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 

Sit Still & Let Nature Play: An Interview With Acharya Allyn Lyon

Shambhala member Brianna Socha interviewed Acharya Allyn Lyon for the Shambhala Mountain Center’s blog. Acharya Lyon is Los Angeles’ beloved resident  acharya. I first met Acharya Allyn Lyon last fall in Los Angeles when she was the senior teacher at a weekthun. A weekthun is an intensive week of group meditation with almost 12 hours … Continue