Shambhala Sunday Gatherings are an online space where the Shambhala community can practice meditation together, hear dharma teachings from featured guest teachers, learn more about the activities of incredible people in our sangha, engage in discussion – and connect with one another, our community, and our hearts.
If you missed a Sunday Gathering, links to access previous recordings will be posted here once they are available. To view the recording, register for the gathering below and view it in the “My Programs
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Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Teacher: Artist to the Court Greg Smith
Imagery plays an important part in Tibetan Buddhism, with its pantheon of deities, buddhas, and methodology of visualization. We will examine the purpose, meaning and varieties, of imagery in the paintings of Tibetan tradition known as thangka painting.
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Teacher: Christie Cashman
Please join us for an introduction to Max & Phoebe Go to Kalapa, a book Christie Cashman has written for Shambhala children and adults who appreciate the magical world of dralas, pure perception, and the warrior’s journey.
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Moh Hardin
Join us for a special Valentine’s Day-themed Sunday Gathering about the key ingredient for a good, healthy, and long-lasting relationship - learning how to give each other the gift of space.
Date: Sunday, February 7, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Fleet Maull
Acharya Maull will explore the Dön season practice tradition in Shambhala, including the nature of personal and social döns and practices for transforming accumulated negative energies and habitual patterns into opportunities for awakening.
Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021
Teacher: Holly Gayley
The songs of early Buddhist nuns tell their stories of accomplishment, give us insight into how to use life’s challenges as fuel along the path of liberation, and inspire us to reimagine our approach to the spiritual journey.
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021
Teacher: Paula Bickford
Join Paula Bickford for a conversation about how meditation practice infuses our life with possibilities to open our senses and experience the richness of our world. There will also be guided meditation, contemplation and group discussion.
Date: Sunday, January 17, 2021
Teacher: Shastri Mark Blumenfeld
Shastri Mark Blumenfeld presents on how we can apply the Shambhala Dharma to work with difficult dyamics in relationships as one of the most accessible methods to build enlightened society in our lifetime.
Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021
Teacher: Charlene Leung
Join contemplation and discussion on how racial injustice relates to the Shambhala vision for creating good human society and how our personal journeys of awakening relate to societal awakening.
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Teacher: Acharya Dan Hessey
While usually thought of as a divination manual, the Yijing (I Ching) can also be read as a description of the development of a good human society which joins Heaven and Earth and is highly resonant with Shambhala teachings.
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Marilyn Moore
Join Shastri Marilyn Moore for group practice and a discussion of how we might stay open to the turmoil, pain and sadness of the past months while still finding ways to acknowledge and even celebrate the arrival of a new year.
Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Teacher: Irene Woodard
Join us for a fun-filled celebration of Children's Day and the Winter Solstice as a way to connect with the cycles of the seasons and the importance of family and children.
Date: Sunday, November 29, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Veit Weber
You are invited to connect with Mindfulness Meditation and the profound question “Who am I?” When we do this, we are relaxing the body and mind in order to feel who we are and be on the spot.
Date: Sunday, November 22, 2020
Teacher: Shelly Webb
The connection between recovery programs and Buddhism is strong, rich and surprising. Join Shelly Webb for this discussion which will be of benefit to all as we cover the 8-fold path, addiction and liberation.
Date: Sunday, November 15, 2020
Teachers: Shastri Janet Bronstein & Fred Meyer
We live in a time in which divisiveness is seductive and pervasive. Practicing genuine conversation is the first step towards overcoming the pull towards divisiveness so that we can consider how to move forward together, globally and within Shambhala.
Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020
Teacher: Alexandra Vlasic
How does the concept of race and the harm of racism relate to Buddhist teaching? How can we use our meditation practices to shed light on racism within ourselves and society? Come and explore these and more questions.
Date: Sunday, November 1, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Mark Duggan
While recognising that social justice is an integral part of liberalism, it is worth examining if the emerging critical social justice movement is at odds with the core principles of the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings.
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020
Teacher: Catherine Eveillard
“Our generation’s crime against the future beings on earth will be too terrible to be believed, unless it is already acknowledged by us.” - Joanna Macy. An exploration of this haunting quote.
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Teacher: Acharya Daniele Bollini
L’imperatore romano e stoico filosofo Marcus Aurelius definiva la gentilezza come la più
grande delizia, mentre la pazienza secondo la tradizione buddista ci aiuta a sciogliere
l’aggressività nello spazio aperto.
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2020
Teacher: Noel McLellan
An exploration of how contemplating impermanence is a foundational practice in the dharma. It is not only a way of "facing facts," integrating change opens our minds and hearts to the flow of nowness and the beauty of life.
