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Lincoln in the Bardo - comment

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review of a George Saunders novel

by Michelle Welch

I’m often on the lookout for Buddhist-themed novels, and Lincoln in the Bardo is a new novel that received numerous critical accolades. More recently, Lion’s Roar magazine featured an interview with the author, George Saunders. I was particularly drawn to the novel after I attended a sukhavati ceremony, which is intended to help a deceased person in their passage through the bardo. In Tibetan Buddhist thought, the bardo is an intermediate state where the deceased await rebirth. Continue…

- 2017-05-01 - comment

INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLIES OFFERED IN 2017

INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLIES OFFERED IN 2017 The Shambhala Office of Practice and Education wishes to share this reminder of all the Assemblies being offered internationally in 2017. Below you will find information on all Assemblies (including Scorpion Seal Assemblies), Staffing, Application Processes, and more. Please read through carefully. APPLICATION PROCESS The following Assemblies in 2017 require that you apply and be accepted through the Office of Practice and Education: • Enlightened Society Assembly • Warrior Assembly • Sacred World Assembly • Rigden Abhisheka THE 2017 ADVANCED SHAMBHALA ASSEMBLIES CALENDAR All dates include arrival and departure days! ... continue

Opinion Pieces - 2017-05-25 - comment

Meditation in Your World

Meditation in Your World Experiencing the power of meditation to change our everyday lives by Susan Firer I thought I’d start with some words from The Shambhala ... continue

Community Articles - 2017-05-23 - 2 comments

The Rough Edges of Basic Goodness

The Rough Edges of Basic Goodness Contemplating inclusiveness, social difference, and our organization’s prevailing culture by Michaela McCormick The Portland Shambhala Center’s Listening Team, led by Mark Douglass, met ... continue

Featured Stories - 2017-05-21 - comment

Money on the Path

Money on the Path Using the principles of Shambhala to uplift our finances by Joanne Martin Braun Money can be a challenging topic in our lives. It ... continue

Regions, Austria, Switz., Italy, Community Articles - 2017-05-19 - comment

Peace Now!

Peace Now! Preparations for a symposium with the Sakyong in Vienna by Michael Anderson Taste might be the word best attributable to a Viennese evening ... continue

Featured Stories - 2017-05-18 - 2 comments

Awakening to the Stages of Life

Awakening to the Stages of Life Facing up to the trials and transitions that face us all, at every stage of life by Ann Cason  “The clouds pass and ... continue

Community Articles - 2017-05-15 - comment

More Visitors for the Gesar Centre

More Visitors for the Gesar Centre An update of progress on Gesar Fund projects and community building near Yushu by Gesar Fund staff members As in 2015-2016 the past ... continue

Featured Stories - 2017-05-13 - 2 comments

Food and Forgiveness, Part 3

Food and Forgiveness, Part 3 The third in a series of articles exploring insights about food, healing, and compassion by Marcella Friel “Forgiveness is not always easy. At ... continue

Featured Stories - 2017-05-11 - 1 comment

Food and Forgiveness, Part 2

Food and Forgiveness, Part 2 The second in a series of articles exploring insights about food, healing, and compassion By Marcella Friel “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness ... continue


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Humanity, Chaos, and Wisdom

Reflections on favorite passages from a book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche by Susan Firer I’ve been re-reading the book, The Shambhala Principle, written by my teacher Sakyong Mipham, who is the head of Shambhala. I would like to share a few passages that I try to keep in mind. “If we hold to the belief that humanity has already failed, and try to limit the damage with a mediocre social vision, we are surrendering to an underlying belief that humanity is bad. When we stop believing in humanity’s possibilities, we stop building our future. If we have the bravery to proclaim basic goodness and move beyond our doubt about humanity, it will be harder for evil to arise.” continue



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