Sakyong Shambhala Day Address: Year of the Wood Sheep

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Transcript of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Shambhala Day address
19 February, 2015
Year of the Wood Sheep
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Click here to view the video recording of the address
Click here to see the annual roll call video
Click here to read the complete transcript of the Sakyong’s Address

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche: “Today is the beginning of a year, and the basic message is that Shambhala is about life. It is about the energy rising. This is not ignoring that we have birth, aging, sickness, and death, in a cyclical existence. There’s a quality of looking at whether we are really engaged in life, if we are living life fully, and what is our notion of living.”

“… The most brilliant people have tried to communicate the nature of reality. In our tradition, the nature of reality is having the strength to appreciate and connect to the sadness, the joy, the strength, and the fragility of our experience. This is demonstrated today. Everybody had to make their way here. Everybody had to put energy into being here, and somehow it came together. From this we can launch into the New Year, which is an excellent way to follow the Horse, in terms of stabilization and bringing it into our personal experience.

As we are hooked up globally, on this particular Shambhala Day I ask you to join me in making an aspiration for what this next year will be. If you feel good about that, I would like you to extend your mind and say what the next twenty years would be. What is our vision? Shambhala Day is an excellent time to release the last year and in that space of not knowing, to raise our energy and project it into the future.”

Troy Shambhala in February

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 7.27.55 PMSITTING TODAY, FEBRUARY 3 IS CANCELED!!!. Troy is experiencing a snow emergency, and the streets are a mess. Dig out and we’ll see you next week! Sitting each Tuesday in February (except Feb. 3) is from 6:30-7:30PM, as always. And do join us after sitting for the following extras:

February 10: Snack Salon – Feel free to bring something to share! Food, Conversation, and Meditation is the Sakyong’s prescription. We can do all of that in one shot!
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February 17: The Heart of Bravery audio teaching with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön – Two of the world’s most beloved spiritual teachers and leading figures in the Shambhala tradition of Buddhism discuss the core principles and practices of the tradition and how personal meditation practice can forge an enlightened society. We will listen to selections from this retreat and reserve time for discussion.
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sheepSaturday, February 21: Shambhala Day Celebration: Year of the Wood Sheep – Shambhala Day is when we observe the passing of another lunar year according to the Tibetan calendar. It is traditional to celebrate by gathering together and connecting to our richness and brilliance, reaffirming our intentions for the new year.

We will practice The Shambhala Sadhana, a profound practice given by the Sakyong that confidently proclaims the fundamental richness of all beings and society. We will then listen to the Sakyong’s Shambhala Day address to the sangha, followed by a potluck-lunch-annual-group-meeting combo. So please bring a dish to share.

Shambhala Meditation Group of Troy
10:00AM Ricketts Hall at Sage College

Our schedule*:
10:00AM Opening chants; Shambhala Sadhana practice
11:30 The Sakyong’s Shambhala Day address (recorded).
12:15 Wecome of new members and throwing of the I Ching for the new year.
12:30 Potluck Lunch and group meeting concluding by 2:00

*This schedule is subject change. We will learn the length of the Sakyong’s address on Thursday, and may make adjustments based on that.

As always, registering for programs is greatly appreciated. http://troy.shambhala.org/calendar-details/?id=221014
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February 24: Group Book Reading – The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa.
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At the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany in February:

Fear and Fearlessness: A Warrior’s Approach to Death
with Acharya Eric Spiegel
February 6 – 8
http://albany.shambhala.org/program_details.php?id=187248&cid=209

See you!

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Troy Shambhala in January

snowDear Troy Shambhala,

Happy New Year of 2015!

The new year is on, and a deep freeze is rolling in. But space doesn’t freeze unless we let it. Come warm up space with us. Sitting each Tuesday in January is from 6:30-7:30 PM, as always. And do join us after sitting for the following extras:

January 6: Optional group dinner in Troy after sitting.
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January 13: Snack Salon – Feel free to bring something to share! Food, Conversation, and Meditation is the Sakyong’s prescription. We can do all of that in one shot!
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January 20: Video:  Meditation Instruction – “How to Meditate” by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 30 min. video teaching after regular sitting.
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January 27: Group Book Reading – The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa.

