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Jan 22
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Time to Stand Up

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Inspired by online course EcoSattva 2016, offered by One Earth Sangha, which is still available and strongly recommended by the author.  Thanissara is one of the principle teachers of the course.  The title and final paragraph are paraphrased from her book Time to Stand Up.

by Camilo Marquez

How do we bring our individual consciousness and journey into community?  How does sangha support the effort to create enlightened society?  How do right thought and right action resonate, reverberate, and reflect through social engagement?

To answer these questions, some knowledge, understanding and attitudinal reflection are necessary.  Buddhist cosmology is timeless, seamless, and interrelated in history across boundaries, species, and systems.  It can speak directly to the way these connections have been ignored and denied in order to foster the separateness that facilitated the exploitation of the earth and its different peoples, leaving us divided and degraded. Continue…

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Staffing as Service

Staffing as Service – HIGHLIGHT

Tsöndrü Joy Nicholson of the Boston Shambhala Center shares thoughtfully and beautifully about her service experience at the center. Q: What service practice do you feel most connected to and why? A: Each form of service can be profoundly moving in its own way, and I’ve been involved in ... continue
Posted July 11, 2016 by CGH
A Meditation on Pulse

A Meditation on Pulse – HIGHLIGHT

A Shambhala monastic reflects on the meaning of recent events of violence and killing, in the light of Buddhist teachings by Karma Lodro Gyedon  Walking through the lush green trails in Nova Scotia, it is easy to lose myself in the idyllic surroundings of my home monastery. The soft ... continue
Posted July 9, 2016 by CGH
First Kalapa Garchen

First Kalapa Garchen – HIGHLIGHT

The first Great Gathering of Shambhala leadership with the Kongma Sakyong comes together in Vermont by David Brown This May, leaders from throughout the Shambhala community gathered with the Kongma Sakyong, among the blossoms of Karme Choling, for the first Kalapa Garchen (Great Gathering.) The Sakyong was overjoyed ... continue
Posted July 7, 2016 by CGH
Lessons Learned at Karmê Chöling

Lessons Learned at Karmê Chöling – HIGHLIGHT

A long-time practitioner shares his top ten things learned while on staff at Karmê Chöling…. by Frederick Meyer Immediately after finishing college in 2008, I spent one year on staff at Karmê Chöling. It was easily the most important single year of my life, and perhaps the most difficult. ... continue
Posted July 5, 2016 by CGH
Going Forth on the Fourth

Going Forth on the Fourth – HIGHLIGHT

Celebrating what is good about the United States of America, on what some have started calling “Interdependence Day” by Michael Lerner   Today hundreds of millions of Americans will celebrate all that is good in the history of the United States of America. Even though we know there is ... continue
Posted July 4, 2016 by CGH
Sharing Midsummer Delights

Sharing Midsummer Delights – HIGHLIGHT

appreciating the many joys of Midsummer Day celebrations by Carol Henderson Ah, Midsummer Day — a time for Shambhalians to gather together, to enjoy one another’s company, and to sample the many delights of this favorite holiday: a celebratory lhasang, delicious summer foods, games and laughter on the ... continue
Posted June 25, 2016 by CGH
Shambhala Goes Mobile

Shambhala Goes Mobile – HIGHLIGHT

Thanks to the Shambhala Trust and a great team, we are very excited to announce that the new Shambhala meditation app is now available for iOS and (finally) Android. The app is available for free, with the option of subscribing for additional teaching content. Project manager ... continue
Posted June 15, 2016 by CGH
How Shambhala Changed My Life

How Shambhala Changed My Life – HIGHLIGHT

...and probably saved my life too! by Tunde Nemeth  I was a serial self-improver. I’ve spent more time in the self-help aisles of more bookstores than I will ever admit. I’ve tried – and failed at – affirmations, talk therapy, behavioral-cognitive therapy, Gestalt therapy, inner child work (if I ... continue
Posted June 9, 2016 by CGH
Parenting as Ceremony

Parenting as Ceremony – HIGHLIGHT

Being a parent generates opportunity in each moment, opportunities to create everyday ceremonies that celebrate and enhance our lives together by Melinda Haselton The sun peeks through the blinds and I hear the words, “Hi mama.” They draw me out of my deep sleep. Heavy eyes open, and ... continue
Posted June 5, 2016 by CGH
Mindful Movement

Mindful Movement – HIGHLIGHT

Practicing mindfulness through synchronization of mind and body by Jennifer Wang Mindfulness is one of those words that seems to be everywhere these days, but how many people really know what it means? Many people associate mindfulness and meditation with sitting quietly for hours trying desperately to shut ... continue
Posted June 1, 2016 by CGH
Flipping the Switch

Flipping the Switch – HIGHLIGHT

The energy of depression can be endemic. But we have the power to flip the switch. by Sarah Lipton The dishes aren’t done, the laundry needs folding, dinner needs to be cooked and the baby won’t go down for a nap. Oh, and that long list of things ... continue
Posted May 30, 2016 by CGH
The Queer Feminist Rigden

The Queer Feminist Rigden – HIGHLIGHT

Cutting through embedded patriarchy Column: Critical Intent By Alex Vlasic In my first couple of years working with the Shambhala teachings and community, gender didn’t arise as an issue for me. I heard “basic goodness” and it all felt very inclusive. Luckily, basic goodness is all-inclusive. As I have ... continue
Posted May 28, 2016 by CGH
Celebrating Twenty Years

Celebrating Twenty Years – HIGHLIGHT

Dharma Sagara Clinic’s 20th Anniversary slogan: “Build it and they will come.” by Lee Weingrad You wake up one day, both your children are in college, your black hair has turned silver, and your fledgling Tibetan health project is twenty years old. This year we celebrate the 20th ... continue
Posted May 26, 2016 by CGH
Anyone Can Be Our Teacher

Anyone Can Be Our Teacher – HIGHLIGHT

Finding joy and compassion for others in a time of personal suffering by Karen Lundy, with an Introduction by Shastri Christine Heming Introduction: In a recent article for the Times (Think About It; Beliefs Matter) I wrote about Rebecca Solnit’s book, A Paradise Built in Hell – a book about ... continue
Posted May 24, 2016 by CGH
Giving the Ghost a Voice, Part III

Giving the Ghost a Voice, Part III – HIGHLIGHT

Coming to terms with personal identity through the spiritual practice of Buddhism by Bryan Mendiola Illustration by Yuko Shimizu Though I was not fully aware of it at the time, it was all this hatred that led me to psychology as my profession and to Buddhism as my spiritual ... continue
Posted May 22, 2016 by CGH

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