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Halifax Shambhala Centre Sunspot Newsletter
February 15-21, 2019
 Programs     |      Membership 

Embracing Reality:
The Four Dignities and the Four Reminders

with Acharya Eve Rosenthal
Fri March 1st: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sat March 2nd: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun March 3rd: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Shambhala teachings on the Four Dignities and the Buddhist teachings on the Four Reminders That Turn the Mind Toward the Dharma are contemplations that orient us toward the poignant reality of existence and away from illusion that keeps us trapped in ignorance. $100.
*Please register in advance as we require a minimum of 10 participants.*

Open to all who have been introduced to meditation in Shambhala.


Acharya Eve Rosenthal became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973. She has been a teacher in Shambhala since the mid 1980s, and has been serving as an Acharya since 2005. She travels widely to teach, leading programs and retreats for the public as well as advanced practitioners. Founder of Shambhala Online, she has worked in technology and as a university professor. She is a long time practitioner and instructor of Tai Chi Chuan.
To register

Thursday Mornings with Pema
Taking the Leap book discussion group

with Jacquie Bell

Thursdays from 10:00am - 12:00 noon, February 21st—March 28th

In this class, we will read together and discuss Pema Chodron’s book, TAKING THE LEAP, Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears. Pema is a wonderful guide to support us as we learn to stay present with whatever life presents. $45 Program Price

We will meet by the fire in the Shambhala Center Community space. We will have some copies of the book available for $16.00


Shambhala Training
Level II:
Birth of the Warrior

With Julia Sable

Today! Still seats available.
Friday Feb. 15th: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday Feb. 16th: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday Feb. 17th: 9:00 AM - 2PM

**new reduced price at $75! 

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in Level I, we begin to work with the obstacles that arise as meditation practice develops.  We explore how habitual ways of thinking and experiencing obscure the raw brilliance of the world we live in as well as our own genuineness and tenderness. 
Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level I

To register

Milarepa Day 2019

Sunday, February 17th: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Windhorse Room

This all day reading of the Rain of Wisdom is open to the public.

The Kagyu tradition is known as one of devotion. We develop inspiration from how these previous teachers handled their egos, how they practiced renunciation, and how they developed what Trungpa Rinpoche called “humbleness”. Yet the songs of realization, as expressed by these lineage holders, reveals that there is no one style of manifestation of enlightened mind.


In reading The Rain of Wisdom throughout the day, the renunciation of the Hinayana, the friendliness of the Mahayana, and the warrior quality of the Vajrayana are brought together.

If people have the Rain of Wisdom books, they should bring them.  The Shambhala Centre has a few copies to lend to those who do not have a copy.

Lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30. 

Learning to Live Mindfully:
Working with Strong Emotions

with Shastri Mary Campbell

Tuesday, February 26th: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Main Shrine Room

This workshop will include guided meditation, teaching and group discussion. Participants will be introduced to contemplative approaches that work directly with some of the more challenging emotions that arise in daily life.  Open to everyone! $30 Program Price

9:00-9:30 am Registration / Sign-in

9:30 am - 12 noon Workshop

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.

To register

Shambhala Meditation Retreat Day
Saturday, March 9th: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Windhorse Room

Functional silence is practiced for the whole period from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm so that each person can have their own individual retreat day with the support of the group practice environment. From 5:00 until 5:30 there is a social time.  The lunch period is from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm.

** When you register please indicate who and/or where you received authorization to practice Shambhala Meditation (not to be confused with our more common technique of Shamatha meditation as taught at Open House and Way of Shambhala).**


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.

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. HSC follows the HRM School Closure Policy, based on weather conditions.  If they are closed – we are closed.

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.
*Please note starting in February will will be serving soup the 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s of the month only.
We will still start at 6pm with social time the other Wednesday’s but it will be cookies and tea. 

6:00–6:45pm    Soup & social time — Soup is always vegan and gluten-free. There is suggested donation of $5
7:00–8:30pm    Meditation practice and discussion led by an experienced meditation instructor in Shambhala.
Topics of upcoming talks:
20 Letting Go    Seth Levinson
27 Authentic Presence   Kathryn Heckman 
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Halifax Shambhala Centre 
1084 Tower Road 
Halifax, NS B3H 2Y5 
Tel. (902) 420-1118 

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