Aloha from the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group Coordinator

Dear Shambhala Ohana,

I hope that this email finds you well and that you are enjoying the beginning of fall. It is a good time for solidifying the discipline of our daily meditation practice, and I encourage you all to sit for at least 10 minutes every day. If you would like to do group practice with others while we wait for our teachers, Dr. Dean and Jaynine, to return from their yearly sabbatical and restart Meditation on the Beach, we strongly encourage you to join us at our monthly Honolulu town Meetup group meditation events focused on practice-oriented readings from Pema Chodronʻs book How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind. We had a very enjoyable sit last month that included a visitation from a pair of cooing turtle doves that strolled in from the lovely Church of the Crossroads gardens.

In the lead up to the new year, I will be putting together a 2019 programming survey. I hope to get a sense of what kind of programming you would like to have us offer you. Look out for a separate email for that purpose.

Warmest Aloha,

Arleen Garcia-Herbst
Group Coordinator



Our Honolulu town Meetup group meditation events focus on practice-oriented readings from Pema Chodronʻs book How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind. Pema Chodron is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan nun presents her first book exploring in depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong practice. Please join us on the 4th Saturday of each month at 9 am at Church of the Crossroads!



The Path of the Patron

The Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group relies on membership dues and donations to pay our basic operating expenses (a storage unit in town housing all our meditation supplies, renting space at Church of the Crossroads, and insurance costs), 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. We strongly encourage our regular meditators at Meditation on the Beach and at our Honolulu town meditation group to become a member.

Become a Member

Becoming a member is a statement about your personal inspiration, curiosity, and commitment to the path of awakening. Anyone interested in Kailua Shambhala is welcome to become a member. Local membership includes membership in Shambhala, a global community committed to cultivating mindfulness, awareness and compassion―personally, culturally and within society. Learn more about resources available to members.


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