The Good News Challenge

One of the most important Shambhala teachings is the reality of basic goodness. When we open our eyes and pay attention, basic goodness is all around us. We invite you to share stories about basic “goodnews” in everyday life, whether it’s an anecdote about someone’s small act of generosity or kindness, or a newspaper story … Continue 

Message from the Sakyong

(From Shambhala Times) Message from the Sakyong concerning the tragic events in Paris: I have been tracking the attacks in Paris closely since they were announced and want to offer my sincere condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy. It was heartbreaking to hear the news about the shootings. As we try to come to … Continue 

Winter Moon

By Phil LaVigne Now cold Winter night Moon shining bright through the trees There is no slumber!

This Morning – Haiku by Phil LaVigne

  A Whisper of snow Melts as the Sun Rises All must Fade in Time   by Phil LaVigne

A Walk in the Woods

One of the things I love about Burlington is that you can be in the city and in the woods at the same time. Not only that, but you can explore one of Vermont’s rarest natural communities – a Limestone Bluff Cedar Pine Forest – just a couple of miles north and west of the … Continue 

Pictures from Harvest of Peace

Food, conversation, meditation — about forty of us engaged in these at Harvest of Peace last Sunday, September 21.  Enjoy some photos from this festive day and stay tuned for a letter from our Center Director, Pat Hoffmann, with a summary of our small and large group conversations about our Center and our place in the … Continue 

Harvest of Peace and the People’s Climate March

This year, the weekend of Harvest of Peace coincides with the weekend of the People’s Climate March. This event is timed during an important climate change-focused week in New York, that of the United Nations Climate Summit 2014. Related to this, representatives of worldwide communities of faith will be gathering at the United Nations Church … Continue 

Harvest of Peace: Sunday, September 21

By Pat Hoffmann Dear Members and Friends of the Burlington Shambhala Center, As we savor every moment of late summer, we also look ahead to the fresh start of fall as a time to reflect on our abundance, and to practice, study, and celebrate together. We especially look forward to our annual Harvest of Peace, … Continue 

Some photos from Richard’s retirement brunch

Sakyong Bestows “Friend of Shambhala” Award on Gov. Shumlin

On Tuesday June 3rd, in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office at the Vermont Statehouse, Shambhala Buddhist leader and best-selling author Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, presented the first ever “Friend of Shambhala” award to Governor Peter Shumlin and the people of Vermont, in recognition of the state’s continuing role in creating and propagating a climate of inclusivity and … Continue