Shambhala Shing Kam Ceremony for Susan Stonefield

Susan Stonefield squareWednesday, February 26th at 7 PM
Berkeley Shambhala Center

Our sangha sister, Susan Stonefield, gently passed away Monday morning, February 17, at her home in Minneapolis.

With genuine full hearts of sadness we invite you to practice this week for Susan and also join us next week at the Berkeley Shambhala Center for the Shing Kam Ceremony of the Shambhala Pure Realm written by The Sakyong, Jampal Trinley Dradul in 2013.

Susan’s ceremony will be led by Bob Pressnall, who was her meditation instructor when she lived in Berkleley. Susan took Shambhala Training levels I-V, and the Sacred Path program from 2007-2010 and attended Warrior’s Assembly at Shambhala Mountain Center in the summer of 2010 when it was directed by Lady Diana Mukpo and Acharya Mitchell Levy.

In her last week of life during some precious luminous moments her partner told us that Susan quoted Lady Diana from that Warrior’s Assembly and said “the proof is in the pudding.”

About the Ceremony
“In the tradition of Shambhala we recognize the system of lifetimes. It is believed that until beings fully acknowledge their basic goodness they will be reborn thus leaving the cosmic mirror and entering a variety of realms—of which the human realm is one.

In the ceremony we call upon the Rigdens to help the person who has passed to enter the pure lands of Shambhala. As sangha we can greatly support the journey of the traveling warrior by practicing both shamatha and (for those who have received instruction) the tonglen practice of sending and taking.

According to the text, “the physical body disintegrating can cause a feeling of great destabilization but, at the same time, since the physical body has dissolved, inherent wakefulness is that much more present. Therefore the intermediate state is a time of both great fear and great opportunity. Proper support before entering the intermediate state allows one to create favorable conditions for coming to full awakenment. Reciting these chants with full conviction, one can greatly support the journey of the travelling warrior. It can vastly expedite that person’s ability to find fortunate births. There is no doubt that if we call upon the assembly of awake warriors, they will assist the deceased, for that is their vow, and therefore they must come.”

To RSVP or for questions please contact Megan at meganqmurphy [at] outlook [dot] com.


3 thoughts on “Shambhala Shing Kam Ceremony for Susan Stonefield

  1. Hello, I’m Susan’s older son. I’ve just had this notice brought to my attention. Thank you so, so much for what you meant to my mom. I had the privelege of spending her last months on earth with her, and the experience was truly inspiring. She was a warrior, for sure – no fear at all. I know that you all know how much her practice merant to her. Many blessings to you all.

    • I was Susie’s roommate are freshman year at Depauw University in Greencastle Indiana. I loved her dearly but lost track of her and I’m so sorry about her passing. Love, Linda Bartley Miller

  2. Dear Susan, being given shares in your sunshine and time was was the life of the most uplifting party I’ll ever been invited to. You continue to offer infinite nothingness in all beings

    wishing Good winds
    with you, Leo

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