Community changes for COVID-19: online sittings and meditation instruction, and other resources

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: In-person public events, including Sunday/Wednesday sittings and Heart of Recovery (Sarpashana), have been temporarily suspended and moved to Zoom. We are working on putting a plan in place to safely reopen the Phoenix Center, based on Arizona reopening benchmarks, the availability of staff for public sittings, and feedback from our community. Based on … Continue 

Survey: Please tell us if you’re interested in Refuge or Bodhisattva Vows

The Practice and Education Team at the Phoenix Shambhala Center is planning programming for 2020. We may have an opportunity to offer Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows, if enough members of our community are interested in these vows. Vows would be tentatively planned for September 13 with preparatory classes in the weekends leading up to that … Continue 

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! Please note: Sittings are currently being held via Zoom while the Center is closed for … 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