Centre growth triggers new governance trial

The London Shambhala Centre is pleased to announce a new trial in its governance.  For the next 6 months, the Centre Director will be paid to work two days a week.  Lee Howson, the current Centre Director, will focus will be on strategic development: the growth of the Centre, further expansion of its activities and connection with other … Continue 

Shambhala Day 2017

Shambhala Day 2017: Year of The Fire Bird Reading the description of the Fire Bird definitely got me in the right mood for this year’s Shambhala Day : “Legend says that the Fire Bird is a feisty sign and is related to the phoenix, so this new year is most definitely about fresh starts. In … Continue 

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Editorial (2nd Quarter/ 2017)

Dear Friends,   In the editorial for our first newsletter this year, I wished you a cheerful new solar year. By now we have also traversed Dön season and entered the new Tibetan year of the Female Firebird, marked by Losar and Shambhala Day at the end of February. It is therefore my pleasure to … Continue 

The Ziji Gar

How the Ziji Gar was born I am writing this on the train as I have just returned from the most wonderful few days at Dechen Chöling where myself, Lia Duggan, Simon Engelke, Simon Bertin, and Oli Wang met to discuss and continue to co-create together the Ziji Gar that will happen there from July … Continue 

Easy Like Sunday Mornings …

Sunday is a day for a lie-in, a nice breakfast feast, a walk with a dog (or another human being), and now I can recommend another pleasant activity that you can add to your list of possible Sunday morning activities: The Sunday morning meditation at the Shambhala Centre is easy, too. Well, not as easy … Continue 


#household who Is that beautiful evil Bastard who makes me breakfast Then turns on me then turns me on and off and on again Seeks me out for warmth and comfort Only to drench me in icy silence Drives me wild with fury Only to dissolve me in giddy laughter Takes up space Touches my … Continue 

Appiness is….

Unless you’ve just emerged from a three-year solitary retreat, you’ll have noticed the huge surge of interest in mindfulness.  These days, many newcomers to Shambhala have had their first contact with meditation through mindfulness apps, online videos and audio-based courses. As a mindfulness teacher with a media background (I worked as a BBC producer for … Continue 

Book Club

During a recent Shambhala Training weekend the existence of a small Herefordshire Shambhala Book Group came to light. This sparked a response for something similar to be set up at the London centre.   The basic idea would be to read a book, or a chapter/part of a book and meet to discuss it and … Continue 

Editorial (1/2017)

Dear Community,   Cheerful new year to you! A new solar year has commenced, and the days are getting longer again. Hopefully this message finds you and your relations very well and warm. I have just returned from staffing the beautiful Winter Youth Retreat – a meditation programme for young people of all backgrounds that has been … Continue 

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