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 

Dharma Behind Bars by Keith Spielfogel

Entering the Stream On Monday mornings I drive to a place many might consider to be the most depressing complex of buildings in Chicago: Cook County Jail. It is home to the largest jail in the United States, housing approximately 9,000 men and women. Once there I meet with my partner, Tom Mahoney. Together we … Continue 

Likes and Comments by Caroline Moore

I have been attending Shambhala on and off for about six years, having completed Way of Shambhala and currently working through the Sacred Path series. At this time of year, when we are being asked to consider how each of us is able and willing to support the sangha, I thought I would offer my own thoughts about … Continue 

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Awaken, Chicago: Reflecting on the Teachings by Abbey Fox

It’s been three heavy months since we hosted Awaken Chicago. We’ve tragically lost Philandro Castle, Alton Sterling, and Delrawn Small to racist police brutality. We’ve mourned the tremendous loss of 49 queer people of color in Orlando to homophobic rage.  A beautiful, peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas is now remembered as the horrible … Continue