Dear Troy Shambhala,
Each day brings more sun, gently coaxing us into more and more activity. Come do the most active thing: sit. Sitting is from 6:30-7:30 PM, as usual. And do join us for the following extras after sitting:
Feb 6: Group dinner in downtown Troy – After sitting we’ll plan for a group dinner in downtown Troy to celebrate the new year (optional of course). It has been wonderful to reignite this tradition.
Feb 13: Lovingkindness Practice: We’ll devote half of the session to a guided contemplation on compassion. This powerful practice, developed by Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, was given to us during a recent visit. The practice is optional and instruction will be provided. And then, Snacks! – Food, Conversation, and Meditation is the order for the day. We can do all of that in one shot! Feel free to bring something to share!
Feb 20: Book Study – Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa – Chapter 12. This Thursday, we will study SSPW as a group. Perhaps this text has been staring at you from the shelf for a while; now is a great opportunity to crack it open. We’ll discuss Chapter 12 together. Try to read the chapter ahead of time, but don’t freak if you’re not all caught up.
Feb 27: Shambhala Day Celebration: 6:30PM – Year of the Iron Mouse – 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. This is also the time when members of the Shambhala community are encouraged to make a financial donation to Shambhala in order to help support the activities of our global activity.
We will practice The Shambhala Sadhana, a profound practice given by the Sakyong that confidently proclaims the fundamental richness of all beings and society. Then we will hear a message from the global community, followed by a good dose of snacks.