Shambhala Sunday Gathering—Moonshine: A Reflection on Why I Keep Choosing Shambhala

Date: Sunday, June 16, 2024 (15:00 -16:00)

Sunday Gatherings are LIVE every week at 3:00 p.m. ET

Donations are welcome!

Beginning in 1989 as a shamatha student living at Karmê Chöling, attending the first Seminary of the Sakyong in 1992, coordinating summer programs at Drala Mountain Center from 1993 through 2007 and now as a Shambhala Online host, I have practiced, studied, and worked within our mandala for 35 years.

Moonshine is my way of bringing to light, like the full moon on a clear night, the joys of group practice, the insights and helpfulness of shared classes, discussion groups, and retreats, and the camaraderie of eating, staffing, and sitting together.

I will offer personal reflections on my path and the kinship and wisdom I have experienced with so many of you who have, and are, walking it with me. There will be time for us to consider the many positive aspects of sharing this warrior’s journey toward greater compassion and wisdom.

Why Moonshine? The moon is a symbol of feminine energy with its nurturing qualities of gentleness and kindness…and I live in Tennessee.

About Candia

Candia Ludy first encountered the teachings of Buddhism and Shambhala in 1980 when she read Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. She stayed a bookstore Buddhist until realizing she needed more and began attending her local Shambhala center in NYC. Candia lived at Karme Choling in VT for two years (1989-1990). She attended the 1992 Vajrayana Seminary at Drala Mountain Center and continued to return for the summer programs, mainly as a coordinator, until 2007. For the next eleven years Candia cared for her sister until her death from dementia. In 2007, her focus also pivoted to working with Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche (see Shambhala Online’s Exploring Foundational Buddhist Teachings). Together they created Pema Karpo Meditation Center and Jeweled Lotus Publishing, whose translations are sold on Amazon. Candia, while diving deeply into Nyingma Tibetan Buddhism and the study of Sukavati, continues to feel the Shambhala teachings and practices are priceless.