I Ching Reading for the Year of the Iron Ox

As part of our annual Shambhala Day tradition, we threw the coins to receive our I Ching reading for the year. We received a hexagram with a changing line, so the changing line and the resulting hexagram are shared below as well. 31 – Hsien – “Influence” or “Mutual attraction” Two aspects of movement in … Continue 

Notes from January 30, 2021 antiracism meeting

Community Meeting on Antiracism Boston Shambhala Center 1/30/2021 The group watched and discussed a brief excerpt from a recent Harvard Divinity School Panel discussing the book Black and Buddhist (a link to the full panel discussion is included in the resources from the zoom chat at the end of this document). We then divided into … Continue 

Notes from December 6, 2020 antiracism meeting

During the summer of 2020, two open meetings were held to explore how our community might address issues of systemic racism within our center and as members of the greater Boston community.  We then scheduled a series of sessions to heighten our awareness and understanding through the use of books, podcasts, films, recorded talks and … Continue 

Not getting our emails?

If you aren’t getting our emails, here are a few things you might try: First, please check your spam or promotion folders. Sometimes mail gets filtered out by your email provider. You will usually get emails from the Boston Shambhala Center in one of two ways: through our email lists or through the program database. … Continue 

Statement from the Board about Teacher Accountability and the Sakyong

Dear Boston Shambhala Community, We write today to acknowledge the recent communications that have been shared within the global Shambhala community, particularly around teacher accountability and the desire to heal our global community. As Board members of the local Boston Shambhala Center, we wish to share our position on these matters. These communications included an … Continue 

Upholding the dignity of black lives

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston stands with the black community in proclaiming the dignity and worthiness of black lives. Black lives matter. Dear members of the Boston Shambhala community, The murder of George Floyd while unarmed, in handcuffs, by a white Minneapolis police officer is deeply disturbing. This is just one of the most … Continue 

Spring 2019 Community Gathering

I first want to say a huge thanks to all those who gathered last Saturday in community and conversation – and special thanks to Mary Lang for co-hosting the meeting with me. I’m never sure who or what these gatherings will bring, but it’s so rewarding to feel inspiration and confidence in our community after … Continue 

Getting our emails

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Notes from January 2019 Community Gathering

Thanks to the more than 20 members who joined the community gathering on Saturday, and a special thanks to Patricia who took an early bus for her 2 hour commute to come early and help get the space ready. The gathering was facilitated by Max Roberts-Zirker, Interim Executive Director, and Sarah Kimball on behalf of … Continue 

Finance and Direction, September 2018

This blog post began as a finance report and turned into a longer story about the various approaches to finance, leadership and direction of the Boston Center. Where we put our energy and financial resources reflects the principles by which we operate, whether we are conscious of them, or even able to articulate them at … Continue