The Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group is a vibrant, welcoming and supportive community dedicated to recognising and revealing the innate goodness within us all.
Shambhala presents the wisdom traditions of Buddhism and Tibet through accessible, modern and dynamic teachings. The teachings and practices uncover the compassion, clarity, joy and goodness within ourselves and each other, and connect us to the natural world.
We offer free meditation instruction for beginners and support for experienced practitioners with a range of meditation sessions, courses and retreats. You are warmly invited to join us!
Invitation to regular meditation online
You are warmly invited to join us for our regular online meditation sessions. This is an opportunity to meditate in a supportive group setting, to learn how to apply the principles of meditation to everyday life, and to meet other meditators.
Everyone is welcome, including anyone new to meditation. If you haven’t meditated before, please email us so we can provide simple instruction.
We meet online (using Zoom) from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm on the first and third Monday of each month. Please email adelaideshambhala.com.au for the Zoom link and password.
We have two 20-25 minute sitting meditations, a brief contemplative reading by our session leader, and a short, optional discussion.
The next scheduled dates are 16 November and 7 December. Please check our Facebook page for any changes to these dates or times.
Online retreat offered 1-8 January
Shambhala Australia is again hosting a January retreat, but it will be online this time. Registration is available for the week (a weekthun) or for the weekend. This special event will follow normal retreat schedules, as much as possible, with teachings, meditation, study and exercise.
Our theme will be Opening to the world and ourselves as we are.
More information and registration is now available through the Melbourne Shambhala website:
Weekthun option: https://melbourne.
Weekend option: https://melbourne.
Some resources to help us care for ourselves
and each other
Shambhala offers many online courses. https://www.shambhala.com/online-courses/
A couple of good magazines to subscribe to but you can also usually read a couple of articles for free.
Lion’s Roar: Buddhist Wisdom for Our Time https://www.lionsroar.com/
Tricycle: The Buddhist Review https://tricycle.org/
A few helpful articles
Chödrön, Pema 2013, ‘5 Reasons to Meditate’, Lions Roar, September, https://www.lionsroar.com/5-reasons-to-meditate-september-2013
Cushman, Anne 2020, ‘Exhaling into a Brighter Future’, Lion’s Roar, 25 March. https://www.lionsroar.com/exhaling-into-a-brighter-future/
Sr True Dedication [compiled by] 2020, A Zen Master’s Tips for Staying Sane in Challenging Times, Plum Village. https://plumvillage.org/articles/a-zen-masters-tips-for-staying-sane-in-challenging-times/
Videos with Buddhist teachers
Tara Brach, an Insight meditation instructor, offers a number of free guided meditations at her website. https://www.tarabrach.com/guided-meditations/
Chödrön, Pema 2018, On Solitude, 17 April, Crestone Films. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ry6SM-qado
Chödrön, Pema 2017, The Noble Journey from Fear to Fearlessness, 4 April. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t_SGso_1PY
Chödrön, Pema 2016, Relaxing with Impermanence, 17 July. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBYGBi80OK8
Chödrön, Pema 2010, ‘Fear and Fearlessness’, Pema Chödrön Foundation. https://pemachodronfoundation.org/videos/fear-and-fearlessness/
Kongrul, Dzigar 2018, Compassion Without Limit, 30 April, Naropa University, Boulder. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhBjR_n7yvc
Nhat Hanh, Thich 2008, The Art of Being Peace. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh2G6_1i6tA
A couple of Buddhist mantras
Green Tara (from LilaSakura)
Om Mani Padme Hum (uploaded by batesaurio)
“In meditation we are constantly discovering who and what we are.” Chögyam Trungpa
Shambhala International’s response to allegations
In response to serious allegations of sexual misconduct and clerical abuse by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche (Shambhala’s Halifax-based leader) in 2018, Shambhala International has taken a number of steps. An new, independent Board of Directors is overseeing Shambhala’s fiduciary and legal responsibilities and a Process Team is looking at a new approach to community leadership in Shambhala. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has stepped aside from teaching and administrative duties. More detailed information including frequently asked questions and regular updates are available from websites hosted by the Interim Board (https://board.shambhala.org/) and the Process Team (https://shambhala-process-team.org/)