Aloha from the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group Coordinator

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Dear Shambhala Ohana, I hope that most of you are enjoying a relaxing … Continue 

2004 grand opening - Dean Nelson talk

Dr. Deanʻs response to Ethan Nichtern Stepping Down As “Shastri,” Staying For The Shambhala Community

Dear Ethan Nichtern, Thank you for your choice to give up your teaching title, perhaps instigating and helping to create a blank canvas for the teachings and community to arise. I hope everyone gives up their titles, their pins, their levels, their ranks, their status and their uniforms, so we as a community can trust … Continue 

Follow-up to Dr. Deanʻs email

Aloha, As a follow-up to Dr. Deanʻs recent email regarding the Sakyong, below please find links to the most relevant official correspondence from Shambhala International. A Message from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche – June 25, 2018 Kalapa Council Leadership Transition – July 6, 2018 A Message from the Office of the Sakyong – July 6, 2018 … Continue 

2004 grand opening - Dean Nelson talk

Phoenix rising-Shambhala community

Dear Friends, I felt compelled to write a short letter in response to the revelations that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and other close teachers have been accused of sexual abuse. The Sakyong and the entire Shambhala Kalapa Council has resigned and the future of the community is in chaos. Personally, I felt this outcome was almost … Continue 

Kailua Shambhala Group Coordinator Aloha

Aloha mai kākou, April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes. May is meditation month, so our hard work and organizing thus far is coming to fruition with the beginning of two new group meditation offerings on Oahu.  We also wanted to announce a few upcoming changes. First, starting today, May 13th, and every … Continue 

Welcome Kathy Southard, our new P&E Coordinator

Kathy Castillo Southard is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who has been meditating in the Shambhala community for over 15 years. After her first introductory meditation weekend class, someone uttered the word “dathun” and that’s what Kathy set out to try a couple months later, at Shambhala Mountain Center.  Actually it was half a … Continue 

2004 grand opening - Dean Nelson talk

First Sunday Meditation

Dear Friends, This Sunday is our first Sunday meditation and we will be meeting again at our home in Kailua:  9-11AM. The title of the talk will be:  “The dharma, good in the beginning, good in the middle and good in the end”. We will have tea and cookies afterwards. We start setting up at 8AM and always … Continue 

Aloha from the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group Coordinator

Aloha mai kākou, I’ve been a little under the weather lately, not as communicative as usual, and have decided to try to accomplish two things at once with this email: let both our operations team and group members know what’s up with the group. First, I’ve been finding myself inspired by our first group event … Continue 

2004 grand opening - Dean Nelson talk

VENUE CHANGE: First Sunday meditation

Dear Friends, Let’s change the format of first Sunday meditation to my backyard.  The wind has become a factor for me and I find I’m shortening the morning because of the worrying about the tent and you. Also, the teachings I’m now at least trying to present, the Imperial or Queen’s/ King view, need a … Continue 

2004 grand opening - Dean Nelson talk

First Sunday Beach Meditation March 4th

You are invited to come to the Beach Meditation this Sunday March 4th from 9 -11am. The title of the talk will be: House Holder Yogi-Becoming a Child of illusion. We will set up the big tent again and I will lead a guided medtiation so first timers are welcome. The new speaker seems to … Continue