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From everyone here at the Shambhala Times, best wishes for a cheerful Harvest of Peace!

Every year at the time of each solstice and equinox, Shambhalians around the world gather in community to mark the changing of the seasons. The Harvest of Peace Nyida Day is celebrated each fall, a time to come together for delicious food, delightful conversation, and meditation practice.  “Nyi” comes from the word “Nyima” or sun, and “da” from the word “dawa” or moon, and the two syllables together make up the name given to these seasonal holidays.

In each Shambhala Center, land center, and place of practice, Harvest of Peace celebrations will manifest in ways that reflect the character and aspirations of each community. Everyone is welcome to share their local experiences across the mandala through publication here at the Times, to expand and multiply the joys and meanings of this special day. We will post your contributions over the coming weeks, as well as sharing messages from the center of the mandala as they become available.

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Three New Acharyas

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Dharma Teachings - 2017-09-22 - comment

Great Clouds of Blessings 2

Great Clouds of Blessings 2 A continuation of comments on A Supplication for Magnetizing the Phenomenal World by Russell Rodgers Vajrayogini Some of the deities that arise in the ... continue

Dharma Teachings - 2017-09-20 - comment

Great Clouds of Blessings 1

Great Clouds of Blessings 1 Comments on A Supplication for Magnetizing the Phenomenal World by Russell Rodgers Jamgön Mipham Gyatso This is a less well-known optional morning chant that ... continue

Sakyong and Family - 2017-09-17 - 6 comments

Passing of Tulku Sampten Ngedon

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Featured Stories - 2017-09-16 - 2 comments

End Ethnic Cleansing

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Arts and Poetry - 2017-09-14 - 2 comments

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Opinion Pieces - 2017-09-12 - 7 comments

A Tendency to Tamper

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Three New Acharyas

Three New Acharyas Appointments made this month in Europe The Office of the Sakyong is delighted to announce that the Sakyong has appointed three new acharyas. ... continue

Featured Stories - 2017-09-08 - 4 comments

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Great Clouds of Blessings 2

A continuation of comments on A Supplication for Magnetizing the Phenomenal World by Russell Rodgers Vajrayogini Some of the deities that arise in the next section of the chant are familiar to senior practitioners. Vajravarahi is also known as Vajrayogini. Padmaraja is an aspect of Padmasambhava. Kurukulla is another name for the Padmadakini, who is part of the retinue of Vajrayogini. The rest of her retinue, just for general background, are connected with the buddha families of vajra/intellect, ratna/enriching, and karma/activity. Lately the Sakyong has been giving Kurukulla empowerments, because he believes our sangha needs to develop magnetizing energy to accomplish our goal of creating enlightened society. continue



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