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Nov 18

Karmê Chöling Seen and Heard

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A new video puts the spotlight on Karmê Chöling Meditation Retreat Center

If you have ever been to Karmê Chöling, this video will bring back all your memories. If you’ve never been there, it can give you a sense of what it’s like, and encourage you to visit. This retreat center, originally founded as Tail of the Tiger, was an early center for Shambhala Buddhism in the United States, and is famous for the beautiful shrine room personally designed by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. If you feel inspired to experience the magic directly for yourself, click here to see the current calendar of events.

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Not Reducing Creativity to Monetary Terms

People’s creativity is very much alive, but when they get paid for their creativity, they often experience that as rather meaningless. Money as the reward for their creative process is very one-dimensional, a tremendous comedown. That’s why it is sad to reduce every creative force to ... continue
Posted May 10, 2011 by

Helping the World to Reform

As practitioners of meditation, we have to work with the karmic situation of America (or wherever we live) to start with. A certain reformation can take place by natural force—not necessarily through carrying placards or staging demonstrations. On the other hand, change is not going to ... continue
Posted May 6, 2011 by

The Creative Aspect of Everyday Difficulties

Preconceptions come up in people’s relationship to money, their relationship to work, their relationship to sex, even their relationship to their parents. We find it difficult to relate to these things, especially as they manifest in urban life. That doesn’t mean, however, that we should run ... continue
Posted May 3, 2011 by

Sharp Precision

There’s a sharp precision that exists in our life, which generally arises from some form of training or discipline, the sitting practice of meditation in particular. It’s not that meditation sharpens our perceptions, but that sitting practice makes it possible to perceive. It’s a question of ... continue
Posted April 25, 2011 by

Everyone Suffers

~ a reflection paper offered by a student at Emmanuel College on a recent visit to our Weekly Open House I had never meditated before going to the Shambhala Meditation Center, so I was very curious as to what my experience would be like. After going, I ... continue
Posted April 25, 2011 by Sarah

Pure Discipline, Flexible Mind

Pema Chödrön on Chögyam Trungpa’s view of monasticism in the West: In the early 1980s, Trungpa Rinpoche started to talk to me about what he would like a Western monastery to be. He said that we should have very pure discipline, and I remember him telling me: ... continue
Posted April 22, 2011 by
Padma Ikebana's Spring Gathering

Padma Ikebana’s Spring Gathering

Last week, nine practitioners in the Padma Ikebana flower arranging group gathered together for an evening of Ikebana practice under the gentle guidance of Hazel Bercholz. Having recently purchased new vases for the shrine, the group spent the evening learning how to do nageire – upright ... continue
Posted April 21, 2011 by Sarah

Shambhala Day I-Ching Reading

Here is a summary of the I Ching readings from Shambhala Day, as read by Michael Fagan. Michael found some more material which may shed some wisdom light on the hexagrams, presented below in bold type. These are all part of a greater cycle, and not ... continue
Posted April 20, 2011 by Sarah

Burning Heart

In the wilds of the Deer Park in Sarnath There are the monasteries and shrines, relics of Buddhism. A stray dog finds a wounded deer lying in a shed And licks it in an attempt to try and heal the wound, But the interior damage is impossible to reach with ... continue
Posted April 19, 2011 by

The Stroke of a Hair

With greater clarity, pain is experienced more harshly, more precisely and directly. According to the abhidharma, the Buddhist teachings on psychology and philosophy, the unwise feel pain as the stroke of a hair on the hand, but the wise feel pain as the stroke of a ... continue
Posted April 15, 2011 by
Farewell, Insight Warrior

Farewell, Insight Warrior

It is with joy and sadness that the Boston Shambhala community will soon have to wish a heartfelt farewell to Mr. Scott Robbins. His star is shining brightly. After four years toiling in the development department as a self-proclaimed “data monkey” at the Unitarian Universalist Association ... continue
Posted April 13, 2011 by Sarah
Be a Summer Volunteer at Karme Choling

Be a Summer Volunteer at Karme Choling

Karmê Chöling offers an enriching volunteer experience, which blends meditation practice and study with work and play – a perfect way to spend all or part of your summer! Volunteers work thirty hours, five days per week in one or more departments as needed. Alongside work projects, ... continue
Posted April 12, 2011 by Sarah

Both Light and Shadow are Necessary

Unless we have an understanding and acceptance of pain, we will have no way to transcend that pain. Throughout our lives we are struggling. We struggle because, in our being, we feel we are what we are and cannot change. We are constantly anxious. Why? Goodness ... continue
Posted April 12, 2011 by

Considering “Choogie”

Last Monday, April 4th, was the 24th anniversary of the death of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Boston community came together to celebrate with a Sadhana of Mahamudra feast, at which tasty morsels, stories and tears were shared. In honor of the occasion, we want to share ... continue
Posted April 8, 2011 by Sarah
Prison Dharma

Prison Dharma

guest article by Michael McLellan The movie Dhamma Brothers (http://www.dhammabrothers.com), which was featured on Greater Boston (http://www.wgbh.org/programs/Greater-Boston-11/episodes/-25743) a few weeks ago, is about a group of prisoners in a maximum security prison in Alabama, who do 8-day meditation retreats each year. All this recent media attention to ... continue
Posted April 7, 2011 by Sarah

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