Aloha from the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group Coordinator

Dear Shambhala Ohana,

I hope that this email finds you well and enjoying the cooler temperatures and big swells of winter on the North Shore. Iʻm certainly enjoying the ocassional use of my Karme Choling hoodie. Though I wasnʻt able to get an email out before this past Sunday, I thought Iʻd let everyone know that there will be no Meditation on the Beach in January or February of 2019. Whether it returns in March and going forward is still to be determined. Dr. Dean and Jaynine have been back from their uber-pilgrimage across Asia following in the footsteps of the Buddha. They are still jet lagging pretty hard from their trip and need more recovery time to put together new teaching materials.

In the meantime, I just completed the draft programming survey Iʻve been going on about for a while, and sent it out internally to the core operations team for review. It will be coming your way by email before the end of this month so we can get a better idea of what our community would want from a potential new meditation center. As an aside, I spoke with the Aikahi Shopping Center people this week where out old Center was located.  Theyʻve remodeled all the second story office spaces and Iʻm going to go check them out Friday morning. A 600 square foot space, about half the size of the old Center, would rent for $2,000 per month (includes maintenance and general excise tax, but does not include wi-fi or electricity). Weʻd need at least 40 members paying dues of $50 per month to cover basic rent. Right now, we have four members paying monthly dues, which is keeping us afloat (big mahalo!), but in order to secure a physical location and expand our offerings, we will need a financial commitment from the larger community. Food for thought in advance of receiving the programming survey.

If you would like to do group practice with others between now and March, we strongly encourage you to join us at our monthly Honolulu town Meetup group meditation events at 9 am on the 4th Saturday of each month. We’re in the Ross Community Room facing the lovely Church of the Crossroads gardens.

Also, if you have some free time on Saturday, January 19th ant 1 pm, Dr. Dean will be speaking at the January Mindful Hawaii Community Meeting at Kaito Gakko, 3225 Pakanu St, next to the Manoa Chinese Cemetery.

Warmest Aloha,

Arleen Garcia-Herbst
Group Coordinator



No Meditation on the Beach in January or February 2019. Return date TBD.

We are still looking for an affordable space to meet as a community in Kailua for group meditation. If you know of any available spaces (even ones we can share with other groups like a yoga studio), please reply to this email with suggestions.

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 (right now, $116/month for a storage unit in town housing all our meditation supplies, $25/month for renting space at Church of the Crossroads, $30/month contribution to Shambhala International, and $14/month for insurance costs, totalling $185/month), 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 dues paying 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 International, 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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