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On Composing a Symphony

On Composing a Symphony – HIGHLIGHT

Alex at rehearsalPhoto credit: Leslie GossettAn interview with composer Alex Van Gils by Shastri Manuel Medeiros On a warm June evening, the University of California Davis Symphony Orchestra performed their final concert of the season at the elegant Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on the university campus. Among ... continue
Posted June 30, 2013 by
Bringing the World Inside

Bringing the World Inside – HIGHLIGHT

Karme Choling gardenColumn: Kitchen Wisdom A Karme Choling Kitchen Retrospective In an effort to share the wisdom and experience of our daily lives, meals, and our own kitchens, this column explores all aspects of the culture around food, eating, cooking and community. In the coming months, we will ... continue
Posted June 29, 2013 by
Give A Day

Give A Day – HIGHLIGHT

Day: Given by Gordon Shotwell A few years ago, I wrote an article for the Shambhala Times describing my own irrational willingness to volunteer almost unlimited time to Shambhala, but complete irritation about being asked for a monetary donation. It was strange for me to recognize that, while ... continue
Posted June 26, 2013 by
Yeshe Tsogyal: Lady Warrior of the Sakyong Lineage

Yeshe Tsogyal: Lady Warrior of the Sakyong Lineage – HIGHLIGHT

Yeshe Tsogyal by Cynthia MokuCOLUMN: Dharma Teachings by Acharya Melissa Moore Yeshe Tsyogyal’s life is extraordinary not only because she was a fully realized Buddhist practitioner in 8th century Tibet, a woman who attained Buddhahood in her own right. She is also exceptional for having been the spiritual ... continue
Posted June 24, 2013 by
Sakyong Appoints New Shastris

Sakyong Appoints New Shastris

Lights in the ForestThe Office of the Kalapa Court is pleased to announce that the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, at Shambhala Mountain Center, has formally appointed two new shastris. The position of shastri was created by the Sakyong in 2009, and there are now over eighty ... continue
Posted June 22, 2013 by David_Brown
Uplifted Speech in our Communities

Uplifted Speech in our Communities – HIGHLIGHT

A Proposal Towards Creating Enlightened Conversation by Greg Heffron I travel through Shambhala teaching mindful communication. In programs through last few years, I’ve met sangha from Miami, Florida to Vancouver, British Columbia, from Birmingham, Alabama to Berkeley, California. Everywhere I’ve gone, teaching Acharya Susan Chapman’s Five Keys to ... continue
Posted June 22, 2013 by
The "Open Secret"

The “Open Secret” – HIGHLIGHT

miksangCOLUMN: In Everyday Life The Basic Goodness of John Rockwell by Will Brown Shambhala Times Column Editor As I begin my quest to interview Shambhalians about Everyday Life, auspiciousness has enabled me to meet with one of our senior teachers. I first encountered Ashe Acharya John Rockwell at a dharma ... continue
Posted June 21, 2013 by
Perception Warrior

Perception Warrior – HIGHLIGHT

Lights in the ForestCelebrating Photographer Freeman Patterson by John McQuade This is a birthday remembrance for the great Canadian photographer Freeman Patterson. He celebrated his 75th birthday last year and many admirers celebrated with him. For many decades, Freeman has been a major figure in the Canadian and ... continue
Posted June 19, 2013 by
The Aging Dance

The Aging Dance – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Aging in Shambhala A conversation between Lanny Harrison and Andrea Sherman Andrea: Could you tell us about your background in terms of the dharma, the arts and how aging fits into all of this? Lanny: I’ll go back to when I first heard about Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, because ... continue
Posted June 17, 2013 by
Let's Dance!

Let’s Dance! – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Youth and Families Dancing in the Shrine Room by Leslie Gossett Shambhala Times Column Editor photos by Alex Van Gils As the children came into the center that morning, their excitement took on a certain movement. Weaving in and out of adult conversations over tea, and simultaneously dissembling the circle ... continue
Posted June 14, 2013 by
The Family Mandala, part two

The Family Mandala, part two – HIGHLIGHT

Living on the Edge Part Two by Irini Rockwell Co-emergent Wisdom and Mandala Principle The two most powerful and transformative aspects of the Five Wisdoms perspective are, 1) co-emergent wisdom: wisdom born from confusion, intensified emotions transmuted into brilliant sanity, and 2) the mandala principle: the totality of interconnected dynamic ... continue
Posted June 12, 2013 by
The Journey's Purpose

The Journey’s Purpose – HIGHLIGHT

by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche The Mahayana Buddhist tradition is defined by the supreme thought of bodhichitta, the intention to bring all sentient beings to enlightenment. Those who vow to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of others are known as bodhisattvas. Their path is based on the six ... continue
Posted June 10, 2013 by
Celebrating Spring Babies

Celebrating Spring Babies – HIGHLIGHT

Astrid Aurelia Infantino yawningMore new baby Shambhalians are arriving! Join the Shambhala Times in welcoming these three new additions to our community: The Mukpo Family is happy to announce the birth of Lucien Henry Samten Mukpo-Wilson to their daughter Chandali Mukpo, husband Eric Wilson, and grand-daughter Dechen. ... continue
Posted June 9, 2013 by
Snapshots of Basic Goodness: June

Snapshots of Basic Goodness: June – HIGHLIGHT

My friend’s cat as unperturbed model. Just sitting and enjoying and at the same time awake and alert. , NetherlandsThis monthly feature highlights snapshots of basic goodness taken by YOU, our readers, as seen out in the world, on the street, in the countryside, in another ... continue
Posted June 8, 2013 by
The Family Mandala

The Family Mandala – HIGHLIGHT

a painting by Karuna Rockwell, given to Irini for a birthday. The message reads, “Our Family. The energies meld together, clash against each other, and complement each other. Together they make a beautiful picture.”Living on the Edge by Irini Rockwell Director, Five Wisdoms Institute My husband and I decided ... continue
Posted June 7, 2013 by


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