September 2017 Monthly Newsletter

September 2017 Monthly Newsletter

We are pleased to announce that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will be visiting Denver on October 20th and 21st. This event is the first of three on the North American Tour supporting his new book, The Lost Art of Good Conversation: A Mindful Way to Connect with Others and Enrich Everyday Life. The weekend will include a public talk on Friday night and a day-long retreat on Saturday led by the Sakyong, Lodro Rinzler and Susan Piver.


Supporting the Sakyong Visit in Your Neighborhood!

Connect with your Shambhala neighbors and help us promote the Sakyong’s Book Tour event in your neighborhood.

Please click here to be part of the Denver “Neighborhood Hub” network. Simply let us know what region of Denver you live in and we will help connect you with other sangha members in your neighborhood. In time, these “Neighborhood Hubs” will be a resource for arranging meet-ups, sharing services and announcements. We hope to use this group to help support Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Book Tour.

Sign up today and meet your neighbors!

Stop by the Denver Center to pick up flyers, postcards and posters from the center, whatever size suits you best. They are out and ready for you to grab a supply. Hand them out to people you think would be interested and put them up at the places you frequent; your favorite coffee shop, your work, gym or medical provider’s office – wherever you see a board!


Shambhala Kids

with Amy Turino

September 3rd—May 20th (2018)

A program for children ages 4-8 that introduces meditation, yoga, art, drama and other sensory-rich activities. Continue »


Dragon Club

with Juliette Banerjee

September 3rd—May 20th (2018)

A new program for youth ages 9-12. Discussion, meditation and creation invite youth to slow down, unplug and connect. Continue »


Parenting as Path – Fall Semester

with Dr. Andra Brill, Gwen Pollara, Juliette Banerjee

September 3rd—December 3rd

We are pleased to offer PARENTING AS PATH, along with programs for your children. Please join us! Continue »

All-Community Weekly Retreat at Highland Event Center: WEDNESDAY

with Shastri Jeffrey Stevens

September 6th—September 27th

Join us for meditation practice, a dharma talk and discussion. Everyone is welcome! Continue »

Heart of Recovery Group Half-Day Intensive – September 2017

with Martha Hildreth

September 9th

This 1/2 day intensive is open to anyone who is interested in relating 12-step work to the Buddhist path. Continue »

Living the Full Catastrophe: A Day of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

with Shastri Janet Solyntjes

September 9th

This experiential workshop will offer user-friendly techniques for dealing with stress and for cultivating our deepest potential for living a full and satisfying life. Continue »

STILLness: Meditation in the Galleries

with Dhi Good

September 10th

Clear your mind, relax, and prepare for the week ahead. Join the Clyfford Still Museum and partners, the Zen Center of Denver, and the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver for mornings of quiet reflection. Continue »

Shambhala Educator Gathering (for Teachers, MIs, ADs, SGs)

September 12th

This gathering is open to the community of Shambhala Educators: Teachers, Meditation Instructors, Shambhala Guides and Assistant Directors. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I – The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Jeffrey Stevens

September 15th—September 16th

This program includes meditation instruction and conversation with experienced teachers, along with the opportunity to learn and practice in a community that honors kindness and generosity. Continue »

Town Hall

September 17th

Community update on our lease, satellite locations and leadership in general. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life (Evening)

with Denise Wuensch

September 26th—October 24th

This course presents introductory teachings and tools for working with meditation in everyday life. Open to all. Continue »

Harvest of Peace

October 1st

Cultivating wisdom, harvesting peace! All are welcome to join us for this annual community celebration of the fall equinox. Continue »

The Essential Pema Chödrön

with Dhi Good

October 4th—October 25th

Join us for exploring the essential writings of Pema Chödrön, based on The Essential Pema Study Guide Continue »

The Lost Art of Good Conversation

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Lodro Rinzler, Susan Piver

October 20th—October 21st

Denver is the first stop on the national book tour in support of the Sakyong’s new book, The Lost Art of Conversation. Continue »


Thank you for a successful community building event with Playful in the Present at Ash Grove Park on Sunday, August 27th.

