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The Rough Edges of Basic Goodness

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Contemplating inclusiveness, social difference, and our organization’s prevailing culture

by Michaela McCormick

The Portland Shambhala Center’s Listening Team, led by Mark Douglass, met recently to review the latest round of its interviews of a wide variety of our past and present members to learn the ways in which they participate in the Center’s activities and what encourages and discourages their participation. Our attention went to our organization’s prevailing culture, and its difficulty in embracing the many social differences among us.

In many ways, our recognition of the basic goodness of us all makes us accepting of different ways of being. We do not overtly challenge each other’s behavior. But those of us who represent different ways of being, due to our race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, physical, mental, or perceptual characteristics, or a variety of other less visible identities outside the dominant culture, often feel the pain of exclusion and censor what we say or do for fear of further rejection. Continue…

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Peace Now!

Peace Now! – HIGHLIGHT

Preparations for a symposium with the Sakyong in Vienna by Michael Anderson Taste might be the word best attributable to a Viennese evening of food, drink, and cultural performance. That was indeed the case on the evening of May 5th, as local sangha and guests of the Vienna ... continue
Posted May 19, 2017 by Michael
More Visitors for the Gesar Centre

More Visitors for the Gesar Centre – HIGHLIGHT

An update of progress on Gesar Fund projects and community building near Yushu by Gesar Fund staff members As in 2015-2016 the past winter of 2016-2017 was extremely severe on the altiplano of Yushu. Especially for the elderly, it was possible to leave the house only in the last ... continue
Posted May 15, 2017 by CGH
Growing Enlightened Society

Growing Enlightened Society – HIGHLIGHT

A new project in organic gardening and permaculture methods at Ziji Garden by Audrey Dallamaggiore and Simon Bertin Last November, Dechen Chöling hosted an Enlightened Society Assembly. During this ten-day program, participants were offered the chance to apply the teachings to a practical project around the land center: they ... continue
Posted May 1, 2017 by Audrey Dallamaggiore
Strong Ground for Growing Brave

Strong Ground for Growing Brave – HIGHLIGHT

An invitation to join in community conversations about parenting, and about including children in Shambhala life and culture by Rebekka Henriksen “We are actually building a Buddhist world so that our children can grow up in an atmosphere that is right and good. It’s revolutionary and represents a fantastic ... continue
Posted April 25, 2017 by CGH
Shambhala Household Experiment

Shambhala Household Experiment – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on the household culture and Shambhala experience of Boulder’s Marpa House by Michael Schneeweis While many captivating themes run through the Shambhala teachings, the notion of cultivating a wakeful household stands out as a particularly important aspect of the overall vision of our lineage. I feel incredibly ... continue
Posted April 9, 2017 by CGH
I Can Be Clearly Now

I Can Be Clearly Now – HIGHLIGHT

A story about learning to see, and be, with directness and true clarity by Lisa Freedman  “I’m going to the Met tomorrow. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I will be seeing it for the first time.” A tweed-jacketed gentleman winked as he said this, and stepped out ... continue
Posted March 28, 2017 by CGH
More Motorcyle Meditations

More Motorcyle Meditations – HIGHLIGHT

Pam Linnell, who retires this year from Karmê Chöling, shares a few thoughts about the connection between motorcycle riding and meditation, and her service as Chagdzo at KCL. interview by Cara Thornley Q. Did you have something you would describe as “The Most Memorable Bike Ride” you have ... continue
Posted March 11, 2017 by CGH
Motorcycle Meditations

Motorcycle Meditations – HIGHLIGHT

After 10 years of service Pam Linnell retires this year from Karmê Chöling Meditation Center. She also “retired” in 2015 from 42 years of riding a motorcycle: 20 years as a passenger on her husband’s bike and 22 years of riding her own bike.  interview by Cara ... continue
Posted March 9, 2017 by CGH
Sitting with Dignity

Sitting with Dignity – HIGHLIGHT

Just in time for Shambhala Day celebrations at many centers this coming weekend, some fresh ideas about setting up the shrine room to enhance participation for those who sit in chairs by Stefan Carmien Part of the mission of the working group for accessibility and disability is to ... continue
Posted March 3, 2017 by CGH
Celebrating Candlin

Celebrating Candlin – HIGHLIGHT

Candlin Dobbs leaves her post with the Shambhala Database, moving into a well-earned retirement by John David Smith Candlin worked for Shambhala for about eleven years, making many contributions. Initially, she was hired to head the Shambhala Database (SDB) implementation project, to call each North American center and ... continue
Posted February 7, 2017 by CGH
Challenges and Inspiration

Challenges and Inspiration – HIGHLIGHT

Expanding commitment to accessibility at Shambhala’s land centers by Stefan Carmien Our community has always been aware of the challenges that some of us have faced. A few of you long-time members may recall helping a fellow practitioner up the stairs of the Boulder center at 1111 Pearl ... continue
Posted February 5, 2017 by CGH
Condolences

Condolences

The effects of the tragic attack in the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec on Sunday are being felt throughout the world. As the Premier of Québec said “Not just the Muslim community, it’s not just the people of Quebec. Everyone is suffering from this.” ... continue
Posted February 2, 2017 by David_Brown
Race, Love, and Liberation

Race, Love, and Liberation – HIGHLIGHT

A coalition of meditation centers sponsors community conversation around race, power, and unity in North Carolina by Catherine Neill A long time ago, though it’s only been two weeks, we were in church on a Friday night in Durham, North Carolina to hear Rev. angel Kyodo williams. Everything ... continue
Posted November 22, 2016 by
Prison Retreat

Prison Retreat – HIGHLIGHT

A week-long Shambhala meditation intensive takes place in a prison setting The Snake River Shambhala Meditation Group is the only entity within Shambhala that functions entirely inside a prison—the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, Oregon. This medium-security facility is the largest prison in Oregon (25 acres ... continue
Posted November 16, 2016 by Trime
City of No Illusions

City of No Illusions – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala grows and finds a new home in Buffalo, New York by Pat Pendleton and Ed Taylor Maybe it’s a cicada thing—they certainly were singing in the summer of 2016. After seven years in the cocoon of its previous skin, it was time for Shambhala Meditation Group of ... continue
Posted October 11, 2016 by CGH

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