Building Update & Volunteer Opportunities

  From Peter McLaughlin, Shambhala Chicago Facility Manager: I’m happy to report that the repairs to the extensive flood damage in the Lower Level are almost complete. To new arrivals to this newsletter who missed out on the flood… We had about 6″ of (mostly rain) water throughout our South Lower Level space, as well … Continue 

“The Governing Council: One Year In” by Ted Ballou

After a year serving on the Governing Council, I am developing a perspective on the work. It was with some ambivalence that I joined this body: although it is undeniable that leadership and decision-making  is essential for the smooth functioning of the Chicago Shambhala Center, I wondered whether my participation was necessary or useful, whether … Continue 

Member Survey Results Report – August 2019

  Thanks to all who responded to our recent member survey – we greatly value your feedback!  We received 37 responses out of a possible 281 members on our mailing list. Survey results indicated meditation (38%), community (35%), and an opportunity to engage with the teachings (16%) were what respondents most identified as being important … Continue 

On Becoming… a Published Author by Rebekah Younger

By Rebekah Younger As I sit here, at a beach resort in Oregon, listening to the seagulls and smelling the ocean breeze, I contemplate the between time, the state of becoming that is this present moment. I am in the Northwest to give book talks and workshops to promote my new book, Be, Awake, Create: Mindful … Continue 

Discovering the Joy of Zero Waste Living

by Beth Vande Voort When we first started the Green Team at Shambhala a little over a year and a half ago, I thought of myself as a pretty environmentally conscious person.  After all, I recycled. I tried not to waste food. I turned out the lights when I left the room. Little did I … Continue 

Art + Meditation at Shambhala West Loop

Rebekah Younger and Paul Romejko led the first 3 of 5 parts of the Shambhala Art Program this spring for a dedicated and creative group of 9-13 students.  Based on talks given by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche at Naropa Institute, the Shambhala Art program explores the dharma through multi-disciplinary art experiences using perception exercises, creative process … Continue 

Back to Square One: Shambhala Art and Creating in Uncertain Times

Written by Rebekah Younger, posted by Charlotte Many in the community have been feeling a sense of groundlessness this summer due to the revelations about the Sakyong and the center of our mandala.  When the unexpected occurs it disrupts our worldview, leaving us to question what is real and what we can depend on.  We … Continue 

Request for Tuition Assistance

Editor’s Note: Shambhala Chicago is offering its members the opportunity to receive and offer generosity to other members through our newsletter and other outlets. These posts are in their own words, though lightly edited. Please click their name below to respond directly to the request. Greetings! I’m excited to attend a weekend of training on … Continue 

Culture & Decorum in Chicago

“Shambhala is a culture. Our vision takes form not only through meditation and study, but also through society and the dignity of culture.” The Sakyong Wangmo, Khandro Tseyang Throughout Shambhala, a member of the leadership team at every center worldwide holds the position of Delegate to the Office of Culture & Decorum. Generally, this person … Continue