FAQ – Answers to some common questions about the Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center

Welcome to the Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center! We often receive questions from newcomers about what to expect when they visit, and we’d like to answer some of the most common questions here. If you have further questions, please email us! Where is the Center located? Are beginners welcome? Do I need to have any meditation … Continue 

A Visit from Acharya Adam Lobel, February 10

The Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center is delighted to welcome Acharya Adam Lobel in a special Arizona visit on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7 pm. Acharya Lobel will be giving a talk on dharma practice, with a focus on answering our questions on how to practice in this groundless time. If you plan to attend … Continue 

The Heart of the Buddha: A new course in Mahayana study and practice

January events posted! There is a vast pool of ancient teachings on the Buddhist path of loving-kindness/compassion and emptiness from the Mahayana tradition. This is the tender heart of the Buddhist path – where we work to exchange ourselves for others. This skillful practice makes the discipline of our meditation practice come to life, and … Continue 

How do I learn to meditate? How do I learn more about meditation? An overview of our introductory programs

Are you curious about meditation? Have you tried meditation but you have questions about how to keep it going and establish a regular practice? The Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center has many different ways to learn to meditate or learn more about meditation. Read more to see which one might be right for you. What is … Continue 

Guest Post: Drupa Drong Monastery, by Chris Painter

Hello, my name is Chris Painter. I am an education graduate student at ASU and a friend of Pavel Sidakov. I have been meditating for around 10 years. As you may know, Nepal suffered a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015. Around 9,000 people across the country lost their lives, and scores of precious cultural … Continue 

Finance Report for the Phoenix Shambhala Center

From Phoenix Shambhala Chagdzö, Andre Shearer Intro Since becoming Chagdzö/treasurer for the Phoenix Shambhala Center, I have worked to understand trends in our income and spending and to develop a simple, clear way of providing information about finances for the Phoenix Shambhala Community. This work is ongoing. In the interest of answering questions that are … Continue 

Resources for the Sangha Regarding Harm in Shambhala

As many of you know, on June 25, 2018 Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche indicated the following in an open letter to the community: It is my wish for you to know that in my past there have been times when I have engaged in relationships with women in the Shambhala community. I have recently learned that … Continue 

Food, Conversation, and Meditation: Saturday Salons

Have you been to our Saturday Salons? This new program offers a monthly opportunity to engage more in the things that Sakyong Mipham has encouraged at the Shambhala Centers: food, conversation, and meditation. Once a month (usually on the second Saturday), the Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center will be open from 10 am to 2 pm. … Continue 

Meet the Sangha – Pavel Sidakov

Our Meet the Sangha column continues with Pavel Sidakov, best known to many of us for his jokes. His offering is a little longer than others we’ve posted but it’s a fascinating story. – Michelle Welch, blog editor Pavel Sidakov As I reflect upon my life I see a variety of seeds that eventually blossomed … Continue 

Meet the Sangha – Michelle Welch

It seemed high time for me to post my own entry in the Meet the Sangha series. Stay tuned as I hope to collect more of these in the future! – ed. I first encountered meditation during a long-ago study of paganism. While I left that path for various reasons, I retained an interest in … Continue