Something New for Tuesday Open House!

Starting February 5th, after meditation we will talk about Pema Chodron’s book The Places that Scare You. You don’t have to read the chapter before you come – but the more people who do, the richer the conversation will be! It is a great book – and the chapters are very short. We will talk … Continue 

Our wonderful 2018 Children’s Day Shrine!

Here is the wonderful Children’s Day shrine that our sangha’s children decorated! It was a wonderful day of family fun.

Our Children’s Day shrine!

West Chester is ready to celebrate Children’s Day! Our children decorated their own shrine – come visit us in the next 2 weeks to see it!    

October Haiku Competition

Introducing the monthly haiku competition! Each month we will present a series of images to inspire a haiku. Simply reply to this email with your haiku, or submit at the Shambhala Center. The winning haiku will be picked by the West Chester Shambhala Council members and will be included in the next month’s newsletter. Anyone … Continue 

Meditation is not a life hack

Today I listened to the New York Shambhala Center’s podcast, Meditation in the city. The episode was “The Householder Path”, a talk by Susan Piver. At the very end of the talk, in response to a question, she said, “Meditation is not a life hack. It is not a self-improvement technique. It is a chance to hop off of … Continue 

Kyudo – the ancient standing meditation practice of Zen archery

Kyudo is the standing meditation practice of using a bow and an arrow. Working with the precision of the form, a natural process gradually unfolds through which the practitioner has the opportunity to see the mind more clearly. The target becomes a mirror which reflects the qualities of heart and mind at the moment of the … Continue 

What is Shambhala Day?

Happy New Year! Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the lunar New Year, and is one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism.  Based on the traditional Tibetan New Year’s celebration of Losar, the day is calculated astrologically according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, and changes every year to coincide with the annual lunar … Continue 

Take off your roof!

As we prepare to open the doors of our new Shambhala Center next week, I’ve been thinking a lot about what we can do to not only cultivate the community we already have, but to also create a welcoming environment in which the basic goodness of all people can be recognized and uncovered. The key here … Continue 

The Art of Being Human

Shambhala Online recently shared a talk by the Sakyong titled The Art of Being Human, which is available for anyone to watch for free. This video is timely for us, as we have a weekend program of the same title in January with Shastri Jerry Webster. Ideal for both new meditators and those looking to deepen an … Continue 

Giving Voice to the Moment: An experiential workshop joining mindfulness and song

We are happy to announce a workshop at nearby West Chester University, run by Philadelphia Shambhala Center’s Alexander deVaron, DMA: “Giving Voice to the Moment: An experiential workshop joining mindfulness and song” The act of singing engages all aspects of our being, frees up energy in our body, and offers us access to a wide … Continue