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Essays on the Shambhala Buddhist Chants

Russell Rodgers

Russell Rodgers

Late last summer, senior Kootenay Shambhala Centre member Russell Rodgers released for publication on our Centre’s website a document titled, “Essays on the Shambhala Buddhist Chants.” This document has drawn immensely appreciative feedback. The following excerpt from the Preface might help explain why:

The Kootenay Shambhala Centre is in the town of Nelson, B.C., Canada. We have had the usual disagreements about whether it is appropriate to do the chants at public sittings. When the editor of our local newsletter requested me to write some dharma essays for the newsletter, it occurred to me that articles about the chants would be appropriate. They allude to a lot of dharmic ground, and there is a shortage of published explanation available in simple, everyday non-technical language.

As I wrote the essays, I imagined having a conversation with a newer student, one who been sitting for a while and may have taken a class or two. This imaginary person had some connection to the Centre, but, understandably, had questions and reactions to the chants. For this reason, the essays have a somewhat informal, conversational quality, rather than an authoritative, encyclopedic style.

Russell has just updated this document, including in it an essay on the new chant Supplication for the Longevity of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The updated version is available (as a PDF file) where the original one was―at the bottom of the right side bar on our Centre’s Home page.

It is also available here: Essays on the Shambhala Buddhist Chants (PDF)

From: Kootenay Shambhala Blog

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