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Halifax Shambhala Centre Sunspot Newsletter
November 8-15, 2018
 Programs     |      Membership 

Shambhala Training Level I:
The Art of Being Human

with Carolyn Mandelker
Fri January 11th: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Sat January 12th: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Shambhala Training is part of the Way of Shambhala. The Way of Shambhala path is a secular course of practice and study which consists of weekly classes and weekend retreats suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition. This comprehensive overview of meditation and contemplative living practices presents the profound, simple and incredibly relevant view that when we foster a more awake and compassionate relationship with ourselves and with others, we are creating a more awake and compassionate world.

The Art of Being Human is designed for new meditators or those looking to reconnect with meditation practice. 

More information and registration

Solstice Craft Workshop

Saturday, December 8th: 1:00pm - 4:30pm, Main Shrine Room

In preparation for the Winter Solstice and Shambhala holiday of Children's Day, we'll spend an afternoon making art, crafts, and general merriment/tomfoolery in the main shrine room at the HSC.

Crafters of all ages are welcome to join in the fun! Parents should attend the workshop with their children to help them construct the crafts. $10 covers the cost of materials and snacks.

Further information

Opening Our Eyes: Honouring the Sacred Feminine and Confronting Patriarchy

with Acharya Noel McLellan

November 8th - this gathering is cancelled in order to allow whoever is interested to attend Sharon Salzberg's talk at Mount Saint Vincent University.
November 22nd- this is the new date that Robert Wright will join us again.  The last time he came Robert gave a powerful presentation on the nondual dynamics of harm, trauma, and the journey of community transformation.  We are fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with him again. 
December 6th- this is a new date for our final gathering.  We will use the Spiral That Reconnects, a process introduced by Joanna Macy that helps us to engage large scale systemic challenges without losing our sense of well being and open heart.  
More information

Social Meditation

with Torin Vigerstad
Sunday, November 25th: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Social Meditation is a practice of joining meditation with social interaction and community. In a time when it feels increasingly difficult to connect to others, Social Meditation provides an opportunity to have meaningful conversations and make friends in a warm and nourishing environment. The practice involves creating a space in which we can cultivate genuinely being with ourselves and others. Joining the discipline of meditation with the joy of community is the seed of meaningful social change.

The evening begins with a period of guided meditation, followed by the group Social Meditation format, and then some time for tea and snacks!

Open to 18 years of age and above!

Suggested donation of $5

Celebrating Basic Goodness:
Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

Fri November 23rd: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sat December 22nd: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A monthly Shambhala Sadhana practice specifically meant for people who identify as Shambhala centre members, even if they have not attended Enlightened Society Assembly. The intention is for all members, including their families, to feel included.  We are a society. People who have not received the Shambhala Sadhana at Enlightened Society Assembly may participate in the full moon gatherings, but they may not join other Shambhala Sadhana practice sessions or do the sadhana on their own.

This event is a snack potluck -- We will practice for an hour and then have conversation with snacks.


Feed Nova Scotia Food drive
for the month of November!

Think to bring an item or two to contribute to our Food Drive for Feed Nova Scotia!

Food is so much more than physical nourishment—it's comfort, peace of mind, and often a stepping stone to new opportunities. These are incredible gifts. With the support of our community, we can make a direct contribution to the wellness and needs of others.

    soup and stew
    canned meat and fish
    canned vegetables and fruit
    pasta and rice
    pasta sauce
    peanut butter 
    formula and baby food
    powdered and canned milk
    unopened personal hygiene items
    Household cleaners

Luminous Landscapes 
A Photographic Exhibit by Joe Szostak
From the arid deserts of Death Valley and Joshua Tree, to the flowing rivers of Cape Breton and a Kami shrine in New Germany,  Luminous Landscapes takes a look at the visual splendour of natural  landscapes.  

Exhibit in Community Room through November 30
Joe Szostak is a Nova Scotia photographer who has trained in contemplative disciplines and Shambhala Arts.  
Yukoan The Abode of the Equable Tiger
Open Hearth Gathering
Experience Chanoyu (The Way of Tea) in the serene environment
of an authentic Japanese tearoom. Savour a unique atmosphere
that will delight your senses. Enjoy a bowl of tea with a sweet
and a guided tour through the intricacies of this culture.

DATE CHANGE: Wednesday 21 November 
6:00pm or 7:30pm sitting
At the Yukoan tearoom in the Halifax Shambhala Centre
1084 Tower Road, Halifax

15 dollars. Proceeds to benefit the Shambhala Centre
Reservations with payment are required by November 16

Register for 6:00 sitting
Register for 7:30 sitting

A Night at the Movies with Gordon Kidd

Fri November 30th: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
One night only!   Room: Community Space
Gordon Kidd will show a selection of his short works. Film/poems made in the 1970’s, aka experimental films.

Born on Canada's west coast, his first films were made in high school. Gordon moved to Vancouver in 1973 to apprentice with a multimedia artist (and American draft dodger) Al Razutis. With Canada Council support, Gordon made a half dozen short 'experimental' films over the next 7 years. Increasingly these were influenced by his entrance onto the Buddhist path as a student of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, having first received teachings from him in 1975.

Winter Solstice & Children's Day
Candlelight Ceremony

Thursday, December 20th: 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Main Shrine Room

This evening candlelight ceremony marks Winter Solstice and Children's Day. The celebration is for our entire community, friends and families. By acknowleging the coming winter, we connect with, and celebrate, the elements of the natural world.

For further information


Taste of Shambhala

Open House and Community Gathering

Please join us each Wednesday from 6: 00pm -8:30pm for food, conversation and meditation at the Shambhala Centre. Suggested donation: $5

6:00–6:45pm    Soup & social time — Soup is always vegan and gluten-free
6:30–7:00pm   Introductory Meditation Instruction for newcomers
7:00–8:30pm    Meditation practice and discussion

Nov 7 – Contentment and Nowness
Nov 14 – Meeting Suffering with Gentleness
Nov 21 – Working with Emotions
Nov 28 – The Path of Opening

Shambhala Meditation Practice Sessions
Sundays 7 pm - 9pm
An opportunity for those who have received the practice of "Shambhala Meditation" to sit together. We will also contemplate these teachings by taking turns reading from the book: "Proclaiming Basic Goodness: A guide to Shambhala Meditation".
Prerequisites: Transmission for Shambhala Meditation (Instructions and permission for Shambhala Meditation are given at various retreats and weekends. If you are not sure if you have the prerequisites please contact either Tom Bell or Katherine Munro
Free or by donation

Open Public Free Meditation

We offer daily meditation Monday - Friday 5pm-6pm.
Every Sunday morning we have offer sitting and walking meditation 9am - 12 noon.
You are welcome to attend the entire session or come and go as needed.


Exit Planning is a drop-in opportunity to work on your personal and funeral directives, the last Wednesday of each month, noon to 1:30pm, facilitated by Deborah Luscomb, Jacquie Bell, and Dawn Carson. Please join us for an informative discussion about end-of-life planning. This is a free service.
* Please note there will be no session in December*
A grief support group is offered at the HSC the first Wednesday of the month for any practitioner who has experienced the death of a loved one.  The group is from 4:30-6:00.  Please let one of the facilitators know if you’re interested in attending by the day before the group is scheduled.  The facilitators are Jacquie Bell <> and Shari Vogler <>.  The group will only take place if two, or more, people are interested.
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Halifax, NS B3H 2Y5 
Tel. (902) 420-1118 

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