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Jan 16
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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

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
Posted January 13, 2017 by CGH
Genuine, the Podcast

Genuine, the Podcast – HIGHLIGHT

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
Posted January 11, 2017 by CGH
Circle of Light

Circle of Light – HIGHLIGHT

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
Posted January 9, 2017 by CGH
Beautiful Ornaments

Beautiful Ornaments – HIGHLIGHT

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
Posted January 6, 2017 by CGH
Progress at Surmang

Progress at Surmang – HIGHLIGHT

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
Posted December 29, 2016 by CGH
Why, When and How to be Generous

Why, When and How to be Generous – HIGHLIGHT

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
Posted December 25, 2016 by CGH
Spinning Mind

Spinning Mind – HIGHLIGHT

Changing the small, egoistic “Spinning Mind” to Big Mind view by Irini Rockwell It has been hard to avoid the turmoil that the long buildup and painful conclusion of the United States election of 2016 has brought forth. I have never been a political person, both growing up ... continue
Posted December 23, 2016 by Carol
Launch of the Aging Hub

Launch of the Aging Hub – HIGHLIGHT

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
Posted December 17, 2016 by CGH
December Awakening

December Awakening – HIGHLIGHT

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
Posted December 16, 2016 by CGH
At the Crossroads

At the Crossroads – HIGHLIGHT

As Buddhists, should we avoid the aggression and confusion of politics, becoming islands of peace? by Daniel Phillips At my family’s Thanksgiving dinner, some of us were sympathetic with white supremacist views, some were appalled, and some wanted to not make any waves.  Some were Evangelical Christians who ... continue
Posted December 4, 2016 by CGH
Meritorious Service Award

Meritorious Service Award – HIGHLIGHT

Dr. Laurie Mallery receives high honor for her work in health care and geriatric quality of life by David Brown Laurie Mallery, MD, FRCPC, MSM, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Award by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, through the Governor General of Canada, in recognition of her ongoing ... continue
Posted December 2, 2016 by CGH
Shambhala at Standing Rock

Shambhala at Standing Rock – HIGHLIGHT

Flying the Shambhala Flag, practitioners join the Water Protectors protesting the Dakota Access Pipe Line by Stephen Wood You may have heard and are hearing many different viewpoints and opinions to Sunday’s extreme escalation of violence and peaceful protest between the Water Protectors and the militarized law enforcement, ... continue
Posted November 30, 2016 by CGH
Deer Park, Part Two

Deer Park, Part Two – HIGHLIGHT

Contemplating the U.S. presidential race and Shambhala; part two of a two-part series by Acharya Daniel Hessey The technologies designed to make our lives more comfortable also distance us from ourselves, from our communities, and from the very Earth which is our home. As people chase comfort and ... continue
Posted November 28, 2016 by CGH
Deer Park, Part One

Deer Park, Part One – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on a recent event at Shambhala Mountain Center; part one of a two-part series. by Acharya Daniel Hessey “My father personally experienced the horrors of war and genocide. That led to his bravery in declaring basic goodness. He felt that if this message was not proclaimed, humanity ... continue
Posted November 26, 2016 by CGH
Earth/Dharma: Ecology and Buddhism

Earth/Dharma: Ecology and Buddhism – HIGHLIGHT

Using mindfulness practice we can work with environmental problems directly without experiencing the obstacles of anger, powerlessness, burnout, or blaming others. by Jane Philpin The EARTH/DHARMA Ecology and Buddhism series currently running  at the Shambhala Meditation Center of White River offers an exploration of our relationship with the ... continue
Posted November 24, 2016 by CGH

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