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Getting Through the Election with Our Goodness Intact

On this day in the United States, ripe for anxiety for Shambhala people throughout the world, the Times Editorial team wanted to repost this recent offering of gathering and resources from the NYC center, though the first offering has passed.

by Jane Heyer, Interim Governing Council, Shambhala Meditation Center of New York

Four years ago, our sangha gathered for the weekly dharma gathering that happened to be on election night, and then stayed for an extended session of group sitting. I was there, and I remember the shock of watching the projected results on the television screen in the big shrine room. Nobody anticipated the results, nor did we expect the hard times that hit the Shambhala community two years later, nor the loss of our center, nor the pandemic.

Who knows what’s to come? But four years after that election night, we are still a community, still sitting and studying together, and still leaning in to the question of how to give birth to enlightened society. The karmic seeds we sowed four years ago and many times since — our group practice and community gatherings — have kept us together. They’ve helped us to remain resilient. We have not given up.

In the coming weeks, as the next presidential election approaches, we have the opportunity, once again, to sit down and make our stand for resilience, heart, and community. We have the opportunity to support one another when the world is scary. Please (virtually) join the Shambhala Meditation Center of NYC for any or all of the programs we’ve created for this historic time.

Dharma Gathering: Chaos and Uncertainty — Stepping-Stones on the Spiritual Path

With Jeff Rubin

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 7:00 pm ET

When things aren’t going the way we hope or expect, we quickly look to blame ourselves or others. In reality, our real stumbling block is the uncertainty and groundlessness that pervades our existence, especially today with the pandemic and the upcoming election. Acknowledging uncertainty and viewing it as our path can energize our spiritual growth and transform our lives.

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Getting Through Election Day with our Goodness Intact —
Shambhala Sadhana and Open Meditation

with Acharya Eric Spiegel and Shastri Elizabeth Reid

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 6:00 pm ET

Election night will be high stakes and emotional, no matter where you stand. Come and join together with intention to ground our collective body and mind in the dignity of warriorship: goodness, kindness and strength. The evening will begin with the Shambhala Sadhana — a proclamation and commitment to our most fundamental qualities — followed at 7 pm ET by an open period of shamatha (peaceful abiding) and bodhicitta (awakened heart) meditation, interspersed with short periods of walking meditation and guiding instructions.

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Dharma Gathering: Cultivating Equanimity in the Midst of ‘All This’

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 7:00 pm ET

2020 has brought an endless stream of intensity to our door: the pandemic, big issues of social justice, major climate events, and a contentious election. With all these layers of uncertainty, it is difficult to maintain our own equanimity — the sense of knowing who and where we are, no matter what is going on around us. How do we take care of ourselves and maintain and cultivate our sanity in the midst of a hurricane of hope, fear and uncertainty?

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