The Shambhala Principle Book Club (Westside)

October 6th—December 1st (2013)

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  • $5 Program Price
Room: WESTSIDE SHAMBHALA @ 3877 Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista, 90066

Open to all. Suggested $5-10 donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

In his new book, The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity’s Hidden Treasure, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche shares stories about his father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and contemplates the teachings his father presented on basic goodness and enlightened society.

The Shambhala Principle challenges us to join meditative insight with social vision in order to create a culture of kindness and worthiness. Though our personal and societal problems can sometimes seem large and insurmountable, The Shambhala Principle invites us to discover the potential and power of our basic goodness to help solve the challenges of today's world.  As the Sakyong says in his book, “Even a small change can dramatically shift the long-term behavior of a system. One thought, one word, one person, can make a difference.”

Please join us every Sunday to read and discuss The Shambhala Principle.  We will be reading a chapter each week. No advance reading required, drops-in welcome.

"We humans have come to a crossroads in our history: we can either destroy the world or create a good future. The Shambhala Principle offers the principle of basic goodness as a way of addressing the personal and social challenges that we face. Do we, as humans, have confidence in the basic goodness of humanity, as well as of society itself?"  -- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, "The Shambhala Principle"

SMCLA Generosity Policy

The Shambhala Center remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our members and program participants, and one of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one should be prevented from participating in programs for lack of funds. At the same time, the Center relies on the revenue from program participants to cover the cost of each program and of keeping our doors open. For programs where there is a set price, if the program price is an obstacle for you, please offer as much of the program price as you can. The suggested minimum, based on the Center’s costs, is 50% of the program price. You may type in the amount on the registration page and pay accordingly. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price of the program, and provides support to the Shambhala Center. If you have any questions, please email

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If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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