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Halifax Shambhala Centre Sunspot Newsletter
APRIL 18 - 25, 2019
 Programs     |      Membership 

Introduction to the Sadhana of Mahamudra
Weekend Retreat with Shastri Robert Gailey
Sat May 4th: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun May 5th: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a unique and treasured practice within the Shambhala community.

This retreat is an opportunity for newer and older practitioners to deepen the experience of this sadhana through a weekend of practice, talks, and discussion.

This program has no pre-requisites. It is appropriate for anyone aspiring to take a fresh look at the world and our place in it. $75

More information and registration.

Shambhala Training Level IV:
Awakened Heart

with Linda Kreger
Fri April 26th: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sat April 27th: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun April 28th: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

In Level IV the boundaries between “us in here” and the “world out there” become more permeable. Our natural curiosity takes us deeper as our hearts open and we learn to let more of the world in, allowing ourselves to be touched without closing down out of fear and then begin to discover our inherent confidence, patience, and generosity.

Shambhala Training is a path of meditation emphasizing the development of genuine confidence. Each level includes meditation training and practice, talks by the director, individual meetings with a meditation instructor, and group discussions.

Please note that this program is being offered at a new, and reduced, price: $100
Half-price is available for those repeating the Level.

Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level III.  Click Here to Register

Learning to Live Mindfully: Cultivating Kindness

with Shastri Mary Campbell

Monday May 13th: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Kindness is an expression of love, a way of being present with oneself and others that is open, authentic and strong. It creates the atmosphere for genuine communication and harmony and has the power to transform.

Meditation practice is a gesture of kindness. In meditation we strengthen our ability to be present with our self unconditionally, and care for our wholeness, which naturally spills over into our relationships with others.

This workshop will introduce basic mindfulness awareness meditation practice and a loving kindness contemplation practice as ways to cultivate kindness to oneself, others and our world. Open to everyone! $30

Mary Campbell is a senior meditation instructor and teacher within the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition and teaches widely within Shambhala. Mary is also a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatry and Mental Health and has extensive experience teaching mindfulness within health care settings.


Daily Meditation Sessions

Each public meditation is led by a time-keeper and is free, open to all.  Meditation instruction is available, as indicated below.* All are welcome to attend for all or part of the session.

  • Evening meditation:  Monday to Friday : 5 to 6 pm
  • Sunday morning meditation:  9 a.m. to noon
    Includes mindfulness-awareness meditation, alternating with brief periods of walking meditation.  Meditation instruction available.  Followed by social time with croissants and tea.

Note: The room location for meditation practice may change depending on availability at the time. Please check, when you arrive at the Centre, for the location. 

Taste of Shambhala:
Open House and Community Gathering

Please join us each Wednesday from 6-8:30pm for food, conversation, and meditation at the Shambhala Centre. New visitors as well as members are welcome. There is suggested donation of $5
Vegan, Gluten free soup is served the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.  All other Wednesdays, tea and snacks are served.

6:00–6:45pm    Social time
7:00–8:30pm    Meditation practice and discussion led by an experienced meditation instructor in Shambhala.

24: "When the Going Gets Rough" - Kathryn Heckman, tea & cookies served.

1: Discovering Magic - Seth Levinson, soup served.
8: Bravery of the Heart - Shastri Mary Campbell, tea & cookies served.
15: What does love have to do with meditation?  – Cecelia Driscoll, soup served.

People of Color Meditation Session
Fri April 19: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Every Friday. If you have questions about joining in on Friday meditation sessions,  please email Mei at

Monthly Practices:
Exit Planning
Last Wed. of each month: 12-1:00pm.
Exit Planning is a monthly meeting to complete your Spiritual Directive.  If you are considering a Buddhist funeral service at the Shambhala Centre, interested in asking questions or would like help completing a Spiritual Directive, please drop in. There is no cost for this service.
Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana
Fri. April 19th: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
led by Michelle Munro

Practice of the Shambhala Sadhana is open to all members of the Shambhala community on the Full moon of each month.  This practice is a way to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society.

New Moon Sadhana of Mahamudra
Sat. May 4, 5:30 PM
 Open to all.  A sadhana is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice involving both meditation and chanting. This profound sadhana invokes the wrathful manifestation of Padmasambhava (the father of Tibetan Buddhism) to help us overcome obstacles and confusion during this time.
Shambhala Meditation Retreat Day
Saturday May 11, 9am-5pm

Open to those who have received authorization to practice Shambhala Meditation (not to be confused with our more common technique of Shamatha meditation).  Please register ahead.

Grief Support Group
1st Wed. of each month, 4:30-6:30 PM
For any practitioner who has experienced the death of a loved one.  Please let Jacquie or Shari know you're interested by Tues. before the session, which will take place if 2 or more people are interested. Contact: 
We are looking for an Executive Director! Please see updated advertisement here!
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Tel. (902) 420-1118 

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