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 subsequent second Sunday of the month, we will offer group meditation in ʻEwa Beach. Additionally, starting May 26th, and every subsequent fourth Saturday of the month, we will offer group meditation in Honolulu town. For more details about either event, please visit our Meetup groups for more information about ʻEwa Beach Meditation or Honolulu Meditation. Iʻd like to invite you (and your friends) to RSVP and come check out our new offerings.

Second, as we step up, Dr. Dean and first Sunday Meditation on the Beach are taking a break for the rest of the year. His last talk of the season on May 7th was regarding “The dharma: good in the beginning, good in the middle and good in the end”. If you missed it, or many of the previous talks heʻs given this year, there are mostly audio recording versions of his talks on the Meditation on the Beach page on our group website, and there are both audio and video recordings on Dr. Deanʻs Awakeism Blog for householders, pirates and warriors. His blog is where Dr. Dean will be posting new material while he takes his yearly sabbatical.

Third, as we go through the growing pains of bringing new programs to our group, I wanted to mention a couple of organizational changes to the executive committee. Josh Northcutt, whom I shared a warm posting about earlier this year, will be changing his role in our group from our Program and Education Coordinator to Advisor. Heʻs recently obtained a new job in LA, is integrating into the LA Shambhala Center, and his path is keeping him there. As he wonʻt be returning to Oahu as planned, weʻre empowering another Shambhalian as our new Program and Education Coordinator. Please take a moment to welcome and learn more about Kathy Southard as our new P&E Coordinator.


Arleen Garcia-Herbst
Group Coordinator



It will be some time before we can offer Way of Shambhala courses in Oahu. If youʻd like to start advancing in your practice now, let us please introduce you to Shambhala Online. This popular series of contemplative courses offers a complete introduction to the foundations of Shambhala Buddhism. The Shambhala Path emphasizes the development of genuineness, confidence, good humor, and personal human dignity. Course participants gain an experiential overview of meditation practice, wisdom teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Tibetan Buddhism. The sequential courses are interactive and open to all.

The Everyday Life Series is starting up again in August with the first in the five-part series, Meditation in Everyday Life, taught by Shastri Janet Solyntjes. The Basic Goodness series will also be starting up in October with the first in the three-part series, Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human, taught by Acharya Adam Lobel. Taking these online courses is an excellent way to deep dive into the Shambhala teachings.



The Path of the Patron

The Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group relies on membership dues and donations to pay our basic operating expenses, 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.

Become a Member

Becoming a Shambhala 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.


Have you considered supporting our group every time you shop on Amazon by setting/changing your AmazonSmile Charitable Organization to Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group (AKA “Vajradhatu”)? On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you are prompted to select a charitable organization from their list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time.

To change your charitable organization:

  1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select a new charitable organization to support.

Remember, only purchases at smile.amazon.com (not www.amazon.com or the mobile app) support our group as a charity.



Varieties of Kasung Practice: Part 2

Over the years, a variety of practice types have developed and this month we’ll focus on exploring kasungship beyond a group or Center. Campaign practice includes extended periods of service, often organized around major visits and international tours by lineage teachers or recurring events, such as seminaries, assemblies, and other large practice events. Magyal Pomra Encampment (MPE) Practice takes place at the “gathering of the clan” at the drala grounds of Shambhala Mountain Center, Dorje Denma Ling, or locations in Europe and involves physically creating the Dorje Kasung mandala from empty ground, and proceeds into daily drill, slogan, and sadhana practice, study, physical work, and enjoyment of our special deep camaraderie. Gar Practice, or camp practice, is an intensified form of campaign or MPE practice, typically occurs at Centers, is organized around servicing major events, is located MPE-style on dedicated ground, and has its own unique mission. Left Out Practice can occur at any post and happens when your accepted duty means that you will miss something such as a talk, an audience, or a special event, resulting in a powerful experience of surrendering personal gain and exchanging self for others, as well as experiencing loneliness and tender heart, and ultimately realizing you’re not missing anything. Lastly, Command Practice involves being asked to assume a command position and taking on greater responsibility, providing guidance and leadership to others, setting the example of warriorship for those you work with, and exchanging self for others over and over again without expectation of merit or recognition–enlightened leadership.

Excerpt from “The Dorje Kasung Handbook”



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