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Author: Jennifer Holder

Number of entries: 78
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.FullBloomPublications.com

Jennifer has previously been content manager of the Shambhala Times and also an editor and reporter. She graduated from Naropa University with a degree in writing and literature, and during a brief experience editing Sakyong Mipham, was inspired to receive her master of publishing degree in 2003. After stints in Boulder, Vancouver, London, and Dallas, she landed in Manhattan for four years where she wrote, edited, and published books and online content. She currently lives outside Boulder and works as a book production editor for Sounds True.

Dec 09

Home Shrines Are Where We Gather

Filed underCommunity Articles, Video, Audio, Photos

A photo gallery of home shrines, courtesy of Shambhalians around the world who shared the images below.

The ordinariness of our Shambhala Households are as powerful as they are mundane. But the practices and implements of modern life – dishwashers, electric stoves, washing machines, and hair dryers – are not what draws the attention of ourselves or our guests. As a community, we fill our homes with objects that remind, inspire, protect, and attract. We communicate by providing landing pads for meaning, through the nonconceptual stimulation of the senses.

The homes we create reflect our mind’s unique expression and also our common experience. Nowhere is this as obvious as in our shrines, the places at which Shambhalians take their seats and work with reality. When you look at the gallery below, the uniqueness of the person who arranged the shrine is obvious. But once you’ve looked at a few, it becomes equally clear that Shambhalians share a common stock of distinctive, potent symbols. Continue…

Author Archive

Sangha Mobilizing for Flood Recovery
Sangha Mobilizing for Flood Recovery – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 09.17.13
News from the Colorado Front Range sangha. Refresh your browser for updates. Checking in with Shambhala Centers On Sunday, Boulder Center Director Ulrike Halpern sent an email asking everyone to check in. She received dozens of stories from people who lost their homes or incurred damage, as ...continue
The Boulder Flood: Notes from High Ground
The Boulder Flood: Notes from High Ground – HIGHLIGHT
3 responses - Posted 09.13.13
As flooding continues in Boulder Valley, Jennifer Holder offers tidbits from a hillside. Just as I sit at my computer to write this, the sun peeks through rainclouds for the second time in four days. It quickly fades, but encourages me on to write this little ...continue
Falling in Love with a Buddha
Falling in Love with a Buddha – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 03.30.12
by Frank Berliner To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s parinirvana, Frank Berliner has published a book that recalls his encounters with this engaging and enigmatic teacher. Here is an excerpt. You can order a copy of the book, or download it as ...continue
Rigden on a Hilltop
Rigden on a Hilltop – HIGHLIGHT
5 responses - Posted 03.04.12
By Jennifer Holder This short story is a tribute to the Rigden, who in Shambhala is the basic enlightened nature of all human beings and the “Possessor of Family Awareness.” Standing on a hillside, the Rigden surveys the ground. Taking in the view, assessing the arrangement of the ...continue
Artfully Wedded in Britain
Artfully Wedded in Britain – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 04.29.11
Jennifer Holder shares her cross-national perspective on watching William & Catherine’s Royal Wedding live. As the royal wedding proceedings rest for photographs and inner-sanctum formalities, electricity is surely surging across Britain as everyone flips the switch on their kettles for tea. I myself flipped the switch, but ...continue
Gathering the Cost of Postage
Gathering the Cost of Postage – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 12.05.10
In this third article dedicated to the Shambhala Time Capsule, Jennifer Holder encourages the financial support of each other’s projects, so that an individual’s vision truly becomes the work of our entire community. As the age of speed and aggression gains momentum, the Shambhala Time Capsule ...continue
An Elegantly Preserved Package
An Elegantly Preserved Package – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 12.03.10
Many of us in Shambhala harbor deeply inspired aspirations for what we would like to accomplish in the world. In this second article on the Shambhala Time Capsule, Jennifer Holder looks at the path Steve Roth followed in bringing the time capsule into being. At times, ...continue
Love Letter to the Future
Love Letter to the Future – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 12.01.10
In this three-part series, Jennifer Holder writes about the creation of a Shambhala Time Capsule, something the Vidyadhara requested of his student Steve Roth. Steve has dedicated himself to the project for three decades. In this first article, Jennifer reflects on the nature of a Dark ...continue
Map to the Golden Age – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 10.23.10
Shastri Dan Hessey has spent the last 10 years contemplating and translating the I-Ching, or Yijing, applying the view of establishing enlightened society. This ancient Taoist text illuminates the flow of life force, events, and influence as the seasons change and one situation morphs into another. ...continue
Grand Opening: Breeze of Delight
Grand Opening: Breeze of Delight – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 10.15.10
On the auspiscious day of Monday, September 20, Lady Konchok, the Sakyong’s mother, and her family, Lama Pegyal and Gyurme Dorje Lama, welcomed over 60 people to Marpa House. Lady Konchok cut the black ribbon of samsara to open a Tibetan butter lamp offering ceremony. ...continue
Summer’s Blooming Households – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 09.13.10
Jennifer Holder reflects on this summer’s abundance of marriage and birth announcements. Women in white, couples in kimonos, faces pink from their fresh arrival in Shambhala. With each new marriage or birth announcement, I could sense that a gigantic community-wide step forward has occurred. They showed ...continue
Partying with the Newlyweds
Partying with the Newlyweds – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 09.12.10
Here’s the scene of a true Shambhala wedding celebration: streamers framing a backyard with purple and yellow; irises pouring from vases; more sake, wine, beer, vodka, and champagne than can possibly be consumed; and herds of children running around with their bows and arrows. With multiple ...continue
A Garden of Roses for Our Princess
A Garden of Roses for Our Princess – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 08.18.10
By Lois Lungta, for the column Tracking Jewels. As soon as I sat down beside a lake to write about our new Princess, I heard a father call out. “Do you want to go see the rose garden?” I looked over to witness a four year old ...continue
What Her Birth Brings
What Her Birth Brings – HIGHLIGHT
6 responses - Posted 08.12.10
Jennifer Holder reports on events surrounding the birth of Sakyong Mipham and Khandro Tseyang’s first child — including initial comments from the Sakyong — and explores the qualities of her arrival as a princess. As the sun rises on the second day of our Princess’ second ...continue

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