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Sangha Mobilizing to Support Those Displaced by Boulder Fire

Courtesy of Chase Weatherfield Bauer, who took this photograph of the remains of his parent's house.

Courtesy of Chase Weatherfield Bauer, who took this photograph of the remains of his parent's house.

As reported in national news, over 6,000 acres of forested land in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado have burned in the last week. Boulder is an important part of Shambhala’s international geography, and for over 35 years the beautiful landscape has hosted a large and committed practice community.

Many people have lost their homes in the fire, including a few members of the Shambhala sangha. Thousands have been evacuated and as the flames come close to threatening the town itself, even more people are expected to leave their homes and belongings.

This is a time to gather local and international support. The Boulder Shambhala Center is collecting a list of resources from the local sangha, including places for people and their pets to stay until they are able to return home or begin to build a new life. Marpa House is welcoming as many displaced sangha as they can accommodate and the Desung arm of the Dorje Kasung has been in touch with people personally to offer support.

Initial planning stages are underway for an event intended to hold space for people who are struggling throughout the city, regardless of their membership status or involvement in Buddhism.

For the international community, tonglen and compassion practices are encouraged, as natural disasters provide a potent time to contemplate the truth of impermanence.

Stay tuned for more articles from the Shambhala Times.

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2 responses to “ Sangha Mobilizing to Support Those Displaced by Boulder Fire ”
  1. The fire in Boulder is a terrible thing and it is good that many of us are keeping in mind those who have lost homes. I would also like us all to remember the people who are working with this situation and are in constant danger. There are many teams for firefighter at work day and night and my son and daughter in law are among them. Please keep them in your tonglen practices as well….thank you.

  2. How about a fund-raiser for the displaced sangha in Boulder. That would be an historic event. To actually fund-raise for Americans who are in need.


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