Shambhala Dharma Gathering

3rd Thursday of Every Month
7 PM to 9 PM

Unity on the Bay - 411 NE 21 Street, Miami, FL 33137
Room: East Room

Cost: We gratefully accept donations (suggested donation of $5 per person) Your generosity goes to support Unity on the Bay's Mission & Vision and The Miami Shambala Meditation Group. Thank you.



Unity on the Bay is excited to partner with The Miami Shambala Meditation Group, a part of Shambhala International, a worldwide community of urban and rural meditation practice and retreat centers, directed by the Tibetan teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  

This Dharma Gathering is open to anyone who is interested in learning to meditate or wishes to deepen their meditation practice. Generally the event includes a talk or a book reading, meditation instruction and group meditation, with tea and cookies and socializing afterwards. Each month the Dharma Gathering will have a different topic, such as "Learn To Meditate", "Why Meditate", "Is Enlightened Society Possible?", "The Wisdom of Emotions", etc. You will just have to show up and be surprised by that night's topic. 

We welcome anyone who would like to learn meditation practice and who aspires to expand the experience of gentleness into all areas of life. Come sit with us! 

MAY 17, 2018 TOPIC


Issues with addiction and craving affect us all. Most of us are addicted to something -- video games, sugar, television -- but when these habitual patterns become extreme and play out with substances and relationships they can often bring us to our knees. Those around us suffer in turn.
Heart of Recovery explores how meditation and mindfulness intersect with recovery from addiction and other harmful habitual patterns and help us rediscover our confidence and trust in our own basic goodness within a sharing community and meditation practice.

On this evening we welcome Tom Fitzpatrick from the Palm Beach Shambhala sangha. Tom has been studying and practicing in the Shambhala tradition since 2008 and has been clean and sober within the 12-step recovery model for 13 years. He was a founder of the Heart of Recovery group at Shambhala in Los Angeles and again in 2014 at Palm Beach Shambhala.


Our Shambhala teachers and meditation instructors are highly trained in Buddhism, Shambhala teachings and meditation instruction.  In keeping with our vision for a diverse and compassionate society our teachers come from all walks of life -- from healers to housewives, from artists to lawyers and business people -- but all share the same sense of responsibility for working with the mind and heart and bringing the sanity of these teachings into one's everyday life.