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August/September Newsletter

Welcome to the August/September Newsletter! Events include a new course in our Heart of the Buddha program, as well as our popular introductory weekend workshop, The Art of Being Human (Level 1). We hope you’ll join us!


The Heart of the Buddha:
The Six Paramitas
August 17-18, plus follow-up sessions

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The Heart of the Buddha is a new year-long course in Mahayana study and practice. Mahayana is known as the second turning of the wheel of dharma and brings the clarity we gain through personal meditation practice to our relationship with others, fostering a sense of loving-kindness and compassion.

In August we are happy to offer a new course in our Heart of the Buddha program, The Six Paramitas. Join us for an in-depth exploration of the ancient teachings on the six paramitas or “transcendent actions”: Generosity, Discipline, Patience, Exertion, Meditation, and Prajna (wisdom). This course includes the weekend class on August 17-18 plus three two-hour follow-up sessions on Sundays, September 1, 8, and 15. Please visit our website for more information including a reading list, cost information, our generosity policy, and to register.

Read more about the Heart of the Buddha offerings at our blog post.


The Art of Being Human
(Shambhala Training Level 1)
September 20 – 22

What is The Art of Being Human?
  • Glimpsing unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence through the practice of meditation.
  • Our Learn to Meditate weekend workshop.
  • Part 1 of our Shambhala Training curriculum.
  • An opportunity for meditation instruction, teacher talks, group discussion, and practice.
No prerequisites – all are welcome. Registration is open now! See our website for more details, including pricing and information about our Generosity Policy, and to register.

Save the Date: Harvest of Peace
September 29

The Harvest of Peace is our annual observation of the Fall Equinox and celebration of our Phoenix Shambhala community. This year’s Harvest of Peace event will be held on Sunday, September 29. Details will be announced as they are finalized; please watch our website for more information.


August/September 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. No Sunday Public Sitting on September 29.
  • Wednesday Public Sitting: Sitting Meditation 7 – 7:30 pm, followed by Evening Chants. Meditation instruction is available. No Wednesday Public Sitting on September 4.
  • 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.

  • Lojong Kindness Circle, August 4, 11:30 am. Part of our Heart of the Buddha series. Learn more.
  • Friendship Kindness Circle, August 5, 7 pm. Part of our Heart of the Buddha series. Learn more.
  • Community Meeting: August 11, 12:30 pm. Hear what’s happening at the Center and get involved.
  • Shambhala Sadhana: August 15, 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.
  • The Six Paramitas: August 17-19 with follow-up sessions September 1, 8, and 15. More information and registration.
  • Tuesday Kindness Circle: August 20, 6 pm. Part of our Heart of the Buddha series. Learn more.
  • Learn to Meditate Open House: September 4, 6:30 pm. Meditation instruction and an introduction to the Shambhala Center, with Q&A and refreshments. Free, no registration.
  • Shambhala Sadhana: September 14, 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.
  • The Art of Being Human: September 20-22. An introductory weekend workshop and Level 1 in the Shambhala Training Curriculum. More information and registration.
  • Harvest of Peace: September 29. Details and schedule TBA.


Regional and Other Events

  • Letting Go: The Buddhist Approach to Death and Dying in Los Angeles: August 10-11. Details and registration at the Los Angeles Shambhala website.
  • Letter of the Golden Key in Denver: August 30-September 2. Prerequisites: Shambhala Training through Sacred Path. Details and registration at the Denver Shambhala website.
  • Heart Sutra Weekend in Albuquerque: September 27-29. A deep dive into this classic Buddhist practice. Details and registration at the Albuquerque Shambhala website.

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