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Dec 02
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Touching the Earth Collective—December 2020 Newsletter

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Wild Rice Stuffing and Children’s Day

By Irene Woodard

There are certain things that happen this time of year… A big family gathering with the wild rice stuffing that doesn’t go in the bird. The New Yorker has a turkey cartoon. The Children’s Day King and Queen dolls appear on my shrine. The seasons change, and that feels reliable… change.

A month ago in the United States, we were still in waiting mode, for an election and its results. Amongst friends, we wondered how we would be feeling come Thanksgiving, come the holiday season. But we knew one thing: we would pause, no matter the outcome, and celebrate Children’s Day.

Some of us recently received a letter from Wendy Friedman of the Office of Culture and Decorum, regarding this year’s Children’s Day…  “Our major holidays in Shambhala are tied to these seasonal shifts to remind us of our undeniable link to the natural world as human beings living on this planet.” In my thick manila folder labeled Children’s Day, I found a 1988 letter from The Office of Health and Well-Being’s Lamen Kyi Khyap, Mitchell Levy, providing details about what the day is, why we celebrate. Good information.

And this got me thinking…How did we know that we would be celebrating Children’s Day this year, despite all the uncertainty? Here is the good news, because it has become part of the culture of Shambhala. We understand that, come what may, Children’s Day is important. Whether we had a Republican or Democratic elected President in the US, whether there was a vaccine or not for Covid, whatever the cosmic weather pattern, whose pictures were on the shrine… we are a community with a culture.

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Covid–19 and the Color Red: On Contemplative  Mind
Covid–19 and the Color Red: On Contemplative Mind – HIGHLIGHT
4 responses - Posted 11.26.20
by John McQuade During this period of the covid-19 event , with its emphasis on social isolation, I have engaged more than usual the contemplative practices of Nalanda Miksang contemplative photography. Through these practices, I realize that contemplative mind is completely free of covid-19 and more decisively ...continue
Finding The Ideal Gifts For Children
Finding The Ideal Gifts For Children – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 11.19.20
Photo by Sheri Hooley on Unsplash By “Jackie Writing Jackie” For many Buddhists, the six paramitas (or six perfections) – giving, morality, patience, effort, meditation and wisdom – all enlighten one’s life, and are therefore cultivated on the journey towards awakening. The first of these perfections – dana paramita, ...continue
Windhorse: How to Harness the Energy of Life
Windhorse: How to Harness the Energy of Life – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 11.13.20
Photo by Bhaskar Agarwal on Unsplash By Halleluiah Strongheart With so much going on in the world and in our lives it’s easy to feel a lack of energy. We go through our days managing work, relationships, health, kids, school, and “life admin” and by the end of ...continue
Residency Helps KCL Close the Budget Gap
Residency Helps KCL Close the Budget Gap – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 11.09.20
KCL Director Betsy Railla blesses the offering during a lhasang for new residents. By Mike de Give Karmê Chöling has lowered its monthly deficit substantially by following through on plans to host a Residency program, a financial snapshot compiled last week shows. “Residency has reduced a $10,000 deficit per ...continue
Getting Through the Election with Our Goodness Intact
Getting Through the Election with Our Goodness Intact – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 11.03.20
Photo by Tiffany Tertipes on Unsplash On this day in the United States, ripe for anxiety for Shambhala people throughout the world, the Times Editorial team wanted to repost this recent offering of gathering and resources from the NYC center, though the first offering has passed. by Jane ...continue
Touching the Earth Collective—November 2020 Newsletter
Touching the Earth Collective—November 2020 Newsletter – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 11.01.20
Contemplating the SMC Fire By Irene Woodard Each month, a few of us determine what will be featured in this Newsletter. The fire at Shambhala Mountain Center clearly was the news, and would be the lead story. This “no brainer” became questionable, however, as we began to look ...continue
Humanity at a Crossroads – a Shambhala Conversation
Humanity at a Crossroads – a Shambhala Conversation – HIGHLIGHT
3 responses - Posted 10.28.20
By Richard Reoch “This needs to be an inclusive, global conversation,” said Shambhalian film animator Cyndi Levine. “People are already suffering from environmental degradation. Those who are suffering the most right now are the ones who have not had any voice. We need to understand the ways ...continue
Race and The Body: Why Somatic Practices Are Essential for Racial Justice
Race and The Body: Why Somatic Practices Are Essential for Racial Justice – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 10.17.20
Illustration by Alicia Brown This article was originally published as part of an issue of The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture, and Politics. The issue can be found here. by Kelsey Blackwell “Within this fathom–long body and mind is found all of the teachings.” – The Buddha But ...continue
Mudra Musings: Its Reasons and Its Beings
Mudra Musings: Its Reasons and Its Beings – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 10.13.20
by Vicky Moyle   Chaos and Vastness Mudra’s connection to a sense of chaos is very interesting.  A system is called chaotic if small changes in the initial conditions at some initial time lead to large differences at some later time.  That seems to very much apply to a ...continue
Update on the Fire at SMC
Update on the Fire at SMC – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 10.11.20
Shambhala Mountain Center has created a page of ongoing updates regarding the Cameron Peak Fire on their website. We have printed here their most recent update, from October 3rd. More information (and many more photographs) can be found here. One photo from the Shambhala Mountain Center update Dear Friends, A ...continue
Touching the Earth—October Newsletter
Touching the Earth—October Newsletter – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 10.06.20
Laudato Si’ and The Shambhala Principle: Points of Convergence By Richard Reoch “A certain way of understanding human life and activity has gone awry, to the serious detriment of the world around us. Humanity has entered a new era in which our technical prowess has brought us to a ...continue
The Process Team Launches a Community Engagement Initiative
The Process Team Launches a Community Engagement Initiative – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 10.02.20
Some Background: What is the Process Team and who are its members? The Process Team is a group of volunteers that was originally gathered by the Transition Task Force at the end of 2018.  Its members are a diverse group of people from the international sangha, from ...continue
Climate Warriors: Move to Karme Choling
Climate Warriors: Move to Karme Choling – HIGHLIGHT
4 responses - Posted 09.26.20
Photo by Adam Bixby on Unsplash By Mike de Give Karme Choling announced in April a fundamental shift in how it operates. Instead of depending on programs as its main source of funding, KCL is inviting people to live on the land and form a new community of ...continue
One Madder Woman, by Dede Crane
One Madder Woman, by Dede Crane – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 09.22.20
Long time sangha member, Dede Crane, has a new book out! “These madmen — and one madder woman — paint as if suffering seizures! One cannot make heads or tails of the work without taking ten paces back.” From the author: One Madder Woman is an historical novel set ...continue


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