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The Crystal Sands

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A short story about power dynamics and consensual relationship
by Anne-Marie Keppel

There once were two humans sitting on a beach. Beautiful, glistening, crystal-like sand covered the beach like a blanket of starry wonder. The sand stretched across the entire expanse surrounding them, and at the edges mingled with the gentle rippling waves of time. The Two sat upright and comfortable, looking at each other. They were alike in every way except one could see all of the glistening crystal sands beneath them, and the other could not.

The Other, who could not see the sand, said, “I’ve been told by some that you can see the crystal sands everywhere and around everyone. Is this true?”

The One replied, “Yes, this is true.” Continue…

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I've Gotten as Far as Fearlessness

I’ve Gotten as Far as Fearlessness – HIGHLIGHT

The Tiger says: “You are good enough to help.” The Lion says: “You know you want to help.” The Garuda says: “It’s time. Let’s do this.” I can’t wait to hear what the Dragon says. But for now, there’s work to do. a bit of verse by Alan Augustson continue
Posted June 2, 2018 by
Why art, why now?

Why art, why now? – HIGHLIGHT

The third in a three-part series about art, creativity, and the creative process by Katey Schultz I want to wrap up this three-part series helping writers and creative types “come at” their imaginations and their creative practices in new ways, by touching on a big topic. I began ... continue
Posted May 3, 2018 by
Meditation and Revision

Meditation and Revision – HIGHLIGHT

The second in a three-part series about art, creativity, and the creative process by Katey Schultz Last time, I wrote about ways to Jumpstart Your Creative Flow, offering a few techniques I use to help engage my imagination and creative process. This time, I want to look at ... continue
Posted May 1, 2018 by
Jumpstart Your Creative Flow

Jumpstart Your Creative Flow – HIGHLIGHT

The first of three articles on art, creativity, and the creative process by Katey Schultz Every week in my Into the Flash online class, I offer a mindful flow exercise. This is a mindfulness, meditation-inspired exercise that I design specifically for writers and creative types to help them ... continue
Posted April 29, 2018 by
"The realm of perception is limitless, so limitless that perception itself is primordial, unthinkable, beyond thought. . . . Perception here is not just what you perceive but the whole act of perceiving—the interaction between consciousness, the sense organs, and the sense fields, or the objects of perception." Chögyam Trungpa, Shambhala, Sacred Path of the Warrior, pp. 101-2

The Whole Act of Perceiving

    “The realm of perception is limitless, so limitless that perception itself is primordial, unthinkable, beyond thought. . . . Perception here is not just what you perceive but the whole act of perceiving—the interaction between consciousness, the sense organs, and the sense fields, or the objects ... continue
Posted April 4, 2018 by
Travels in Tibet

Travels in Tibet – HIGHLIGHT

A book excerpt from My Search in Tibet for the Wish-Fulfilling Jewel by Peter Mt. Shasta As the monks chanted over and over I joined in. Spiritual energy filled my mind and body. As my eyes were closing, the naljorpa who had given me the slip earlier suddenly ... continue
Posted March 11, 2018 by CGH
Natural Flowers 3

Natural Flowers 3 – HIGHLIGHT

Part three of a three-part series exploring the broader meanings of ikebana  by Marcia Shibata, with guest editor Crystal Gandrud When Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche discovered ikebana, he immediately perceived the profound potential of this discipline that can teach people about the five elements, natural hierarchy, and constant flow and ... continue
Posted March 5, 2018 by CGH
Natural Flowers 2

Natural Flowers 2 – HIGHLIGHT

Part two of a three-part series exploring the broader meanings of ikebana  by Marcia Shibata, with guest editor Crystal Gandrud Many westerners shy from, even reject, the idea of hierarchy. It is irritating and threatening because the human world has seen so many examples of destructive human hierarchal leadership ... continue
Posted March 3, 2018 by CGH
Natural Flowers

Natural Flowers – HIGHLIGHT

Part one of a three-part series exploring the broader meanings of ikebana  by Marcia Shibata, with guest editor Crystal Gandrud Sometimes I’m asked why Shambhala Centers have Asian style flower arrangements. After all, we are in the west, right? We could make western arrangements much faster. We could copy ... continue
Posted March 1, 2018 by CGH
Shambhala Day Poetry Entries

Shambhala Day Poetry Entries – HIGHLIGHT

Full submissions for the 2018 Shambhala Day Poetry Contest In these complicated days, we’ve decided to publish all of the poems submitted to this year’s Shambhala Day Poetry Contest. Click here to see the winning poem and the three runners-up Winning Entry and Runners Up Below are the other ... continue
Posted February 23, 2018 by
Loyalty and Joy

Loyalty and Joy – HIGHLIGHT

  2018 Shambhala Day Poetry Contest, Winner and Runners Up We were honored to coordinate the annual Shambhala Day Poetry contest again in this, the year of the Earth Dog. As in years past, we enjoyed entries from the United States, Canada, and several European countries. The “prompt” for ... continue
Posted February 17, 2018 by
Shambhala Day Poetry Contest Call for Entries 2018

Shambhala Day Poetry Contest Call for Entries 2018 – HIGHLIGHT

We are delighted to announce the Annual Shambhala Day Poetry Contest for 2018. The theme of this year’s poetry contest is “Loyalty and Joy.” As in past years, the editors of Poetry Space will select one winning poem to be read aloud as part of the Sakyong’s ... continue
Posted January 18, 2018 by
The Snow Man

The Snow Man – HIGHLIGHT

by Wallace Stevens One must have a mind of winter To regard the frost and the boughs Of the pine-trees crusted with snow; And have been cold a long time To behold the junipers shagged with ice, The spruces rough in the distant glitter Of the January sun; and not to think Of any ... continue
Posted December 31, 2017 by CGH
Poetry Space, Late Fall 2017

Poetry Space, Late Fall 2017 – HIGHLIGHT

Winter is upon us across the North country. What better time to settle into some new work. With gratitude for all who support our modest efforts here at Poetry Space… continue
Posted December 1, 2017 by
The Sweeper, A Buddhist Tale

The Sweeper, A Buddhist Tale – HIGHLIGHT

Writing a dharma story for children by Becky Hazell Writing about dharma for children can be tricky. The story can’t be too simplistic or moralistic because it won’t engage a child, but you also want to offer something meaningful. I remember a sweet book someone gave us when ... continue
Posted October 25, 2017 by CGH

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