Program Details

Shambhala Sunday Gathering - The Loving Art and Practice of Shambhala Discipline in the Household

with Iris Ramos
July 11 / 3:00 PM - July 11 / 4:00 PM

We learn early in our Shambhala education that we begin the path of warriorship by cultivating containers of loving kindness in ourselves. When we create and inhabit those personal containers, the merit spills mercifully onto our families, children and loved ones. This is how we create an enlightened society. So—How do we begin this monumental task? What does it mean to create a loving container? How do we keep our hearts open to the joy and pain of each moment and share those precious lessons with our families and children? The obstacles to our sanity and good health are real and everywhere. Many of us are very isolated and reasonably sad with the current world situation. The short list of painful outcomes can feel very long and dark--- as parents, householders and children, we have suffered the stressors of an indiscriminate pandemic with painful death and illness, the lack and decline of financial support and resources, a serious lag and decline in academic and social opportunities for our children and selves, the fears of eviction, homelessness and unemployment, the destructive effects of climate change, the effects of mental illness with despair, depression, anxiety, and intense discouragement. It feels overwhelming. How do we teach, protect, and love our children and households in the dark face of so many pressing challenges? Is love really all we need? The tools for creating this ideal enlightened world include a commitment to practice meditation with a fierce loyalty to the path of human decency in our households. With the full engagement in our family life with body, speech, and mind, we can manifest and give life with love to the Shambhala vision in our homes and families. This brief gathering will focus on the importance of meditation practices, including the practice of “being on the spot”. Shambhala principles like Basic Goodness, renunciation, and discipline will be explored and translated for practical meaning and application to daily life in our households. Traditional parenting methods that encourage the cultivation of loving and healthy parent/child relationships will also be presented. This focus will be presented with a brief talk that is followed by an exploration of “Questions and Answers. The importance of Inclusivity of practices and rituals at home will also be emphasized. The time to begin creating an enlightened society is now; it is always timely to be loving and kind.


Shastri Iris Ramos became involved with the Shambhala community in 1990 and was authorized as a teacher of Shambala teachings in 2000. She was appointed as Shastri, or senior teacher, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2012, and continues to serve the Austin, Tx sangha in that capacity. With a strong interest in cultivating enlightened households, she served as Director of the week-long Enlightened Children’s Program in 2018 in Austin, Texas and developed other programs especially for children and parents, emphasizing the importance of inclusive meditation practices in the household. Shastri Ramos has also presented programs in inclusivity, ikebana, and social justice. Shastri Ramos recently retired from a 40-year career as a children and family therapist in private practice. Her current endeavors involve the application of Shambhala teachings to child and family relationships.


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