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Mar 03

Sitting with Dignity

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Just in time for Shambhala Day celebrations at many centers this coming weekend, some fresh ideas about setting up the shrine room to enhance participation for those who sit in chairs

by Stefan Carmien

Part of the mission of the working group for accessibility and disability is to pay particular attention to making the practice environment accessible. Towards this end we have created checklists for centres to make their spaces accessible for students who have visual, auditory and motoric disabilities and made them available on the Shambhala accessibility website. We have also worked with practice centres, particularly Dechen Chöling, to ensure accessibility to spoken teachings with simultaneous translation systems. Where needed, we have done some consulting and provided help with tailoring shrine rooms and lecture spaces acoustics to maximise intelligibility of amplified systems in these spaces. In addition, we have provided individual inductive loop and headset systems for people who need these in programs. All of these are addressing the specific sensory needs of our sangha in order to learn and collaborate in teaching situations. Continue…

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Shambhala Day 2017
Shambhala Day 2017 – HIGHLIGHT
3 responses - Posted 02.27.17
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New Orleans Event
New Orleans Event – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 02.25.17
A collaborative group comes together to host Shambhala programming in New Orleans–and beyond! An interview with group member and Ziji Collective participant Fred Meyer. by Carol Henderson Shambhala Times: I’m curious about how all of this came about, so maybe you could start by sharing how your working ...continue
Drala Encampment, Earth and Space
Drala Encampment, Earth and Space – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 02.23.17
In our final story on this Dorje Kasung encampment, we get a glimpse into a special part of the practice: skirmish, a mock battle that provides insight into each warrior’s state of mind under pressure by Harrison Holmes Earth Skirmish: Before the mock battle begins we are sent out into ...continue
Drala Encampment, Wind and Fire
Drala Encampment, Wind and Fire – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 02.21.17
We continue following the adventures of Drala Regional Encampment, in part two of a multi-part series on this event by Harrison Holmes On day three, rain is replaced by wind. Setting about our activities, we dig holes, chop wood, repair tents, and arrange the shrine room. Throughout, we never ...continue
Halifax Hosts Trust Meeting
Halifax Hosts Trust Meeting – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 02.19.17
The Shambhala Trust met in Halifax to consider a variety of proposals for funding by Ginny Evans It had been far too long since the Shambhala Trust last met in Halifax, and once we had the experience, all of us were asking ourselves why it had been such ...continue
The Dorje Kasung and the Mamos
The Dorje Kasung and the Mamos – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 02.17.17
As we enter Dön Season, an exploration of how this time of year relates to a major Shambhalian service organization, the Dorje Kasung by Darryl Burnham, Kadö,  Dorje is a Tibetan word that means indestructible or diamond-like, and Kasung refers to a command (Ka) that is protected by wakefulness. So ...continue
Drala Regional Encampment
Drala Regional Encampment – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 02.15.17
Members of the Dorje Kasung gather for fellowship and practice; the forms and precision of military life allow for alert relaxation, tender wakefulness by Harrison Holmes Day One: Water We arrived at Drala Point just as Hurricane Mathew was making its way up the coast. Quickly setting up camp ...continue
Proclaiming Humanity's Goodness
Proclaiming Humanity’s Goodness – HIGHLIGHT
4 responses - Posted 02.13.17
by Michelle Munro On February 3-5th we had the pleasure of hosting the Sakyong at the Halifax Shambhala Centre, where he led a program titled “Proclaiming Humanity’s Goodness: Shambhala Meditation.” As a Centre we are always delighted to have Rinpoche be with us and teach us. Leading up ...continue
Inspired to Engage
Inspired to Engage – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 02.11.17
A Shambhalian’s Experience of the Women’s March in Los Angeles by Allison Conant Just as in over 670 cities and towns across the globe, Los Angeles held a women’s march. It was the biggest civil demonstration in the history of the city. The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles ...continue
Letter of Affirmation
Letter of Affirmation – HIGHLIGHT
3 responses - Posted 02.09.17
An open letter from leaders of the Northern California Shambhala community, sharing a statement about recent events. Through studying the Shambhala teachings, we learn that humanity and human society as basically good. Through the practice of meditation, we can experience that basic goodness, gain confidence in it, ...continue
Celebrating Candlin
Celebrating Candlin – HIGHLIGHT
10 responses - Posted 02.07.17
Candlin Dobbs leaves her post with the Shambhala Database, moving into a well-earned retirement by John David Smith Candlin worked for Shambhala for about eleven years, making many contributions. Initially, she was hired to head the Shambhala Database (SDB) implementation project, to call each North American center and ...continue
Challenges and Inspiration
Challenges and Inspiration – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 02.05.17
Expanding commitment to accessibility at Shambhala’s land centers by Stefan Carmien Our community has always been aware of the challenges that some of us have faced. A few of you long-time members may recall helping a fellow practitioner up the stairs of the Boulder center at 1111 Pearl ...continue
Heart to Heart Writing
Heart to Heart Writing – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 02.03.17
Meditators gather in Palm Beach, Florida to explore writing as contemplative practice by Tunde Nemeth I’m so excited to be back at the Palm Beach Shambhala Centre after a summer in the Great White North, and even more excited to be doing contemplative writing again. What a contemplative writing ...continue
Understanding Dön Season
Understanding Dön Season – HIGHLIGHT
4 responses - Posted 02.01.17
When the world is filled with evil, pacify the Döns and Mamos by Russell Rodgers In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there is a period before the Tibetan New Year in the late winter/early spring when accumulated karma comes to fruition and societal obstacles arise. This year, between February ...continue

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