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Special Announcement Regarding Online Sitting

Dear Troy Shambhala,

Out of an abundance of caution regarding the coronavirus, we are suspending in-person sitting at our physical location at Sage Colleges (no sitting on Mar. 12.) As precious as it is to meet and practice together in our little space, there is too much unknown about the spread of the virus to continue blindly. Until we have a clearer picture of the ongoing risk, we feel that it is best to suspend and seek other ways to meet.

We are planning to set up online meeting using the Zoom meeting platform. This is a surprisingly good way to practice together, and we regularly use it in the Shambhala community. Our first online session will happen on Thursday, March 19 (every Thursday evening 6:30-7:30 pm until further notice.) If you would like to join us, please RSVP to this email: [email protected] and you will be provided a link with instructions.

We would like to hear your thoughts on this, and anything else. Meeting online could open opportunities to deepen our practice with multiple sessions a week, separate study groups, book groups, or special practice sessions. We hope that when we return to normalcy, we’ll have gained a valuable resource.

Troy Shambhala in March

Dear Troy Shambhala,

The sunlight is increasing day by day. Who knows what it will uncover! Let’s find out. Sitting each Thursday in March is from 6:30-7:30 PM, as usual. And do join us for the following extras after sitting:

March 5: 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.
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March 12: Tonglen – Sending and Taking – Tonglen is a potent contemplation practice to extend our kindness to the world. We’ll be guided through the steps and have time for discussion.
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March 19: True Perception – Explore the dharma art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in this ongoing series of videos.
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March 26: The last Thursday of each month is reserved to hear from Pema Chödrön. We’ll read a chapter from one of her phenomenal texts or listen to a short teaching.
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See you!

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Troy Shambhala in February

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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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See you!

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Troy Shambhala in January

Dear Troy Shambhala,

The solstice came and went and now we’re tilting back toward the sun, gaining light each day. Come sit and brighten up. Sitting on Thursday evenings is from 6:30-7:30 PM, as usual. And do join us for the following extras after sitting:

January 2: Group dinner in downtown Troy – After sitting we’ll plan for an annual group dinner in downtown Troy to celebrate the new year (optional of course). It has been wonderful to reignite this tradition.
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January 9: 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!
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January 16: 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.
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January 23:  TBA – Something fun 🙂
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January 30:  The last Thursday of each month is reserved to hear from Pema Chödrön. We’ll read a chapter from one of her phenomenal texts or listen to a short teaching.
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See you!
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Troy Shambhala in December

Dear Troy Shambhala,

December is starting as a wintery mess, but that doesn’t mean it’s inherently bad. Brave the elements and come sit. Sitting is from 6:30-7:30 PM, as usual. And do join us for the following extras after sitting:

December 5: Timekeeper Introduction: Hear about the forms and functions of our meditation space and practice the basics of timekeeping for our public sitting sessions. approx 50 min.
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December 12: 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!
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December 19: 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.
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December 26:  The last Thursday of each month is reserved to hear from Pema Chödrön. We’ll read a chapter from one of her phenomenal texts or listen to a short teaching.
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See you!
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