“Sangha” is the Sanskrit term for “community of practitioners” – one of the three jewels of Buddhism. The Shambhala Meditation Center of New York is home to a wonderfully diverse community who share a genuine connection to contemplative practice and the aspiration to realize a more wakeful, sane society. Friends and members of the Shambhala Center are welcome to attend celebrations, practice events, meetings and gatherings of special interest groups.
The Shambhala Meditation Center encourages a diverse group of individuals to explore common interests together so that we can more fully realize the joining of Shambhala principles and practices to our everyday life. Community gatherings and groups help us fulfill our role as sangha, or community of practitioners, by supporting one another on our individual paths of self-discovery. All gatherings are open to the public, and no one is turned away for lack of funds.
THE HEART OF RECOVERY
Every Sunday, 6:30 pm | $2 suggested donation
A weekly sharing support group bringing together meditation practice and the Twelve Steps. Meetings are anonymous and confidential and explore the relationship of addiction and recovery to our personal path as warriors, bodhisattvas, meditators.
QUEERDHARMA: A COMMUNITY OF LGBTQ MEDITATORS
Every Sunday, 7 – 9 pm
We are a community of meditation practice for all people, founded and hosted by LGBTQ people [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer]. A broad range of Buddhist traditions are represented in our membership and visiting teachers. We are at all levels of experience, from questioning/beginners to long-time practitioners. All are warmly welcome. For more information, visit: queerdharma.org
Every Monday, 7 – 9 pm
The Under 30 night is a great opportunity to connect with other young people in the New York City area who are interested in meditation. The evening features meditation practice, with instruction provided for anyone coming for the first time or who would like a review. Meditation is followed by a discussion exploring an aspect of bringing the practice of meditation, or the Shambhala Buddhist teachings, into everyday life. The evening concludes with refreshments and mindful socializing.
UNCONDITIONAL HEALING presents THE HEALING CIRCLE
One Sunday morning per month, 10am – 1 pm | $7 suggested donation
The Healing Circle is a non-denominational support group that explores how the uncomfortable, sometimes painful issues in our lives can often become our gifts on the path of awakening. It is based on the “Unconditional Healing” teachings that have been presented in a series of workshops by Jeff Rubin. We will explore the real meaning of “healing” as opposed to “cure”, and practice the view that illness or significant adversity is a profound and auspicious occasion in our lives. Through this approach, we may discover our genuine nature of wisdom and compassion in the midst of our predicament.
Meetings always include meditation practice, and may also include teachings, group discussions, contemplation practice, as well as the opportunity to share our hopes, fears, confusion and wisdom in a safe, confidential environment. Tea and snacks are always served.
We meet monthly on Sunday mornings from 10am – 1pm, dates to be announced the prior month. All who feel this group will be of benefit are welcome to attend, as well as caregivers, friends and family and those who simply want to learn how to work more skillfully with adverse circumstances.
2013 Dates: 11/17, 12/22
For more information please contact: Jeff Rubin at email@example.com
COMMUNITY SUNDAY GREEN POT-LUCK BRUNCHES
Juicy yellow peaches, a fresh tomato basil and corn salad, homemade bran muffins, gluten free scones, apple cider? What would you like to bring to the Shambhala table?
In considering how to make the Shambhala Center more green we’ve decided to begin our discussions while gathering as a community once a month for Sunday Brunch. Community building is needed in order to organize ourselves sustainably. While we have been doing some sorting of our garbage and no longer use plastic cups at the center, we have more to do, more we are inspired to do. Do you have ideas? Bring them….
Food, friends, family, and children very welcome. All are invited to begin to discuss and make changes at the center and in our homes, and to establish a community of caring about each other and the earth. A mighty topic. As Rene Dubos said, “Think globally, act locally.”
Come to the brunch, or stop by after sitting. We are planning to have a good time…
RSVP or send comments, questions or what you plan to bring along, to Irene: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Sunday of the Month, 10:45am – 1pm | $10 per session
(Brown Bag Lunch from 12 – 1pm)
The Shambhala Children’s Program is based on the principles that all children embody innate goodness, curiosity, and loving-kindness. We explore Buddhist and Shambhala themes through play, music, art, and stories while incorporating simple, age appropriate mindfulness activities. Parents are invited to take part in public sitting during this time. Children 3 and older are welcome.
Third Wednesday of the Month, 11:15am – 12:30pm | $5 – 10 suggested donation
Becoming a parent opens up new opportunities to work with emotion, time, and “off the cushion” practice. The Shambhala playgroup is an informal gathering that welcomes parents and children to visit and informally share their experiences of bringing mindfulness practice into parenting. We meet with the intention of forming community and helping each other to view parenting as practice and path, especially during periods when formal sitting practice is compromised. We envision laughter, listening, tips, tissues, favorite books, and shared stories to form the foundation of this community. Newborn babies through pre-school children are welcome to attend. Please bring one or two toys for children to share during play.
Winter’13/Spring’14 Dates: Nov. 20, Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr. 16, May 21, June 18
With questions contact Erin Carney: email@example.com
CONVERSATION ON AGING: AN OPEN DISCUSSION
Next Meeting: Monday, December 9th, 7-9pm
Lanny Harrison will be our guest. The topic of the discussion is “The Creative Process: Dancing into Old Age.”
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Aging does not have to signal the end of creativity – on the contrary, many doors can open which had not revealed themselves in our sprightlier years. Though our bodies are slower, our minds, imagination, spirits all can surprise us. And our bodies will follow suit! There can always be dancing & artful expression – fresh, brave & suited to our golden years.
Lanny Harrison is a character actress, dancer and cabaret artist. She began her career in the New York Pantomime Theater in 1966, has performed a number of theatrical duets, and has been a member of The House, Meredith Monk’s theater company, since 1969. Lanny has an ongoing workshop at the Shambhala Center of NY and has taught at Naropa University for many years. Since 2000, she has been a member of the Shambhala Arts team at the ALIA Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also on the faculty of the Gallatin division of NYU where she teaches a theater course integrating Eastern contemplative disciplines and Western theatrical technique. Since 1973, she has practiced Tibetan Buddhism as a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is certified as a meditation instructor.
This event is presented by Conversations on Aging, a bi-monthly group which includes meditation, contemplation and discussion of topics related to aging as well as death and dying.
Please join us to share your concerns, experiences, ideas or expertise.
Conversations on Aging’s purpose is multi-faceted:
- to learn and communicate about the many aspects of aging;
- to help identify and organize support for the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of our community as we, and our friends and family – grow older
- to explore and share ways to view and experience our own aging from a positive and aspirational perspective, consistent with our view and path
- to connect and exchange with other local and international groups on aging, including the mandala-wide Aging in Shambhala steering committee
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
JOURNEY OF FEARLESSNESS
Every Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 pm | $5 suggested donation
Journey of Fearlessness is a support group for practitioners with PTSD and other related trauma conditioning. With the decades long success of AA, it’s accepted that people who share a common problem can support and empower each other through mutual experience and understanding.
Journey of Fearlessness joins the view and practices of the dharma with ongoing developments in psychology. We engage in meditation practices, contemplations and discuss readings and relevant topics, as a path for self-empowerment and self-realization. Body-based awareness disciplines, some of which we share and practice, are encouraged. We are pleased to have Sangyum Agness Au in attendance, to offer dharmic guidance and support.
Please note that Journey of Fearlessness is NOT a walk-in group. If you are interested or have further questions, please email Gabriel at Gabriel.Clare@gmail.com to arrange for an initial conversation, in confidence, to determine if you and the group are appropriate for each other.
To learn more about becoming a member, please visit our Membership page.