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To Meat or Not To Meat? - 2 comments

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The topic of meat eating (or not) is not a novel phenomenon of the vegan-paleo debate. It’s one that human beings have struggled with for the past two million years. 

by Marcella Friel

reindeer-1323000__340According to food historian and scientist Harold McGee, we humans began eating meat because of climate change, when much of the vegetation on the planet disappeared and meat eating became a survival necessity. As is true for us today, it wasn’t so easy for our ancestors to look a beast in the eye and take its life for the purposes of food. Early societies responded to this dilemma by developing sacred rituals to atone for the act of harvesting life. It was ~ and is ~ something that those cultures took very seriously.  Continue…

- 2016-04-15 - 5 comments

Multilingual Success in Shambhala!

Multilingual Success in Shambhala! We are delighted to announce that within the past month the Kalapa Media Information Technology Team has made a transition to Universal Transformation Format (UTF-8) which enables Shambhala’s web pages and the Shambhala Database to be vastly more multilingual. Previously alphabets containing diacritic characters were incompatible with our database. This meant that if you searched for a name in certain languages, the name would have to be misspelled if it had diacritics. Further, all languages that use diacritics—such as Arabic, ... continue

Arts and Poetry - 2016-04-28 - 3 comments

Piercing the Heart of Mara

Piercing the Heart of Mara A poem by Jampa Pawo, dedicated to his dharma friend Grace Bull’s Eye: An Arrow Piercing the Heart of Mara Listen, brave warrior ... continue

Featured Stories - 2016-04-27 - comment

Leaders at Awaken Chicago

Leaders at Awaken Chicago Social activists and leaders in justice, peace, and enlightened society gather to offer teachings and workshops in Chicago, starting April 29 by ... continue

Featured Stories - 2016-04-26 - 8 comments

This Prison Is Crying

This Prison Is Crying With an execution date scheduled for April 27, we hear from Jampa Pawo and friend Norma Harris about his life as ... continue

Featured Stories - 2016-04-24 - comment

Wake Up Chicago!

Wake Up Chicago! An upcoming event with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ani Pema Chodron and other wisdom leaders plants the seeds of enlightened society by Sai ... continue

Featured Stories - 2016-04-22 - 5 comments

Climate and Wabi Sabi

Climate and Wabi Sabi Earth Day 2016 in Shambhala by Irene Woodard Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic, the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. At ... continue

Featured Stories - 2016-04-20 - 12 comments

A Vigil for Jampa Pawo

A Vigil for Jampa Pawo A letter about Jampa Pawo, addressed to the Shambhala Sangha  from Norma Harris It is all but certain, though not certain, that Jampa ... continue

Featured Stories - 2016-04-18 - 14 comments

Tours on Death Row

Tours on Death Row Shambhalian Jampa Pawo writes to us from prison, sharing the experience of visits by prison tour groups by Jampa Pawo Dear Shambhala Brothers ... continue

Arts and Poetry - 2016-04-16 - comment

Windhorse Poem from Jampa Pawo

Windhorse Poem from Jampa Pawo Kyango Karkar: The Windhorse Song poem and drawing by Jampa Pawo 2.28.16 To Kyango Karkar, the supreme windhorse, I offer this praise and invocation. Blessed by ... continue


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Investigation of the Dedication

Taking a closer look at one of our most familiar chants, the Shambhala Dedication of Merit By Russell Rodgers Mural depicting one of the Rigden Kings By the confidence of the golden sun of the great east, May the lotus garden of the Rigden’s wisdom bloom. May the dark ignorance of sentient beings be dispelled, May all beings enjoy profound brilliant glory. Sometimes in Shambhala there is a language all of its own. Rather than using foreign words, ordinary language is appropriated for meanings that aren’t necessarily obvious. This could be irritating.  On the other hand, words can be teasers that lead to decades of contemplation. continue



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