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The Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin Library and Archives

The Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin Library and Archives

By Robert Krupnick The Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin Library & Archives, under the direction of Lady Lila Rich, the Vajra Regent’s wife, launched a new initiative in December 2008: to preserve and disseminate all aspects of the Vajra Regent’s work with an accelerated schedule over the next ... continue
Posted February 22, 2009 by
Celebration in the Tidal Zone

Celebration in the Tidal Zone – HIGHLIGHT

How the Shambhala Institute (now ALIA) Began It might have something to do with the beaches where I grew up—under every rock, in every tidal pool, there was scuttling, swimming, clinging life of every shape and colour. I loved this fertile zone where the land and sea ... continue
Posted February 22, 2009 by SusanLS
Why We Need People of Color Programs in Shambhala

Why We Need People of Color Programs in Shambhala – HIGHLIGHT

Recently, a long time sangha member, a person of color, attending a vajrayana program, shared with me her experience of being greeted at a Shambhala land center entrance and asked if she was lost and needed directions. This has happened many times to her and, unfortunately, I’ve ... continue
Posted February 22, 2009 by
Great Path Tapes and Books

Great Path Tapes and Books

Moving to the Kalamazoo area of Michigan in 1997 from Northern Michigan was as deliberate as it was vague. Robert, an astrologer, had generated astrology charts for us which put our natal planetary positions on a map to help determine a good area for us ... continue
Posted February 22, 2009 by Jill_Walker
The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel, by Sakyong Mipham

The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel, by Sakyong Mipham – HIGHLIGHT

The Buddha said, “Within your own mind, you already have what you need to succeed—the ability to put others ahead of yourself. This is called virtue, the wish-fulfilling jewel.” Whatever our situation, we can use virtue to make our life meaningful, strong, and happy. In the Tibetan ... continue
Posted February 21, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
The Milarepa Children's Chorus

The Milarepa Children’s Chorus – HIGHLIGHT

Sometime in the mid-1980’s Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche was brought to the Kalapa Court in Boulder, Colorado for a brief informal meeting with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. When Khenpo Rinpoche left, Trungpa Rinpoche remarked to his kusung, “A scholar and a yogi!” The Kusung asked, “Is that ... continue
Posted February 21, 2009 by
What is the Ratna Prison Initiative?

What is the Ratna Prison Initiative?

With 2.2 million people incarcerated in the US and a 60-70% recidivism rate, the fate of criminals impacts us all, though we may not realize it ourselves until we become more directly victimized. Before that happens, Ratna Prison Initiative tries to replace active ignorance of ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Gary_Allen
Prison Dharma Network

Prison Dharma Network

Path of Freedom Apprenticeship and other programs For information on our two-year apprenticeship program and other programs, please visit our website here. Terry B., a prisoner from Georgia, USA writes: “I have come to realize what caused me to be here. We inmates love to blame the other guy, the ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by
All and Everything

All and Everything

Thirty-five years ago at the age of twenty-five, I attended the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa’s Black Hat [or Vajra Crown] ceremony in San Francisco at the invitation of a dear friend. This same friend also gave me a copy of Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, which I still ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Larry Barnett
Sesame Seed in Singapore

Sesame Seed in Singapore – HIGHLIGHT

Written for the Dot The Buddhism scene in Singapore is quite crowded and creative with regular programs held for free in many temples, monasteries, and dharma centers around the city. Many well-known visiting teachers give teachings on various traditions and different aspects of Buddhism. Hosting a home-based ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Citra
Teachings for Times of Great Challenge, a letter from the editor

Teachings for Times of Great Challenge, a letter from the editor

Dear Shambhala Times Readers, We are facing a deep economic winter in which we are challenged to hold our seats and continue to turn outwards to help others. To inspire our practice as warriors in this world, the Shambhala Times offers these dharma teachings, filled with ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
The Ngondro of Babyhood

The Ngondro of Babyhood

I conceived my son when I was deep into my ngondro practice. Although my aspiration to receive Rigden abhisheka in the coming months was derailed, I felt that I had received the ultimate blessing.  The ngondro for this abhisheka began after the transmission – through the ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Rebekka_Henriksen
Great Eastern Sun Rises on the Cape of Good Hope

Great Eastern Sun Rises on the Cape of Good Hope

In 2004, I returned to my hometown in South Africa after 30 years away. I found a sparse and scattered dharma scene. In Cape Town, the only Tibetan Buddhist center was that of Rob Nairn, Akong Rinpoche’s senior South African student. A few months after I arrived, ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Jennifer_Woodhull
On Warriorship and the Economy, by Eric Spiegel

On Warriorship and the Economy, by Eric Spiegel – HIGHLIGHT

Over recent months the world has been in economic turmoil. There continues to be a sense of not knowing what will calm things or how to make them “right” again. It is likely that a fair number of people in the sangha have lost ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Eric Spiegel
Translating the Dharma

Translating the Dharma

Pour lire cet article en français, cliquez ici. During my early teenage years in India, I tried to read The Times of India to my grandfather, who was a scholar in English and Latin. As I read, he would give me the etymology of virtually each and ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Rohini_Schiff


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