Cheer up: Meditation as an Ordinary Luxury

There was a film a few years ago called Exit Through The Gift Shop. While sorting through a stack of magazines recently, I looked over an article about a luxury meditation center in New York designed to enter through a gift shop. This collision of wellness and materialism attempts to bring mindfulness together with retail … Continue 

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Looking and Seeing: Introduction to Contemplative Photography

with John McQuade and Ray Ball June 17-June 18 Shambhala Mississauga Don’t miss this rare opportunity to explore this innovative yet accessible practice! Learn to see the ordinary magic in your everyday world through Miksang photography, taught by experts John McQuade, a senior Shambhala teacher, and Ray Ball, a senior Zen practitioner. No photography experience … Continue 

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Why Attend A Meditation Group?

I have attended the Buffalo Shambhala Thursday evening group meditation sessions for nearly ten years. While the practice of meditation is a personal experience that continues to unfold, joining with others can enhance the entire endeavor. Join us at 7pm Thursday evenings at 737 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. The practice of Shamatha is also referred … Continue 

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Begin Again and Again

The challenges and uncertainties ahead of any one of us can be daunting. So…how do we work with this reality? Shambhala Meditation teacher, Pema Chodron reminds us…“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” Finding confidence to begin again and again is the key. Everything … Continue 

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Good Moon Rising

The Shambhala Sadhana is observed around the time of the full moon. This group practice centers around spoken text read aloud together as a means of deepening our sense of enlightened society and feeling of basic goodness–awakening our connection to the natural world and one another. Join us at 7:00pm Friday evening December 16th to … Continue 

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Meditation As Experiment

“Live your life as an experiment,” encouraged meditation master Chogyam Trungpa. Practicing meditation is a way to live your own experiment with intention and awareness. I hear people say that they cannot sit still, their mind is too distracted to even attempt meditation. Anyone who is human experiences these obstacles, but learning a technique from … Continue 

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Miksang Contemplative Photography Practice

  Opening a “Good Eye” to the The Phenomenal World Miksang is a Tibetan word that means “good eye.” Our world is good, just as it is, inherently rich and vivid. Working with the synchronization of eye and mind, the practice of contemplative photography allows us to tune into the “ordinary magic” of the phenomenal … Continue 

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So Many Dharma Books So Little Time

“To understand the context of the Awake-ist teachings in the twenty-first century, we have to recognize a very recent historical development: escape from society is now almost impossible,” writes Ethan Nichtern. Just the other day, I was pondering the notion of “going off the grid,” but the actuality of that these days is slim. The … Continue 

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Fall Enrichment Programs

After six weeks in our new home, settling in seems to be an ongoing process that calls upon us to exercise exertion and effort. Steven Clookey has been working to creating a larger shrine to accommodate the more spacious meditation hall. We had an inspiring conversation with Shastri Debbie McCubbin when she visited last month. … Continue 

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Buffalo Shambhala Has Moved! Visit us at our new location: 737 Delaware Ave. Suite 116

You are invited to visit us at our new location…  On August 18 at 7pm we will host our first meditation group at 737 Delaware Avenue, Suite 116 In addition to our usual Thursday Evening and Second Sunday groups, we are pleased to announce a new weekly Mindful Monday Mornings session starting August 29 at 7:15am, a brief 25-minute sit and yoga stretch to get … Continue 

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