Happy Holidays! December in Troy Shambhala

Dear Troy Shambhala,

Autumn isn’t putting up much of a fight this year. But let’s not hibernate before winter even begins. Actually, let’s not hibernate at all! Sitting each Tuesday in November is from 6:30-7:30, as always. And do join us after sitting for the following extras:

December 2: Optional group dinner in Troy
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December 9: Snack Salon – Feel free to bring something to share! Food, Conversation, and Meditation is the Sakyong’s prescription. We can do all of that in one shot!
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Trungpa Rinpoche's Line Drawing

Trungpa Rinpoche’s Line Drawing

December 16: Being Tara – A Dharma Art Presentation
In March 2007, Artist to the Kalapa Court, Jack Niland, presented a dharma art weekend at the New York Shambhala Center called “Being Tara.” A highlight of the weekend was a slideshow, which explored the unique instructions and teachings that Jack received from Chögyam Trungpa. For the first time in a public talk, Jack drew from his collection of the Vidyadhara’s own sketches and diagrams to illuminate the visual dharma principles and training he received. This multimedia presentation recreates Jack’s slideshow.
Note: Sitting will be shortened this evening to make time to finish the slideshow. approx. 100 minutes
A $5 donation is suggested
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December 23: Winter Celebration! A simple gathering of friends, some winter cheer, and, yes, more food. Feel free to bring your favorite. And bring a friend; we’ll have meditation instruction available at 6:30.
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December 30: Group Book Reading – The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa. We will continue our discussion of the Third Noble Truth, the cessation of suffering (yay!).

Some programs at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany to consider:

Mindfulness in Motion—Work, Sex, and Media
with Susan Ryan and Frank Ryan
Fri December 5th – 7th
http://albany.shambhala.org/program_details.php?id=186465&cid=209

Cool Boredom – The Way of Contentment with Jeff Wigman
Sat December 13th: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
http://albany.shambhala.org/program_details.php?id=192691&cid=209

See you there!

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November in Troy Shambhala

Screen Shot 2013-02-26 at 12.33.58 PMDear Troy Shambhala,
Sitting each Tuesday in November is from 6:30-7:30, as always. And do join us after sitting for the following extras:

November 4: Optional group dinner in Troy
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November 11: Snack Salon – Feel free to bring something to share!
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November 18: Timekeeper Training Redux (approx. 45 min.)
The role of timekeeper (Tib. umdze) is an important element in our public sitting sessions. The steady presence of the umdze can set the tone and lift the confidence of the group. In this brief training, we will cover the basics for timekeeping and touch on meditation hall etiquette. Please consider stepping into this important practice.
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November 25: *Note* Yes. There is a group book reading scheduled for this date.

Some programs at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany to consider:

Contentment in Everyday Life
Starting Tuesday November 4th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – 4 weeks
http://albany.shambhala.org/program_details.php…

Shambhala Training Level 2 with Jeff Wigman
November 7-9 (prerequisite Shambhala Training Level 1)
http://albany.shambhala.org/program_details.php…

Cool Boredom – The Way of Contentment with Jeff Wigman
Sat December 13th: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
http://albany.shambhala.org/program_details.php…

See you there!

http://troy.shambhala.org/

October with the Shambhala Meditation Group of Troy

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 11.08.08 PMDear Troy Shambhala,

We hope to see you in October. Sitting each Tuesday in Octember is from 6:30-7:30, as always.

And do join us after sitting for the following extras:

Oct. 7: Optional group dinner in Troy
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Oct. 14: Snack Salon – chat. chew. chat…
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Oct. 21: Timekeeper Training (approx. 45 min.)
The role of timekeeper (Tib. umdze) is an important element in our public sitting sessions. The steady presence of the umdze can set the tone and lift the confidence of the group. In this brief training, we will cover the basics for timekeeping and touch on meditation hall etiquette. Please consider stepping into this important practice.
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Oct. 28: Group Book Reading – The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa. We will continue reading about the Third Noble Truth, the cessation of suffering (yay!). Due to the holidays, this will be the last group reading for 2014.

See you there!

Meditation – What is it again?

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Tune up your practice with this quick refresher and clarify the view and method of meditation.

 

Whether you’ve been sitting for 30 minutes or 30 years, the purpose and practice of meditation can become unclear. It is important to know what direction we are heading in and how we plan to get there. In this refresher, we will revisit the view and method of meditation practice so we can keep it moving along the path. This event is not intended as an introduction to meditation and assumes participants have received previous instruction.

REGISTER: please go to – http://troy.shambhala.org/calendar-details/?id=187369

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