Shambhala Sunday Gatherings

Weekly Sunday Gatherings For the Global Shambhala Community

Please join us every Sunday for an online gathering of the Shambhala community worldwide. This online space is a place where we can practice meditation together, hear dharma teachings from a featured guest teacher, learn more about the activities of incredible people in our sangha, engage in discussion – and connect with one another, our community, and our hearts. 

Registration: Register below for each upcoming talk.  A Zoom link will be sent to you after registration.

Talks are in English unless otherwise announced. You can join us live every week at:

12:00 p.m. Pacific
1:00 p.m. Mountain
2:00 p.m. Central
3:00 p.m. Eastern / CLT
4:00 p.m. Atlantic / BRT
8:00 p.m. GMT
9:00 p.m. CET / SAST
5:00 a.m +1 AEST
7:00 a.m. +1 NZST


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Upcoming Sunday Gatherings

(Click on the program title for the registration link.)

Sunday Gathering - Rousing Bodhichitta

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.


Sunday Gathering - The Theatre Work of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Date: Sunday, August 16, 2020
Teacher:Shastri David Stone

Shastri Stone will speak about his experience of Mudra Space Awareness practice, the Mudra Theater Group, and the plays that Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche wrote and in which the Mudra Theater Group performed.


Sunday Gathering - Cultivating the Compassion Instinct: Overcoming Burnout and Overwhelm

Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020
Teacher: Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

The science of compassion has discovered humans are naturally empathetic, but can shut down emotionally when things become overwhelming. When we train in compassion, we develop the resilience to remain with difficult situations effectively and kindly.


Sunday Gathering - Using Shambhala Principles with Money

Date: Sunday, August 30, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Joanne Martin Braun

Working with money in our daily lives is a basic household activity that can be a fruitful place to utilize our Shambhala principles. Any part of bringing money in, managing it, or spending it might be challenging at different points of our lives.


Sunday Gathering - Speaking From The Heart (In Spanish)

Date: Sunday, September 6, 2020
Teacher:Acharya Alfonso Taboada

As human beings we need and long to connect with others since birth. Sharing our heart and feeling deeply heard is essential for our growth and sanity. A technique will be offered to learn some basic guidelines to help us speak from the heart.


Sunday Gathering - Right Use of Power: An Exploration Of the Ethical Use of Power

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Teacher: Acharya Susan Skjei

Join Acharya Susan Skjei for a conversation about the right use of power.


Sunday Gathering - The Path of Kasungship

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020
Teacher:Shastri Will Ryken

Join Shastri Will Ryken for guided practice and an exploration of and discussion about the Path of Protection, or Kasungship.


Sunday Gathering - Mindful Harvest Feasting: A Harvest of Peace Celebration

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020
Teacher: Marcella Friel

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.


Sunday Gathering - Fear and Generosity

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...


Sunday Gathering - TBA

Date: Sunday, October 11, 2020

To be announced.


Sunday Gathering - Patience and Gentleness: Tools for our Time (In Italian)

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020
Teacher:Acharya Daniele Bollini

Roman emperor and philosopher Aurelius defined gentleness as the greatest delight, while patience, according to Buddhist tradition, helps us to melt aggression into open space. We will explore the relationship between these two principles.



Past Events:

Did you miss a 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” section of your Shambhala Online account.

Sunday Gathering - Resilience Summit

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.



Sunday Gathering - Community Gathering with Ani Pema Chödrön

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.



Sunday Gathering - The Shambhala Connection to Theory U

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.



Sunday Gathering - The Truth of Impermanence

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.



Sunday Gathering - Understanding Trauma In Tibetan Buddhism

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.



Sunday Gathering - Beauty: Is it Real or Imagined? An Exploration of Dharma Art

Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020
Teacher: 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?



Sunday Gathering - Touching the Earth

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.



Sunday Gathering - Warriorship In A Time of Crisis

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2020
Teacher:Acharya 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.”



Sunday Gathering - Enlightened Society and the I Ching

Date: Sunday, July 5, 2020
Teacher:Acharya Dan Hessey

Access the recording from July 5, 2020: How does human society arise from the primordial world? How can it reflect Heaven's wisdom and integrate with the Earth's natural systems? How can humanity tame and structure society so it is socially and ecological



Sunday Gathering - Working with Uncertainty

Date: Sunday, July 12, 2020
Teacher:Shastri John Seex

Access the recording from July 12, 2020: Shastri John Seex led meditation practice and a discussion about working with uncertainty.



Sunday Gathering - The Intangible World of Drala and Enriching Presence

Date: Sunday, July 19, 2020
Teacher: Sangyum Agness Au

Access the recording from July 19, 2020: The Shambhala teachings include a variety of practices – some more formal, while others are more shamanic in nature. These more ‘informal’ practices promote our engagement with the intangible-energetic presence in



Sunday Gathering - Sheltering in Place like the Buddha

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



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