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Gardening and Impermanence

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In a southwesterly corner of the Ziji Garden, beneath the soft shade of the old walnut tree, lie rows of decaying mounds of vegetable waste and decomposing grass. The stench of rotting vegetables fills the air. If you’re searching for a place to contemplate impermanence, this is it.

All physical and mental events come into being and dissolve, but we can’t always see this dissolution happening in our lives. We become caught up in the content, trapped in webs of detail and discursive chatter. The compost area is like a physical manifestation of life’s continual and unending transmutation. Everything is in constant compost flux and the only certain thing is change. Continue…

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Doing Good and Doing Well

Doing Good and Doing Well – HIGHLIGHT

Another profile in a series exploring ways of expressing “right livelihood” by Andrea D’Asaro The Shambhala teachings are inspiring Seattle sangha members in their professional lives and as volunteers, where they offer their skills and time each month towards running our center.  These members are making “right livelihood” ... continue
Posted June 12, 2018 by CGH
Project Worthmore

Project Worthmore – HIGHLIGHT

Understanding immigration issues in our community  by Rachel Hanson On Tuesday, May 29th, about fifteen members of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver (SMDC) gathered together for a panel on refugee issues in Colorado. The event was sponsored by the Denver Center’s Community Engagement Team, and featured speakers ... continue
Posted June 8, 2018 by CGH
Remote Teaching

Remote Teaching – HIGHLIGHT

Working with program participants attending via Zoom by Chris Montone I recently taught a complete Level IV Shambhala Training weekend to a woman in Idaho from my local Shambhala Center in Washington, DC.  This was a new experience for me as a teacher and I believe it was a ... continue
Posted June 6, 2018 by CGH
Why Wouldn't I Be?

Why Wouldn’t I Be? – HIGHLIGHT

The many meanings of formal membership in the Shambhala sangha by Rachel Hanson When I was asked to write about why I am a member of Shambhala, my first thought was “Why wouldn’t I be?” Unfortunately, that isn’t really an answer to the question. It turned out answering ... continue
Posted June 4, 2018 by CGH
Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Mindfulness in Everyday Life – HIGHLIGHT

Thoughts on the value of meditation training for our day-to-day lives by Jessica Gurvit It is said that meditation is like our legs and the Dharma is like our eyes. Without legs we can’t get anywhere. But without eyes, we don’t know where we are going, so our ... continue
Posted May 21, 2018 by CGH
A Blessing for Spring

A Blessing for Spring – HIGHLIGHT

 A children’s spring blessing by Acharya Richard John in Seattle on May 4 Photos by Michelle Ringgold Making room for the sun in your heart Everything is fresh! The clouds of this and that wash away. A cookie for me A flower for you and now we play. Ki Ki So So!   continue
Posted May 11, 2018 by CGH
My Testimony as 'MIA'

My Testimony as ‘MIA’ – HIGHLIGHT

Reconnecting with Shambhala through the Meditation In Action program at Dechen Chöling by Denis Blaise I came to France in September 2017 to find solace from major life changes. I had dreamed of reconnecting with my French relatives for years and finally took the opportunity of doing so. After ... continue
Posted May 9, 2018 by CGH
Right Livelihood

Right Livelihood – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhalians taking mindfulness to work by Andrea D’Asaro In Buddhist terms, “right livelihood” is a traditional teaching about living a dignified life and working in an ethical way. The Shambhala path inspired one Seattle member to consider this teaching, leading to a transformation in interactions at work, as ... continue
Posted May 7, 2018 by CGH
The Possibilities of Butterfly

The Possibilities of Butterfly – HIGHLIGHT

Appreciating a Level II for teens recently taught by Shastri Nick Kranz at Karmê Chöling by Anne-Marie Keppel Often adults are afraid of teens. I get it. Teens can move in tight omnivorous packs, with untamed hormones and swift tongues that may whip out an uncomfortable truth or ... continue
Posted April 17, 2018 by CGH
Shambhala's Bank

Shambhala’s Bank – HIGHLIGHT

An interview that tells us what Shambhalians really ought to know about the Shambhala Credit Union with Bob Sutherland, CEO Times:  What is the Shambhala Credit Union? Bob:  We are a fully functioning financial institution whose mission is to serve people in the Shambhala community. Times: How does that work, and ... continue
Posted April 15, 2018 by CGH
At Home in Oregon

At Home in Oregon – HIGHLIGHT

Open Sky Shambhala Group finds a new home by Mia Coltrane Members of the Open Sky Shambhala group in Eugene, Oregon are very happy to announce that our center has moved to a new location. We completed our auspiciously-timed move in early February, just prior to Shambhala Day. Open ... continue
Posted March 27, 2018 by CGH
Gardening at Dechen Chöling

Gardening at Dechen Chöling – HIGHLIGHT

Gardening as a path to enlightened society, through sustainability practices by Guy Mosel For Simon Bertin, Head of Garden at Dechen Chöling, gardening is about more than just growing food – it’s a crucial element of an enlightened society. “Gardens should be places of contemplation,” Simon says. “They should ... continue
Posted March 25, 2018 by CGH
Community Update

Community Update – HIGHLIGHT

From the Kalapa Council of Shambhala Dear Community – You may have seen the recent media coverage in The Guardian and Newsweek about the Kalapa Council’s February 12 letter to the community regarding harm and abuse. The Kalapa Council was aware that these articles would be published, and would like ... continue
Posted March 9, 2018 by CGH
Crossing Peddler's Brook

Crossing Peddler’s Brook – HIGHLIGHT

Kalapa Valley receives a Shambhala trust grant to build a bridge across Peddler’s Brook by Kristine McCutcheon The Shambhala Trust has awarded a grant to Kalapa Valley for the construction of a foot bridge across the Peddler’s Brook. The bridge is an important and significant undertaking. Other than the ... continue
Posted February 27, 2018 by kristine_mccutcheon
Shambhala Is A Culture

Shambhala Is A Culture – HIGHLIGHT

Contemplating culture and decorum in Chicago by Akiba Barberousse Throughout Shambhala, a member of the leadership team at every center worldwide holds the position of Delegate to the Office of Culture & Decorum. Generally, this person is appointed by the director of the international office via nomination from ... continue
Posted February 14, 2018 by CGH

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