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A five-act comedy that takes us to the court of the Rigden

by Walker Blaine

A year ago in the spring, I had the most surprising thought: I could write a five-act Shambhala comedy. It was as though a light physically turned on in my head, and within a few weeks I had a working draft of Norbu and the Mystery of the Missing Ratna. Friends joined my wife and me for readings in our apartment, and Liz Richardson, a professional actress, offered to co-direct a production. We soon had auditions and a cast of 17 preparing 23 parts for a staged reading at the Halifax Shambhala Centre last fall.  Continue…

Entries filed under Arts and Poetry


Pieces of Winter

Pieces of Winter – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Poetry Space Special Reminder: The final submission deadline for the first Winter Haiku Contest is January 16. Don’t miss it!! This contest is being judged by our special visiting judge, noted haiku expert and longtime sangha member, Patricia Donegan. The winner will receive a signed copy ... continue
Posted January 16, 2015 by
Announcing the 2015 Shambhala Day Poetry Contest

Announcing the 2015 Shambhala Day Poetry Contest – HIGHLIGHT

Year of the Wood Sheep COLUMN: Poetry Space In celebration of the approaching Year of the Wood Sheep, the Office of the Kalapa Court and the Office of Culture and Decorum and Poetry Space are pleased to announce the second annual Shambhala Day Poetry Contest. As this is the ... continue
Posted January 12, 2015 by
Midwinter Haiku Contest

Midwinter Haiku Contest – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Poetry Space Extending the Submission Date for the Midwinter Haiku Contest and…Announcing Patricia Donegan as our special visiting Guest Judge We’re delighted to announce that noted Haiku expert, poet and longtime sangha member Patricia Donegan has agreed to act our special visiting Guest Judge for the first ... continue
Posted December 13, 2014 by
Fragile Ego

Fragile Ego – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Celebrating the Arts On Writing by Michelle Welch, Phoenix If you’re a writer and you’re trying to do anything but self-publish exclusively, you’re going to have to face rejection. My first agent hunt involved 8 rejection letters; my second, four. I have a raft of rejections from years ... continue
Posted December 12, 2014 by
Kado: Being Quiet and Doing Something!

Kado: Being Quiet and Doing Something! – HIGHLIGHT

One of Marcia Shibata’s offeringsCOLUMN: Celebrating the Arts by Jacqueline Larson, Toronto, Ontario, Canada More than knowing a thing or two about flowers, Marcia Wang Shibata knows her own mind — but then, she’s been following the way of flowers for a long time. Ms. Shibata, a Master ... continue
Posted December 8, 2014 by
Compassionate Brush

Compassionate Brush – HIGHLIGHT

A student’s tone drawing of a lotusContemplative Art Project with the Vancouver School Board article, photos and video by Brian Callahan On October 21st, His Holiness XIV Dalai Lama visited a Vancouver high school to dialogue with students on the importance of educating the heart as well as ... continue
Posted November 23, 2014 by
A Night Room

A Night Room – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Poetry Space Autumn Edition We’re delighted to share more new work from across the sangha. Below are four pieces from two poets who are both new to Poetry Space. Also, don’t forget our Winter Haiku contest – all entries due by December 21. Email your entries to ... continue
Posted November 21, 2014 by
First Annual Midwinter Haiku Contest

First Annual Midwinter Haiku Contest – HIGHLIGHT

Request for Entries from the Poetry Editorial Board for the Shambhala Times if I held it in my hands my hot tears would melt it — autumn frost ~~ basho 1684 As we write this, the days are fast growing shorter, the ... continue
Posted November 19, 2014 by
The Last Breath of Summer

The Last Breath of Summer – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Poetry Space Summer in the land of Shambhala is a time for retreat and practice, for family, for play and yes, for work. Below are our selections for the final Poetry Space of the summer. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – as the season turns, dust off the pen, ... continue
Posted September 12, 2014 by
Everything is Better...with a Friend

Everything is Better…with a Friend – HIGHLIGHT

And now, for a little dose of humor…. Karme Choling retreat center in northern Vermont brings you the next in a growing series of music videos. “Everything Is Better With A Friend” features sangha member “T-Biggs” with additional vocals by Alex Vlasic and Adrienne Kehn; camera work ... continue
Posted September 7, 2014 by
Landscape as Sacred Map

Landscape as Sacred Map – HIGHLIGHT

Pilgrim, TibetAnnouncing a New Book Release A Photographic Journey into the Heart of the Himalayas by David Zurick, Berea, Kentucky In 2004 I began traveling in the Himalaya and Tibet with a large-format camera and sheet film to make black-and-white photographs of sacred places in the region: monasteries, shrines, ... continue
Posted September 3, 2014 by
Making Music Mindfully

Making Music Mindfully – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Celebrating the Arts Intercultural Improvisation with the OMG by Alex W. Rodriguez, Los Angeles Since taking up the trumpet at age ten — and the trombone two years later — my life as a musician has taken some interesting turns. None of them, however, has been as exciting ... continue
Posted August 30, 2014 by
Listening in Color

Listening in Color – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Celebrating the Arts article and painting by Christine Labich, Western Massachusetts The inspiration arrived on a late afternoon in October. The New England hardwoods were blazing against a blue sky, and I was standing on the muddy bank of a small brook. Decaying leaves pushed up against ... continue
Posted August 23, 2014 by
"This time, Just Enjoy!"

“This time, Just Enjoy!” – HIGHLIGHT

Relaxation and the Practice of Ikebana article by Pam Rubin photos by Liza Matthews Watanabe Sensei turned ninety this past year, and after a four-year absence from her annual visits, Kalapa Ikebana invited her to visit Halifax again, without any expectations. Soon the good news spread: Sensei would ... continue
Posted July 18, 2014 by
Come, Come and Dance…

Come, Come and Dance… – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Poetry Space Coordinator’s Note, from Jeff Fink: One afternoon, in the lower living room at Karme Choling, I picked up a book that had been left on the coffee table; it was Smile of the Tiger, the first of the Sakyong’s books of poetry. With some ... continue
Posted July 7, 2014 by

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