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Art Auction to Bring Teachers to Taipei
Sakyong gave teachings in Taipie, March 2007.

Sakyong gave teachings in Taipie, March 2007.

Yeachin Tsai, Shambhala’s busy Chinese translator and native of Taipei, reports that hosting a Level 1 in China requires the help of the international sangha.

If you look at a map of the world, you will find a very small green island southeast of mainland China. In the north of that little precious dot is the location of the Taipei Shambhala Meditation Group.

The Shambhala Dharma took root in Taiwan with the Sakyong’s book tours of 2005 and 2007. Since then, the Taipei group formed and met regularly to practice and contemplate the Shambhala teachings that have been translated into Chinese. In February and October 2008, Acharya Arawana Hayashi and President Richard Reoch very kindly visited the Taipei group and offered workshops and talks. These two visits brought tremendous delight and encouragement to the young group.

The Taipei Group has held together very well despite its small size and the infrequency of visiting teachers. For nearly four years they have met for regular practice, nyinthuns, study, and translation projects – activity made possible thanks to the leadership of Chiafen Tsai and Ming Hsu Yang, and to the strong inspiration of the students as a whole. As the longing for Shambhala Dharma grows in the Chinese-speaking world, the Taipei Group is eager to host its first Level 1. It is their wish to invite an Acharya to teach in Spring, 2011. However, the great distance and expense of travel have been obstacles to propagating Shambhala in Taiwan.

On a personal note, Taipei is my hometown where I was educated and brought up. Although I have the great fortune to study the Shambhala Dharma in the US, the yearning to repay the kindness of those beautiful people and the land is always in my mind. It was a great honor to serve as the Sakyong’s interpreter during his two visits, and the opportunity to translate and edit the Shambhala teachings for the Chinese-speaking world has set my life on a new course. I have watched the Taipei group go through ups and downs, and they persevere unremittingly. Yet my wish remains for Shambhala to flourish there.

I would like to invite you to participate a mini online art auction to raise teachers’ funds for the Taipei Shambhala Meditation Group. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to the Taipei group; the other 50% will cover shipping, handling, materials, and so on.

Please join us to raise the victory banner in the Chinese-speaking world! Thank you so much for your consideration and your generosity.

Visit: Sun and Moon – an online art auction to benefit Taipei Shambhala Meditation Group

Yeachin Tsai is an artist and translator. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to New York City in 1993. She has translated and edited several Zen and Buddhism texts into Chinese, including the translation of the Sakyong’s “Ruling Your World” and Shunryu Suzuki’s “Not Always So”. She also edited “Shambhala – Sacred Path of the Warrior’, “Turning the Mind into an Ally”, “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism”, “Dragon Thunder” and other Buddhism books. Yeachin is a member of the International Translation Committee and chief editor of the Chinese Shambhalian online news blog. She has written and translated over 400 articles for that online publication.

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