||Center to Create
a “Zone of Peace” for 36 Hours During the Presidential
36 hours at the height of the US presidential election,
the Shambhala Center will offer itself as an open neutral
space for anyone wishing to rest their mind in an atmosphere
of unbiased meditation and contemplative silence.
"We would like to offer a zone of peace in the midst of
the intense polarization," says Center Director Chris Montone.
"We will offer this to everyone, regardless of affiliation,
background or beliefs. Our Center will be an open, dignified
environment of compassionate silence where people can come
at any time to rest their minds. We will offer meditation
instruction to anyone who wishes it." The Center will remain
continuously open from noon on Election Day, Tuesday, November
4 through to midnight on Wednesday November 5. Trained Meditation
Instructors will be on hand throughout and light refreshments
will be served. The 36 hours in Washington will be led by
the President of Shambhala, Richard Reoch who will fly to
the US capital for this event. The initiative has received
the blessing and whole-hearted support of Sakyong Mipham
Rinpoche, the spiritual head of Shambhala.
View or download our postcard announcing this event.
The peace zone makes me so proud of our community. I have been helping out on this year's election and a zone of peace is the best thing that we can offer. Many people have been working very hard and could use a place to rest, as well as, those who will be experiencingthe extreme highs and lows as they react to the results. Brilliant idea.
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Visit of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to Washington DC in 2004
Photo & Video
Photos and video shot at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC, and All Souls Unitarian Church in June 2004.
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BELIEF & PRACTICE: Shambhala Meditation
April 30, 2004
with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, filmed at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC.