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Dec 06
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Outer, Inner and Secret Levels Of Shambhala Center Design

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Community Room in the Los Angeles Shambhala Center

By Shastri Russell Rodgers

A few years ago, the Kootenay Shambhala Centre in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, purchased a building. Because we had to acquire the services of a non-sangha architect for the renovations, it seemed like a good idea to summarize in “non-shambhalese” language some of the basic elements of how a Shambhala Centre functions and how it is designed. Here is what we gave to our architect. In our case, we are pleased with the result. Continue…

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Creating A Safe And Serene Home Environment For Children
Creating A Safe And Serene Home Environment For Children – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 11.29.19
By “Jackie Writing Jackie” Every year in the United States, over three and a half million children experience injuries that commonly occur in homes. The teachings of Shambhala inspire compassionate care, and we all want to create a space for our children where they are safe to grow ...continue
Good Society Part II: Feeling the Goodness
Good Society Part II: Feeling the Goodness – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 11.15.19
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash The second part of a two-part series by Shastri Russell Rodgers. For part one, click here. In Part I of this two-part essay, we looked at the genetics behind the universal human impulse to create good society. The logic was this: everywhere ...continue
Good Society: Science, Basic Goodness, Laws and Joy
Good Society: Science, Basic Goodness, Laws and Joy – HIGHLIGHT
4 responses - Posted 11.08.19
Photo by Robert V. Ruggiero on Unsplash The first part of a two-part series by Shastri Russell Rodgers   All over the world, wherever there are humans, there are societies. We have evolved different languages, customs, and even skin colors, but always, there is society. Society has enabled us ...continue
The Great Within - The Transformative Power and Psychology of the Spiritual Path
The Great Within – The Transformative Power and Psychology of the Spiritual Path – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 10.31.19
Christine Heming reviews the new book by Han F. de Wit, PhD.   Han de Wit’s story has a familiar ring – the pursuit of Western psychology in the 1970’s only to find it offered little to those who wanted to study and understand the mind. Fortunately for ...continue
Buddha’s Teachings Regarding Cleanliness in the Home
Buddha’s Teachings Regarding Cleanliness in the Home – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 10.24.19
Photo by Samantha Gades on Unsplash By “Jackie Writing Jackie” Mental health professionals often encourage their patients to keep their homes clean and tidy. Cluttered, dirty interiors can interfere with mental health and wellbeing and hamper the peaceful, mindful state that is encouraged by the Shambhala way of life. One of ...continue
Human Drala
Human Drala – HIGHLIGHT
6 responses - Posted 10.17.19
  Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash By Russell Rodgers Sometimes one encounters people or places that cut through one’s habitual chain of thoughts. The Tibetan word for that is “drala”, which means “above the enemy”. In this case the enemy is our cocoon of gossipy thoughts that keeps ...continue
The European sangha meets during its first ‘European Forum’
The European sangha meets during its first ‘European Forum’ – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 10.09.19
The European sangha is composed of different regions with their own cultures and languages. The establishing of these regions and their collaboration takes time and is in process for years. Some regions exist for more than 20 years. Some others are relatively new. The European Regional ...continue
Meditation Practice to Help You Through Dental Treatment
Meditation Practice to Help You Through Dental Treatment – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 10.02.19
By “Jackie Writing Jackie” Anxiety about dental treatment and fear of the dentist affects 16% of people. For many, it causes so much worry that they avoid going for a checkup, or getting work done when they really need to. In the long term, this can be bad for ...continue
Cutting Through Spiritual Puritanism
Cutting Through Spiritual Puritanism – HIGHLIGHT
17 responses - Posted 09.23.19
Illustration by Alicia Brown written by Gabe Dayley In the West it is difficult for the Dharma to take root. The soil is not fertile. The good and evil, fire and brimstone logic of puritanism has dried the ground and permeated our cultural and political institutions.1 Western Buddhists often ...continue
Sitting For the Climate: From the Touching the Earth Collective (part 1)
Sitting For the Climate: From the Touching the Earth Collective (part 1) – HIGHLIGHT
3 responses - Posted 09.18.19
This invitation comes from the Touching the Earth Collective, a group of Shambhala environmentalists. Part 2 will include photos and stories from this demonstration.  Dear sangha, dear meditators, We would like to invite you and ask for your support during a full day meditation session on Rudolfplatz, that ...continue
Favorite Books:  An Invitation to Readers of the Times
Favorite Books: An Invitation to Readers of the Times – HIGHLIGHT
3 responses - Posted 09.10.19
If you haven’t fully embraced the digital age (like me) and enjoy holding a book in your hands, you probably have to keep scouting out more shelf space (me too).  Then there is the dilemma of how to organize the increasing treasure trove.  I’ll share my ...continue
Windhorse in the Andes
Windhorse in the Andes – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 09.03.19
Cajas National Park with alpacas Windhorse in the Andes – Vacation & Meditation in Ecuador, January 2020 Shambhala Cuenca Meditation Group invites you to visit us in Cuenca, Ecuador. Meditate and study as we offer Shambhala Studies Level 1 on January 11 & 12 and Levels 2 & 3 ...continue
Creating Zen Office Space
Creating Zen Office Space – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 08.27.19
By Mark Wilhelmi De-cluttering is a popular activity these days. Clutter can affect the way we do our jobs. Too much stuff can be distracting and claustrophobic. We may want to do something about our clutter, but we don’t know where to begin. We can find books ...continue
Book Review: In Love With the World
Book Review: In Love With the World – HIGHLIGHT
6 responses - Posted 08.20.19
In Love With the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying  by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche with Helen Tworkov Reviewed by Christine Heming If you do not recognize the truth of impermanence, you cannot attain genuine realization.  You must allow the illusion of ego to die.  ...continue


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