Program Details

Shambhala Salon


January 7 / 7:00 PM - February 4 / 9:00 PM

The challenge and delight of this will be organizing the group. This is where chaos and wisdom can arise.


Roles (changing EACH week):


Instigator (prior to week 1 only)—this person will organize the first meeting by contacting everyone and letting them know the first host’s address and at least one reading source to bring


Host—open your home to fellow sangha members and provide light snacks.


Discussion group leader—take responsibility for pulling out main points from the reading(s) and bringing in questions or specific points for discussion


Organizer—be sure the readings for the following week are determined before the group breaks for the evening; if someone misses the class, call them and give them the “assignment” (their role and reading list); be sure the host for next week is determined and that all have the address and directions


Evening format:


Week 1—get together and make a list of readings and specific discussion topics. Bring ideas with you. The host will provide light snacks. Each class will begin with a period of sitting (chairs is fine) and the length of time is up to the group. Take turns reading aloud and discussing one of the main reading resources. Decide who will host the next week and what the reading assignment is.


Week 2-5—light snacks, sitting, discussion (in any order) Each week, someone new will get to be host. Opening our houses to each other may be a welcome opportunity, an intimidating challenge, or a seeming irritation, but in any case it will allow us to practice in action.


Note: These are open to dues paying Shambhala Center members only—a perk for being a member.


Example 1:


Topic—Obstacles and Antidotes


Reading resources: Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa


Enlightened Courage by Dilgo  Khyentse


Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron


1979 Seminary Transcripts


Week 1 discuss format for the class; outline readings; choose hosts & organizers for each week; take turns reading aloud and discussing one of the main reading sources


Week 2 Absolute bodhicitta slogans


Week 3 Relative bodhicitta slogans connected with meditation


Week 4 etc.


Week 5 etc.

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