Programs

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Taste of Shambhala: Open House & Community Gathering

September 18th—February 19th (2020)

Please join us each Wednesday from 6-8:30pm for food, conversation and meditation at the Shambhala Centre. Meditation instruction provided. Continue »

White Tara group practice

October 29th—December 10th

White Tara group practice is open to all. It is a traditional compassion and healing practice. Continue »

Feast: Red Jambhala

November 5th—May 3rd (2020)

Red Jambhala feast for participants having the corresponding empowerment. Continue »

Feast: Chakrasamvara

November 7th—February 4th (2020)

A feast gathering for Chakrasamvara practitioners. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

November 12th—February 9th (2020)

Shambhala Sadhana is a community-wide practice on the full moon of each month as a way to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Shastri Mary Campbell & Cynthia Levine

November 14th—December 12th

This introductory class provides an exploration of genuine contentment through the study of foundational Buddhist teachings. With meditation, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences, free from self-aggression. Continue »

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

November 14th—December 12th

Beyond the practical approaches to dealing with fear, the Shambhala teachings address what it is like to look directly into the openness of our lives, rather than hide from our own existence. Continue »

Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Noel McLellan

November 16th

The bodhisattva vow is a deepening commitment to put others before oneself and to work wholeheartedly for their benefit. If you have taken the vow previously, you are encouraged to attend the ceremony and retake it. Continue »

Refuge Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Noel McLellan

November 16th

Refuge Vow Ceremony - open to the public. For those who wish to take the vow, there are preparatory classes listed separately here: https://halifax.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=404096 Continue »

RENTAL: Miso Workshop

November 17th

Miso Workshop Rental, see Aimee for details. Will use kitchen and community room. Continue »

Werma Feast

November 17th—June 16th (2020)

Monthly Werma Feast Practice open to all who have attended Rigden Abhisheka or Kalapa Assembly. Continue »

Learning to Live Mindfully: Cultivating Kindness

with Shastri Mary Campbell

November 18th

This workshop will introduce basic mindfulness awareness meditation practice and a loving kindness contemplation practice as ways to cultivate kindness to oneself, others and our world. Open to everyone! Continue »

Robert Wright video: Sexual Harm, Trauma, and Healing

November 19th—December 10th

We will watch the video and have time for discussion. In dialogue with Basia Solarz and Acharya Noel McLellan, Robert Wright guides us into an understanding of the depth and pervasiveness of sexual abuse in modern society, the nature and stages of trauma Continue »

Feast: Vajrayogini

November 21st—March 18th (2020)

Monthly Vajrayogini Sadhana feast practice, open to Sadhakas who have received the Vajrayogini Abhisheka. Continue »

Clarifying the Natural State - A Principal Guidance Manual for Mahamudra

with Acharya Lodro Dorje Holm

November 23rd—May 23rd (2020)

Discussion and practice based on this classic by Dagpo Tashi Namgyal (1511 - 1587), who was one of the teachers of the Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, and author of the long text Moonbeams of Mahamudra, as well as texts on the Six Yogas. Open to all Vajraya Continue »

Reception for Connie Clause exhibit

November 24th

Reception for the exhibit of art work by Connie Clause which will hang in the community space for the month of November. We will have a short introduction to the work around 2pm or and ask folks to share their stories of Connie. Continue »

Kasung Mess

November 24th

Sadhana of Mahamudra New Moon Practice

November 26th—January 22nd (2020)

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is open to the entire Shambhala community and is practiced on or near the new moon days of the lunar calendar. Continue »

Tonglen Instruction and Practice

with Acharya Eve Rosenthal

December 2nd—December 9th

Usually, we look away when we see someone suffering. Their pain brings up our fear or anger; it brings up our resistance and confusion. Tonglen is a skillful method we can learn to expand our compassion and our ability to be there for others. Open to al Continue »

Learning to Live Mindfully: Working with Strong Emotions

with Shastri Mary Campbell

December 3rd

This workshop will include guided meditation, teaching and group discussion. Participants will be introduced to contemplative approaches that work directly with some of the more challenging emotions that arise in daily life. Open to everyone! Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Retreat Morning

December 7th

A full morning of Shambhala Meditation for those who have formally received the practice, i.e. at a Shambhala meditation Weekthun or BG1 class. Continue »

Solstice Craft Workshop

December 7th

Merry crafters of all ages are welcome to join in the fun! In preparation for the Winter Solstice and Shambhala holiday of Children's Day, we'll spend an afternoon making art & crafts in the main shrine room at the Shambhala Centre. Continue »

Feast: Kurukulla

December 8th—June 7th (2020)

Feast gathering for all Kurukulla practitioners. Continue »

RENTAL Epicure

December 13th

Epicure Launches the Winter/Spring 2020 catalogue Continue »

Meeting Shambhala—An Introduction to the Shambhala Lineage

with Walker Blaine

December 16th—December 19th

This short course will give an overview of key components of the Shambhala path, including meditation instruction and practice along with talks. Please plan to come to the whole series of 3 evenings. Continue »

Winter Solstice & Children's Day Candlelight Ceremony

December 21st

This evening candlelight ceremony marks Winter Solstice and Children's Day. The celebration is for our entire community, friends and families. Continue »

Holiday Weekthun and Practice Intensive

with Shastri Mary Campbell

December 26th—January 1st (2020)

Our traditional holiday time practice intensive will be open to all. There will be an option to attend the week to fulfill weekthun requirements, as well as attending daily. Advanced practices will also be held, open to those practitioners Continue »

New Years Eve Shambhala Sadhana Feast

December 31st

Our annual New Years Eve Shambhala Sadhana Feast is open to all! Bring a potluck dish to share if you can. Continue »

RENTAL Ceremony

January 11th (2020)

Empowered Communication: Speaking Your Truth with Compassion.

with Basia Solarz

January 18th (2020)

Working with difficult conversations and challenging situations, based on the transformative understanding of conflict. The workshop will include self-reflection, small and large group discussions, and scenario practice. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Geoff Crinean

January 25th—January 26th (2020)

Discovering Basis Goodness in ourselves and others. A weekend of meditation instruction and practice, teachings and discussions. Continue »

Wisdom in Everyday Life

January 30th—February 27th (2020)

Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom. When we touch the world directly, we discover ordinary magic. No longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, we can include everything as part of the path and play with whatever arises. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

January 30th—February 27th (2020)

This introductory class provides an exploration of genuine contentment through the study of foundational Buddhist teachings. With meditation, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences, free from self-aggression. Continue »

Shambhala Day Celebration- The Year of the Iron Mouse

February 24th (2020)

Shambhala Day is a time of celebration, nourishment, and community. Continue »

Avalokiteshvara Sadhana Feast

March 1st (2020)

Quarterly feast practice for tantrikas who have received the Avalokiteshavara abhisheka or lung. Continue »

Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help?

with Shastri Mary Campbell

March 2nd—April 6th (2020)

This course asks the question, “How can I help?” and explores our relationships with others and an aspiration to help our world. Meditation practice, talks, discussions, contemplations and experiential learning are all part of this series. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

March 6th—March 8th (2020)

In Level 2, we explore how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world. We learn how to work with fear and with the obstacles that may have arisen as meditation practice develops. Continue »

Milarepa Day

March 8th (2020)

Celebrate the life of Tibet's most famous yogi with our annual one-day marathon of reading the complete Rain of Wisdom, a gathering of songs of realization by major Kagyu masters, from Tilopa to Trungpa. And including Milarepa of course! Continue »

Chakrasamvara Drupchen

March 9th—March 18th (2020)

Drupchen - "great practice" - is a group Chakrasamvara sadhana practice that the Vidyadhara requested to be performed each year after Milarepa Day. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life

March 12th—April 9th (2020)

Compassion, joyous discipline, and healthy energy. Buddhist teachings on aspiring and loving action. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

April 17th—April 19th (2020)

When we become awake to our sense perceptions, we can venture into the world with confidence and a vulnerability that is fearless, gentle, and alive. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

May 15th—May 17th (2020)

As we trust further in basic goodness and dare to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world as it is. We find that we can extend ourselves to others fully with kindness. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

May 30th—May 31st (2020)

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky

June 12th—June 14th (2020)

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind, a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We learn to trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment. Continue »