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Harvest of Peace – our newest Nyida Day

One upon a time there was a young, incarnate Tibetan meditation master who managed to escape cultural genocide in 1959. He landed in India, studied at Oxford University and contemplated British culture for a few years. After meeting Western students while co-administering a small Buddhist monastery in Scotland, he made drastic changes to his personal … Continue 

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What is The Heart of Recovery?

A Question and Answer session with George Gomez. George is actively involved with Heart of Recovery that meets weekly at SMCLA, and at many Shambhala Centers across our mandala. (It is similar in format to an earlier iteration with a name still used at some Centers, Sarpashyana.) Heart of Recovery meets every Wednesday night at … Continue 

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Why does a Buddhist Tradition Care About Leadership?

On September 13th, SMCLA is delighted to have Minister Jane Arthur visit our community. Over decades, Ms. Arthur has held many positions within Shambhala, including the Director of the Boulder, Colorado Center (the largest Center, currently with 600+ members), and Director of the oldest of Shambhala’s residential retreat centers, Karme Choling in Vermont. Beyond these positions, she was Director of Vermont … Continue 

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What is an Acharya

I will never forget the first time I met an acharya. For the previous couple of months, I had been spending as much time as I could at the Los Angeles Shambhala Center. My new sangha friends told me that Acharya Allyn Lyon was coming for her winter visit. They were very excited to see … Continue 

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The Compassion of Unconditional Love: What Karuna Training Offers

An introduction to Karuna Training and Contemplative Psychology will be offered for the first time in Los Angeles by Shastri Sandra Ladley. The following is a personal account by Miriam Hall. The program, Introduction to Contemplative Psychology, will be held in Eagle Rock on June 11 and 12. This article originally appeared in the Shambhala … Continue 

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