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Author: Carolyn Gimian

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Nov 20
Tuesday

Surmang Relics: Part of Our Heritage

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Fifty years ago many of the greatest lineage holders of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition walked out of Tibet in order to preserve the wisdom of their heritage. As Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche said many years later:

We can find wisdom even in the midst of the worst of the worst situations….In any situation, there is always some dignity, some goldlike element. Tibet is a lost country, at this point. The Chinese occupied my country, and they are torturing my people. It is quite horrific. We Tibetans were unable to avoid that situation. Nonetheless, the Tibetan wisdom has escaped. It has been brought out of Tibet. It has something to say, something to offer. It gives us dignity as Tibetans. (exerpted from Great Eastern Sun, page 35.)

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Preserving the Vidyadhara Forever
Preserving the Vidyadhara Forever – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 06.18.10
Shambhala Archives is Honored with Award for the Audio Recovery Project By Carolyn Gimian, with Jennifer Holder contributing On Friday, June 11, the Shambhala Archives received the Carman V. Carroll Award for Outstanding Achievement in Archival Preservation from the Council of Nova Scotia ...continue
The Gift of Unbroken Lineage
The Gift of Unbroken Lineage – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 04.02.10
After a pilgrimage to India and Nepal, Carolyn Gimian contemplates the incredible gift Chogyam Trungpa gave us — a connection to the unbroken lineage of the Buddha. April 4th approaches. On this day in 1987 Chogyam Trungpa passed into nirvana. (For those not familiar with ...continue
Mark of a Mahasiddha: Letter from the Guest Editor for Parinirvana Day
Mark of a Mahasiddha: Letter from the Guest Editor for Parinirvana Day – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 04.03.09
On the occasion of the twenty-second anniversary of the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, I am struck by how vast his influence has been on all of us and by the multiplicity of his manifestations. When I was the director of the ...continue
Fulfilling His Aspirations: The Root Texts Project
Fulfilling His Aspirations: The Root Texts Project
no responses - Posted 04.03.09
Early in 1981, I became the chief editor at Vajradhatu (now Shambhala), replacing Judy Lief. Judy was leaving to become the dean of Naropa Institute, the equivalent of the president of that institution today. On her way out the door, she gave me several transmissions about ...continue
Celebrating Small Moments
Celebrating Small Moments
no responses - Posted 03.19.09
Parenting in the twenty-first century is a challenge. We can no longer rely on the certainty of tradition, and our sense of family and our roles as mothers and fathers, men and women, are not prescribed as they once were. So how do we do this ...continue
Making Space to Be Human: An Interview with Virginia Hilliker
Making Space to Be Human: An Interview with Virginia Hilliker – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 03.19.09
At ninety-four, Virginia Hilliker has more life in her than many of her middle-aged friends. As one of them, I often feel that I’m trailing behind her, trying to keep up with her wit and wisdom in a conversation. Virginia has been a teacher and a ...continue


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