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Race, Love, and Liberation

Filed under Community Articles, Regions, Southern States

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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How Not to Tell a Colleague to **** Off

How Not to Tell a Colleague to **** Off – HIGHLIGHT

by Sarah Maynard, from The Under 35 Project A few years ago I worked with someone who truly shook my practice. I was just at the start of ‘serious’ practice and was definitely not ready for such a challenge! Thankfully for me it has been a rare ... continue
Posted August 3, 2012 by
Pedigree

Pedigree – HIGHLIGHT

by Sara Gray, from The Under 35 Project Last year, I was back to using the dating website OKCupid again. I’d used it on and off for several years without much success. The men whose profiles I liked rarely answered my queries, and most of the messages ... continue
Posted July 28, 2012 by

A Shambhala moment – updated

I was recently asked to give a little talk about Social Transformation. It was on the last day of the recent Shambhala Retreat that took place in Boulder, led by the Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, and Acharya Adam Lobel. I was introduced as someone who had ... continue
Posted July 27, 2012 by Richard_Reoch
An Introduction to Shambhala Culture: Awesome Like a Hot Dog

An Introduction to Shambhala Culture: Awesome Like a Hot Dog – HIGHLIGHT

by Amanda Hester Adjutant Shambhala Office of Culture and Decorum An Introduction to Shambhala Culture is a handy little booklet newly published through Shambhala Media. It is presented by the Shambhala Office of Culture and Decorum. It is elegant, and orange, and it whispers ‘tiger’ at you. It is ... continue
Posted July 26, 2012 by
A New Generation of Buddhists

A New Generation of Buddhists – HIGHLIGHT

by Lodro Rinzler, www.lodrorinzler.com Ten years ago, when I was an undergrad, I felt alone. I was known for two things around campus: the first was being a “hardcore” Buddhist and the second always being up for going out on the town with friends. I would drink, ... continue
Posted July 25, 2012 by Lodro
Solitary Retreat and the Running Mind, part 2

Solitary Retreat and the Running Mind, part 2 – HIGHLIGHT

miksangpart 2 of Running with the Mind of Meditation on Solitary Retreat by Fay Octavia Elliott Where we left off: I heard Pema Chodron say once that the middle is always the hardest part of a retreat regardless of its length. I crossed the middle line this evening ... continue
Posted July 21, 2012 by
A Summer Afternoon in Central Moscow

A Summer Afternoon in Central Moscow – HIGHLIGHT

walking the streets,Shambhala Training in Russia by Leslie Witt, Shambhala Times Regional Correspondent Envision a lazy summer Sunday, teatime in Moscow, Russia. A flash of sunshine draws steam from rain-soaked sidewalks, playgrounds and hidden courtyard gardens. From the side door of a 50s-era apartment building emerge sun-dazzled meditators ... continue
Posted July 20, 2012 by

Our three-fold strategy

Following the Kalapa Council Update that we posted on this blog in April called “Strategic Directions”, there was a huge response from the Shambhala community. Many people posted comments, suggestions and questions. We took the many viewpoints into account, took a careful look at the options ... continue
Posted July 17, 2012 by Richard_Reoch
All Ages and Abilities Have a Home in Shambhala!

All Ages and Abilities Have a Home in Shambhala! – HIGHLIGHT

This is the sixth in an ongoing series of articles on Aging in Shambhala. It is an interview with Mary Whetsell, Director of the Shambhala Office of Societal Health and Well-Being. Ms. Whetsell oversees the community-focused international working groups for the Shambhala mandala, including those dealing ... continue
Posted July 17, 2012 by
Running with the Mind of Meditation on Solitary Retreat

Running with the Mind of Meditation on Solitary Retreat – HIGHLIGHT

miksangby Fay Octavia Elliott All joy in this world comes from wanting others to be happy, and all suffering in this world comes from wanting only oneself to be happy. ~ Shantideva The companion book I brought along on my first ever solitary retreat was Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s new book Running with ... continue
Posted July 15, 2012 by
Fort Collins Shambhala Center Hosts SMC Evacuees

Fort Collins Shambhala Center Hosts SMC Evacuees

The Fort Collins Shambhala Meditation Center was a host center for nearly 20 Shambhala Mountain Center staff members who were part of a large group evacuated during the Colorado High Park fire near SMC this past June. The refugees (the group quickly renamed themselves ‘refugees’ — instead ... continue
Posted July 11, 2012 by ann_reichhardt
photo by Karen Iglehart

Dear Rinpoche – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Retreat,poem compiled from aspirations by participants at the Being Brave Shambhala Retreat at Karme Choling with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche: I have learned I am worthy of a spot on this earth and that all beings are worthy of a spot on this earth I have learned that I ... continue
Posted July 2, 2012 by
photo by Charles Blackhall

Daddy’s Girl – HIGHLIGHT

by Maggie Scott While growing up, I was somewhat of a “daddy’s girl” and wanted to know that he was there for me. Like many men in my experience, Dad didn’t have a great deal of enthusiasm for expressing feelings. Or talking about personal problems. At the age ... continue
Posted June 30, 2012 by
A Midsummer Night's Donkey

A Midsummer Night’s Donkey – HIGHLIGHT

Ladder-ball practice at Karme CholingCelebrating the Beginning of Summer Shambhala Centers and communities around the world celebrated the beginning of summer this last week with Midsummer Day. This sampling of stories and photos from around the mandala represents just a few of the events. Want to share ... continue
Posted June 28, 2012 by
Midsummer: Halifax

Midsummer: Halifax

Midsummers Day 2012 in Halifax was heralded by sunshine and a cool breeze. A rousing lhasang started off the day, followed by a picnic and children’s games. We further celebrated the day swinging, sashaying and do-si-do-ing with live contra dance band, Papilio, who sent us home ... continue
Posted June 28, 2012 by

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