Date: Sunday, October 4, 2020
Teacher: Acharya Mathias Pongracz
In times of uncertainty fear easily comes up. We look for protection, especially in this time of pandemic and societal upheaval. What is the best protection? An exploration...
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020
Teacher: Marcella Friel
Recorded on September 27, 2020: A Harvest of Peace Celebration featuring a cooking demonstration using typical foods of harvest bounty, along with a conversation about the importance of meal prayers and blessings.
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Will Ryken
Recorded on September 20: Shastri Will Ryken led a guided practice and an exploration of and discussion about the Path of Protection, or Kasungship.
Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Teacher: Susan Skjei
Recorded on Sept. 13, 2020: Acharya Susan Skjei hosts a conversation about the right use of power. As is the case in the wider world, Shambhala is waking up to the many ways in which power can either help or harm.
Date: Sunday, September 6, 2020
Teacher: Acharya Alfonso Taboada
As human beings we need and long to connect with others from birth. Sharing our heart and feeling deeply heard is essential for our growth and sanity and we will practice how to speak from the heart.
Date: Sunday, August 30, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Joanne Martin Braun
Join us as we talk with Joanne about how practicing mindfulness, wakeful management, generosity, and a big view with money can be quite helpful, both pragmatically and emotionally.
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020
Teacher: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
This talk introduces how the findings of the new science of compassion beautifully complement the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings on cultivating compassion.
Date: Sunday, August 16, 2020
Teacher: Shastri David Stone
Recorded on August 16, 2020: Shastri Stone spoke about his experience of Mudra Space Awareness practice, the Mudra Theater Group, and the plays that Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche wrote.
Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020
Teacher: John Rockwell
Rousing our awakened heart is a leap to where we already are. The path is to not hold back. The fruition is not known. This talk and discussion will focus on the awakened heart (bodhichitta) of the bodhisattva and the challenges of facing fear.
Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Jil Amadio
In this period of disruption we have experienced and witnessed crisis. It seems there is little we can do to avoid the pain and challenge it presents. It also seems that crisis has a way of bringing us into intimate contact with reality and compassion.
Date: Sunday, July 26, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Betsy Pond
Access the recording from July 26: The ancient wisdom of meditation retreat in the face of great threat is the practice of embodying ourselves and the present moment. The resulting deepening of connection and compassion releases wisdom that illuminates a
Date: Sunday, July 19, 2020
Teacher: Sangyum Agness Au
Can we open and relax more - enough to make a move or gesture towards welcoming the intangible presence surrounding us? Join this conversation about the importance of establishing a relationship with intangible presence.
Date: Sunday, July 12, 2020
Teacher: John Seex
Access the recording from July 12, 2020: Shastri John Seex led meditation practice and a discussion about working with uncertainty.
Date: Sunday, July 5, 2020
Teacher: Acharya Dan Hessey
How can humanity tame and structure society so it is socially and ecologically harmonious? The Yijing addressed these questions millennia ago. A conversation with Acharya Dan Hessey.
Date: Sunday, June 28, 2020
Teacher: Gaylon Ferguson
Access the recording from June 28, 2020: In Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior Trungpa Rinpoche wrote “The current state of world affairs is a source of concern to all of us.”
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2020
Teacher: Irene Woodard
Access the recording from June 21, 2020: Recording of the community Touching the Earth Midsummer's Day celebration.
Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020
Teachers: Steve Saitzyk & Anne Saitzyk
Access the recording from June 14, 2020: Beauty: Is it real, or imagined? Are the characteristics we attribute to beauty objectively present in an object of beauty? Or, are they solely in the eye of the holder? Is beauty conditional or unconditional?
Date: Sunday, June 7, 2020
Teacher: Sara Lewis
Access the recording from June 7, 2020: Understanding Trauma In Tibetan Buddhism: Join Dr. Sara Lewis in a discussion of her book, Spacious Minds: Trauma and Resilience in Tibetan Buddhism.
Date: Sunday, May 31, 2020
Teacher: Acharya Suzann Duquette
Access the recording from May 31, 2020: Acharya Suzann Duquette talked about impermanence and led discussion and reflection on how we can tune into this potent truth even more deeply during this cataclysmic time.
Date: Sunday, May 24, 2020
Teacher: Acharya Arawana Hayashi
Access the recording from May 24, 2020: Acharya Arawana Hayashi offered practice and a talk about the long-standing connection between Shambhala and the principles of Theory U.
Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020
Teacher: Pema Chödron
Access the recording from May 17, 2020: Ani Pema held a live, open Q&A about working with the chaos, impermanence and uncertainty of living within a global pandemic.
Date: Sunday, May 10, 2020
Teacher: Acharya Fleet Maull
Access the recording from May 10, 2020: Acharya Fleet Maull talked about his upcoming online Resilience Summit and speaks about the importance of being resilient in a challenging and constantly changing world.