October/November Newsletter

Welcome to the October/November Newsletter! Events include a half-day meditation retreat, as well as our five-week Meditation in Everyday Life class, starting soon. We hope you’ll join us!

We’d also like to announce a greater partnership with Kunzang Choling of Phoenix. This Tibetan Buddhist group, related to Shambhala through the Kagyu lineage, has been a longtime friend of our Center, holding weekly meetings on Thursday evenings. (The wonderful maroon padded chairs are theirs!) They have recently requested more space and time at the Center, which is a great help to us financially, and you will see signs of their increased presence, especially in the small meditation hall. Kunzang Choling warmly invites us to join them at their Thursday evening meetings and other events. Please visit their website for more information.

Meditation in Everyday Life
Wednesdays, October 16 – November 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

(Note new dates!) Curious about meditation? Or have you learned to meditate but you’re trying to make it a regular practice? Learn tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life in this five-week course. With simple instructions and support, mindfulness meditation practice can become part of one’s life, revealing our innate stability, strength and clarity.

Open to everyone. No prerequisites. Please visit our website for more details, including cost information and our Generosity Policy, and to register.

Half Day-thun
October 13, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

A dathun is a month-long meditation retreat. Such a commitment is hard to manage in our modern lives, so we sometimes offer shorter retreats with the names week-thun and day-thun. Join us Sunday, October 13 for an afternoon of sitting and walking meditation, tonglen, and Shambhala yoga. Come for Sunday morning Public Sitting to make a full day of it.

October 13 is also the full moon, with the Shambhala Sadhana scheduled at 11:30 am. You have the option of practicing the Sadhana, then joining the Half Day-thun afterwards.

October/November at the Center

Regular Weekly Programs

These programs are free and open to the public.
No experience required.
Donations are gratefully accepted.

  • Sunday Public Sitting: Morning Chants and Meditation start at 9:30 am, Sitting and Walking Meditation 10 – 11 am. Come to one or stay for both. Meditation instruction is available.
  • Wednesday Public Sitting: Sitting Meditation 7 – 7:30 pm, followed by Evening Chants. Meditation instruction is available. No Wednesday Public Sitting on November 6.
  • Heart of Recovery (Sarpashana): Meditation and dharma studies for those in recovery, Tuesdays 7 – 8 pm. Open to any addictions.

Special Programs

Please visit our website for more information and registration.
Some programs are free (donations welcome). Others have fees and/or prerequisites.

  • Friendship Kindness Circle: September 30, 7 pm. Including the Sadhana of Kindness. Part of our Heart of the Buddha series. Learn more.
    Please watch our calendar for October and November dates as they are posted.
  • Meditation in Everyday Life: starts October 2, 6:30 pm. A five-week course. Learn more.
  • Lojong Kindness Circle: October 6, 11:30 am. Part of our Heart of the Buddha series. Learn more.
  • Community Meeting: October 7, 6:30 pm. Hear what’s happening at the Center and get involved.
  • Shambhala Sadhana: October 13, 11:30 am. A meditation and chant practice to deepen our insight and feeling of basic goodness and enlightened society. Open to the community at the full moon. Free, no registration.
  • Half Day-thun: October 13, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. An afternoon of meditation. Learn more.
  • Tuesday Kindness Circle: October 15, 6:30 pm. Part of our Heart of the Buddha series. Learn more.
  • Learn to Meditate Open House: November 6, 6:30 pm. Meditation instruction and an introduction to the Shambhala Center, with Q&A and refreshments. Free, no registration.
  • Shambhala Sadhana: November 12, 6 pm. A meditation and chant practice to deepen our insight and feeling of basic goodness and enlightened society. Open to the community at the full moon. Free, no registration.

Have you ever thought about becoming a member of the Phoenix Shambhala Center?
Membership does more than just help us keep the lights on. (Although that’s important, too!) Membership can be a statement about your personal inspiration, curiosity, and commitment to the path of awakening. Learn more at our Membership page.

Regional and Other Events

  • Shambhala Guide Training in Los Angeles: February 6-9, 2020. See the Los Angeles Shambhala website for details about the application process; application deadline is October 7.
  • Qigong Level 4 in Los Angeles: November 9-10. Training in body and mind for students who have completed Qigong Levels 1-3. Details and registration at the Los Angeles Shambhala website.
  • When the Three Lords of Materialism Have Seized Power, Then What? in Albuquerque: November 16-17. An exploration of Chogyam Trungpa’s teachings on materialism and warriorship. Details and registration at the Albuquerque Shambhala website.
  • Shambhala Training Level 2: Birth of the Warrior in Phoenix: December 13-15. Prerequisites: Level 1. Registration now open at our website.


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