Gainesville Shambhala




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The weekend of May 2-4, the Gainesville group will be participating in a live webcast called "Being Brave" of Pema Chodron, and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. We will be gathering at the home of Jan Snyder; directions can be found at  The schedule of speakers, and a further description of the event can be found at

There will be a potluck lunch on Saturday, and a bring your own lunch on Sunday.  PArticipants need not attend for the whole weekend, but can come in and out as desired.  Suggested contribution is $25, but is flexible based on your individual financial circumstances.
We are in the process of arranging for regular talks given by Shastri Gayle Van Gils, of the St. Petersburg sangha. 

We are also arranging for ikebana instruction in the spring.  Please let us know if you are interested in participating.

We will be showing the movie "Crazy Wisdom" at 7 PM on Friday, May 30th at Jan's house (directions at

  • Crazy Wisdom is the long-awaited feature documentary to explore the life, teachings, and "crazy wisdom" of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a pivotal figure in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Called a genius, rascal, and social visionary; 'one of the greatest spiritual teachers of the 20th century,' and 'the bad boy of Buddhism,' Trungpa defied categorization. Raised and trained in the rigorous Tibetan monastic tradition, Trungpa came to the West and shattered our preconceived notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave - he openly smoked, drank, and had intimate relations with students - yet his teachings are recognized as authentic, vast, and influential. Twenty years after his death, with unprecedented access and exclusive archival material, Crazy Wisdom looks at the man and the myths about him, and attempts to set the record straight.
    - Written by Lisa Leeman, Producer


The Gainesville Shambhala Meditation Group, offers a weekly public meditation session, and talks based on Buddhist and Shambhala teachings. We meet every Tuesday at the United Church of Gainesville at 7 pm for meditation and discussion. For all those new to meditation and/or Shambhala, please come 15 minutes early, at 6:45, for instruction and introduction.

West Wing of the United Church of Gainesville.
1624 NW 5th Avenue, Gainesville

Email: Gainesville Shambhala

Phone: 352-214-1334 


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