Program Details

Drala Raising Day: Garden Work Day & Indoor Cleaning


July 20 / 10:00 AM - July 20 / 6:00 PM


We will have a Drala Raising at the Center to clean and refresh the space and care for our land. We will be weeding the lawn in the morning and late afternoon (weather permitting), and cleaning and organizing inside the Center.

Refreshing the space is a joyful way to gather and appreciate the precious opportunity to practice together while clearing out negative karma and obstacles.

We will break for a shared pizza lunch together around 1:00pm.

Come for all or part of the day; even 30 minutes helps! We are building our awareness of community.  Cleaning or weeding the garden are things that everyone can do. Please become a part of the foundation practice of caring for our space to create an uplifted environment for our practitioners

The more the merrier, so please join us.

If you have questions please contact pittsburgh.shambhala@gmail.com



When we draw down the power and depth of vastness into a single perception, then we are discovering and invoking magic. By magic we do not mean unnatural power over the phenomenal world, but rather the discovery of innate or primordial wisdom in the world as it is. The wisdom we are discovering is wisdom without beginning, something naturally wise. In Tibetan, this magical quality of existence, or natural wisdom, is called drala. Dra means 'enemy' or 'opponent' and la means 'above.' So drala literally means 'above the enemy.'

Invoking the drala principle is connected with organizing your environment so that it becomes a sacred space. This begins with the organization of your personal, household environment, and beyond that, it can include much larger environments, such as a city or even an entire country.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, from Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior


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