Aloha from the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group Coordinator – March 2019

Dear Shambhala Ohana,

I hope that this email finds you well and enjoying the crisp freshness the winter rains and cooler temperatures afford us. I thought Iʻd let everyone know that there will be no Meditation on the Beach in March 2019 (tomorrow), but it looks like we might be on again for April and May (Yay!). Stay tuned for more on that in the next newsletter.

In the meantime, here are the programming survey results, and the following is a brief summary of the feedback I received. I sent it out to about 157 people signed up to our newsletter (we have 174 subscribers now—aloha and welcome!), and received about 8 responses. The majority of the repondents wanted weekly open sitting without guided meditation, and showed some interest in Shambhala Path studies, and more interest in general Buddhist teachings and other body disciplines. Thank you for giving us our marching orders! In order to make the magic happen, we need your financial support through dues paying membership to secure a location for weekly group sitting (see the Become a Member section below).

As an aside, I spoke with the CrossFit gym in Honolulu town I attend, and inquired about perhaps renting space from them on an weekly basis during the times they do not have their workouts scheduled. They have really nice facilities in Kailua and Kakaako, and am just waiting to hear back from them regarding an hourly rate, so I know if we can afford it. I think we would compliment their offerings nicely, and we could work with them to get other complimentary body disciplines. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

If you would like to do group sitting with others between now and April, 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.

Warmest Aloha,

Arleen Garcia-Herbst
Group Coordinator
[email protected]



No Meditation on the Beach in March 2019. Tentative return date in April 2019!

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, please reply to this email with suggestions.

4th Saturday Morning Group Meditation Practice, Free and open to all.

The Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group welcomes all those wishing to practice sitting meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. This is a monthly opportunity for group meditation practice on Saturday mornings. You are invited to attend all or part of the session. Our meditation practice includes sitting meditation alternating with walking meditation. This is a monthly opportunity on Saturday mornings for group meditation practice. You are invited to attend all or part of the session.

WHENEvery 4th Saturday from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

RSVPOpen to all. Please RSVP on the Honolulu Shambhala Meetup Group. Drop-in’s welcome. Donation of $5 encouraged and much appreciated.

LOCATION: Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826. Ross Community Room.

PARKING: Paid parking is available in the large lot (w/banyan tree) and is operated by Diamond Parking Services.



Become a Member

Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and helps make it available to others. This involves three areas of engagement and support: 1. Practicing meditation (10 minutes a day at home and group sitting when possible); 2. Volunteering (helping with group meditation and programs); and 3. Providing financial support.

Becoming a dues paying member is a statement about your personal inspiration, curiosity, and commitment to the path of awakening. Anyone interested in Kailua Shambhala is encouraged 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.

The Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group relies on membership dues and donations for a predictable monthly budget to secure a space to host weekly group meditation and programs, and views financial generosity as part of our practice of creating Enlightened Society.

We strongly encourage our regular meditators at Meditation on the Beach and at our Honolulu town meditation group to become dues paying members. Based on our programming survey, we have created tiered membership dues categories taking into consideration financial hardship and ability for patronage: $20/month for an individual experiencing financial hardship; $50/month for an individual; $75/month for a family; $108/month as patrons. Please fill out our on-line membership form, or contact us by e-mail ([email protected]) or phone (808-376-8965), and we will be in touch with you. You can also visit our website and use the PayPal Donate button to make a one-time donation or set up a recurring monthly payment for membership dues.


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