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How Can Art Enhance The Experience Of Meditation?

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By “Jackie Writing Jackie”

Meditation and mindfulness are vital practices embraced by Buddhists, owing to their ability to keep the mind on the eightfold path, as well as the many benefits they bestow on human mental health. If, in the past, meditation was seen as an ‘alternative therapy’ practiced by Buddhists and members of specific faiths, today, up to 500 million people of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds practice meditation as a way to battle stress, improve their mood and focus, and feel more connected to a force that is larger than themselves. In order to enhance mindfulness during meditation, many tools are used – everything from selecting natural settings to choosing calming aromas. Art, however, can also boost the state of being ‘in the here and now’ and serve as a practical tool during meditation practice.
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Shambhala and the Arts

Shambhala and the Arts – HIGHLIGHT

This March, Shambhala Times will be celebrating Shambhala and the Arts in honor of Shambhala Art Day, which is coming up on March 20th. In the coming month, we will be focusing on the various forms of art, artistic expression, and Shambhala Art teachings. If you ... continue
Posted March 5, 2012 by
Rigden on a Hilltop

Rigden on a Hilltop – HIGHLIGHT

By Jennifer Holder This short story is a tribute to the Rigden, who in Shambhala is the basic enlightened nature of all human beings and the “Possessor of Family Awareness.” Standing on a hillside, the Rigden surveys the ground. Taking in the view, assessing the arrangement of the ... continue
Posted March 4, 2012 by Jennifer Holder
Water Dragon

Water Dragon – HIGHLIGHT

This poem by Shastri Dan Hessey was spontaneously composed about the water dragon during a Werma Feast in Boulder this past weekend. Water Dragon Under the stars in the ink-black sky Ethereal breath Gathers in cumulus magnificence. Dragon’s thunder-heart beats. Pitching down the mountain’s green slope, A hidden waterfall mists and sprays where Rainbows ... continue
Posted February 29, 2012 by
Beyond Time, and the White Washed Brains

Beyond Time, and the White Washed Brains – HIGHLIGHT

These two short offerings were written for Acharya Noel McLellan’s grade 11 English class at the Shambhala School. The first piece, by Kelsey Borden, is a paragraph response to the poem of the week, which in this case was Season’s Greetings, by Chogyam Trungpa. The poem ... continue
Posted February 16, 2012 by

Song for Shambhala Level Three

The weekend of January 13 to 15 was the occasion of a delightful Shambhala Training Level Three in Fredericton. The twelve participants were taught and inspired by Director Craig Schneider and Assistant Director David Seabrook – in his first Level as an AD – while ... continue
Posted January 17, 2012 by frances_giberson
The Ability of Crazy

The Ability of Crazy – HIGHLIGHT

poem offered by Wendy Elizabeth Langmuir Baks, long-time member of the Shambhala community, living in Toronto Crazy is simply an ability to walk amongst the moonbeams with arms and wings wide open my love continue
Posted December 25, 2011 by
laughter and tears

laughter and tears – HIGHLIGHT

poem offered by Jeff A. Fink we were once shiny, undented had baby after baby with limitless perfect futures. we had answers, speed and never enough time, we were accelerating. last night fall came to this mountain the face of the grey man peering through the glass, this morning we sit beneath a weakening sun the ... continue
Posted December 10, 2011 by
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
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
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
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

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