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 

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 

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 

Meet the Sangha – Michael Lipscomb

Our Meet the Sangha column continues with Michael Lipscomb, who leads our Heart of Recovery (Sarpashana) group and is also the founder of Mindful Hike, an outdoor wellness adventure community which combines meditation, mindfulness, and communion with nature. Follow Mindful Hike on Facebook or send an email to join the mailing list. The seeds of … Continue 

Shambhala Guides and Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors – The who, what, why, and how, by Shastri Kim Kelso

Shambhala Meditation Centers welcome everyone to learn and practice meditation, regardless of background or previous experience. Free meditation instruction is available from Shambhala Guides and Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors – but who are they? Our local Shastri (senior teacher) Kim Kelso explains. Shambhala Guides (Guides for short) are Shambhala members who have traveled the Shambhala … Continue 

Sarpashana, by Anonymous

This post about Sarpashana, also known as The Heart of Recovery, was written by a member of our Tuesday evening group. As common practice in Sarpashana and other recovery groups, the privacy of attendees is protected and the writer has submitted this post as Anonymous. – Michelle Welch, blog editor I’m still surprised by how … Continue 

Meet the Sangha – Stuart Rice

The next entry in our Meet the Sangha column comes from Stuart Rice. I plan to collect several more of these introductions, but will probably alternate them with upcoming posts from our Council on various subjects. – Michelle Welch, blog editor Stuart Rice In 2013, I had a realization: I wanted to learn to meditate. … Continue 

Meet the Sangha – LaDawn Haglund

Welcome to our new Meet the Sangha column! Years ago, before the rollout of the redesigned website, we had a page where several sangha members introduced themselves. I hope to recreate this here on the blog, and I am in the process of collecting introductions from various people at the Phoenix Center. Watch for more … Continue