November in Troy Shambhala

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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
November 11: Snack Salon – Feel free to bring something to share!
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.
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…

Shambhala Training Level 2 with Jeff Wigman
November 7-9 (prerequisite Shambhala Training Level 1)…

Cool Boredom – The Way of Contentment with Jeff Wigman
Sat December 13th: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM…

See you there!

October with the Shambhala Meditation Group of Troy

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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
Oct. 14: Snack Salon – chat. chew. chat…
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.
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?


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 –

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:

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:
English transcript:

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”:

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

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

A Brief Talk on Shambhala Chants: Invocation


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:

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.

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



Steve Clorfeine

Steve Clorfeine

will be offered by Steve Clorfeine on May 25th, 2013. 

Class description:

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:


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

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