Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Harvest of Peace Celebration at the Shambhala Centre

Dear  Greater Victoria Buddhist Sangha

The Victoria Shambhala centre would like to invite all Buddhists in the Victoria area  to celebrate with us!

Harvest of Peace is an annual Shambhala community gathering celebrating our connection to the earth and the rich vision of a just and peaceful world. This year Harvest of Peace is SaturdaySeptember 27th.

In the spirit of a country fair expect a full afternoon and evening with great people, food from the harvest, a BBQ, games (for adults and kids), and some awesome local entertainment.

The theme is local goodness – featuring local food and fun

Schedule of events
The festivities begin at 4 pm with the traditional pre recorded address from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. At 5pm there will be old-time games and contests, tarot reading, pony rides for the kids, and a tour of our new renovations.

The BBQ and potluck starts around 6 pm followed by a best in show Pie Contest (with prizes that include free Shambhala programs and a level one) and variety talent show starting at 7:30. We will wrap up at 10 pm after a dance party clean up blitz.

During the evening we will be running a silent auction and
cash bar to fund-raise for our renovations.

Friends, family and neighbors welcome!

Food contributions for the potluck,
the theme is local food from the harvest.

If you can offer something to the BBQ that would also be very appreciated. Cash contributions for the grill are also welcome. If you make a wicked pie you are invited to enter the BEST IN SHOW PIE contest! .

Musical, poetic or artistic offerings for our variety talent night

  Volunteers needed! Do you have giant pumpkin in your garden?

Do you have a quirky talent, game or activity you want to contribute? Email Silas @silasmail@gmail.com

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre
1-2033 Belmont Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 3Z7

Sunday, September 14, 2014


                        *****Only A Few Spots Left*****

Salt Spring Zen Circle, which practices in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of the classic Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, will be offering our annual Autumn Retreat, called sesshin, at the beautiful Gatehouse and gardens of Stowel Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. The retreat begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 16th, and ends at 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 19th.

Beginning and experienced meditators are most welcome to attend. We encourage participants to maximize the benefits of this sesshin by making this a residential retreat at Stowel Lake Farm. In addition, a limited number of free billets are available for off island participants who would like to stay with sangha members.

Known for his warmth, humour, clarity and the depth of his teachings, poet and founding teacher of Salt Spring Zen Circle, Eihei Peter Levitt, will guide this traditional Zen retreat. Author of fourteen books of poetry and prose, he also served as Associate Editor of the Zen classic, The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo (Shambhala, 2010), and coeditor, with Kazuaki Tanahashi, of The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master.
In keeping with our tradition of offering authentic practice for the least possible fee, the cost of the retreat is $130 - $170 (sliding scale) for the entire sesshin, including all eight meals, plus voluntary dana (donation) for the practice and teachings Peter will provide. The cost of accommodation at the farm is separate. More information about this sesshin, accommodations at the farm, or billeting can be obtained by contacting our Registrar. Please see below.  

We encourage those who want to make this a residential retreat, and off-island visitors who may want billeting, to register early since such accommodations are provided on a first come first served basis.

For details and/or to register online, please go to our website at saltspringzencircle.org/retreat/ If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar, Ann Colburn, at acolburn@verizon.net