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Two Weekend Programs

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

Qigong, Sitting Meditation, Contemplations,
Nature Practice, Talks and Discussions

Compassion Practice in Difficult Times
October 20-21

Buddhadharma & Shambhala
October 27-28

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana
Wednesday, October 24

Quote of the Week

Different Threads
Art Exhibit Opening

featuring the work of Maxine Hess

Saturday, October  6, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Learn To Meditate (Decatur)

with Sally Larrick

Saturday, October 13
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

In this 3-hour class, you will receive the technique, guidance and experience necessary
to start a mindfulness-awareness, or “peaceful abiding” meditation practice.


Making the Invisible Visible

A Multi-media Exploration of Race and Racism
Through a Buddhist Lens

with Professor Jan Willis

Sponsored by the Community Relations Committee

Friday, November 9, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday, November 10 & 11, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

This weekend course will be an intensive exploration of how a social construct (race), when used as a tool of discrimination that advantages one group over another (racism), inflicts tremendous harm and suffering. Everyone Is Welcome.


Resources for Helping our Sangha to Understand Current Events in Shambhala

In an effort to fully share information regarding what is happening in our Shambhala community, we are offering the following listing of information and teachings

Grant Park Programs

New Shambhala Grant Park satellite center
1031 Grant Street SE, Atlanta, GA, 30315

  • Every Sunday
    10:00 – 11:00 AM – Meditation Instruction
    11:00 – Noon – Public Sitting



You Can Still Sign Up

Learn To Meditate

Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 – 9:30 PM
In this 2 1/2 hour class, you will receive the technique, guidance and experience necessary to start a mindfulness-awareness, or “peaceful abiding” meditation practice.


Around Atlanta

Join our Charter Partner, Compassionate Atlanta, for their annual fundraiser Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 PM at the Theatrical Outfit. An evening of compassionate storytelling, 7 Atlantans will share their personal stories of how compassion changed their lives. Produced by Suehyla El-Attar, these stories represent a broad portrait of Atlanta and pull back the curtain on our shared humanity. Tickets are only $20 and include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks, good company, and raffle tickets to many of Atlanta’s theatres.

If you are interested in being on the Host Committee or being a Sponsor contact Sue Gilman.


Recurring Events

A Contemplative Approach to Examining White Privilege
Second Sunday, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Next meeting Sunday, October 14

People of Color Sangha
Second and Fourth Mondays, 7:00-9:00 PM
Next meeting Monday, October 8

Queer Dharma Brunch
Select Saturdays, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
No meeting in October
Next meeting November 17 – 11:00 AM-2:00 pm

Shambhala Meditation Study Group
Third Sundays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Next meeting Sunday, October 21

Spirit Play
Fourth Fridays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Next meeting Friday, September 28

Young Meditators
Second Friday, 7:00-9:00 PM
Next meeting Friday, October 12

Sangha News

Nakeem Purkiss is organizing a group with the intention
to discuss issues in Shambhala on a local level.

Topic: Shambhala Atlanta Working Group

Please register at to be added to the group’s mailing list

Notes from the September 25, 2018 Meeting

Topic: Unofficial Atlanta Shambhala Working Group

Time: Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +16468769923,,665960157#  or +14086380986,,665960157#

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 408 638 0986

    Meeting ID: 665 960 157

    International numbers available:

Atlanta Shambhala has committed to marching in this year’s
Atlanta Pride Parade on Sunday October 14, 2018

If you are interested in taking the Refuge or Bodhisattva vow in December, contact Rhonda Reno, Director of Practice and Education

Serving The Sangha

 When you buy from you can help the center by selecting Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta as the recipient of the donation. Thank you!

Aides Needed: Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II – November 2 – 4, 2018
If you’ve completed Shambhala Training Level III, you are warmly invited to join us on the path of staffing programs. You can staff any program that you have already taken. It is a wonderful way to support others on the path, and to review and refresh your own understanding of the teachings. Sign Up

Do you have fundraising expertise? If so, we need you to get involved in our upcoming fundraiser. Contact Sally Larrick.


This Week at the Center

  •  Tuesday Open House October 2, Celebrating Kindness, Craig Johnson
  • Sunday Open House October 7, The Ultimate Conversation Sally Larrick
    Free child care is offered the first Sunday of the month for ages 3-12, 10:00am-12:00pm.
  • Tuesday Open House October 9, Genuine Sparks Donna Kingsman

Upcoming Programs

October 6: Different Threads – Art Exhibit Opening Reception

October 8: Sadhana of Mahamudra

October 13: Learn to Meditate (Decatur)

October 14: Different Threads – Artist’s Talk and Community Art Event

October 16: Learn To Meditate (Grant Park)

October 19-21: Embracing Obstacles on the Path of Awake with Acharya John Rockwell

October 24: Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana with Acharya John Rockwell

October 26-28: Celebrating Community on the Path of Awake with Acharya John Rockwell

November 2-4: Birth of a Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

November 9-11: Making the Invisible, Visible: A Multi-media Exploration of Race and Racism Through a Buddhist Lens

December 1-2: Taoist Exploration with Eva Wong

Regional Program Schedule

Do you own a Business?
Contact Sally Larrick to publicize your business in the Sangha Services & Business Directory.

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