Each week we invite guest presenter from the Shambhala community to share what is meaningful to them or to share a brief Dharma talk. These explorations range from the reality of Impermanence, Death, and the unknown to how we express and work with Joy, Contentment and Fearless in our Everyday Life.
3-20-22 Irene Woodard and Touching the Earth Celebrates Earth Day
From our centers and households, step outside, smell the fresh air, and discover what is NEW. Join the global sangha to celebrate spring together, with a short,family-friendly sharing from Touching the Earth on the Spring Equinox Nyida Day. Traditionally on this day, Shambhalians celebrate the arts.
5-1-2022 Holly Gayley and Aarti Tejuja: Empowering Community
Many people say that what they want is “community.” But when asked to break down that word, people have vastly different definitions and ideas. How can we build “community” when we can’t agree on what we want to create or when we don’t know how to hold space for difference? When we are part of “community,” to what extent do each of us feel empowered to voice our feelings, to surface and explore tensions, and to be fully ourselves in relationship? This dialogue with Aarti Tejuja and Holly Gayley explores the meaning of “community,” our longing to be in connection, and the challenges that entails.
4-17-22 Amanda Hester Protection: Accountability and Compassion
Join Amanda Hester as she explores the notion of protection as an act and practice of interdependent strength and vulnerability.
3-27-2022 Moh Hardin Albert Einstein on Egolessness and Compassion
Explore how Shambhala vision is expressed in quotes by Albert Einstein: “We experience ourselves…as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.”
3-6-22 Tom Berthoff Appreciation: Precious Human Birth
The new year is a great time to reflect on the fortunate conditions that allow us to practice & study the dharma. In Buddhism, we can contemplate this principle of "precious human birth" and develop a deeper appreciation for our personal situation.
6-2-22 Elaine Yuen So, What's it Like to be Asian in the Shambhala Community?
What are our cultural and political differences, and how does one “belong” to diverse social groups? Using a personal lens as a starting point, Elaine invites you to join her in exploring how Shambhala teachings might support this contemplation.
I’ve been in the Shambhala community since the early 1970s, but recently, in the midst of current conversations around race, ethnicity, and belonging, took some time to consider my Asian American identity, and how it “shows up” in different contexts. What are the cultural and political differences, and how do I “belong” to diverse social/community groups? Using a personal lens as a starting point, I would like to invite you to join me in considering how our experiences of culture – learned from birth as well as from current contexts – intersects with behaviors and stances that variously evolve into group belonging or political activity. Of particular interest is how Shambhala practices and teachings of meditation and warriorship might support this contemplation.