COVID-19 Response Letter

April 14, 2020

Dear Philadelphia Shambhala Center Community,

We hope that you are all safe and well during this extended period of disruption and distress. Over the past few weeks, we have been working hard to develop different ways that we can stay connected as a community, while we continue our practice and study. We are discovering that our longing to stay connected with each other and to practice together is facilitated by the power of virtual options such as Zoom. We are finding that simply seeing each other’s smiling faces, we can feel each other’s open hearts. 

We now have a broad palette of offerings online. In addition to on-going Monday Night Sangha and Public Sitting on Tuesday, the following programs are being offered online.

On Sunday, April 19th we will be having our monthly Community Meeting from 11:00 to noon. The topic this month is “Sharing the ways we are supporting ourselves, each other, and the wider community in this challenging time.” This week we will also be adding Sunday Morning practice, White Tara practice and the much-loved Bagels & Dharma (BYOB).

In addition, knowing that one of the most difficult parts of this period is the loss of connection and community, we have revived the Philadelphia Shambhala Google Group to enable us to connect with one another virtually. If you do not have a google account, you can join by creating a google account with your own email. If you have any questions, please contact Adam at [email protected].

This is an on-going process; when you are looking for ways to connect with the community, please check the website, as well as your emails, for updates on events. We welcome your ideas, suggestions, feedback; to contact the Transitional Leadership Team, please email: [email protected]. Let us use this time to come together and to keep our connections strong and meaningful.

Finally, we are grateful to all of you for continuing to support the Center with your dues so that we can continue to meet our expenses during this time when our program income is drastically reduced. We wish for your good health, and for your ability to engage in practices that bring you peace, clarity and equanimity in these groundless times.

The Transitional Leadership Team:

Adam Tecza 
Alexander deVaron
Cori Gracheck
Marc Scheiner
Mark Jacobson
John Hexem 
Judy Luther
Jude Robison
Kari Hexem
Kris Stinson