Aloha from the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group Coordinator

Dear Shambhala Ohana,

I hope that this email finds you well and that you have been enjoying the development of fall and slightly cooler temperatures. There was no monthly newsletter in November because I did a mini-pilgrimage of my own out to Karmê Chöling Retreat Center in Vermont to complete the Shambhala Path Training Level V class. It was quite a transformative journey and I look forward to completing the Rigden Weekend Retreat in San Diego in February.

Rigden Retreat Weekend is the culmination of the Way of Shambhala Training that explores the experiences of contentment, joy, fearlessness, and wisdom in everyday life.  The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature, and embodies the principle of unconditional confidence. According to the Shambhala tradition, Rigdens were enlightened rulers – those who could “rule their world” based on their unwavering experience of basic goodness. Emphasizing our innate and genuine confidence and steadfastness, the weekend will provide an exploration of ways in which we can embody the qualities of the Rigden in our own lives and help bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world.

If you’ve established a disciplined daily practice, you might be interested in Way of Shambhala Training, an extensive path of training in authentic meditation practices and wisdom teachings for anyone interested in pursuing such training. This program of courses and weekend retreats offers an experiential overview of practices, teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Vajrayana Buddhism. The program is open to people of all religious backgrounds or no religious background. It is recommended for new and experienced meditators, especially those looking to enrich their personal spiritual path and social action.

Right now our options for completing this training include travelling to city or rural centers on the mainland to take a class in person, or taking the classes at your leisure using Shambhala Online. However, as I mentioned back in October, I’m going to be putting together a programming survey so we can get a better idea of what our members would be interested having offered in Kailua and Honolulu. Dr. Dean is interested in offering all-new programming and I’m happy to facilitate the Way of Shambhala Training by working with you to re-establish a center in Kailua, bring teachers from the mainland and give the teachings a fresh take.

And, yes, that means Dr. Dean and Jaynine are back (yay!) from their uber-pilgrimage across Asia following in the footsteps of the Buddha. They are still jet lagging pretty hard from their trip, so we will not be holding Meditation on the Beach in December. We’re hoping to start it back up in January, so stay tuned for more from Jaynine later this month. If you would like to do group practice with others in the meantime, we strongly encourage you to join us at our monthly Honolulu town Meetup group meditation events on the 4th Saturday of each month focused on practice-oriented readings from Pema Chodronʻs book How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind. We’re in the Ross Community Room facing the lovely Church of the Crossroads gardens.

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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