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May 19
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A Tale of Impermanence

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shambhala los angeles closedby Debra Dysart, Los Angeles Shambhala

One thing the global pandemic taught us was that plans change. What you may have thought you’d be doing in 2020 likely didn’t happen. Last March, I remember being at a chorus rehearsal with 50 fellow singers preparing for a pair of concerts we were getting ready to perform in April when the very next day we got the word that future rehearsals were cancelled immediately. We learned singing in a group was one of the fastest ways to spread COVID-19 and was a dangerous activity. Likewise gathering in a shrine room, sitting side-by-side, doing the morning chants then putting our attention on our breath was no longer safe. Shambhala Los Angeles closed the doors of its three locations and moved its public meditation sessions online. Eventually, as it became clear the pandemic was not soon going away, we began offering classes and full weekend programs online, joining every other Shambhala Center in quickly getting up to speed on Zoom.

When we closed our doors last March here in Los Angeles, none of us envisioned it would be for the last time. One by one we have packed up and moved out of the three spaces we were leasing, each with their own unique characters created by local community members who lovingly cared for them over the years. Continue…

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Touching the Earth Collective: May Newsletter

Touching the Earth Collective: May Newsletter – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted May 7, 2021 by archives-staff
Introducing Shambhala Community Conversations

Introducing Shambhala Community Conversations – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted April 29, 2021 by archives-staff
Make a Loud Noise for Democracy

Make a Loud Noise for Democracy – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted April 21, 2021 by archives-staff
Honoring Earth Day 2021 in Shambhala

Honoring Earth Day 2021 in Shambhala – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted April 20, 2021 by archives-staff
Touching the Earth Collective: April 2021

Touching the Earth Collective: April 2021 – HIGHLIGHT

April 2021 Newsletter Persisting on the Dark Mountain An interview with Nick Hunt and Charlotte Du Cann, by Greg Webster Back in the late 2000s two young writers, Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine, emerging from environmental activism in the UK, were troubled by the direction of travel they saw ... continue
Posted April 6, 2021 by archives-staff
Parinirvana Day 2021

Parinirvana Day 2021 – HIGHLIGHT

Events, Resources & Offerings   The Parinirvana, or passing, of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche is commemorated on April 4 each year. It is a day for the Shambhala sangha to gather together to celebrate the life and teachings of the Vidyadhara. This year, Lady Diana Mukpo will host ... continue
Posted March 25, 2021 by archives-staff
Some Ways to Use Music In Your Meditation

Some Ways to Use Music In Your Meditation – HIGHLIGHT

By “Jackie Writing Jackie” Meditation practice and music are naturally intertwined. The natural rhythm and tones of music can help you to channel your mind, regulate your breathing patterns and move your consciousness inwards, away from worries and troubles. Studies have shown that music helps you to focus and concentrate on ... continue
Posted March 24, 2021 by archives-staff
Happy Birthday, Taggie Mukpo!

Happy Birthday, Taggie Mukpo! – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted March 9, 2021 by archives-staff
Touching the Earth Collective: March 2021

Touching the Earth Collective: March 2021 – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted March 5, 2021 by archives-staff
Carta del Torii Abierto

Carta del Torii Abierto

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Posted March 5, 2021 by archives-staff
Letter from the Open Torii

Letter from the Open Torii – HIGHLIGHT

Note: This letter was originally posted at https://www.ldmletter.com/. Este artículo ha sido traducido al español aqui. Cheerful year of the Iron Ox to the Sangha of Warriors, Last summer, Diana Mukpo convened a group to advise her on how best to support the dharma legacy of Chögyam Trungpa ... continue
Posted March 2, 2021 by archives-staff
Dying Well: A Book and Community Conversation

Dying Well: A Book and Community Conversation – HIGHLIGHT

With Richard Reoch and Ron Schultz Article by Ron Schultz “I thought I was preparing for death. And in reality, I learned I was preparing to live more fully.” When Richard Reoch wrote Dying Well, his impetus was an awareness that people didn’t know what to say to people ... continue
Posted February 23, 2021 by archives-staff
Therapy and Counselling Program for Shambhala Community Members Seeking Assistance

Therapy and Counselling Program for Shambhala Community Members Seeking Assistance – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash Dear Shambhala Community, The Shambhala Board acknowledges that healing and repair is an imperative for our community, and we aspire to do what we can to repair past and current harm, particularly for those individuals who have experienced harm due to aggression, ... continue
Posted February 19, 2021 by archives-staff
Touching the Earth Collective: February 2021

Touching the Earth Collective: February 2021 – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted February 8, 2021 by archives-staff
Virtual Cushion in January: featuring Jeff Scott

Virtual Cushion in January: featuring Jeff Scott – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted January 12, 2021 by archives-staff

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