Through the Lens of Meditation: The iPhone and I

by Phil Beatty There is nothing quite like the iPhone. It is the most popular, most essential and highly praised artifact in our hi-tech world. Actually, though I’m using the term “iPhone” I actually mean smart phones in general. These little digital wonders have transformed our world as widely and profoundly as the invention of … Continue 

Natural Flowers- Ikebana

The first of three articles on ikebana by Marcia Shibata and guest editor Crystal Gadrud in the Shambhala Times. China is the origin of contemplative flower practice, where it was known as “kado” (huadao in Pinyin) or “Way of flowers,” an analogy for the Way of all life not only plant material.

Drawdown Solutions- Changing the Dream

In our Changing the Dream Series, the Community Relations Committee of Atlanta Shambhala is currently looking at the work of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.  It is a research and public relations project, and NYTimes Best Selling Book. Our next talk will be at our Tuesday Open House, on … Continue 

Warrior for Humanity – January 14th, 2018

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”  –  Martin Luther King, Jr.           Join us on Sunday, January 14th, from 1p – 3p at the Atlanta Shambhala Center for A … Continue 

What A Week(thun) Can Do…

  So, this is what a week of meditation looks like. Open-hearted, Awake, and armed with equanimity for the year to come. Our Winter Weekthun with Acharya John Rockwell was a big success, and we’re grateful for all those who participated as well as the many hands and hearts that supported the event with their … Continue 

Two Taoist Programs w/ Eva Wong

   As we usher in 2018, most of us will agree that we are seeking to find ways to experience more inner peace, while aspiring to encourage peace outside of ourselves as well.  The Shambhala Center of Atlanta has two programs coming in early December that address these two aspirations through ancient wisdom & teachings. … Continue 

Radical Dharma for Radical Times

Renowned as  “the most vocal and most intriguing African-American Buddhist in America,” Rev, angel Kyodo williams will join us at the Shambhala Meditation of Atlanta on  Friday, October 27 & Saturday, October 28th. If you’ve never experienced the powerful presence and message of Rev. williams, this is your opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation and meditation as … Continue 

Join Us…to Make the Impossible Possible

  For many of us, the world today feels aggressive and speedy.  Even the most grounded people we know at times express a shakiness, a doubt that Basic Goodness is alive in our society.  As members of Shambhala, we are striving to not only get in touch with our own Basic Goodness, but – and … Continue 


ADVOCATE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE CREATIVELY THROUGH THE ARTS An Arts & Culture Leadership Workshop With support from the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture* (, together we are hosting an interactive workshop where artists and activists are invited to come together and engage in an artistic experience of community building. We will explore our current … Continue 

Shambhala Warriorship & Leadership in Challenging Times

“May you live in interesting times.” – ancient Chinese curse, oft quoted by Robert F. Kennedy & Hunter S. Thompson   There’s no denying these are interesting and, yes, challenging times.  The Sakyong has referred to it as an age of aggression and greed.  We see it in the headlines and on the often fearful … Continue