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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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Homeless and (Maybe) Buddhist: An Unusual Story about Going on Retreat

Homeless and (Maybe) Buddhist: An Unusual Story about Going on Retreat – HIGHLIGHT

By: Taz Tagore I co-founded the Reciprocity Foundation with Adam Bucko back in 2004, and almost from the outset, I wanted to take our clients—homeless teenagers and young adults living in New York City shelters—on retreat. Maybe it is because I strongly identify with homeless kids ... continue
Posted June 8, 2011 by
Under 30 Retreat: Doing Something Profoundly Important

Under 30 Retreat: Doing Something Profoundly Important

The Boston Shambhala Center Under 30 Group was formed in 2003 and has a strong core of 20-30 young Sangha members. They recently embarked on a trip to the Shelburn Falls Center, in Western Massachusetts, where they sat in retreat for the weekend. Led by ... continue
Posted June 7, 2011 by Ashley_Hodson
Young Sangha Summer Retreat: In Love with Life

Young Sangha Summer Retreat: In Love with Life – HIGHLIGHT

By: Kirsten Eikmans For five years there has been a special retreat for young people in France, the Young Sangha Summer Retreat, which is organized and directed by Sophie Maclaren, a beautiful woman with a big heart. Sophie travels around the world to teach and organize meditation ... continue
Posted June 4, 2011 by

Sign language discussion

There is a lively discusion on the Shambhala Network “Sign language discussion” which has already 24 posts about using sign langauge at dharma talks. I you can take at look at it at http://shambhalanetwork.org/groups/accessibility-and-disability/forum/topic/sign-language-discussion/?topic_page=1&num=15 If you can’t access the Network you could post here. The original post is: For ... continue
Posted June 3, 2011 by Hamish_MacLaren
The Buddhist Gentleman: How to Buy Nice Clothes

The Buddhist Gentleman: How to Buy Nice Clothes – HIGHLIGHT

By: Lodro Rinzler In his regular column for the Huffington Post, 28 year-old Shambhala teacher Lodro Rinzler tackles thorny issues facing meditators in the modern world. With wit and aplomb, he addresses real-life questions — sent to him by readers — and contemplates “What Would Sid Do?” ... continue
Posted June 2, 2011 by
Clarifying our Governance Structure in Boston: Who to Contact for What?

Clarifying our Governance Structure in Boston: Who to Contact for What?

It is an exciting time in Boston. Our expansion plans are encouraging us to strengthen, reach outside of ourselves to connect with others, and trust in each other’s basic goodness. They have also led us to the hire of our new full time Head of Practice ... continue
Posted June 1, 2011 by Jill Blagsvedt
The Value of Mistakes in Buddhism

The Value of Mistakes in Buddhism – HIGHLIGHT

By: Lodro Rinzler In his regular column for the Huffington Post, 28 year-old Shambhala teacher Lodro Rinzler tackles thorny issues facing meditators in the modern world. With wit and aplomb, he addresses real-life questions — sent to him by readers — and contemplates “What Would Sid Do?” ... continue
Posted May 29, 2011 by
Rejuvenating the Sangha in Amsterdam

Rejuvenating the Sangha in Amsterdam – HIGHLIGHT

By: Jerry de Groot After meeting at several magical Buddhist Youth Festivals in Germany, three young Dutchmen began organizing weekly evenings for young people at the Amsterdam Shambhala Center starting in 2009. The formula was simple: design a nice postcard, spread it around at colleges and universities, ... continue
Posted May 27, 2011 by
New website to support young sangha around the world

New website to support young sangha around the world – HIGHLIGHT

Have you seen www.every-bodhi.org? Everybodhi is an initiative started by Shambhala Europe to support young people on the path and open doors for new people to explore the three jewels. It is created by young people, for young people. Everybodhi’s mission is To bring together the ... continue
Posted May 25, 2011 by
Young Sangha Month

Young Sangha Month – HIGHLIGHT

Over the next 4 weeks, the Shambhala Times will have a special focus on young people in Shambhala, with guest Editor Sophie Maclaren, founder of Everybodhi. We are defining ‘young’ in this case as people in their late teens, twenties, and early thirties. Through this series ... continue
Posted May 23, 2011 by

A Loving Farewell from Sarah Lipton

“Above the clouds, the sun is always shining.” I remember the potency of really hearing that phrase for the first time. It penetrated when I was staffing a Shambhala Training Level V for Hazel Bercholz four or five years ago. Eyes misting with tears, feeling the weight ... continue
Posted May 19, 2011 by Ashley_Hodson
Tribute to Connie Clause and MilkLake Retreat

Tribute to Connie Clause and MilkLake Retreat – HIGHLIGHT

By David Whitehorn On October 21, 2010, Connie Clause passed away after living gracefully with cancer for four years. She died in her own bed, in her own home, on the land that she and her husband Gregg had nutured for over ten years, the MilkLake Shambhala ... continue
Posted May 13, 2011 by David Whitehorn
Reflections on the Kalapa Court

Reflections on the Kalapa Court – HIGHLIGHT

In response to the recent appeal for support for the Kalapa Court, a number of sangha members have offered their personal stories about their experiences of meeting the minds of the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo at the court. Each of these individuals have made a generous ... continue
Posted May 11, 2011 by
Help Save Trees at SMC

Help Save Trees at SMC – HIGHLIGHT

Bob and Lindy King share their concern for the survival of the Ponderosa Pine forest at Shambhala Mountain Center in this poignant and timely call for action. They ask the Shambhala community to take to heart this very serious and imminent threat to the trees at ... continue
Posted May 9, 2011 by
Tribute to Eamon Killoran

Tribute to Eamon Killoran – HIGHLIGHT

By Bill Scheffel This photograph shows Eamon Killoran eleven months ago. A few weeks after this picture was taken, Eamon learned he had cancer. In less than a year he had passed away. I took the photograph of him in Portland, Oregon soon after I had arrived ... continue
Posted May 3, 2011 by

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