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A Fresh Start

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Starting with ourselves, and learning to appreciate many ways that human goodness is expressed every day

by Susan Firer

I’ve had an idea running through my mind for almost a year now, I would guess. It has to do with appreciation, humanity, suffering, and compassion. So often I hear and see how people are becoming more and more focused on what is wrong with society or with humanity in general. I don’t think this is something new. In fact, I remember my parents and their generation contemplating the same questions. It’s just something each generation does. It is what humans do – we wonder about who we are and where we are going, both individually and collectively. I’m no different. Here are some of my thoughts about who we are and where we are going. Continue…

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Unraveling Oppression
Unraveling Oppression – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 01.13.17
Unraveling oppression and white privilege starts here by Kelsey Blackwell Dad and Me “But all our phrasing—race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy—serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, ...continue
Genuine, the Podcast
Genuine, the Podcast – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 01.11.17
A long-time Shambhala practitioner (and previous editor of the Times) starts a creative new venture  by Sarah Lipton I am thrilled to release this preview episode of Genuine, a fresh new podcast produced by The Presence Point. I’m so happy to be sharing it with all of you, ...continue
Circle of Light
Circle of Light – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 01.09.17
Children journey to the spiral’s center in Karmê Chöling’s traditional midwinter Festival of Lights photography by Philip Campbell Between December 25th and New Year’s Day, practitioners of all ages gathered at Karmê Chöling for a warm and lively week of programs to support and celebrate families and children. A highlight ...continue
Beautiful Ornaments
Beautiful Ornaments – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 01.06.17
In the community of Dönda, Tibetan region of the Yushu Prefecture, a new stupa rises above the roof by staff at the Gesar Fund  The new shrine room at the Gesar Community Centre now has a new stupa and a new prayer wheel. The older “before” picture was taken ...continue
Midwinter Dawn Haiku
Midwinter Dawn Haiku – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 01.04.17
  Warm blush on deep snow Longest night turns to brilliance Even now light comes   continue
Senior Teacher Jude Robison
Ekajati and the Ati Teachings – HIGHLIGHT
5 responses - Posted 01.02.17
Exploring depth and meaning in the Ekajati protector chant by Russell Rodgers Ekajati: Queen of the Mamos, thangka painting by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche This chant has an extraordinary level of teaching in it about the nature of mind and the nature of reality. To the extent that one truly ...continue
Is Vetali Real?
Is Vetali Real? – HIGHLIGHT
3 responses - Posted 12.31.16
Our series of essays on the Shambhala chants continues, with a look at the “reality” of another protector by Russell Rodgers “Is Vetali real” seems like a simple enough question, deserving a “yes” or “no” answer. In fact, this question has many levels. In one of the previous ...continue
Progress at Surmang
Progress at Surmang – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 12.29.16
An update on Konchok Foundation activities in the Surmang region of Tibet by Lyndon Comstock The Children’s educational program at Surmang is starting its winter 2016-2017 program this month.  Last year more than 150 children participated; a similar number is expected this year.  Donors to the Konchok Foundation provide all of the ...continue
The Impulse to Reach Out
The Impulse to Reach Out – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 12.27.16
A songwriter’s memoir reveals connections between Dharma Art and the creative work of a punk/rock musician by Michelle Welch I love finding Buddhist themes in unexpected places, most often in books that are otherwise unrelated to Buddhism. Recently I read The Art of Asking, a memoir by rock/punk singer ...continue
Why, When and How to be Generous
Why, When and How to be Generous – HIGHLIGHT
16 responses - Posted 12.25.16
An exploration of the daily practice of generosity in a Shambhala household by Walker Blaine If people understood the benefits to themselves of generosity, they would not be able to contain their joy at seeing opportunities to give. Saints and sages from all spiritual traditions have spoken words ...continue
Happy Memories of Children's Day
Happy Memories of Children’s Day – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 12.21.16
Cheerful Season’s Greetings from the Shambhala Times! Traditionally, Shambhalians recognize and celebrate the changing of the seasons on Nyida Days. One of the most beloved of these celebrations is Children’s Day, which comes at the winter solstice, celebrated this year on December 21st. We hope you enjoy ...continue
Launch of the Aging Hub
Launch of the Aging Hub – HIGHLIGHT
6 responses - Posted 12.17.16
by Ann Cason  The Aging Hub  (http://aging-hub.shambhala.org), a new project of the Shambhala Working Group on Aging, is due to launch today: December 17, 2016.   It has been funded by the Shambhala Trust and by donations from the sangha.  All of us on the Working Group on Aging ...continue
December Awakening
December Awakening – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 12.16.16
Contemplating presence in the moment, while preparing for retreat by Susan Firer This past week I was preparing for a week-long silent retreat sending out emails, cooking, cleaning and the like. I had one of those moments where a feeling arises spontaneously and it has weight to it, ...continue
Birthday Tenshuk for the Sakyong
Birthday Tenshuk for the Sakyong – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 12.08.16
The Sakyong Wangmo hosts a birthday tenshuk for the Kongma Sakyong by Sarah Sutherland On Sunday the 22nd of November, the Sakyong Wangmo hosted and offered a warm and powerful tenshuk ceremony at the Kalapa Court for the Kongma Sakyong, in honor of his birthday. More than 80 people ...continue


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