Important News from Halifax

Sakyong appoints Debbie Zarate as Shastri

Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, has appointed Ms. Deborah Zarate to serve our Milwaukee Shambhala Center as Shastri.

A Sanskrit word, “shastri” literally means “teacher learned in the texts and commentaries.” Shastris teach the entire integrated Shambhala Buddhist curriculum of “The Way of Shambhala, including the “In Everyday Life” courses, the” Basic Goodness” courses and the Shambhala Training Levels.

The shastri’s role also includes mentoring and training other teachers and meditation instructors, providing guidance to students entering the Shambhala Buddhist path as well as supporting the leadership in Shambhala Centers in building community and strengthening the vision of enlightened society.

Debbie was a part of the first graduating class at Naropa University to receive a BA in Buddhist Studies. She served as our Center Director for six years and has been a tireless senior teacher for nearly 30 years.

Please warmly welcome Shastri Zarate to her new position!

The Sakyong appointed 20 new shastris throughout our community world wide. You can read the full announcement in our community news magazine, The Shambhala Times, here:


Joy in Everyday Life: Class Reunion and Refresher

Wednesday, August 5, 7-8:30pm. With Steven Shippee, Director of Practice & Education

Graduates of the Joy in Everyday Life class will meet to refresh and deepen our practice of “Contemplating Joy” (The Four Immeasurables) – our main contemplative practice from the JIEL class. We will have a review and a guided contemplation prior to practicing. No registration is required, however JIEL is a prerequisite to participate in this practice.



Tuesday Open House

All are welcome to join us Tuesdays evenings for meditation instruction, practice, and an introductory talk. The talks offer an introduction to Buddhism and Shambhala meditation practice and culture. They’re also a great place for connection and lively discussion. Bring your curiosity, questions and insights to share! Public sitting begins at 7pm (a meditation instructor will be available) followed by tea social at 7:45pm and the talk at 8pm. $5 suggested donation. See Tuesday open house class topics here.



Coming in September

Enlightened Society: A Series of Community Meetings

Starting in September, a series of three community meetings will take place on the first Tuesday of each month. These meetings will be an opportunity for us to discuss  our experience and understanding of building a good human society, also known as Enlightened Society.

Together with leaders and teachers of our community we will explore the fuller meaning of our Center’s purpose to be “a gathering place for all who aspire to a good human society so that together we can make the vision of a sane and kind world, Enlightened Society, a reality.”

We will use selected talks by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Mipham Rinpoche as the basis for exploring our inspiration and aspirations for building a good human society.


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