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Apr 11
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Poetry Space – Shambhala Day Poetry Contest Runners Up

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April is National Poetry Month here in the U.S., and given the confusing state of public discourse recently, I’m reminded of the words of poet William Carlos Williams who wrote, in part…

“It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.”

So, somewhat late, here are the runners-up from this year’s Shambhala Day Poetry Contest. The theme of the contest was “A Fresh Start.”


 

May these words provide one- may they be of benefit.

Only two things you need when you go,
If you would explore. First say, “I don’t know.”
That’s for direction. For fuel, use heart.
Again and again. Each time a fresh start.

— Andrei Foldes, from the New York Dharmadhatu.

 


 

Impermanence

I will breathe my last breath
Yet I know it will not be my last
For there was truly never a first
As a cloud is never only a cloud

— Steven Lango

 


 

I forgot who I was,
until I turned to the water, there I am reminded.
Witnessing buoyant sparkles floating, reflecting,
from meeting the sun.

— Josée-Ann Cloutier, Halifax Shambhala Center

 

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Dathun Ducks

Dathun Ducks

from an anonymous contributor In 2008, I had the great fortune to be able to participate in the winter dathun at Shambhala Mountain Center. It was a great experience for me and I’m very grateful to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his lineage for having created Shambhala, the ... continue
Posted October 25, 2011 by
Being alone being together

Being alone being together – HIGHLIGHT

by Joan Whitaker Sitting alone under a tree Wandering off Re-collecting Coming back to Sitting alone under a tree in the mountain Breathing with the brilliant sun warming and the wind blowing and beating and the vast blue sky inspiring and uplifting. Sitting alone Under a tree Wandering off Re-collecting Coming back to Sitting alone Under the trees In the mountains Breathing With you With each of you Thinking Feeling Seeing Hearing Touching Moving Sighing Laughing Crying Clearing Being ... continue
Posted October 22, 2011 by
"Before and After" by Peter Seidler

Before and After: Portraits from Dathun – HIGHLIGHT

by Peter Seidler This series of photos, titled “Before and After,” comes from a larger project called “Contemplatives,” a visual exploration of the physiological qualities of meditation practice. I set up the “Before and After” project to explore the observable effects on practitioners after long periods of ... continue
Posted October 20, 2011 by
Learning, Appreciation and Commitment...

Learning, Appreciation and Commitment… – HIGHLIGHT

Voices from the Latin American Kalapa Governance Gathering in Chile More than 70 members and leaders of the Shambhala community in Latin America gathered in Santiago Chile this past weekend for the ninth Kalapa Governance Gathering. At the conclusion, they formed a large circle and spoke spontaneously ... continue
Posted September 24, 2011 by
On Place: New York City Art Show

On Place: New York City Art Show

Long time Shambhala sangha member Karen Iglehart is having an art show in New York City from September 6th – 24th. Her work has been on display at Karme Choling in the teacher’s suite, foyer, and Director’s office since May. Her paintings will remain hanging there ... continue
Posted August 30, 2011 by
Collecting Dewdrops

Collecting Dewdrops – HIGHLIGHT

This has been a remarkable summer. With the Sakyong out of retreat, and myself out of a job-on-the-ground (ie: working online has enabled me to be quite flexible with my location and schedule), I made a beeline for retreat centers where the Sakyong was teaching. After ... continue
Posted August 17, 2011 by Sarah
Imagine a Town

Imagine a Town – HIGHLIGHT

by Jeff Fink, sangha member from Park City, Utah After a long cold spring, it’s full-on summer here in Utah at last. Recently, I have had a few amazing conversations with friends about how difficult it is to stay open, and to not shut down. Imagine how ... continue
Posted August 13, 2011 by
Father as Ancestor

Father as Ancestor – HIGHLIGHT

Bill Scheffel reflects on both the passing of his father and the Shambhala teachings of Chogyam Trungpa (whom Bill refers to as “Lord Mukpo”, his family name and the name he often used when teaching Shambhala Training). This essay and collection of poems was inspired by ... continue
Posted August 7, 2011 by
Doha of Supplication

Doha of Supplication – HIGHLIGHT

by Una Chung A doha is a traditional offering of spontaneous insight or realization, often offered as a supplication to the teacher to share the teachings. Upon the occasion of the Rigden Abhisheka this past June at Shambhala Mountain Center, a Shambhala practitioner by the name of ... continue
Posted July 28, 2011 by
Fabrice Champion, toujours artiste trapéziste dans l’âme (trapeze artist still in the soul)

Fabrice Champion, toujours artiste trapéziste dans l’âme (trapeze artist still in the soul)

Fabrice Champion, toujours artiste trapéziste dans l’âme April 29, 2010 – 6:11 pm From the Shambhala Times http://shambhalatimes.org/2010/04/29/fabrice-champion-toujours-artiste-trapeziste-dans-lame/ Fabrice is also a member of the Accessibility and Disability Working Group. Translation of this in the posting below. The Author: Mentso “Bonjour les amis, J’espère que vous allez tous bien en cette journée estivale. Un ... continue
Posted June 6, 2011 by Hamish_MacLaren
Hopeless - a one woman show inspired by Pema Chodron

Hopeless – a one woman show inspired by Pema Chodron

Come see an award winning one-woman show inspired by the writings of Pema Chodron. ‘Hopeless’ An uplifting collection of stories, music and musings on the nature of hope, fear and finding joy, “Hopeless” performed by Melanya Helene is a one-woman celebration of exhaustion, uncertainty and the ... continue
Posted May 30, 2011 by
Calligraphy: Dream-like Phenomena

Calligraphy: Dream-like Phenomena

“All Conditional phenomena, Just like dream and illusion, Like bubbles, and shadows, also like dews and thunder; We should see it just like that.” Chinese calligraphy extracted from “Diamond Sutra”. 一切有為法,如夢幻泡影, 如露亦如電,應作如是觀。 抄錄自《金剛經》 Mixed media with metallic gold color on rice paper, mounted on hemp canvas; ready to hang. The size is 24 by 34 ... continue
Posted May 5, 2011 by Yeachin Tsai
A Tribute to Peter Lieberson

A Tribute to Peter Lieberson – HIGHLIGHT

Peter Lieberson passed away on Saturday, April 23rd. Obituaries have already been published by The New York Times and The New Yorker. There will be sukhavati ceremonies for him in various Shambhala Centers around the world tomorrow. By Sam Bercholz The entrance to the celestial pure land ... continue
Posted April 25, 2011 by
The Sacred Gift: Tradition and Modernity in the Spiritual Art of Nepal

The Sacred Gift: Tradition and Modernity in the Spiritual Art of Nepal – HIGHLIGHT

With great enthusiasm, the Berkeley Shambhala Center is hosting an exhibition of contemporary paintings. You might remember our exhibit, The Divine Feminine in the spring of 2007. The curator, Siddhartha V. Shah, is back along with Barbara Cook bringing still finer, museum-quality work in a major ... continue
Posted April 18, 2011 by
Clouds of Drala Warriors

Clouds of Drala Warriors – HIGHLIGHT

Ladies and Gentlemen of Shambhala, To celebrate this day when we remember and reflect on the life of the Dorje Dradül Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, I have written this poem, which arose from the aspiration for all in this world to benefit from his profound gift of ... continue
Posted April 4, 2011 by

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