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!
Temporary cancellation of meditation groups
To Members and Friends of Adelaide Shambhala,
We hope that you are doing well during this unprecedented time. We are, of course, very concerned about the well-being of our local Shambhala participants as well as our broader community. Following government directives, we have cancelled all face-to-face gatherings of Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group. We will contact everyone when we begin face-to-face gatherings again.
Take care of yourselves and each other.
Adelaide Shambhala Meditation Group Council
Some resources to help us care for ourselves
and each other now
Shambhala offers many online courses. https://www.shambhala.com/online-courses/
Boulder (Colorado) Shambhala Centre is providing free daily meditation and dharma talks via zoom (note: Boulder is in a different time zone). For example, 6pm Monday in Boulder is Tuesday 10.30am in Adelaide. Some great teachers, including Dale Asrael and Judith Simmer-Brown. https://boulder.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=446762
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 relevant articles
Biddlecombe Agsar, Wendy Joan & Jensen, Karen 2020, ‘Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus, Tricycle, Spring. https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/coronavirus-and-compassion/
Brown, Kimberly 2020, ‘Practicing Love in a Pandemic’, Lion’s Roar, 25 March. https://www.lionsroar.com/practicing-love-in-a-pandemic/
Cushman, Anne 2020, ‘Exhaling into a Brighter Future’, Lion’s Roar, 25 March. https://www.lionsroar.com/exhaling-into-a-brighter-future/
Kornfield, Jack 2020, ‘The Bodhisattva Response to Coronavirus’, Lion’s Roar, 25 March. https://www.lionsroar.com/the-bodhisattva-response-to-coronavirus/
Jack, a beloved American Insight Meditation teacher, is offering ‘Pandemic resources https://jackkornfield.com/pandemic-resources/
Lief, Judy 2020, ‘How Not to Freak Out’, Lion’s Roar, 13 March. https://www.lionsroar.com/how-not-to-freak-out/
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
Brach, Tara 2020, Facing Pandemic Fears with an Awake Heart, 21 March. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcZwg10WYx0&t=632s
Tara 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/)