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
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4:00 p.m. Atlantic / BRT
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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. Scroll down to “Past Events” to register for recorded talks, which are usually available a few days later.)

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020
Teacher: Catherine Eveillard

« Le crime de notre génération envers les êtres du futur est trop terrible pour être pensable, à moins que nous ne le reconnaissions nous-même dès aujourd’hui. » Cette phrase de Joanna Macy, grande femme lettrée, bouddhiste, militante et activiste de l’éc


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, November 8, 2020
Teacher: Alexandra Vlasic

The suffering caused by racism has become ever more apparent across the globe since the murder of George Floyd on May 25th, especially for those who do not experience racism on a daily or regular basis. How does the concept of race and the harm of racism


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 29, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Veit Weber

By engaging with Mindfulness Meditation, we are practicing in a nonconceptual way, to simply connect with “Who am I?” When we do this, we are relaxing the body and mind in order to feel who we are, be on the spot, and touch into our rich heritage of Shamb


Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Alex Paterson

Join Shastri Alex Paterson for a conversation about how meditation, theatre, and education intersect and complement each other, creating a path of continual playfulness and discovery.


Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020
Teacher: Shastri Donna Williams

In these turbulent times, we can turn to our senses to ground us and offer solace. As we know, we often get caught in concept - dissociating ourselves from our immediate environment. Our senses offer a portal to connection: using taste, touch, smell, sigh


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. This is a family-friendly Sunday Gathering hosted by the Touching the Earth Collec


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. 2020 has been filled to the



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.

Date: Sunday, October 11, 2020
Teacher: Noel McLellan

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. Reality becomes a portal to unreality. It allows us



Date: Sunday, October 4, 2020
Teacher: Acharya Mathias Pongracz

Recorded on October 4, 2020: 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: Acharya 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

Recorded on Sept. 6, 2020: 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



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

Recorded on August 30, 2020: 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



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

Recorded on August 23, 2020: 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 situatio



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

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



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.



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



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.”



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.



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