Shambhala Goes Mobile

Featured Story from Shambhala Times: Thanks to the Shambhala Trust and a great team, we are very excited to announce that the new Shambhala meditation app is now available for iOS and (finally) Android. The app is available for free, with the option of subscribing for additional teaching content. Project manager Gordon Shotwell talks about … Continue 

How to Meditate When You Don’t Have Time

Want to enjoy the benefits of meditation but can’t find the time or space to practice? In this video, Richard Reoch, former President of Shambhala, describes a simple yet sophisticated three-part approach to meditation that you can use when you’re on the go. Maybe you could call it enlightened multitasking. Learn more about Richard Reoch … Continue 

How Letting Ourselves Off the Hook Leads to Change

Written by: Jonathan Kirkendall ~~ In January, I was teaching a meditation program here at the DC Shambhala Center and was reminded of a very important concept that arises out of the teachings on mindfulness. During that first month of the Gregorian New Year that is usually awash with New Year’s resolutions to meditate more/smoke … Continue 

The Magic of Conflict

Written by: Sharon Doetsch-Kidder ~~ A student asked, “Why do I need to practice? I have a good life. I have a good job, a happy marriage, a wonderful wife and kids, a great car and nice house. I’m happy!” The teacher responded, “If you lose your job, your car gets totaled, your wife leaves you, … Continue 

A Playful Expression of Dharma

Written by:  Sharon Doetsch-Kidder ~~ Last month, we received some new visitors at the Shambhala Center: more than 50 local pre-Kindergarten students with their teachers and parent chaperones. The DC Bilingual Public Charter School requested to have a field trip to learn about meditation as part of their Health unit. As they entered the main shrine room, … Continue 

Buddha Fest 2015: One Practitioner’s Take

Written by: Mark Rasmuson ~~ For the last 3 years living here in Vietnam, I have eagerly anticipated the annual offerings from Buddhafest, a 4-day splurge of Buddhist films, speakers, and music held in Washington in the early summer. For a few extra dollars, as a subscriber to Tricycle magazine, I’ve been able to access many … Continue 

A Silent Passage of Time

Written by: Julia Burger ~~ “If we open our eyes, if we open our minds, if we open our hearts, we will find that this world is a magical place.”  Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche Third Monday of the month. 7:00 pm. The reception room is buzzing with new students. I bow and quietly close the door. The … Continue 

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Basic Goodness? Get Real.

Written by: Cafini Z ~~ Have you ever had this reaction to learning about Shambhala’s foundational principle? There was a time when I certainly did. At that time in my life it just seemed preposterous to think that anyone, especially me, or anything, except maybe babies, was purely basically good. Anyone who believes that is seriously … Continue 

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20s-30s Dharma Gathering: I Believe in Ambiguity

Written by: Sarah Harris ~~ I used to listen to the radio show This I Believe on National Public Radio, and I was sad to see it end some years ago. What struck me about this show is that each five-minute episode featured one person speaking his or her truth about something meaningful. I found it … Continue 

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Aiding as a Practice

They say it’s better to give than to receive, and I had done a lot of receiving. The beautiful, potent teachings and tools I’d received at the DC Shambhala Center were helping me work with stress, gain clarity, face fears, and re-order my life, and I was profoundly grateful. I decided that I wanted to … Continue