Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.
Protection, Transition & Celebration: The Protector Principle in Shambhala Buddhism with Charlie Green
February 11 | 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Protection plays a unique role in the Shambhala tradition, especially during this transitional time known as the “don season” or time of obstacles. Transitions of all kinds can present challenges in our personal lives as well as in our larger communities. The ritual of the Mamo chants during the transitional time before Shambhala Day provides an opportunity to increase mindfulness and awareness for the benefit of ourselves, others, and society as a whole.
In Shambhala, all of us are leaders- in our lives, our homes, our jobs, and our personal journeys. By working with our own minds and hearts, and cultivating our own sanity, we begin to transform our culture and create good human society. Leadership training in Shambhala has at it’s heart the aspiration to awaken our own bravery and compassion and learn to work with others with clarity, gentleness, and wisdom.
January 28th | 6:30 to 8:30 PM
You are invited to join us for the practice of Social Meditation following the Wednesday Practice night sit on the 28th. In Social Meditation, we expand our meditative awareness to include our communication and interaction with each other. By creating this space together, we can directly experience our own and each other’s goodness, and create a culture of genuineness, openness, and nowness.
Social Meditation was developed in Boston by Shastri Nicholas Kranz and, with his and Leslie’s guidance, we hope to eventually offer a regular social meditation practice at the Berkeley Center. This event is free and open to the public.
February 7 to 17 | 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Shambhala Day marks the end of one year’s cycle and the beginning of a new one. To dispel the karmic accumulation of personal, social, and environmental chaos at the year’s end, all students are encouraged to practice as much as possible in the period just before Shambhala Day. In particular, students are encouraged to recite the mamo chants together beginning eleven days before Shambhala Day.
The mamo chant is an elaborate protector offering traditionally recited from the twentieth through the twenty-ninthdays of the last lunar month of the Tibetan year. By reciting the chant, we tune into the protector principle of awareness and reconnect with sacred outlook.