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Race, Love, and Liberation

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A coalition of meditation centers sponsors community conversation around race, power, and unity in North Carolina

by Catherine Neill

angel-Kyodo-williams-220x220A long time ago, though it’s only been two weeks, we were in church on a Friday night in Durham, North Carolina to hear Rev. angel Kyodo williams. Everything that has happened in the interim makes that event much more timely and relevant. We chose a church for her talk because we are in the south; Duke Memorial Church is also a member of Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA), a co-sponsor of the event. We – the organizers of this event – came from Durham Shambhala Center, Chapel Hill Zen Center, and Triangle Insight Community, representing a nascent coalition in Durham, a city of 220,000 people, 52% of whom are African-American, Asian and other people of color. Durham is the fifth largest metropolitan area in North Carolina with the largest proportion of minority residents. Continue…

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Prison Retreat

Prison Retreat – HIGHLIGHT

A week-long Shambhala meditation intensive takes place in a prison setting The Snake River Shambhala Meditation Group is the only entity within Shambhala that functions entirely inside a prison—the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, Oregon. This medium-security facility is the largest prison in Oregon (25 acres ... continue
Posted November 16, 2016 by Trime
City of No Illusions

City of No Illusions – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala grows and finds a new home in Buffalo, New York by Pat Pendleton and Ed Taylor Maybe it’s a cicada thing—they certainly were singing in the summer of 2016. After seven years in the cocoon of its previous skin, it was time for Shambhala Meditation Group of ... continue
Posted October 11, 2016 by CGH
Practicing Radical Dharma

Practicing Radical Dharma – HIGHLIGHT

by Daniel Phillips  In March of 2015 Reverend angel Kyodo williams Sensei, founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley California, visited the Atlanta Shambhala Center, along with Lama Rod Owens, who is the resident director of the Natural Dharma Fellowship in Cambridge Massachusetts. At the ... continue
Posted October 3, 2016 by CGH
Sakyong Mipham in Seattle

Sakyong Mipham in Seattle – HIGHLIGHT

Rising to the Occasion: Social Engagement in a Chaotic World By Shastri Matthew Lyon Sakyong Mipham’s forthcoming visit to Seattle will focus on his powerful teachings on social engagement from the Buddhist point of view. As the spiritual and temporal leader of the worldwide Shambhala Buddhist community, he has ... continue
Posted September 29, 2016 by CGH
Harvest of Peace Address Now Online

Harvest of Peace Address Now Online

Kongma Sakyong Harvest of Peace 2016 The Sakyong’s Harvest of Peace address to the international community is now available online. In this year’s address, the Kongma Sakyong touched on strengthening families, looking to the future, loyalty to basic goodness, balancing bravery and tenderness, and extending out. Please click ... continue
Posted September 27, 2016 by David_Brown
Harvest of Peace 2016

Harvest of Peace 2016 – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhalians the world over gather to celebrate Harvest of Peace This weekend, we come together once again at the turning of the season, to connect with one another and to gather our energies after a summer of practice and activity. In this time of turbulence, conflict, and ... continue
Posted September 23, 2016 by CGH
A Place Where People Can Be Liked

A Place Where People Can Be Liked – HIGHLIGHT

In preparation for Harvest of Peace later this month, a Windhorse retreat leads to personal reflection on the meaning of Shambhala by Caroline Moore I have been attending Shambhala on and off for about six years, having completed Way of Shambhala and currently working through the Sacred Path series. At this ... continue
Posted September 7, 2016 by CGH
Awaken, Chicago: Reflecting on the Teachings

Awaken, Chicago: Reflecting on the Teachings – HIGHLIGHT

by Abbey Fox It’s been three heavy months since we hosted Awaken Chicago. We’ve tragically lost Philandro Castle, Alton Sterling, and Delrawn Small to racist police brutality. We’ve mourned the tremendous loss of 49 queer people of color in Orlando to homophobic rage.  A beautiful, peaceful Black Lives ... continue
Posted August 10, 2016 by CGH
After the Bodhisattva Vow

After the Bodhisattva Vow – HIGHLIGHT

Members of the Portland Shambhala Center work together to create community and connections for those who have taken the Bodhisattva Vow by Jan Rogerson and Willa Rabinovitch The Bodhisattva Vow ceremony, attended by family, friends and sangha, was moving and inspiring – a momentous and life-changing event.  Afterwards, ... continue
Posted August 8, 2016 by CGH
The Earth is Heating Up

The Earth is Heating Up – HIGHLIGHT

With global warming happening, and happening so fast, what’s a Shambhalian to Do? by Emily Takahashi I had a running start on most people on the news that Earth’s temperature was increasing, due to the burning of fossil fuels.  In the 1970’s, when I was still a teenager, ... continue
Posted July 27, 2016 by CGH
Joyful Means

Joyful Means – HIGHLIGHT

A practitioner investigates how art can save us, and shares the experience of an integrative arts festival by Elizabeth Russell The intelligence that evolved us from star dust and interconnects us with all beings is sufficient for the healing of our Earth community, if we but align with ... continue
Posted July 23, 2016 by CGH
Remembering Jason Lowen-Ross

Remembering Jason Lowen-Ross – HIGHLIGHT

The Shambhala Centre of Vancouver gathers to honor and remember fellow warrior Jason Loewen-Ross by Bob Stiven On Thursday, July 7, 2016, our friend and fellow Shambhalian Jason Loewen-Ross succumbed to a massive heart attack. Monday, July 11, a ceremony was held for Jason at the Vancouver Shambhala ... continue
Posted July 17, 2016 by paulbel
Somos el Colectivo Ziji

Somos el Colectivo Ziji – HIGHLIGHT

Dear readers, for an English-language version of this article, please scroll down! por Joaquín Díaz y Andrés Leslie Somos el Colectivo Ziji de Santiago de Chile, un grupo de jóvenes que pertenecemos a la gran sangha de Shambhala de Santiago. Nuestro grupo cuenta con 25 activos, motivados y ... continue
Posted July 15, 2016 by CGH
Boston Shambhalians Celebrate "Midsummah" Day

Boston Shambhalians Celebrate “Midsummah” Day – HIGHLIGHT

An outstanding adventure, a beautiful place, and plenty of smiles and laughter by Bob Abbott Alas another Midsummer Day has come and gone, but warm memories were made and auspiciousness was in the air with ideal weather, a full moon ripening in sync with the solstice, and festive ... continue
Posted July 13, 2016 by CGH
Exploring Social Cocoon

Exploring Social Cocoon – HIGHLIGHT

A special weekend program in Boulder, Colorado with Reverend angel Kyodo williams  by Melanie Klein The Boulder Shambhala Center had the great fortune to host a weekend program titled Disrupting Patterns and Embodying Wholeness with Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei in early June. Originally anticipated – by me, ... continue
Posted June 19, 2016 by CGH

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