Troy Shambhala in September

RickettsDear Troy Shambhala,

We are back to the original Ricketts Hall, Sage College location!

Sitting each Tuesday in September is from 6:30-7:30 PM, as usual. And do join us for the following extras after sitting:

September 1: Group dinner in downtown Troy
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September 8: Snack Salon – Food, Conversation, and Meditation is the Sakyong’s prescription. We can do all of that in one shot! Feel free to bring something to share!
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September 15: Audio teaching by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
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September 29: Group Book Reading – The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa.
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Also:
September 28, at 6:30PM:
Running (or Walking) with the Mind of Meditation
Our third meeting!
http://troy.shambhala.org/calendar-details/?id=237226
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Happy sitting!

See you!

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Troy Shambhala in August

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Already, the days are noticeably shorter. No time to waste. Sitting each Tuesday in August is from 6:30-7:30 PM, as usual. And do join us for the following extras after sitting:

August 4: Group dinner in downtown Troy
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August 11: 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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August 18: Audio teaching by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
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August 25: Group Book Reading – The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa.
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Also:
August 21, at 6:30PM:
Running (or Walking) with the Mind of Meditation
Our second meeting!
http://troy.shambhala.org/calendar-details/?id=234999
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Also:
August 29, at 12:00PM:
Present with Van Gogh
Meeting at the Clark Institute to catch one of the clearest and brightest meditation-in-action practitioners in history.
http://troy.shambhala.org/calendar-details/?id=235032
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And don’t forget we are in our temporary location during the summer construction: See the original announcement below for directions.

See you!

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Troy Shambhala in July

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Sitting each Tuesday in July is from 6:30-7:30pm, as usual. And do join us for the following extras after sitting:

July 7: Group dinner in downtown Troy (optional)
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July 14: 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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July 20: Running with the Mind of Meditation. For registration and program detail, please go to: http://troy.shambhala.org/calendar-details/?id=233132
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July 21: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Community Address on the Anniversary of His Enthronement (video approx. 25 minutes.)
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July 28: Group Book Reading – The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa.
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“Running with the Mind of Meditation” – TBD

See you there!

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Troy Shambhala in June

plantDear Troy Shambhala,

Spring is giving way to the vivid green action of Summer. A great way to participate in that action is to sit on a cushion and do nothing. Sitting each Tuesday in June is from 6:30-7:30 PM, as usual (at the summer location.) And do join us for the following extras after sitting:

June 2: Group dinner in downtown Troy
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June 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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June 16: The Heart of Bravery audio teaching with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön (third installment)– 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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June 23: Spontaneous Arising – TBD
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June 30: Group Book Reading – The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa.
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Also:
Saturday, June 20th, all day:
Midsummer Day Community Celebration
This year the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany is holding Midsummer Day at Brauer Environmental Center in Selkirk. Midsummer Day is a Shambhala holiday instituted by Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1970s. One of the four “nyida” days (from the Tibetan words for sun and moon), this holiday is celebrated around the summer solstice and gives family and friends in Shambhala the opportunity to enjoy summer fun together. The celebration will include a festival potluck, outdoor activities, music, a silent auction and lots of playing. The location is really cool, btw.
See details: http://albany.shambhala.org/program_details.php?id=196998&cid=209
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Running (or Walking) with the Mind of Meditation
The Shambhala Meditation Group of Troy is planning its first moving meditation session.
We are considering three dates in June:
June 15, 6:30 PM
June 19 at 6:30 PM
June 27 at 9:30 AM.
If you are interested in attending, tell us which dates work for you by replying to this email. Please answer by the week’s end so we can schedule our first meeting. The meeting will include meditation instruction, sitting, movement, and discussion—less than 2 hours. We will meet at the RPI track. Details to come.

And don’t forget we are in our temporary location during the summer construction: Refer to the original announcement below for directions.

See you!

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Troy Shambhala Summer Location

Dear All:

Due to summer construction, the Shambhala Meditation Group of Troy will be meeting at The Spirituality Center of Sage Colleges. It is a 2 minute walk from our regular location at Ricketts Hall (click for map).Troy_summer_location1st Street between Congress and Division St, Troy New York 12180

The Spirituality Center can be located by going through the Roy Court Tunnel, opposite the Bush Memorial Hall on 1st Street, Troy, NY 12180. It is to the left of German House. There will be a sign in the door during sitting sessions. Walk through the passageway and head to the left when you get to the courtyard.

Call if you have trouble finding us:
Tel: (518) 308-8278

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Troy Shambhala in May

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 8.03.31 AMTroy Shambhala in May: Sitting each Tuesday in April is from 6:30-7:30pm, as usual. And do join us for the following extras after sitting:

May 5: Group dinner in downtown Troy (Optional; after regular sitting)
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May 12: 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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May 19: The Heart of Bravery audio teaching with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön (third installment. Drop-in is welcome)– 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.

For registration: http://troy.shambhala.org/calendar-details/?id=223859
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May 26: Group Book Reading – The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa.
http://troy.shambhala.org/recurrent-event/?rid=2531

See you!

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Troy Shambhala in April

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Ah, finally the thaw. Now we can rake the leaves we neglected last November. But let’s not let that keep us from our practice. Sitting each Tuesday in April is from 6:30-7:30pm, as usual. And do join us after sitting for the following extras:

April 7: Optional group dinner in downtown Troy
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April 14: 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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April 21: The Heart of Bravery audio teaching with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön (second installment)– 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.

Registration: http://troy.shambhala.org/calendar-details/?id=223858
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April 28: Group Book Reading – The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa.

See you!

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Troy Shambhala in March

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March is a crapshoot. The ground is still frozen, but the insects are already waking up. Our practice welcomes everything. Sitting each Tuesday in March is from 6:30-7:30pm, as always. And do join us after sitting for the following extras:

March 3: Group dinner (optional) in downtown Troy

March 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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March 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. Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 11.03.45 PM
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March 24: Shambhala Meditation Group of Troy Annual Meeting – Let’s discuss what the year of the sheep might bring for Troy. Light refreshments will be provided.
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March 31: Group Book Reading – The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa.
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See you!

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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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