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Learning, Appreciation and Commitment…

Community contemplation practice, photo courtesy of Ana Maria Milan

Voices from the Latin American Kalapa Governance Gathering in Chile

More than 70 members and leaders of the Shambhala community in Latin America gathered in Santiago Chile this past weekend for the ninth Kalapa Governance Gathering. At the conclusion, they formed a large circle and spoke spontaneously about what they had learned, what they appreciated and what they were committing themselves to. At the end of each person’s statement, the entire gathering responded with ‘gracias” (thank you). We offer a selection of the dozens of personal statements, which created a spontaneous doha…

I discovered that you are all fantastic humans.

¡Gracias!

Discussion groups with Maga Meneses in the front, photo courtesy of Anna Weinstein

I appreciate everyone for being here.

¡Gracias!

I learned to rest in the community.

¡Gracias!

I learned that fear is part of the path. We discover fearlessness in ourselves.

¡Gracias!

I appreciate that I am part of an enlightened community.

¡Gracias!

I learned that working together like this helps us to grow as a community.

Reporting on the group discussion, photo courtesy of Ana Maria Milan

¡Gracias!

I learned that after everything, we like each other.

¡Gracias!

I learned to rouse confidence.
¡Gracias!

I learned methods for listening.

¡Gracias!

I learned that I can help by listening and just listening.

¡Gracias!

Kasung Mess, photo courtesy of Ana Maria Milan

I discovered and learned that within our sangha we have a raw heart and that we can live with kindness.

¡Gracias!

I make a commitment to develop my kindness.

¡Gracias!

I learned that Acharya Fleet Maull can dance.

¡Gracias!

I appreciate the capacity we have in our sangha.

¡Gracias!

Enjoying a final banquet, photo courtesy of Anna Weinstein

I learned to walk on the path of bravery.

¡Gracias!

I appreciate the vision of the Sakyong

¡Gracias!

I learned that we have everything we need to make the vision.

¡Gracias!

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There is one final Kalapa Governance Gathering planned prior to the Sakyong’s Dignity: Governing Enlightened Society teachings in October, if you have not already attended one. This will be held in Halifax immediately preceding the weekend with the Sakyong. For more detailed information about dates, locations, cost and how to register for a Kalapa Governance Gathering, click here.

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1 response to “ Learning, Appreciation and Commitment… ”
  1. Lulu Strongheart
    Sep 29, 2011
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    Wow! Amazing. I’m so happy this occurred and I wish I could have been there. Andale to the Latin American Sangha!


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