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What is Real?
The Basic Goodness of Reality

Wednesdays, 7PM – 9PM
September 26 – October 31

with Shastri Jackie Muse

This course asks the question, “What is real?” and focuses on a study of the phenomenal world. It emphasizes core Buddhist teachings, such as impermanence, the process of perception, the “mind,” and emptiness. It is oriented toward the experience of sacred world, the magic of the natural elements. The course also has an ecological emphasis.

It is open to the public. Some background in Buddhist thought is recommended and/or having taken the first two courses in this series.


Quote of the Week

Kado Rigden Ikebana:
The Way of Flowers

September 14 – 16

with Artist to the Court, Marcia Shibata

Discover and cultivate the source of creativity. Learn how to express this in flower arranging. Kado is a meditative, contemplative understanding of self, nature, space and perception. Sign up soon — Class space is limited to 12 participants.


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.

Harp and Clarinet Concert
at the Shambhala Center

Susan Ottzen  & Don Erdman

Friday, September 7
7:30 PM
by donation

Music of Debussy, Ravel, J.S. Bach, Django Reinhardt,
and the Cantina Band Song from Star Wars

Meditation in Everyday Life

Thursdays, September 20 – October 18

7:15 – 9:00PM

We experience what happens when we stop avoiding ourselves and the present moment and practice simply being with whatever is going on in our lives. We can learn to cultivate courage and stability amid the complexities of jobs, responsibilities, relationships, and the everyday desires, concerns and uncertainties we all face.


Shambhala Training Level I
September 8-9 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. Thus we can discover how to live with a clear mind, a gentle heart and a sense of humor.

This program is recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as for those looking to enrich their existing spiritual path.


Learn to Meditate

Saturday, September 8  |  10AM – 1PM

In this 3-hour class you will receive the technique, guidance and experience necessary to start a mindfulness-awareness, or “peaceful abiding” meditation practice. An authorized meditation instructor will give detailed instruction and guided meditation so that you have all the tools necessary for a daily practice. This class is ideal for beginners or students wanting to strengthen their meditation technique.


Sponsored by the Community Relations Team of Shambhala

A Self-Care Playbook for Caregivers

Sheila K. Collins and Christine Gautreaux
with Members of Atlanta’s SoulPrint Players Performance Troupe

Sunday, September 16    |   4:00 PM
Grant Park Shambhala

1030 Grant St SE, Atlanta 30315

Tickets on Eventbrite
a portion of the proceeds will benefit Atlanta Shambhala

Harvest of Peace
Sunday, September 23

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Everyone in the community is warmly invited to our annual Harvest of Peace celebration, one of the official holidays on the Shambhala calendar.

Harvest of Peace, held at the time of the autumn equinox, is an opportunity to gather as a community, and celebrate the riches of our local cultures and heritage. Our celebration will include:

10:00 AM     Community Meditation Practice  – Shambhala Sadhana

11:00 AM     Lhasang – smoke offering ceremony

11:30 AM     Community Meeting

12:00 PM      Potluck lunch – Sandwiches and drinks provided by the center*

1:00 PM        Children’s Program and Socializing

*please bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share


Volunteer to Help

Shambhala Online is Offering Live Forums with Acharyas

Open to the Shambhala Community Free

Please check out the offerings HERE

When things fall apart, it is an opportunity to co-create a society and culture that is more engaged, transparent, equitable, and inclusive. The more we can speak and listen genuinely from our hearts, the more we can learn from each other and embody our core values of basic goodness and enlightened society. We hope these and other dialogues underway in Shambhala will help guide our community toward healing.”

 – An excerpt from a message from the women Acharyas

Shambhala in Grant Park

Every Sunday
9- 10am – Meditation Instruction
10am- Noon – Group Meditation

Grand Opening
Saturday, September 15th | 4- 6pm

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, September 22nd | 10am – Noon

Mindfulness in Everyday Life
5 Mondays, October 1- 29th

All Day Meditation Retreat
Saturday, October 6th | 9am – 4pm

Two Weekend Programs with Acharya John Rockwell
October 19-21st & October 26-28th
Open To All
Details to Follow

Recurring Events

A Contemplative Approach to Examining White Privilege

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

Next meeting Monday, September 10

Queer Dharma Brunch

Select Saturdays, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Next meeting Saturday, September 22

Shambhala Meditation Study Group
Third Sundays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Next meeting Sunday, September 16

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, September 14


This Week at the Center

  •  Tuesday Open House September 4, Friendliness and Trust in the Heart Rhonda Reno
  • Sunday Open House September 9, Ordinary Compassion Sally Larrick
    Free child care is offered the first Sunday of the month for ages 3-12, 10:00am-12:00pm.
  • Tuesday Open House September 11, Fearlessness as a Way of Life Sue Gilman

Upcoming Programs

September 7: Harp and Clarinet Concert

September 8: Learn To Meditate (Decatur)

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

September 9: Sadhana of Mahamudra

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

September 15: Grand Opening of Grant Park Shambhala (Grant Park)

September 16: Stillpoint: A Caregiver’s Self-Care Playbook (Grant Park)

September 20 – October 18: Meditation in Everyday Life

September 22: Learn to Meditate (Grant Park)

September 23: Harvest of Peace

September 24: Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

September 26 – October 31: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

September 29: Rivers and Trails Concert

October 6: All Day Meditation Retreat (Grant Park)

October 8: Sadhana of Mahamudra

October 13: Learn to Meditate (Decatur)

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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