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June/July Newsletter

Welcome to the June/July Newsletter! This summer we will be offering continuing events in our Heart of the Buddha program, as well as a special Summer Solstice practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra. We hope you’ll join us!

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The Heart of the Buddha

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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.

The Heart of the Buddha series consists of three components: weekend workshops on topics such as tonglen and the four immeasurables, group viewing and discussion of the Year of Deepening in Compassion course from Shambhala Online, and “Kindness Circles” that gather small groups of people to connect with each other as they explore the Mahayana path.

Season 2 of the Year of Deepening in Compassion course begins with a catch-up session to view the first 4 videos of the summer collection, on Saturday, June 22. We will then meet for the live video broadcasts on June 30 (group discussion led by the Acharyas) and July 14 (a teaching by Acharya John Rockwell on the Meditation paramita). You may attend any or all of these events without prerequisites. To register for all three, sign up for the June 22 catch-up session and choose the Patron Price. Please visit our website for more details, including cost information and our Generosity Policy, and to register.

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


Summer Solstice – The Sadhana of Mahamudra

Friday, June 21 at 7 pm

Join us for a celebration of the Summer Solstice with a group practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra. The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a practice of chants, mantras, and visualization written by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1968. It is in a traditional Tibetan style and brings together Kagyu and Nyingma teachings of energy and space.

After the Sadhana we will enjoy tea and refreshements. There are no prerequisites and no registration is necessary. Donations are always accepted with gratitude. Please join us for this Midsummer celebration!


June/July 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 July 3.
  • 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, June 2, 11:30 am. Part of our Heart of the Buddha series. Learn more.
  • Friendship Kindness Circle, June 3, 7 pm. Part of our Heart of the Buddha series. Learn more.
  • Shambhala Sadhana: June 17, 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.
  • Tuesday Kindness Circle: June 18, 6 pm. Part of our Heart of the Buddha series. Learn more.
  • Summer Solstice Event: June 21, 7 pm. Featuring the Sadhana of Mahamudra.
  • Deepening in Compassion catch-up session: June 22, 9 am. More information and registration.
  • Community Meeting: June 23, 11:30 am. Hear what’s happening at the Center and get involved.
  • Deepening in Compassion video session: June 30, 10 am. Group discussion with Acharyas. More information and registration.
  • Learn to Meditate Open House: July 3, 6:30 pm. Meditation instruction and an introduction to the Shambhala Center, with Q&A and refreshments. Free, no registration.
  • Deepening in Compassion video session: July 14, 10 am. Live video teaching by Acharya John Rockwell. More information and registration.
  • Shambhala Sadhana: July 16, 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.


Regional and Other Events

  • Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III in Albuquerque: June 28-30. Prerequisite: Level II. Details and registration at the Albuquerque Shambhala website.
  • Seeing Things As They Are: Shambhala Art Part 2 in Los Angeles (Westside): July 20. Prerequisite: Shambhala Art Part 1. Details and registration at the Los Angeles Shambhala website.
  • Kado: The Way of Flowers in Los Angeles (Eagle Rock): July 27-28. Registration and payment information at the Los Angeles Shambhala website.

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