First Thought, Best Thought, by Michelle Welch

  Sometimes interesting coincidences happen. I was browsing the Phoenix Shambhala Twitter feed and came across this posting from Lion’s Roar: The photographer included this comment: “In this monochromatic moment, as birds take flight, dark lines dissolve into textures. It’s a rich example of fresh seeing.” Here’s the interesting coincidence: I happened to be taking … Continue 

Modern Art, by Michelle Welch

I recently had an opportunity to visit the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum, a collection of modern art in Washington, D.C. While viewing the exhibits, trying to find a good way to look at them, a thought occurred to me: there’s something remarkably Buddhist in the approach I ended up using. Some of the Shambhala training I’ve … Continue 

“The Good Luck of Right Now” a book review by Michelle Welch

“The Good Luck of Right Now” – a book review by Michelle Welch Bartholomew Neil is a thirty-eight-year-old man who has never lived away from his mother’s house when he is suddenly confronted with her death. Though he claims not to be grieving, he gathers a group of unlikely friends around him in the attempt … Continue 

The Courage to Feel with Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel

The Courage to Feel: An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation with Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel September 27, 2015 at the Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center! “At this time, great confusion and suffering exist because humanity cannot simply be.” —Sakyong Mipham The lead teacher of the Shambhala lineage, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, wrote these words in the context of … Continue 

Upcoming Fall Celebration events at Phoenix Shambhala Center

Upcoming Fall Celebration events at Phoenix Shambhala Center Please join us for our fall celebration activities at our new center at 7024 E. Osborn Rd, Suite A Scottsdale 85251. Harvest of Peace Trosong and Decorating- 9:30 – 12:00 pm, September 19th, 2015 – Semi annual community cleaning of center.  Cleaning the Shambhala Center is an … Continue 

Spinning Wheels, By Michelle Welch

Spinning Wheels, by Michelle Welch The January issue of Shambhala Sun featured an interesting article by Carolyn Rose Gimian about what are often called the three poisons: passion, aggression, and ignorance. As these qualities are sometimes represented by a rooster, a snake, and a pig, placed at the center of the wheel of life, the … Continue 

Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center is moving to a new location!

We are on the move! On June 19, 2015 Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center will be moving to our new location in Scottsdale.  Sunday, June 21 will mark our first public sitting in the new space and coincides with the celebration of the summer solstice, Midsummer Day. In honor of both of these events, we will … Continue 

Spinning Wheels, by Michelle Welch

Spinning Wheels, by Michelle Welch The January issue of Shambhala Sun featured an interesting article by Carolyn Rose Gimian about what are often called the three poisons: passion, aggression, and ignorance. As these qualities are sometimes represented by a rooster, a snake, and a pig, placed at the center of the wheel of life, the … Continue 

Cheerful 2015 from your Director!

I hope that your holidays were everything that you wanted them to be. We are a few weeks into the new calendar year and so it seems like a good opportunity for us to reflect back on 2014 and set our aspirations for 2015. Some highlights from 2014: Shambhala Day 2014 included Oaths of Office … Continue 

Fear and Contraction, by Michelle Welch

Fear and Contraction, by Michelle Welch I’ve talked about writing several times on the Phoenix blog, because it’s something I do and something that’s so embedded in my life that it offers all kinds of opportunity to practice, often in unexpected ways. One of these opportunities happened while I was taking the Joy in Everyday … Continue