Mark Your Calendars for These Acharya Visits

Acharyas Richard John, Larry Mermelstein, and Arawana Hayashi are coming to the Victoria Shambhala Centre to lead a weekend program each in the coming months. For the latest info see the corresponding program listings: Shambhala Mahamudra Weekend Retreat with Acharya Richard John May 3 – 5, 2013 | Prerequisites apply Sadhana of Mahamudra Weekend Retreat … Continue 

Community Practice Days

Great Start to Community Practice Days

This article was written by Mark Hazell, with help from Shastri Rebecca Hazell. Mark and Rebecca are two primary Victoria Shambhala Centre leaders. Last Sunday (February 24th) about 20 people participated in the first Community Practice Day, which ran from 9:00 in the morning to almost 9:00 in the evening. The group was divided between … Continue 

Meditation in the City Podcast

Shambhala Podcast Episodes

Linked below are two engaging recent episodes of the New York Shambhala Center’s well produced podcast, Meditation in the City. That podcast features talks by senior Shambhala teachers recorded at the NYSC’s Weekly Dharma Gathering. Work Work Work… & Meditation? with Acharya Eric Spiegel | Posted February 22, 2013 Acharya Eric Spiegel addresses the challenges … Continue 

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Shadows in a Different Light

Inspired by a different quality of light as winter gives way to spring—“there is a softness, warmth and radiance to this light”—Charles Blackhall offers another collection of contemplative photos featuring shadows. And Charles invites us to slow down and look deeper into what is already present all around us. You can access other selections of … Continue 

Shambhala Day 2013 Broadcast

Shambhala Day 2013 Videos

Thousands of Shambhalians around the world gathered over the week of February 11th to celebrate Shambhala Day and the beginning of the Year of the Water Snake. The videos below capture various aspects of the festivities. A recording of the Shambhala Day broadcast, including a roll call of Shambhala Centres and Groups and an address … Continue 

Shambhala brainstorming site

Brainstorming to Improve Communications

With communications identified as the top challenge in a recent Shambhala leadership survey, Anna Weinstein (Director of Shambhala Centre and Group Support) has launched an experimental website to gather, refine, and prioritize ideas for meeting that challenge. The site—at—allows users to engage in a number of ways. For instance, you can suggest ideas, vote … Continue 

Six Ways of Ruling Trailer

New Project Advances Six Ways of Ruling

“[The teachings on the Six Ways of Ruling] are instrumental to developing our understanding of the notion of enlightened society. They are directly related to the challenges of the times we are living in—driven by extreme greed and extreme aggression.” —Richard Reoch, President of Shambhala The President of Shambhala, Richard Reoch, aided by many others, … Continue 

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Winter Shadow Play

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring selections of contemplative photos organized by theme. Charles Blackhall captured these images on a recent trip to Salt Spring Island. You can access the other posts in this series via the contemplative photography tag. Another contemplative photography course at the Victoria Shambhala Centre is in the … Continue 

Your Top Three Themes

Survey Identifies 3 Major Leadership Challenges

Here’s a fun and informative video relevant to anyone interested in Shambhala leadership. Anna Weinstein, Director of Shambhala Centre and Group Support, reports on the three top themes identified through a late-2012 survey of Shambhala leaders’ experience of governance. The three themes are communication
, mentorship, and the 
change. You can download Anna’s full, … Continue 

VSMC Facebook

Help Us Reach Out on Facebook

We’re taking new strides on Facebook to reach out and make the Victoria Shambhala Centre a powerfully beneficial presence in Victoria and beyond. Our freshly updated Facebook page is percolating with new activity, and centre leaders are exploring ways to make the page as useful and appealing to visitors as possible. Want to help? Just … Continue