Leaving Our Space

                Dear Friends of the White River Shambhala Center, and of Shambhala Centers across the Planet, The White River Shambhala Center is leaving our long-loved space.  We are becoming disembodied, entering the bardo, losing our home, closing — and yet perhaps opening at the same time. That’s how … Continue 

Mindful Communication: November weekend with Greg Heffron

Here’s Greg Heffron writing about mindful communication. He will be here in person at our Shambhala Center to teach The Power of Peacemaking: Discovering Decency in Anxiety-Driven Conflict on Nov 2 & 3. Register now! Being human can be tough. Living in social groups — as is part of our primate nature — one of … Continue 

Togetherness, Nature, and No Escape! The Slayton family goes to camp.

By Jeffrey Slayton.    Family Camp at Karme Choling in Barnet, VT  is a week-long program that combines (1)meditation practice, (2)outdoor time, and (3)the warmth of family and community. The interweaving of these three simple elements continually catalyze and support our warrior training in realizing basic goodness and creating enlightened society. Sitting in the Upper … Continue 

Fundraising Contemplation

As I write this blog post today, we’ve had our WRSC GoFundMe fundraiser out for 5 days, 11 people have contributed, and we’ve raised over $1,000 of our $5,000 goal. This is thrilling for me, and has had me thinking about the act of fundraising as an important but daunting expression of civil society. I … Continue 

White River Shambhala Center’s Executive Committee: How It Works, and How You Can Help!

Pictured here is the Executive Committee, plus Shastri Donna Williams. Left to right, starting with back row: Mark Mounts, Chagdzo, Director of Finance; Ryan Harvey, Rusung, Safety and Protection; Shastri Williams; Jim Peters, Operations Coordinator; Jane Philpin, Communications Coordinator; Jeffrey Slayton, Director of Practice and Education; Dia Ballou, Center Director; Raven Fennell, Director of Culture and Decorum; … Continue 

A Special Message from WRSC

August 13, 2018 Dia Ballou, Director, WRSC   This summer, the Shambhala mandala learned of credible allegations against Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche concerning clergy sexual misconduct. Our Center cannot offer an official position at this time because emotions are still too raw and actual information is sparse. We need time to feel and voice feelings, support … Continue 

Embodying Earth Energy

Embodying Earth Energy by Shastri Donna Williams “The human potential for intelligence and dignity is attuned to experiencing the brilliance of the bright blue sky, the freshness of green fields, and the beauty of trees and mountains,” CTR, Sacred Path of the Warrior. I was teaching in Santiago Chile during March of 2017.  When I … Continue 

Shambhala Training Level I in WRJ in April 2018

Shambhala Training Level I The Art of Being Human at the Shambhala Meditation Center of White River April 13th – 15th Advance Registration Required Schedule: Friday, April 13 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Saturday, April 14 from 9 AM to 5 PM Sunday, April 15 from 9 AM to 1 PM; A lunch reception … Continue 

Contemplative Ecology , Forests and Ponds Oct 7th

First field outing exploring our ayatanas (sense fields) on land in Northern Vermont with good meditation friends. Sky gazing, meandering, soundscapes, love letter to a tree, journaling, blindfolded lunch sitting on the Stone Table (see Galway Kinnell’s poem about the table-https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-stone-table/) …continue for more photos!

The Experience of Awe

I’ve been studying contemplative ecology recently, that juncture where our senses contact the natural world and expand , we can relax – experiencing connection, health and balance. While reading True Perception- the Path of Dharma Art by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche I came across his quote, “Awareness practice is not just sitting meditation or meditation-in-action alone. … Continue