Diversity Forum Notes

On Sunday, August 21, 2016, The White River Shambhala Center held a Diversity Forum, open to members and the general public, to discuss how the Center can be more inclusive. The questions posed were the following: What is diversity? What is diversity specifically for the Upper Valley area? Why is diversity good for everyone? How … Continue 

Mindfulness meets Entrepreneurs at Killington

Last Wednesday, I taught a group of 7 entrepreneurs from Montreal our meditation practice.  We received the request at the center somewhat randomly, this group was looking for someone to teach them meditation while at a group skiing retreat at Killington and found us via the internet.  Here is the mission statement of the group, … Continue 


The Gambler. That song. When I get a song stuck in my head I can usually figure out what my unconscious is on about. But this week bits of The Gambler kept singing through my mind, a kind of running background to whatever I was doing. I don’t even know the song — well, I … Continue 

Epistemological Chicken: Can we know what is real?

Over the past 6 months I have tried out hearing aids from 3 different manufacturers.  This is a great way to bring home the question of what is real, that is to say what does the world, the squeaky floor, my own voice “really” sound like?  And just this week I had the lens in … Continue 

Weekend Schedule Update: open sitting changing to scheduled programs

This coming Saturday, October 31, there will be open sitting from 10 am to noon.  And on the next day, Sunday Nov 1, there will be Learn to Meditate with Donna Williams from 10 am to noon.  After that we will replace the weekend weekly open sitting with scheduled programs.  Once a month we will … Continue 

Sunday Sitting moves to Saturdays from September 12 to October 17

The Executive Committee of the White River Shambhala Center has decided to experiment with holding public sitting sessions on Saturday mornings instead of Sundays.  We hope this change will accommodate people who are out and about on Saturday so can sit before, during, or after running errands, and then have Sunday to stay at home. … Continue 

Summer Director’s Letter

Dear Community, Ah, summer. Not too long ago it was only a dream, and too soon  it will be again. In fact, it could be a dream even now –  but if so, it’s a pretty good dream, so let’s stay with it and play in it as long as it lasts! Since the last … Continue 

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche at Karme Choling in May

LIFE AS CELEBRATION is the name of the retreat at Karme Choling in Barnet VT on May 15 – 17 with the Sakyong and Lodro Rinzler. The Sakyong will offer teachings on how to engage in all of our activity with an open heart. Lodro Rinzler will then discuss how to ground the view of … Continue 

Spring Director’s Letter

Dear Community, I don’t know about you, but when I first heard that we are entering the Year of the Wood Sheep, I thought of a creature who wants nothing more than to follow along with the flock, but who is too stiff (wooden) to do even that. Not a lot of warriorship there! However, … Continue 

Winter Director’s Letter

Dear Community, Here we are in the year 2015! May it be a year of relaxation of minds, openness of hands and hearts, and joyful engagement in the world for all of us! A huge thanks to everyone who taught, coordinated, staffed, and showed up for the programs and events we’ve had in the past … Continue