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Level 1 Reflections – Michal George

Our local sangha was recently offered a grant by Shambhala Europe. Since we do not currently have a resident teacher, it was intended to keep us inspired by having an overseas visitor come and teach programs. I have been very lucky to have travelled to the USA and Europe to attended courses with some of … Continue 

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How the vision of Shambhala may support the transformation and well-being of all South Africans – by Michal George

We are approaching 25 years of democracy. Nelson Mandela is gone, and on many levels, his legacy lies in tatters. The newly-elected president of the African National Congress, Cyril Ramaphosa, who is almost certain to become the country’s new President in 2019, recently vowed to “confront people who are trying to divide the ANC”, and … Continue 

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Acharya Mathias Pongracz Culture of Kindness Visit to Cape Town

In February 2018 Acharya Mathias Pongracz left Austria and flew to the far shore of the African continent. He would have been happy to continue, if it weren’t for a group of Shambhalians eager to learn from his take-things-as-they-come approach. Acharya Pongracz began teachings in Cape Town with a level 5, held at the Sufi … Continue 

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Teaching Programme July 2017-early 2018

We are very fortunate that Shambhala International are reaching out to help us with teaching, and that 3 senior teachers are planning to visit South Africa over the coming months. 7th – 9th July 2017 Rachel Faro will teach Level IV in Joburg. Rachel Faro is one of the first students of Chogyam Trungpa. She … Continue 

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Shambhala Art and Meditation Retreat

For a week at the beginning of January, a group of us attended a Shambhala Art and Meditation Retreat at Fynbos Estate, near Malmesbury. Mary Anne Botha – a trained Shambhala art teacher – led the retreat, along with Andras Hajdu, who joined her from France as a co-director. Nicola Savage and Delany Middleton provided … Continue 

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