2017 Year of the Firebird

Shambhala Day 2017

What is life without CELEBRATIONS? Please come and celebrate Shambhala Day on Sunday March 5th. Shambhala Day is the pinnacle of holidays in the Shambhala tradition, marking the Tibetan New Year. This holiday is a time for great festivities throughout our Shambhala community. Think of it as a fresh start, which would be most welcome … Continue 

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New Treatise on Enlightened Society Discussion Group

The first of the series of discussion group meetings, focused on the teachings in the Sakyong’s Treatise on Enlightened Society, was held on Sunday, January 8. The goal of the series is to apply these teachings to the challenges and opportunities we face in light of the current political situation. The discussions will happen at … Continue 

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Children’s Day and Winter Solstice Celebration

Join us to celebrate Children’s Day & the Winter Solstice on Sunday, December 18th, from 9:30 am – 1 pm. A traditional Shambhala festival, Children’s Day offers a chance for the whole community to come together and celebrate the warmth and light in each of us. During the shortest, darkest days of winter, we can … Continue 

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Training the Mind on the Camino de Santiago

Going on a “spiritual” pilgrimage is a tricky thing – just that label loads the trip with expectation. It’s kind of like going on retreat with a shopping list of the experiences I’d like to have; how I’d like to be different and better when I come home. The Camino de Santiago is a walking … Continue 

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Fearlessness in a Time of Terrorism

“True fearlessness is not the reduction of fear, but going beyond fear” (Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior). Terrorist attacks are extremely frightening – that is the point of terrorism.  Something would be profoundly wrong with us if we didn’t experience fear and horror in the face of the attacks like … Continue 

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Contentment in Everyday Life

Contentment can feel very elusive in our everyday life. It’s not uncommon to experience insecurity, anxiety, and self-consciousness. Every day we are either feeling these emotions or busy protecting ourselves from feeling them. Sakyong Mipham Rimpoche recognized this suffering and created the course Contentment in Everyday Life to help us reduce this feeling of ‘dis’ease. … Continue 

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Meet Qigong Teacher Beth Latchis

The Burlington Shambhala Center is thrilled to welcome beloved teacher Beth Latchis to lead a two-day Qigong workshop November 5-6. We thought you would enjoy getting to know Beth! How long have you been studying Qiqong? I took my first Daoist Qigong program with Eva Wong at Karme Choling in 2007 so I have been … Continue 

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Questions and Answers about Shambhala Culture and Decorum

Question: Who is the woman depicted on the banner hanging on the left side of the shrine room? Answer: The woman is Yeshe Tsogyal, the mother of Tibetan Buddhism and symbol of the feminine principle. As explained on the Shambhala Media website, “Yeshe Tsogyal is the most important woman in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, appearing … Continue 

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Parenting as Ceremony

by Melinda Haselton NOTE:  The Burlington Shambhala Center’s Mindful Parenting Group meets on the first Saturday of every month, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Children and parents are invited to come practice and enjoy simple activities. Please contact Melinda with questions: melindahaselton@gmail.com  or call (802) 658-6795. The sun peeks through the blinds and I hear the … Continue 

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What is the “Warrior’s Cry”?

Shambhalians recite something called the “warrior’s cry” at special events such as Shambhala Day, a birthday, or a wedding, and during the “lhasang” purification ceremony. It’s a way for the community to express its inspiration and to invoke the energies of bravery and gentleness. The Warrior’s Cry is a series of Tibetan words: KI KI … Continue 

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