Powerful Practices for Challenging Times: An Introduction to Karuna Training

We all know as life gets harder, we need more compassion. But what is compassion? One Sanskrit word is karuna, which is used to point to any action that lessens the suffering of others. It is a fitting name for the offerings of Karuna Training or Compassion Practices.

The 2017 Sacred Path Program Schedule

The Shambhala Meditation Center of New York is pleased to present the 2017 calendar for the Sacred Path programs! Register now at the early bird discount.

This Week at the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York

Here are some ways to nurture your meditation practice at the Shambhala Center of New York the week of October 17th, 2016.

Mindfulness Workshops at Shambhala NYC

Learn to Live Mindfully is a new series of workshops brought to you by the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York City. These one-night classes offer practical teachings and meditation techniques to help us grow into more mindful, compassionate human beings.

Acknowledging or Denying Fear: Mindfulness In Business

During one of my lectures on “Mindfulness meditation and business leadership”, I asked a roomful of business leaders two simple questions. “Making a living can be pretty tough and the challenges can often appear intimidating.  Many of our jobs and businesses are at risk. We have children to care for; mortgages to pay; and college … Continue 

New York City Meditation Retreat

Enlightened Society in the City: Cultivating Kindness to Ourselves

I am looking forward to coming back to New York in August to lead our third annual weeklong meditation retreat. We had a rich time last year, practicing with the intention of creating enlightened society for the week. Rather than being a group of individuals meditating together, we explored how it feels to be a … Continue 

The Magic of Qi Gong

Why practice qigong? Qigong is a wonderful way to integrate the body in our spiritual journey. Without a healthy body, working on the mind can be challenging. Qigong is more than exercise; it’s a healing discipline for the body and mind, both gentle and profound, and accessible to everyone. Even people who have physical challenges … Continue 

A Meditation for the Fall

I always consider the Fall to be a more pragmatic and realistic New Year’s occasion than whatever happens in January. In fact, many people who question our Gregorian calendar point to the fact that New Year’s in January simply makes no sense considering the rhythm of the seasons or the way our cultural and economic … Continue 

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

“The Buddhist approach is not to use any reference points at all—none whatsover. Then we are not finding out whether we exist or not, but we are simply looking at ourselves directly, without any reference points—without even looking, we could say. That may be very demanding, but let it be so. Let us get to … Continue 

Before & After: Portraits from a Meditation Retreat

Photographer Peter Seidler completed a series of portaits taken before and after meditation practitioners participated in a month long meditation retreat. He wrote about his process and shares several of the images on the Shambhala Times website. While Seidler didn’t offer specifics as to what he believed his subjects experienced throughout their retreat, he lists … Continue