Chicago Sangha Gathering — Aug 28, 2020

A meeting was called to connect with Sangha members after many months of absence due to Covid-19. This invitation link was sent with the newsletter “It’s a busy August at Chicago Shambhala…” on August 10: Chicago Shambhala Sangha Gathering. 25 participants joined the zoom call. Guest speaker Shastri Mark Blumenfeld spoke about being on the … Continue 

A Statement on Racism and Police Brutality

These last weeks and months have witnessed an unveiling of the impact of racism and systematic disadvantage on the lives and health of communities of color in this country. We were just becoming aware of the disparate rates of death from COVID19 among people of color, when instances of police brutality against unarmed Black Americans … Continue 

A Statement Addressing Harm within the Shambhala Global Community

From the Chicago Shambhala Center Governing Council: Shambhala Chicago is part of a global community that aspires to awaken kindness, goodness and wisdom within society. This vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. The journey of becoming fully human means seeing through fear … Continue 

“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