Buddhist Path of Practice and Study
The Shambhala Buddhist path is based primarily on the teachings of Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism,
but it also includes elements from the Zen and Theravadin traditions. This path offers an in-depth study of the three
turnings of the Wheel of Dharma, or the three cycles of teaching presented by the Buddha. Mindfulness-awareness
meditation practice is central to our study programs.
Our classes and programs are designed to deepen students' understanding and experience of Buddhist teachings
in a gradual and systematic way. Buddhist classes are taught in English by senior western students at our Center.
We offer additional weekend programs presented by visiting teachers.
See the Buddhist class and program schedule here.
Read about the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies here.
"The Buddhist tradition teaches the truth of impermanence, or the transitory nature
of things. The past is gone and the future has not yet happened, so we work with what is here - the present
situation. This actually helps us not to categorize or theorize. A fresh, living situation is taking place all the time, on the spot. This noncategorical approach comes from being fully here, rather than trying to reconnect with past events. We don't have to look back to the past in order to see what people are made out of. Human beings speak for themselves, on the spot."
Extending love and compassion toward others in contemplative practice is a rehearsal for stepping beyond stinginess and self-centeredness in daily life. Eventually our training will give us the power to flip the mind instantly by letting go of the "me plan" and considering the happiness of somebody else, whatever we’re experiencing, wherever we are. In that moment, we are cultivating peace. When we live like this, we feel happier. The reason is si mple: because love and compassion are the basis of our consciousness, we thrive when we let them come to