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To Meat or Not To Meat?

To Meat or Not To Meat? – HIGHLIGHT

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 According to food historian and scientist Harold McGee, we humans began eating meat because of ... continue
Posted April 30, 2016 by CGH
Piercing the Heart of Mara

Piercing the Heart of Mara – HIGHLIGHT

A poem by Jampa Pawo, dedicated to his dharma friend Grace Bull’s Eye: An Arrow Piercing the Heart of Mara Listen, brave warrior of Shambhala. In your battle against the delusions, Raise the longbow of unborn shunyata In your left hand of primordial wisdom And draw the arrow of bodhichitta With your right ... continue
Posted April 28, 2016 by CGH
Leaders at Awaken Chicago

Leaders at Awaken Chicago – HIGHLIGHT

Social activists and leaders in justice, peace, and enlightened society gather to offer teachings and workshops in Chicago, starting April 29 by Sai Wei Rev. Father Fleger; Awaken Chicago features key teachers at the center of the mandala, Pema Chodron and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as well as Acharya Gaylon ... continue
Posted April 27, 2016 by CGH
This Prison Is Crying

This Prison Is Crying – HIGHLIGHT

With an execution date scheduled for April 27, we hear from Jampa Pawo and friend Norma Harris about his life as a prison inmate and as a Shambhala Warrior by Jampa Pawo and Norma Harris It is now many weeks ago that Jampa Pawo, the inmate I’ve been ... continue
Posted April 26, 2016 by CGH
Wake Up Chicago!

Wake Up Chicago! – HIGHLIGHT

An upcoming event with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ani Pema Chodron and other wisdom leaders plants the seeds of enlightened society by Sai Wei Many of us have followed the media as it documents the violence in our country and the world. The protests in Baltimore, Laquan McDonald, Black ... continue
Posted April 24, 2016 by CGH
Climate and Wabi Sabi

Climate and Wabi Sabi – HIGHLIGHT

Earth Day 2016 in Shambhala by Irene Woodard Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic, the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. At least, this is how it is defined on the back cover of Wabi-Sabi by Leonard Koren. This philosophy has nurtured my understanding of myself, family, community ... continue
Posted April 22, 2016 by CGH
A Vigil for Jampa Pawo

A Vigil for Jampa Pawo – HIGHLIGHT

A letter about Jampa Pawo, addressed to the Shambhala Sangha  from Norma Harris It is all but certain, though not certain, that Jampa Pawo, a member of the Atlanta Shambhala Sangha, will be executed on Wednesday, April 27th. We will not know if clemency will be granted until ... continue
Posted April 20, 2016 by CGH
Tours on Death Row

Tours on Death Row – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhalian Jampa Pawo writes to us from prison, sharing the experience of visits by prison tour groups by Jampa Pawo Dear Shambhala Brothers and Sisters, Here on death row, we are frequently visited by tour groups. These tour groups usually visit the prison once a week, sometimes they come ... continue
Posted April 18, 2016 by CGH
Windhorse Poem from Jampa Pawo

Windhorse Poem from Jampa Pawo – HIGHLIGHT

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 the smoke of juniper incense, Appear and grant us your inspiration! Your eyes beam a rainbow of five colors. Your perky ears resemble Bodhi leaves. Your pink tongue shines ... continue
Posted April 16, 2016 by CGH
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 ... continue
Posted April 15, 2016 by David_Brown
Poetry Space -- Spring 2016

Poetry Space — Spring 2016 – HIGHLIGHT

After a couple of special projects, we’re delighted to return to publishing work that’s been submitted by the readers of Poetry Space. This also means that we’re back in the business of soliciting new work. If you submitted to Poetry Space over the winter, your submissions ... continue
Posted April 14, 2016 by
Continuous Reconciliation

Continuous Reconciliation – HIGHLIGHT

A Reconciliation of Two Identities: Understanding Non-Violence as a Person of Colour and a Buddhist Practitioner New Column: Critical Intent By Nina Eslambolipour  On a long car ride to Boston, I share with my friend the challenges of implementing non-violent action in the face of micro-aggressions as a young ... continue
Posted April 12, 2016 by CGH
Sakyong Appoints 26 New Shastris

Sakyong Appoints 26 New Shastris

The Office of the Kalapa Court is pleased to announce the appointment of twenty-six new shastris by the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, effective for three-year terms beginning this summer. These shastris join over ninety shastris appointed in recent years, fulfilling three year terms in their ... continue
Posted April 11, 2016 by David_Brown
Meal Blessings and Great Eastern Sun

Meal Blessings and Great Eastern Sun – HIGHLIGHT

A natural foods chef looks at how meal blessings can fundamentally change our relationship to food, and help repair our relationship to the natural world by Marcella Friel Several months ago, I was visiting a dear sangha friend who read to me the following excerpt from Acharya ... continue
Posted April 10, 2016 by CGH
Sakyong Chilean Teachings and Disaster Response

Sakyong Chilean Teachings and Disaster Response

The Sakyong made a strong connection with the Shambhala community of Copiapo, Chile during the Chilean Garchen in February. They were in the front-lines when a storm caused devastating mudslides leaving tens of thousands of people without power or drinking water last year. To read more ... continue
Posted April 8, 2016 by David_Brown


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