In Praise of the Rigden King

Oh, Mighty Rigden, King of All I desire of Heaven, Earth and Humanity Make my wishes come truly that each should not suffer but enjoy serenity that each should not feel unnecessary pains bodily. that each should feel the joy of being satiated hungrily that each should enjoy the pleasure of being satisfied sexually that … Continue 

Give the Gift of Goodness

Dear Shambhala Community and Friends, Our new center on 257 E Hildebrand is looking amazing! Thank you all who have helped financially and physically with the property and its amazing renovation. Click here for a brief video of the new meditation hall. We desperately need one more big push to move in on January 1st! I can’t … Continue 

Spirit of Giving Drive Announcement

SPIRIT OF GIVING DRIVE FOR THE HOMELESS of Haven for Hope November 26—December 25, 2013 As generosity is the virtue that rules the heart Give to those in need and apart So share what you are thankful for with the homeless Food, clothing, friendship, support, money, kindness Your rewards will astound you –feelings of gratitude … Continue 

Volunteers Needed this Sunday

We are so close to finishing stage 1! This will allow us to begin moving in. Please come to our new center (257 E Hildebrand) and volunteer this Sunday! (If you can’t come volunteer, please help support the renovation financially. Every bit helps!) Tasks that can be done by volunteers this weekend — broken down … Continue 

Free Dharma Talk this Sunday: Glimpses of Basic Goodness

As mentioned earlier, the Sunday format is changing to provide for practice, study and a social gathering. The doors will open at 9 AM for coffee, you may bring a snack to share, if you would like. Chants will begin at 9:30 AM and the practice session ends at 12:30 PM. At 11 AM, there will be an opportunity for study and discussion for 30 … Continue 

An Ode to JFK

  A poem by community member Preston McWhorter: With the assassin’s bullet the dreams of a generation were slain It seemed with his passing a glorious light was extinguished That a dark malaise had settled over the land with depression in its train That where there had been energy and enthusiasm only gloom remained. He … Continue 

War and Peace of a Kind, A Poem Celebrating Armistice Day

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls This is a story of war and peace This is how the story unfurls It shows that tensions increase When war seems inevitable Like two kids quarreling they push and shove each other Threaten the unthinkable And finally hit, one and then the other Blood is drawn then a … Continue 

New Sunday Format: Join us for Practice, Study, and a Social Gathering

Good morning Shambhala! The Sunday format is changing to provide for practice, study and a social gathering. The doors will open at 9 AM for coffee, you may bring a snack to share, if you would like. Chants will begin at 9:30 AM and the practice session ends at 12:30 PM. At 11 AM, there will be an opportunity for study and discussion for 30 … Continue 

Halloween Party Tonight–Bring Donations to SMC

New poem. Home is a Park by Barbara Pappan Homeless Children and Halloween contest entry Artwork by davealpert at FanArtReview.com Now I lay me down to sleep “Hush,” Mommy says, “don’t make a peep,” I squeeze my teddy so tight So everything will be all right Then she zips me up inside the tent ’cause … Continue 

Hope: A New Poem About Homeless Children

Hope by Shirley B Homeless Children and Halloween contest entry Hope We desire to have shoes upon our feet. Hope We will cherish a bed and food to eat. Hope We trust someone will give us a home. Hope We want love and never to be alone. Hope We wish for toys, so we can … Continue