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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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Giving the Ghost a Voice, Part II

Giving the Ghost a Voice, Part II – HIGHLIGHT

Sharing a personal experience of racial identity as an Asian American Buddhist by Bryan Mendiola Fingerprint with flag of the Philippines There is one important caveat: I don’t know how to talk about race. The term Asian American was never spoken in my home growing up, and this quietly ... continue
Posted May 20, 2016 by CGH
Giving the Ghost a Voice, Part I

Giving the Ghost a Voice, Part I – HIGHLIGHT

Contradictory feelings about race can be honored in Buddhism. by Bryan Mendiola I didn’t realize how much I had been skirting issues of race in my life until my Buddhist path, quite unexpectedly, led me right back to them. When I completed my graduate training as a psychologist about ... continue
Posted May 18, 2016 by CGH
Precious Events

Precious Events – HIGHLIGHT

The Sakyong Wangmo shares appreciation for precious events The Sakyong looks on as the Sakyong Wangmo lights the shrine on the first day of the puja at the Kalapa Court As I reflect from the Kalapa Court on recent events, I’m filled with appreciation for the ceremonies, ... continue
Posted May 16, 2016 by CGH
Rude Awakening or Good Grief

Rude Awakening or Good Grief – HIGHLIGHT

Using dharma and expressive arts to relate with transition when your role as caregiver is over        by Andrea Sherman and Marsha Weiner There’s a profundity to caregiving. Caregiving demands that we make sacrifices of our time and resources. If we yield to the process of ... continue
Posted May 14, 2016 by CGH
Making Friends with Yourself

Making Friends with Yourself – HIGHLIGHT

How dharma can ease the experience of isolation when caregiving by Andrea Sherman and Marsha Weiner We continue to explore how dharma can help mitigate caregiver burnout. In this article we explore how practicing unconditional friendship with yourself can increase your resilience and overall health and well-being, especially ... continue
Posted May 12, 2016 by CGH
Personal Justice

Personal Justice – HIGHLIGHT

An educator contemplates social justice as an essential part of learning, and especially of teaching in the arts Column: Critical Intent by Joanna C. Horton I recall the first time I did an arts activity that woke me up. I was in 4th grade and we were acting like ... continue
Posted May 10, 2016 by CGH
Lady Sharon Hoagland Endowment

Lady Sharon Hoagland Endowment – HIGHLIGHT

Ensuring the Longevity of the Shambhala Lineage by Walker Blaine The start of the year of the Fire Monkey—a year for activity and gathering momentum—was auspiciously marked with the establishment of the first legal endowment dedicated to caring for the Shambhala lineage, the Lady Sharon Hoagland Endowment, which ... continue
Posted May 8, 2016 by CGH
Celebrating Spring, and a Birthday!

Celebrating Spring, and a Birthday! – HIGHLIGHT

The Kalapa Court Celebrates Jetsun Dzedron’s first birthday and Spring Celebration of Culture and Lineage  by Norah Murray, with photos by Mike Levy It was  warm and breezy as guests arrived at the Boulder Kalapa Court on Sunday, April 10. The gardens surrounding the Court were bursting with ... continue
Posted May 6, 2016 by CGH
Deconstructing the Myth of Separation

Deconstructing the Myth of Separation – HIGHLIGHT

Awaken Chicago. The Power of All People. Together. by Debra Hiers Rev. angel with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Acharya Ferguson During the first keynote address on Friday morning at Awaken Chicago, the Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei spoke to the power of deconstructing the myth of separation. “It is ... continue
Posted May 4, 2016 by CGH
Chicago, Four Years Beyond Peace

Chicago, Four Years Beyond Peace – HIGHLIGHT

From Imagining Peace four years ago to Awakening Chicago this first week of May, continuing the conversation with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche by Debra Hiers When Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche addressed several hundred participants in Rockefeller Chapel Friday evening, he first expressed his gratitude for the work being done in Chicago ... continue
Posted May 2, 2016 by CGH
To Meat or Not To Meat?

To Meat or Not To Meat? – HIGHLIGHT

The topic of meat eating (or not) is not a novel phenomenon of the vegan-paleo debate. It’s one that human beings have struggled with for the past two million years.  by Marcella Friel According to food historian and scientist Harold McGee, we humans began eating meat because of ... continue
Posted April 30, 2016 by CGH
Leaders at Awaken Chicago

Leaders at Awaken Chicago – HIGHLIGHT

Social activists and leaders in justice, peace, and enlightened society gather to offer teachings and workshops in Chicago, starting April 29 by Sai Wei Rev. Father Fleger; Awaken Chicago features key teachers at the center of the mandala, Pema Chodron and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as well as Acharya Gaylon ... continue
Posted April 27, 2016 by CGH
This Prison Is Crying

This Prison Is Crying – HIGHLIGHT

With an execution date scheduled for April 27, we hear from Jampa Pawo and friend Norma Harris about his life as a prison inmate and as a Shambhala Warrior by Jampa Pawo and Norma Harris It is now many weeks ago that Jampa Pawo, the inmate I’ve been ... continue
Posted April 26, 2016 by CGH
Wake Up Chicago!

Wake Up Chicago! – HIGHLIGHT

An upcoming event with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ani Pema Chodron and other wisdom leaders plants the seeds of enlightened society by Sai Wei Many of us have followed the media as it documents the violence in our country and the world. The protests in Baltimore, Laquan McDonald, Black ... continue
Posted April 24, 2016 by CGH
Climate and Wabi Sabi

Climate and Wabi Sabi – HIGHLIGHT

Earth Day 2016 in Shambhala by Irene Woodard Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic, the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. At least, this is how it is defined on the back cover of Wabi-Sabi by Leonard Koren. This philosophy has nurtured my understanding of myself, family, community ... continue
Posted April 22, 2016 by CGH

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