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The Art of Being Human

Shambhala Training Level I

Saturday, September 8, 8:30AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 9, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

with Shastri Shelley Heinz

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.


Quote of the Week

New Programs Begin July 28
1030 Grant St SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

We’re excited to mark a new milestone in Atlanta Shambhala’s history. We’ve signed the lease and are completing renovations to our first Shambhala Satellite Center, located at 1030 Grant St. SE in the Grant Park Neighborhood. Upcoming programs include:

Please consider contributing to our GoFundMe campaign to support efforts to grow our sangha.

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Resources for Helping our Sangha to Understand Current Events in Shambhala

In an effort to fully share information regarding the clergy sexual misconduct allegations of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, we are offering the following listing of information and teachings.

.Community Meeting
Presented by the Atlanta Shambhala Governing Council

The Atlanta Shambhala community decided to cover our photographs of our lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, due to allegations of sexual misconduct.  This temporary measure was taken as the result of the deliberation of our community at a meeting on Sunday, July 15th to protect those who may be traumatized by his image at this time.  We are planning a follow-up Community Meeting on Sunday, July 29th at 12:30 PM to determine how we would like to relate to his images in the longer term.

Please come to this meeting to have your voice be heard. If you can’t attend on the 29th, email the Center Director, Dan Phillips, to make your opinion known. We want to reach a broad agreement by listening to each other.

  Here is the recording of the Community Meeting Sunday, July 15
Here are Notes from the meeting

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

Friday, July 27
7:30 – 9:15 PM

7:30 – Shambhala Sadhana
8:30 – Tea, Dessert, and Conversation

The Shambhala Sadhana, open to all Shambhala members, is the centerpiece of community gatherings on, or near, the full moon. The emphasis is on collective group practice, gathering and celebrating society regardless of levels on the path. The aspiration is for a consistent, celebratory, and profound community experience in which new and seasoned warriors are all practicing and in conversation together.


Recurring Events



A Contemplative Approach to Examining White Privilege

Second Sunday, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Next meeting Sunday, August 12
People of Color Sangha
Second and Fourth Mondays, 7:00-9:00 PM

Next meeting Monday, July 23
Plus Special Dinner and Conversation with Lama Rod Owens Monday, July 30
at the Green Ginger restaurant in Decatur, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
RSVP to Brenda Collins

Queer Dharma Brunch

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
 Saturday, July 21

Shambhala Meditation Study Group
Third Sundays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Next meeting Sunday, August 19

Spirit Play
Fourth Fridays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Next meeting Friday, July 27

Young Meditators
Second Friday, 7:00-9:00 PM
Next meeting Friday, August 10

Serving the Sangha

Painting Party at Grant Park
Saturday, July 28, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Bring painting tools if you have them. Come for all or part of the day.

Aides Needed
Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V, August 17-19
If you have taken this training or beyond, this is an excellent way to serve the community while deepening your own practice.



Sangha News

Community Member, Phil Beatty, wrote an opinion piece that is posted on our website,
Through the Lens of Meditation, The iPhone and I. Please have a look.


This Week at the Center

Children & Families

The Atlanta Shambhala Center Family-Friendly Open Houses
Continue on the 4th Sunday in August
Please come and help spread the word!

Join us Sunday, August 26th, 10:30AM – 11:30PM

We now offer free child care the first Sunday of each month, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Upcoming Programs

July 12: Sadhana of Mahamudra

July 13: Healing Through Community

July 14: Learn To Meditate (Decatur)

July 27: Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

July 28: Learn To Meditate (Grant Park)

August 4: All Day Meditation Retreat (Grant Park)

August 4-5Fearlessness in Everyday Life

August 11: Sadhana of Mahamudra

August 11: Learn to Meditate (Decatur)

August 17-19Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V

August 18: Learn To Meditate (Grant Park)

August 22 – September 19: Wisdom in Everyday Life

August 26: Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

September 8: Learn To Meditate (Decatur)

September 8-9: The Art of Being Human – Shambhala Training Level I

September 14-16: Kado Rijden Ikebana: The Way of Flowers

Thursdays, September 20 – October 18: Meditation in Everyday Life

Regional Program Schedule

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

Group Meditation Schedule: Weekly Schedule

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