FCSMC October Newsletter


Local Offerings & Programs,

Open Sitting Schedule,

Volunteer Opportunities,

Online Offerings & Programs,

Meet the Members,

Words to Contemplate,

Resources –


Message from the Director…

Dear FCSMC Community Members,

I would like to make myself more available to you on a weekly basis. I aspire to be present in order to answer you questions, address your concerns, and allow you to present your ideas related to our Shambhala Community. If you would like to meet with me in person I will be available every Monday between the hours of 2 and 6pm. The doors will be unlocked for you convenience. Please come into the office or library, where I will be conducting business. It is not necessary to schedule a meeting. Just stop by! If you ever want to schedule time to meet with me send an email to[email protected]. I am glad to be of service to you and our Shambhala community!

Yours in Creating Enlightened Society,

Greth Patterson, MDiv
Executive Director
Fort Collins Shambhala Center

Local Offerings & Programs Harvest of Peace

Sunday, September 20th beginning at 12:30pm

$10 suggested donation | Learn More & Register

Join us for the celebration on the Fall Equinox! We will gather together to practice, share food, hear teachings from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and support our local community with our yearly fundraising for Shambhala. The afternoon includes a community potluck, so please bring something you would like to share.

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

Weekend Retreat with Cynthia Drake

September 25-27, 2015

$135 Program Price / $155 Patron Price |Learn More & Register

Upcoming Programs:

Evening Classes:  LEVEL II: Birth of a Warrior
with Chris Stockinger & Mary Kubicki
Five Thursday EVENINGS:  October 22 – November 12
Pre-requisite:  Level I

Weekend Class:  LEVEL II: Birth of a Warrior
with Walter Taylor
Nov 6 – Nov 8   |  Pre-requisite:  Level I

Open Sitting Schedule “Open Sitting” means that you may come and leave as you choose.

  • Sundays:  10am – noon. Free meditation instruction begins at 10am on Sundays.
  • Mondays: 5pm – 6pm.
  • Tuesdays: noon – 1pm. Free meditation instruction begins at noon on Tuesdays.
  • Wednesdays: 7pm – 8pm. Free meditation instruction begins at 7pm on Wed.
Volunteer Opportunities If you are interested in volunteering with the Fort Collins Shambhala Meditation Center, please contact [email protected].
Online Offerings & Programs The Art of Being Human with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Live from Kraców, Poland • Sept. 25-27 • $225; Scholarships available

Discover how to live with a clear mind, a gentle heart, and a sense of humor through meditation practice.Heart of Recovery

Sundays and Tuesdays, ongoing offering Learn More

Heart of Recovery is a weekly meeting that joins Buddhist meditation, and 12-step work in order to connect to and engage in a commitment to recovery from addiction, addictive behaviors and patterns in our lives. This gathering is not associated with any 12-step program, and is not intended to replace a 12-step program. We provide basic meditation instruction, group meditation, and work with a twelve step, Buddhist/spiritual understanding of recovery.

Starting in October

– The Core of Society:  Relationships as Path with Shastri Nick Kranz

– The Five Keys to Mindful Communication with Acharya Susan Chapman and Greg Heffron

– Kagyu Mahamudra Series:  Year 4 with the Dorje Loppon, Lodro Dorje

– Contentment in Everyday Life with Acharya Eve Rosenthal

– Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human with Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel

Meet the Members We would like to start featuring our members in this monthly newsletter. If you are willing to answer a few short, engaging questions and be featured please reach out to [email protected] and let us know.
Words to Contemplate Pema Chödrön’s Heart Advice


The teachings of Buddhism are directed at people who don’t have a lot of time to waste. That includes all of us, whether we’re aware of it or not. From the point of view of the teachings, thinking that we have ample time to do things later is the greatest myth, the greatest hang-up, and the greatest poison. That, along with our continual, deep-seated tendency to try to get away from what we are doing, clouds our perceptions and our thinking.

If we knew that tonight we were going to go blind, we would take a longing, last real look at every blade of grass, every cloud formation, every speck of dust, every rainbow, raindrop—everything. If we knew we were going to go deaf tomorrow, we would treasure every single sound we heard. The teachings try to scare us into waking up to how little time there is and to the preciousness of human birth.

From: When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön, page 127

Resources Membership Info & Benefits

Shambhala Network

Shambhala Times


Online Classes

Teachings Library

Fort Collins Shambhala Meditation Center | 126A W. Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO

Email: [email protected]



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