Good Moon Rising – Sadhana Practice at 7pm Monday July 10th

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 Monday evening July 10th to … Continue 

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Learn To Meditate Class 10am to 1pm on Saturday July 8th

“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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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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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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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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How can you help? Glad you asked…

The Shambhala Meditation Group of Buffalo is seeking practitioners of all levels of experience to help with various aspects of the group. We could use help with basic things like setting up for open house, flower arranging, tea service, or sprucing up the environment before a course. If you have experience  with accounting, organizational management, or anything that … Continue 

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Comfortable with Uncertainty

As part of our weekly meditation sessions we will be reading and contemplating a chapter from Pema Chodron’s wonderful book Comfortable with Uncertainty, 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion. The following description comes from Shambhala Publications: This book offers short, stand-alone readings designed to help us cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily … Continue 

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