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 

Care Circles: supporting the seriously unwell and dying in our community

At any time, people in our community are unwell or dying. This painful reality is rooted in both the Buddha’s first Noble Truth and our aspiration to manifest an enlightened society. As a community, we have choices about how we respond to such situations among our dharma friends. We would like to begin a conversation … Continue 

The Ziji Collective – A Report

Ziji: – the Shambhala International Youth Group Network In September Llew Watkins and 2 other members of Ziji invited members of London Shambhala to a meeting at the centre, to explain what Ziji is. In particular, Llew wanted to share what happened at the Ziji summit in Berlin this summer and to provide an opportunity … Continue 

A Walk in the Park

14 September 2013    Saturday morning, Russell Square Gardens.  It has been raining hard, but has by now stopped, so a few people are sitting outside the café while others stroll by, enjoying the fresh, damp air.  A group of assorted people arrive, with square dark blue cushions in clear plastic bags, and proceed, with … Continue 

Discovering the Ashe: 40 Years

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the Ashe in the modern world. Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel offers this short video to celebrate the significance of this event. To quote Acharya Jeremy Hayward’s book, `Warrior-King of Shambhala – Remembering Chögyam Trungpa’ (Wisdom Publications, 2008): In the Shambhala teachings, A-, primordial or first, is … Continue 

Weather, Nagas, and Protectors (by Cameron Bailey)

In traditional Buddhist cultures there are a host of worldly gods and spirits that are believed to be able to control or influence the weather. In ancient, pre-Buddhist India, certain high gods, such as Indra, the king of the Vedic pantheon, were propitiated and worshipped in order win the favour of timely, life-giving rainfall (or … Continue 

Enlightened Society Assembly in Hertfordshire

  Why Enlightened Society Assembly now? What are the circumstances of my life that have led me here? These were important and valuable questions I was encouraged to contemplate on the first day of the program. My heart response told me it was the right time. At a deep level I felt the sense of … Continue 

Ziji Summit in Berlin

Having just returned from Berlin I feel tremendously fortunate to have been a part of the 3rd global Ziji summit. If you haven’t heard it yet: Ziji is the name given by the Sakyong to the politicised and energetic global youth movement empowered within the lineage of Shambhala Buddhism. At the five day summit in … Continue