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Veggies courtesy of Burlington Shambhala

Veggies courtesy of Burlington Shambhala

Cheerful Harvest of Peace from all of us at the Shambhala Times!

The Harvest of Peace Nyida Day is our opportunity to focus on community, and to mark the changing of seasons as a sangha. “Nyi” comes from “Nyima” meaning sun, and “da” comes from “dawa” meaning moon, so together Nyida is the name given to the holidays where we mark the seasonal solstice and equinox days.

The Shambhala community is now familiar with the Sakyong’s encouragement to include food, conversation and meditation as key elements in our gatherings, and as such, Shambhala communities gathering for Harvest of Peace will incorporate each of these elements in the Harvest of Peace celebration. Celebrations will manifest in different ways depending on the interests and inspirations of your local community, and the Shambhala Times would love to hear from you! How have you celebrated Harvest of Peace this year? (Send us your stories and photos!)

Since Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is teaching a Shambhala Training Level I in Berlin over Harvest of Peace, we have his filmed message for the community for you here:

This year’s Harvest of Peace offers us a special and appropriate opportunity to engage around the issue of Climate Change within the essential spirit of our Harvest of Peace holiday. The very weekend of Harvest of Peace is also the weekend of the People’s Climate March and Mobilisation. This is a global movement of engagement around climate change. It features what is expected to be a massive march in New York City on September 21 (in which the New York Shambhala Center will march with other Buddhist groups) and hundreds of coordinated events around the world. Read more about it here.

We are delighted to share with you a short video of Acharya Adam Lobel (for those of you who don’t know him, he is the acharya who developed the Way of Shambhala curriculum with the Sakyong, who you may have met at festivals and sangha retreats) and Acharya Marty Janowitz (who for many years was the humorous voice on the Shambhala Day broadcast, the Kusung Dapon to the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and in his professional life is a leader in the environmental movement in Nova Scotia and elsewhere.

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