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Oct 17
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Human Drala

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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 us separated from the beauty of the world. Practitioners who are familiar with the term drala often associate it with places that have power for us: they provoke a sense of primal vastness and spaciousness. Perhaps they provoke awe, or a sense of beauty. Size is not the issue here—it could be a mountain top, a mossy forest, or a drop of dew. Whatever it is, one feels that it is basically good.

Do you have human dralas in your life? Did they melt your discursiveness? Did they transmit basic goodness in their being? Perhaps this transmission took the form of warmth and compassion. Or perhaps it was wakeful awareness, a sense of big mind. Maybe it took the form of active intelligence, curiosity and engagement with the world. How did you recognize that transmission? How did you sense that it was important? What did it awaken in you? Continue…

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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
How Can Meditation Improve Heart Rate Variability?
How Can Meditation Improve Heart Rate Variability? – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 08.12.19
By “Jackie Writing Jackie” The focal point of Shambhala – the idea that all human beings have a fundamentally good nature – can play an important role in the way human beings live, eat, breathe and meditate, enabling them to improve their heart rate variability. As stated ...continue
Meditation and Corporate Socially Responsible Behavior
Meditation and Corporate Socially Responsible Behavior – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 08.06.19
Could there be a link between meditation practices and shifting corporate concerns to align with the greater good? Can coaching based on introspection and meditation programs in the business world impact the probability to act in a socially responsible way? Many popular books and scholarly articles have discussed ...continue
Coming Home to Yourself
Coming Home to Yourself – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 07.29.19
From www.thepresencepoint.com By Sarah Lipton We already have what we need. We are who we have always been. When we gaze out at the horizon, if we know how to look, we see our own mind mirrored back. It is time, I believe, to look to our roots. So how ...continue
Interconnected, Embracing Life in Our Global Society: a new book by the 17th Karmapa
Interconnected, Embracing Life in Our Global Society: a new book by the 17th Karmapa – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 07.23.19
A book review by Christine Heming Interconnected, Embracing Life in Our Global Society is a deep dive into the Buddhist teaching on interdependence.  His Holiness The Karmapa speaks with a gentle tone, a sharp clarity, and at times, a poetic elegance.  His aim is help us “think ...continue
Each Mindful Meal Is A Step Towards Sustainable Food For All
Each Mindful Meal Is A Step Towards Sustainable Food For All – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 07.15.19
By “Jackie Writing Jackie” Around the world, over 3 billion people are malnourished, and many more eat a poor quality diet. Sustainable food practices are essential in order to ensure an adequate supply of good quality, nourishing food for an ever expanding population. However, in a world of ...continue
Why save Marpa house? Why sell it?
Why save Marpa house? Why sell it? – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 07.10.19
By Lainie Logan To show support for saving Marpa House, add your comments below, pledge a conditional payment, or offer a friendly loan. Go online here to learn more https://www.futureofmarpahouse.com/who-we-are/ This is an opinion piece. I do not speak for the board of the non-profit Community of Marpa ...continue


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