Tonglen Practice for the Shambhala Community (Online)

with Shastri Iris Ramos

January 17th

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The past few years have been a time of confusion, doubt, transitions, possibility, and introspection in both the world at large and within the Shambhala community.  These conditions have been reflected in our Austin sangha as well.  It has been easy to focus on our own perceived needs and to grow fearful that things may change in ways we do not want.  The result has been much suffering within our community.

Senior Shambhala teacher Acharya Arawana Hayashi recently shared her advice for these times:

"We need teachings, we need practices, and we need each other, not only to navigate these challenging times but to recognize the seeds of creating a good society."

  --Acharya Arawana Hayashi (@shambhala on Instagram, 10/22/21)

We do need each other.  The sangha is our support, our community of friends walking together on the lonely path of Shambhala warriorship--the path of compassion & wisdom in action.  Fortunately, we do have teachings and practices that offer ways to move through these difficulties.

"Tonglen practice, also known as “taking and sending,” reverses our usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure. In tonglen practice, we visualize taking in the pain of others with every in-breath and sending out whatever will benefit them on the out-breath. In the process, we become liberated from age-old patterns of selfishness. We begin to feel love for both ourselves and others; we begin to take care of ourselves and others."

   --Pema Chödrön (from

Tonglen practice helps awaken our compassion and reminds us to step back and take a much bigger view.  As we move into Tonglen practice, we can work with the difference in our perspectives and be willing to experience how others see things.  You can read more about the practice itself in the Lion's Roar article referenced above.  

Please join us for a guided practice of Tonglen with a particular focus on our Sangha and Shambhala leadership locally, nationally, and globally.  We will offer sessions of Tonglen on the first Monday of each month, ending before Shambhala Day in March of 2022.  

We welcome all who would like to help support the community during this time. Whether you are new to the practice and would like to learn more about Tonglen, or are an experienced practitioner, we would love for you to join us.


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