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Seattle Bound

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New Shastri brings a feminine perspective to Seattle

by Andrea D’Asaro

Shastri Trinley BusbyOur new Shastri, Trinley Busby, is relocating to Seattle from her home in Vancouver as our center’s first female Shastri. She brings a deep passion around opening Shambhala to greater diversity, including the power of the feminine.

Her work in diversity includes ten years of reaching out to marginalized populations in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Trinley said, “My work in housing and poverty activism led me to a career in social service support, working with people living with concurrent mental health and substance abuse challenges.” Continue…

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Seattle Weekthun Report on hard-boiled eggs and enlightened silliness

Four of us from Portland participated in the Vajrayana Weekthün with Acharya Susan Chapman in Seattle a few weeks ago.   We tried to channel the four dignities in the kitchen one day during  work period.  Left to right are: Dragon lady Jay Stewart, Garuda Nora Nichols, Lion Michael ... continue
Posted June 10, 2013 by John David Smith

Warriors Cry at Weddings

I tend to cry at weddings.  There is a feeling of bearing witness to incredible on-the-spot bravery that the couple radiates out into their community as they proclaim their love and intentions for building a shared life together.   It is so tender it melts my ... continue
Posted June 2, 2013 by

Cancelling our Vaishaka Day Celebration

Our new Practice and Education Director, Michael McCormick, writes: Vaishakha Day is the day that Buddhists commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of the Buddha.  It is undeniably significant.  The Portland Shambhala Center has scheduled this commemoration for May 25 this year.  In the last couple of ... continue
Posted April 29, 2013 by John David Smith

Shambhala Center is open and closed

For most of us, the Shambhala Center will be completely closed from Saturday April 27 to Friday May 3rd!  There will be no sitting, no classes, no office hours, no groups, no meetings, no anything. But for a group of hardy meditators who have registered for the week-long ... continue
Posted April 22, 2013 by John David Smith

Poems from the 2013 Dharma Arts Festival

basic goodness Mother and magpies break the night in half, always and not broken. My palms form a tray of fermented digits. That’s right, cupcake, a container for breath and doubt. Loudly with precision: a heart a hammer (libraries full of hammers) a head on a tenuous stem the feet in a flowerpot, basically good. Stand ground standing ... continue
Posted April 7, 2013 by John David Smith

2013 Dharma Arts Festival: Sacred Life, Festive Art, Playful Discovery

Caitlin Bargenquast, of the Portland Shambhala Dharma Arts Council, provided this report: As the sun shone over a delighted Portland this past weekend, a core of artist-community members found our own ways to radiate through the Dharma Arts Festival hosted at our  Shambhala Center.  Taking inspiration from Sakyong ... continue
Posted April 6, 2013 by John David Smith

Charlie and Ella’s first birthday

This post submitted by Nancy Smith: On Wednesday, March 20, Charlie and Ella Rubin turned one year old!  When they were newborns, Charlie and Ella were held by their families and many of our sangha members.  We had weekly shifts with them, two hours each, to help ... continue
Posted March 26, 2013 by John David Smith

Lesa Ricci kissing babies

Normally you don’t see leaders kissing babies after their term of office is over. photo: John David Smith   But on March 16, there she was kissing and  hugging and helping the birthday twins open  birthday presents on their first birthday.  Charlie and Ella and mother Vanessa Rubin (pictured) ... continue
Posted March 25, 2013 by John David Smith

Learning about leadership from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

On March 16th some fourteen of the people who play a leadership role at the Portland Shambhala Meditation Center met in the main shrine room to watch a video recording of a talk that the Sakyong, Janpal Trinley Dradul, Rinpoche had recorded a week ago of a ... continue
Posted March 18, 2013 by John David Smith

Lesa Ricci Thanks and Farewell

Lesa Ricci sent this message by email.  It’s posted here in case you missed it: Dear Portland Shambhala Community, I want to express my deepest gratitude for the incredibly generous gifts that have been offered to me for my retirement as Shambhala Center Director. In addition to a ... continue
Posted February 18, 2013 by John David Smith

Paul Warwick Sukhavati

Friends, family, and students of Paul Warwick gathered at the Portland Shambhala Center on Friday February 8, 2013 for a Sukhavati ceremony for him.  Doug McCanne read a reflection written by Paul on his experience in the chapel in during the ceremony for his parent’s 50th Wedding ... continue
Posted February 11, 2013 by John David Smith

Shambhala Times is Looking for an Advertising Sales Agent

The Shambhala Times needs an advertising sales agent to assist with generating income for the Shambhala Times. This role, funded on a 25% commission basis, will work to find both local and national clients willing advertise with the Shambhala Times. This person will be responsible for ... continue
Posted February 7, 2013 by John David Smith

Ikebana Practice at the Kids Club

On January 20th the morning Community Sit included a parents discussion group and our Kids Club, during which parents can meditate with the rest of the community in the main Shrine Room while their kids participate in Kids Club.  On this particular Sunday, the kids  did ... continue
Posted January 29, 2013 by John David Smith

Shambhala Center Calendars

There is an old joke about how we take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, the Sangha and the schedule.   The schedule certainly does frame our being together as a community.  Having the Shambhala Center’s calendar handy makes it easy for me and I think you ... continue
Posted January 24, 2013 by John David Smith

John David Smith is new Communications Director

Hi! I’m new Communications Director for Portland Shambhala Center. I took this job because I realized that at our Center this is a time when a lot of us will have to step forward and take a more active role in the functioning of our Center ... continue
Posted December 23, 2012 by John David Smith

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