Tuesday Open House

  • Tuesdays at 7:00 pm

If you are new to Shambhala we invite you to join us Tuesday evenings for our Open House program. The program includes initial group meditation instruction at 7:00 pm, an informal reception with refreshments, and an introductory talk at 8:00 pm. Meditation instruction is free, and we have plenty of different types of meditation cushions for different bodies; or you can sit in a chair. Suggested donation is $5.00.


Upcoming Tuesday Open House Talks:

Tuesday, November 14,  2017 

The Lost Art of Good Conversation: “True Listening,” with Shastri Debbie Zarate

This class will explore Chapter 22 of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s newest book, The Lost Art of Good Conversation: “True Listening.”  True listening is a skill that we develop. It is not always easy. In this era of technological communication and emotional unavailability, all too often there is more speaking than listening. Research has shown that where we typically place the onus of meaning in interpersonal communication – on the person speaking – is a misunderstanding of what actually occurs. It is the listening that creates meaning.

Shastri Debbie Zarate will lead this class which includes a talk, and discussion using one of the contemplations from  the Sakyong’s book.  Open to all — no previous meditation experience needed.

About the Book The Lost Art of Good Conversation:

In a world of iPhones and social media, we are constantly connected with one another. Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues, and abandoned by family and friends? In this new book from the bestselling author of Running with the Mind of Meditation, the Sakyong uses the basic principles of the Shambhala tradition—meditation and a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings—to help readers to listen and speak more mindfully with loved ones, co-workers, strangers, and even ourselves.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage and the global network of more than 200 Shambhala Meditation Centers. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, his teachings focus on living a courageous life based on wisdom, kindness and compassion. He also holds the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.

He is the author of five books including the bestselling Turning the Mind into an Ally, and the newly released The Lost Art of Good Conversation. He is a husband, father of three daughters, and a marathon runner. Through the Sakyong Foundation, he engages in supporting organizations and projects whose activities exemplify the Shambhala vision in Asia and the West. To learn more, visit www.Sakyong.com.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How to Engage a Fanatic? With Shastri Debbie Zarate

In “How To Engage a Fanatic” (New York Times, October 25, 2017), conservative commentator, David Brooks. poses a question we all may ask at times, “Is it useless to engage with people who are fanatics? And would it be any different if we engaged with civility, communication, compassionate listening?


As we move into the holiday season of gatherings of family and friends gather, where we may feel a clack of common ground, this class will explore how to communicate mindfully and avoid the pitfalls of negative emotions. We’ll draw from the Sakyong’s new book, “The Lost Art of Good Conversation.”


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

 The Gift of Kindness, with Shastri Debbie Zarate

What happens when we unwrap the gift of non-aggression and kindness, both for ourselves and for other people?