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Part Four of a four-part series sharing the experiences of participants in the first ever Shambhala Social Engagement Think Tank, held October 12-15 at Sky Lake Shambhala Meditation and Retreat Center

by Alexandria Barnes, Assistant to Director of Office of Social EngagementChicago, Illinois

To address a critical mass in questions arising at centers about how to be socially engaged as Shambhala warriors, a group of activists recently conducted the first Shambhala Social Engagement Think Tank.

The project consisted of collecting questions that have been arising within this community to explore conversations that will be necessary to engage, both outwardly and inwardly, in these dark times. We combined Shambhala practices and forms with the practices of contemporary activist communities such as caucusing, InterPlay, and Open Space Technology.

The fact that only half of the group was white allowed for a unique environment, one that may not have existed in Shambhala prior to the Think Tank. Race was the undeniable focal point in what would become a challenging but crucial discussion. Continue…

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Some thoughts on suffering, in the Buddhist tradition and in the Shambhala teachings by Larry Steele   It is said that the Buddha gave his first teachings at Deer Park, near what is now known as Varanasi, India. There, after years of searching and contemplation, he presented the four noble truths about suffering. This is known as the first turning of the wheel of dharma, the first lesson offered by Shakyamuni Buddha to explain the essential truth of life to the people around him. In the 2600 years since uninterrupted lineages of Buddhist teachers have tried to explain suffering in words and practices that people everywhere could understand and use. continue



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