Author Gayle Van Gils

Author Gayle Van Gils Leads “Happier at Work” Program & Talks in Los Angeles

The following is a guest post by Shastri Gayle Van Gils who will be visiting each of our Southern CA Shambhala centers in early November to sign books and share the work that she is doing to bring compassion into business. Her book, Happier at Work: The Power of Love to Transform the Workplace will … Continue 

I Failed. Now What?

The following personal account is written by Los Angeles Shambhala member Allison Conant. Acharya Pema Chodron is one of the most senior teachers in the Shambhala Community and I treasure her as a teacher. She doesn’t sugar coat. She can laugh at herself. She can fail and has the bravery to write a book about … Continue 

Inspired to Engage: a Shambhalian’s Experience of the Women’s March in Los Angeles

Just as in over 670 cities and towns across the globe, Los Angeles held a women’s march. It was the biggest civil demonstration in the history of the city. The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles rented a booth to offer meditation instruction. What follows is a first person account by member Allison Conant.   Before … Continue 

Looking at Engaged Buddhism – a Shambhala Perspective

I’m someone who has actively followed politics all my life. I read about it every morning and discuss it regularly. Since I’m a photographer who lives and works in Hollywood, it should come as no surprise that I’m strongly progressive. But part of my job is relating to whomever I’m shooting, so I’ve gotten pretty … Continue 

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