How do I learn to meditate? 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. Read more to see which one might be right for you. What is the Open House? Our Open … Continue 

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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! Are beginners welcome? Do I need to have any meditation experience? What is the “Learn … Continue 

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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 

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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 

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Resources for the Sangha Regarding Harm in Shambhala

As many of you know, on June 25 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 some … Continue 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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Community Service Opportunity: Easter Food Drive at Phoenix Rescue Mission

Please join us in supporting the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Community Easter Event to benefit low-income children and families! On March 24th, the Mission is expecting to serve over 1,000 children and over 700 families. Food boxes and Easter baskets will be provided to their guests to take home and enjoy after the event. This week, … Continue 

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Community Service Opportunity: Hike for the Homeless

Join us on March 3rd for the 20th annual Hike for the Homeless, in support of St. Joseph the Worker. We will be hiking in the beautiful McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills. There are 2 options, a 1.5 mile or 4.5 mile option, followed by breakfast burritos. The mission of St. Joseph the … Continue 

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