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Warrior Assembly Reflections

Dechen Chöling, July 2018

by Michal George

Love is most nearly itself when here and now cease to matter.
For a further union, a deeper communion
In my end is my beginning. — T.S. Eliot

I almost didn’t go. A week before my planned departure for France, a massive storm enveloped Shambhala. And it shook my little world. I felt angry and betrayed. I came within two mouse clicks of cancelling my trip. The shift came when our local community met that weekend for a Sadhana Feast, and to be together at this difficult time. They showed me how to move closer to the middle way, how not to polarize my practice. They reminded me why I’m on this path — about the intimacy of quiet connection, that despite the uncertainty of a world turned upside down, there is a place for me. Their presence reminded me that living out an aspiration to create an Enlightened Society means never to give up on anything or anyone. Ever. That it is possible to make room for my pain and allow space for its relief, for my longing and that which fulfills the desire. I am deeply grateful for these insights.

Now I’m on the train from Limoges to Paris. Warrior Assembly 2018 is over and because of the circumstances, it is one event unlikely to ever be forgotten. I’m checking out feeling more in love with life, and simultaneously more heartbroken then ever before. I am humbled beyond words. And enormously grateful. There were so many vivid moments forever enshrined in my memory. It all still feels like a dream. A vortex. Some highlights include:

Contemplating with Acharya Bots how a six-year-old might understand Primordial Ashe

Feeling Acharya Schneider’s wisdom steady the container of the program

Hearing Agnieszka chant the Proclamation of Goodness in Polish

Listening to David play his guitar and sing in the meadow

Sipping tea on the porch on endless summer days

Exploring how freedom is synonymous with love 


Meditating with rain falling on the Lion Tent

Learning how to be still and still moving

Invoking the protectors with a drum 

Sleeping under a tree on the earth

Doing stroke practice in the heat

Taking the Dorje Kasung Oath

Embracing the Milky Way

Touching my brokenness

Laughing uncontrollably

Dancing like an animal

Swimming in the river 

Smelling the trees

Kissing the sky

Walking slowly







I am but a Dharma fledgling learning to fly. Thank you brave and inspiring Warrior Assembly participants for modeling the dignity and grace of soaring. Thank you teachers. Thank you staff. May you all be loved.

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5 responses to “ Warrior Assembly Reflections ”
  1. Sophie Leger
    Sep 7, 2018

    Beautifully expressed! Thank you so much!

  2. We will arise fresh! I’m so grateful for your eloquent heartfelt words, they remind me we can still soar through the turmoil ❤️

  3. mieke corts
    Sep 6, 2018

    Wonderful to hear and read your intense experience during our Warrior Assembly. We all had an intense and inspiring time, and I hope to see you again sometime at DCL. Much love, Mieke.

  4. Timaree Bierle-Dodds
    Sep 5, 2018

    Thank you for sharing your heart experiences! May the journey be invigorating!

  5. Felice Owens
    Sep 5, 2018

    Dear Michal,
    Thank you for your fine writing. We are all in this spicy soup pot together and it opens my heart once again.
    All the best. Felice Owens, Boulder Colorado

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