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Introducing the new YouTube channel for the Shambhala community, now arriving online: Shambhala Community Channel

by Anna Weinstein

The inspiration behind the effort to create a community youtube channel is to foster a further sense of a global Shambhala community through the creation of an online forum in which Shambhala practitioners from all over the world can post and view uplifted videos. The videos might be humorous, poignant, contemplative, profound and otherwise reflect in a variety of ways the richness of the mandala that we as a global community are creating on a daily basis. The beauty of creating a meeting place for such glimpses into the larger world of Shambhala seems almost self-evident: it offers us all the chance to connect to others in the mandala beyond our local situations and to use technology in a way that can touch our hearts and wake us up.

Note that other channels for official videos already exist, including Official Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche channel and a Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche channel. This new channel is really meant to showcase our community and community members.

Here is how the process for submitting videos will work. We will be using a free file-uploading server site called Mediafire. The service is not only free but also requires no registration or account creation. The advantage of using this service is that it allows up to 5 GB uploads, compared to the average email service, which allows 25 MB or less. Follow these simple steps to submit a video:

    1. Go to www.mediafire.com
    2. Click on the folder icon in the middle of the homepage for the site.
    3. When the “Select Files To Upload” window appears, click the “+” button in the lower left-hand corner.
    4. Choose the file from your computer you wish to upload when the browser window for doing so appears.
    5. Your selection will appear in the “upload” window under “file name”. Click the “Begin Upload” button in the lower right-hand corner.
    6. When the video has finished uploading, click on the “copy link” hyperlink to the right of the video file listed under “file name”.
    7. The service will notify you that the link has been copied onto your computer’s clipboard. You can now create an email and paste the link into the body of the email itself. Send the email to the following address: [email protected]
    8. Your file will be received by the Shambhala Community Channel team, which will review it to ensure that it complies with the editorial standards described below before posting on the channel.

And you’re done!

Our aspiration is that the videos themselves will reflect the development of a sense of community that is uplifted and values inclusiveness. Video submissions should be consistent with the principles of mindfulness of body, speech and mind. Videos containing material that would be considered harmful to specific individuals or groups, either within the Shambhala community or beyond, will not be accepted for posting. The time limit for videos is ten minutes. While Mediafire can accommodate up to 5 GB files, keeping the file sizes down will be helpful to the submission reviewers and website administrators.

We greatly hope that the new Shambhala Community Channel will be a source of inspiration, enjoyment and connectedness throughout the Shambhala mandala and beyond. We look forward to seeing your videos! If you have any questions, contact us at [email protected].

Visit the Shambhala Community Channel online here.

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4 responses to “ Submit Your Videos! ”
  1. Anna Weinstein
    May 25, 2012

    Hi Aarti – yes, we can definitely add a link to the Chicago channel (I think we already had at some point, and then YouTube changed some formatting and we lost some of the links – working on putting them back). And thanks Greg, that is really cool!

    I also just want to say that any file-sending service is fine to use, if anyone prefers something different. Googling “send big files free” brings up lots of options.

  2. Carolyn Mandelker
    May 24, 2012

    Anna, thank you for setting this up. It will be wonderful to watch these videos–it already is! What is the name of the gentleman playing the anthem on the piano so beautifully?

  3. Aarti Tejuja
    May 23, 2012


    We already have an official YouTube Channel for Chicago Shambhala. Is there anyway to link our channel to the main one? We already have a bunch of videos there.




  4. Once the Shambhala Community Channel team has placed your video on youTube, you can easily embed it into a post on the new Shambhala Network! Just copy and paste the youTube URL (web address — in the address bar at the top of your browser) into a message on the Shambhala Network. The full video will appear in the message.

    For example, you could post it to the Sangha Talk group. Or if it’s got a regional focus, you could post it in a regional group (click on the right sidebar: “Groups in my Region.”)

    Greg Heffron

    IT Support Lead
    Shambhala International

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