Portland News Magazine

Ikebana Practice at the Kids Club

January 29th, 2013 by John David Smith

Child drawing a flower during the January 20th Kids ClubOn January 20th the morning Community Sit included a parents discussion group and our Kids Club, during which parents can meditate with the rest of the community in the main Shrine Room while their kids participate in Kids Club.  On this particular Sunday, the kids  did a little meditation at the beginning and the end, as well as having a look at a children’s book that went over the ABC’s of Shambhala.  It’s a children’s book about the basics of Shambhala teachings, presented in a child friendly way.

But for this Shambhala Kids Club program, the main focus was on the dharma arts.  The children spent time creating imaginative flower arrangements by following basic principles of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangements.  Kids arranging flowersChildren explored the history of Ikebana, how monks developed the art form long ago, and they looked at and talked about the different styles of flower arranging.  The group had lots of fun, and they produced flower arrangements that were displayed around the Shambhala Center.   Kids Club teachers  AJ Rock and Ruth Hampton thoroughly enjoyed working with the children and guiding them through the process.

The kids used real Ikebana materials and tools provided by  Amy Aycrigg, who is the Practice Coordinator for the Ikebana group that does flower arrangements at the Center every week.

Here are some additional photos:





Welcoming our new director Lisa Stanley

January 25th, 2013 by John David Smith

Lisa Stanley has moved to Portland, arriving on January 20.

Lisa has been the personnel director at Karme Cholling for the past 3 years and has taught Ikebana here in Portland and had been wanting to move here for years!  After interviews with the search committee and the Governing Council, the Sakyong appointed her and she quit her job to move here.  Someone in our community had just decided to move back to the east coast so at the last minute an apartment became available for Lisa to move into (sight unseen).  In a continuing series of auspicious coincidences, a small welcome party showed up at the Portland Airport at the designated time:

Welcoming committee arises from space

Even though we had never met, apart from a few Google Hangout meetings, there were hugs all around when Lisa arrived:

Hi we've never met before but it's GREAT to see you!

Further auspiciousness was revealed when we arrived at Lisa’s new apartment with  temporary bedding, a chair and a table hoping that the apartment would not be completely bare.  Lo and behold, someone had provided a few groceries!

The miracle of groceries

The next morning included bright sunshine and a friendly barista welcomed her with Portland style brightness.

Portland Welcome YOU

Shambhala Center Calendars

January 24th, 2013 by John David Smith

There is an old joke about how we take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, the Sangha and the schedule.   The schedule certainly does frame our being together as a community.  Having the Shambhala Center’s calendar handy makes it easy for me and I think you might find it useful, too.

It is easy to overlay the Shambhala Center’s official calendar (e.g., the one in the SDB that has scheduled programs) over other Google Calendars such as your personal calendar or a planning calendar with proposed or possible events.   I like having it handy because by clicking one button I can make the Shambhala Center’s calendar visible (or not).

Here’s how to do it.  Log on to your Google account and go to your Google Calendar page.  First, click on “Other calendars” and second click on “Add by URL” as shown below:


Third, put a URL that combines our center’s SDB number along with a “front-end” as follows:



Portland is “214”.  When you click on “Add Calendar,” our center calendar, as shown in the SDB, will be available from your individual calendar.

Please send any comments, corrections or improvements to [email protected]

Dan Rubin teaching Contemplative Care & Counseling Skills at Maitripa College

January 14th, 2013 by John David Smith

Long-time Shambhalian Dr. Dan Rubin will teach a class on contemplative care and counseling skills at Maitripa College this spring.  The  class will focus on developing practical contemplative care and counseling skills, applicable in therapeutic, organizational, and interpersonal contexts.  The class is 10 weeks long and begins February 1st.

Thank you and update from Pat Maurer

January 7th, 2013 by Lesa Ricci

January 4, 2013

Dear Shambhala Community,

Just a note to let you know that I miss you & especially sitting with you on Tuesday evenings.  It will probably be another couple of weeks or so before I can come back.

I’ve finished my three weeks of radiation treatment.  The side effects are pretty difficult right now, so my job is to rest & sleep alot to help my body heal from the toxic radiation.

Thank you so much for your Tonglen practice for me.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you doing that for me.

Gratefully, Pat

Pat Maurer
email:  [email protected]