The Children and Families Committee is really excited to launch the Parenting as Path Fall Semester with two offerings for children as well, Shambhala Kids (ages 4-9) & Dragon Club (ages 10 – 14).  This building momentum seems to align with the growing momentum in the mandala to incorporate and understand the role of families in center operations.   The Growing Brave Conference is being held in Boulder, October 6 – 9th which will allow those from across the mandala to share in what is working, what has worked and vision for the future of how to integrate children and families more seamlessly into the exploration of path. Join us in the journey.


Varieties of Kasung Practice: Part 1Over the years, a variety of practice types have developed and this month we’ll focus on local practice opportunities. Gatekeeper practice usually involves staffing the desk post at a Shambhala center and includes taking your seat, looking out, and extending your awareness to the environment and other people. Sangha service is aimed at protecting the harmony and wellbeing of our fellow practitioners and may involve formal counseling, crisis intervention, working with problems of addiction or domestic difficulty, and other community-oriented activities. Event guarding, such as for the Sakyong’s upcoming visit in October, is a powerful group protector practice and is particularly related to manifesting the three metaphors of wind, container and horizon before, during and after the event. Service to principals, such as the Sakyong, his family, visiting teachers, acharas and others, includes house and Court guards, airport service, transportation, personal service, guards and event shifts, and provides a precious opportunity to work closely with the spectrum of wisdom encompassed by Shambhala society. Lastly, Kalapa Court servicecomprises service at all levels to the Sakyong, his family, as well as the principals and entourage of the Mukpo and Ripa lineages, such as personal service, transportation, Court guards, duty officers, schedulers, and airport coordinators, and the main focus is protecting the environment and atmosphere of the Court.

Excerpt from “The Dorje Kasung Handbook”

Learn more about the Dorje Kasung.


Yeshe Tsogyal: A Celebration of Feminine Principle with the Sakyong Wangmo

September 22-23, 2017 @ Shambhala Meditation Center of BoulderFriday 7:00-9:00pm – a public talk by Acharya Holly Gayley
Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm – for Vajrayana Students Only

Full weekend for Vajrayana students only
Friday only open to all


Highlands Event Center
2945 Julian St
Denver, Colorado 80211
6:30pm All-Community Weekly Retreat

Sam Gary Library
2961 Roslyn St
Denver, CO 80238
Check the calendar for details


For over 40 years, the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver has offered Coloradans the opportunity to work with their minds and hearts through meditation. Our mission is to inspire an awake and compassionate society through personal and collective transformation. Come and sit with us.


Becoming a member of any Shambhala Meditation Center is a statement about your personal inspiration, curiosity, and commitment to the path of awakening. Learn more about membership.


Shambhala Database: Member’s View

Shambhala Website

Shambhala Member’s Page

Shambhala Online

Shambhala Network

Shambhala Times

Kalapa Media

Nalanda Translation Committee

Lion’s Roar Newsletter

The Arrow Journal

Shambhala Archives

The Chronicles of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Vast Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa

Shambhala Meditation App


Sunday Open House

Sunday Morning Meditation

Shambhala Kids – 1st & 3rd Sundays (resuming in September)

Heart of Recovery – Mondays & Wednesdays

Wednesday Morning Group Meditation Practice

All-Community Weekly Retreat (Highland Event Center) – Wednesdays

Weekly Social Meditation Gathering – Thursdays


Way of Shambhala is an extensive path of training in authentic meditation practices and wisdom teachings for anyone interested in pursuing such training. Learn more about this path.


The Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver relies on membership dues to pay our basic operating expenses and views financial generosity as part of our practice of creating Enlightened Society. The practical instruction for generosity is to consider what would feel like a “generous offering” for you, and give a little bit more. Follow the path of the patron.


The Sakyong

The Sakyong Wangmo

Shambhala Mountain Center

Fort Collins Shambhala Center

Longmont Shambhala Meditation Group

Boulder Shambhala Center

Marpa House

Dorje Khyung Dzong Retreat Center

Albuquerque Shambhala Center

Laramie Shambhala Meditation Group

Regional Programs Calendar

If you have any questions or comments about the newsletter, please contact the Newsletter Editor, Arleen Garcia-Herbst, at [email protected]. Submissions for the newsletter are due to the Editor by 5:00 pm on the last Friday of each month for publication on the first Monday of the following month.
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