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Statement on Shambhala Leadership Crisis

The Shambhala Cape Town group acknowledges the difficulties that the Shambhala International Community is experiencing during this time of transition, particularly at the centre of the organisation. While we have a number of different views on the current leadership crisis, we continue to find confidence in a common and regular practice of meditation, together to … Continue 

Warrior Assembly – Dechen Chöling, July 2018

  Love is most nearly itself when here and now cease to matter. For a further union, a deeper communion In my end is my beginning. — T.S. Eliot I almost didn’t go. A week before my planned departure for France, a massive storm enveloped Shambhala. And it shook my little world. I felt angry … Continue 

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 

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 

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