Buddhist Studies

“Climbing up the Mountain” by Laura Ballou

Reading anything to do with the dharma makes me feel less alone in the world. That this complicated, tragic, beautiful life is not mine alone, but is shared with the rest of humanity – that this mind of mine is alike to so many others – this is a comfort. It feels like a warm … Continue 

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

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 Practices to Spark … 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 know, however, how much … 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