Dharma Talk – The Art of Listening: Opening into Silence

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 10.54.29 AMTime: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 (19:30 -20:30)

Teacher: Jeff Wigman

Sitting practice can be an intensely heartfelt and elegant expression of non-judgement and a powerful way to hear ourselves. The less we judge, the more we can listen. By dropping our familiar demands, we can hear ourselves with appreciation and care, just as we would a good friend. Shambhala Buddhist teacher, Jeff Wigman, will discuss how judgement creeps into our meditation, and how we can give ourselves a well-deserved break by truly listening.

The dharma talk is free to all. Suggested donation: $5. Registration link: http://troy.shambhala.org/calendar-details/?id=183032

Shambhala Day 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 6.02.04 PMTogether with 311 other Shambhala centers around the world, Troy Shambhala welcomed the new lunar year, the Year of the Wood Horse, with conversation, meditation, practice, food, and laughters, to celebrate this New Year!

Sakyong Mipham Ripoche, Shambhala Day Address:http://vimeo.com/88108468
English transcript:http://shambhalatimes.org/2014/03/06/life-is-worth-living/

At a time when the geopolitical situation is intense, we are called upon to embody our principles, the Shambhala Principle. The Sakyong said, and to “create a culture of kindness.”

The Sakyong urged sangha members to “hitch up your chuba,” the Tibetan equivalent of rolling up your sleeves. “We are being asked to become architects of a new civilization,” he said. “What are the value systems we want to uphold?”

Sakyong said:
We have come together around the teachings that my father, the Dorje Dradul, brought from his homeland of Tibet, about the message of human goodness, which have somehow touched and inspired us as a community and beyond. It is important in this constantly shifting world, where it is very difficult to know what to depend on, to know how to guide our life. It is important as individuals and as a community to regroup and think about the basic, essential principles and values that we all hold dear. We can do that, daily, but as a community I think it is very good to do it annually and see this particular moment as a spirit of “life is worth living.”

For more Shambhala Day 2014 related videos, please go to “Shambhala Times”:
http://shambhalatimes.org/2014/03/04/shambhala-day-2014-videos/

February with the Shambhala Meditation Group of Troy

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Feb. 4 is sitting with optional dinner out after the session. As usual, we’ll make our dining plan on the spot.

Feb. 11 we will have Snack Salon (or if you prefer German, Snack Salon). We’ll have some basic snacks available as an excuse to enjoy each other’s company. If you are inspired, feel free to bring something to share.

Feb. 18 we will play 3 short talks by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche from his teaching “The Awesome Mind, Meditation and the Shambhala Path.”

Feb. 25 we will be reading from The Shambhala Principle, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Coming up in March, we will hold our annual Group meeting. This will be a pot-luck, as food seems to never be far from an official Shambhala event. We will announce the final meeting date as March approaches.

We have meditation instructors available who can meet you to discuss your practice. The simple practice of meditation can be a slippery thing, and reflecting on your experience with an instructor can be very informative. It is free of charge. Please contact us if you are interested.

During these winter months, it has seemed that people are hibernating a bit. But it’s not that cold out. Get bundled up and head on over. Hot or cold, sitting is the same as it ever was. And if it has been a long time since you’ve joined us, sitting is the same as it ever was. We hope to see you there!

Contact info:
Email: Shambhala Meditation Group of Troy

Location:
Ricketts Hall on Russell Sage College.
Congress Street between 1st and 2nd Street. Troy, NY 12180

A Brief Talk on Shambhala Chants: Invocation

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Center: Troy
Date : Tuesday 15 Oct 2013 From 19:30 Till 20:30
Teacher: Jeff Wigman
Contact person: Jeff Wigman
Price: Free
 

The Invocation is read at the close of meditation practice in Shambhala centers around the world. Perhaps you’ve sat through it perplexed by the many names and terms found within it. In this brief talk, Shambhala Buddhist teacher Jeff Wigman will discuss the purpose of this liturgy and give an overview of its structure and meaning.

For registration please go to this page and click on the Registration button: http://troy.shambhala.org/calendar-details/?id=152018

Harvest of Peace Celebration

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Come Celebrate!

9/21, Sat. 11:30 am to 3:00 pm

Harvest of Peace is a yearly celebration recognizing the changing of the seasons and the richness of our changing lives. It is a chance to come together as a local community to enjoy each other’s company and appreciate the wealth of our practice and the teachings of our tradition. We will also hear from the head of Shambhala, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in a recorded address to the global community.

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Schedule:
11:30: Practice  -
The Sakyong has decided to continue the tradition started last year of making Shambhala Sadhana practice open to everyone on this special holiday. The Sakyong composed this practice to deepen our personal and social connection with basic goodness. The Shambhala Sadhana is simple and quite powerful in its direct approach to basic goodness. All are welcome to participate and instruction will be provided.

 

1:00 Potluck lunch
2:30: Recorded address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

 

Class: COMING TO OUR SENSES: DHARMA ART PRACTICES

Steve Clorfeine

Steve Clorfeine

The class entitled ‘COMING TO OUR SENSES:  DHARMA ART PRACTICES’
will be offered by Steve Clorfeine on May 25th, 2013. 

Class description:

‘COMING TO OUR SENSES:  DHARMA ART PRACTICES’
In this workshop we’ll explore the continuum and connections between sitting meditation, awareness practices, and the activity of ‘being and doing’ – presence,
receptivity and action.
Please confirm if you plan to attend: steve.buelte@gmail.com

 

Instructor Steve Clorfeine’s Brief bio:
Steve Clorfeine has been a student of meditation for the past 40
years, mainly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. As a
member of the Shambhala community and the formative Naropa University
community, his practice has included formal training in the Vajrayana
path of Tibetan tradition, in the Shambhala teachings and practices
associated with it, and in the traditional arts and contemplative arts
practices, particularly contemplative movement, T’ai Chi, theater and
writing. He has been trained as a meditation instructor, as a director
of Shambhala Training, and as a contemplative arts practice director.

In teaching arts based courses and workshops since 1973, he has
incorporated a contemplative approach, often including sitting and
walking meditation practice and drawing on my studies in T’ai Chi and
‘dharma art’ principles on perception and mindfulness-awareness.
Through the forms of improvisation and ‘deep play’ he has been able to
present techniques that draw people closer to their creative strengths
and awaken their healthy resistances.

More info is available at Steve Clorfeine’s website
www.steveclorfeine.com

The class will run 10am-5:30 pm.  The cost for the workshop is $30.
Please contact Virginia Fisher at (518) 961 2894 if you have any questions.
The location is the Dance Studio at the Upton Center on Russel Sage campus.The address is 71 1st Street Troy, NY 12180

Sakyong’s New Book “Shambhala Principle” – Will be Published in May

PrintThe Shambhala Principle will be published May 7th
“Creating Enlightened Society” events planned for Chicago, San Francisco, London and New York

The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity’s Hidden Treasure, by Sakyong Mipham, will be published on May 7, 2013.

Linked to the publication of The Shambhala Principle, will be a four-city “Creating Enlightened Society” tour that the Sakyong will make to address public events in Chicago (April 26-28), San Francisco (May 10-12), London (September 12-15) and New York (most likely in November).

Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 8.37.11 AMAll the public events are oriented towards the public understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society, and will feature additional well-known speakers at each event with experience in different walks of life.

From more detailed news, please read this article from: Shambhala Times

You can pre-order this book now: Shambhala Principle