st

Social meditation is a group practice that brings the wisdom of meditation into the vibrancy of social awareness and interaction. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

Social Meditation Facilitator Training

with Shastri Nick Kranz

September 2nd

Social Meditation Facilitator Training Continue »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Open Sky Eugene Shambhala Meditation Group

White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

with Shastri Rayna Jacobson

September 7th

All are welcome to come receive this wonderful practice, though it is recommended to have had at least one year of meditation practice. The White Tara practice is particularly relied upon in times of domestic and community turmoil and disharmony. Continue »

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Way of Shambhala - Shambhala Training Level IV

with Martin White & John Cowan

September 13th—September 15th

Trusting further in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level III. 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 »

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

Monday Night Open House ~ Talk/Discussion ~ Introduction to Joanna Macy & Climate Justice in Bellingham

with Marian Methner

September 16th

Join us after Monday Night sitting. Sangha member, Marian Methner, will introduce us to Buddhist scholar and profound ecologist, Joanna Macy. She will also discuss current efforts in Bellingham around the issues of climate change. 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 »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

Bellingham Shambhala Meditation Center

Harvest of Peace ~ Community Celebration!

September 23rd

Stay tuned for details for our annual Equinox celebration. It will be a community potluck event. All are welcome! Continue »

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Way of Shambhala - Meditation in Everyday Life

with Hamish Tucker & Tineke Saul

September 25th—October 23rd

The Meditation in Everyday Life course is designed to provide participants with the introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in daily life. Open to all. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

Sadhana of Mahamudra

September 28th

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 »

Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland

Day Long Buddhist Retreat: All Practices Welcome

September 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

Holders of the Space & Shrine ~ Umdze/Chopon Brush-Up/Training

September 29th

Curious about Shambhala ritual? Are you interested in learning more about holding the space of practice in the meditation hall? How to help create the environment for meditation? Want to brush up on good protocol for the roles of timekeeper and chopon? Continue »

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Way of Shambhala - Level 2 Birth of the Warrior

with Susan Mcconnell & Susana Mendes Duarte

October 4th—October 6th

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. Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level I. Continue »

Seattle Shambhala Center

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 »

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 »

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

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 »

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 »

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Way of Shambhala - Shambhala Training Level V

with Shastri Mark Hazell & Susan Mcconnell

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" ~ 1-1/2 Day Meditation mini-Retreat

with Shastri Rayna Jacobson

November 16th—November 17th

Bring your meditation into a supportive environment with a longer sitting opportunity. A day-and-a-half meditation experience with teachings from the Shambhala tradition. Q & A and discussion. Connect to aspirations to make meditation a part of your 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 »

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 for Busy Folks! (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 »

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 »

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

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 »

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

Chariot of Mahamudra

with Acharya Richard John

February 1st—February 2nd (2020)

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 »

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 »