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Dispelling the Myth of “They”

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A story about Growing Brave through discovering inherent wisdom

by Leslie Gossett

There is so much sadness and longing in creating good human society. We feel the potential. Yet we also feel how distant this possibility might seem.

I’ve been involved in Shambhala leadership for a few years: from leading Young Meditator Groups, to participating in the Bay Area Ziji Council, the Northern California Regional Council and as the Regional Director of Families and Children.

Over the years, what stood out for me most was the evolution of my mantras:

“They Should…” Create more children’s programs. Empower more young leaders. Relate better to diversity. Be less rigid about form. Be more rigid about form. Be more skilled with money.

By constantly blaming others in reaction to frustration, I grew resentful. However, these challenges also invited me to delve deeper into my own longing and sadness. As I became more curious, I began to trust that my feelings of struggle and resentment also possessed immense wisdom. Continue…

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Seattle Conversations and Connections – HIGHLIGHT

Inclusion movement fueled by radical compassion by Andrea D’Asaro Groups throughout our Seattle community are engaging in challenging conversations and connections around diversity and implicit bias, with the goal of healing collectively through mindfulness and insight.  The book Radical Dharma is the touchstone of these efforts.  Lead author ... continue
Posted November 10, 2017 by CGH

The Time to get it Right – HIGHLIGHT

Initiating the climate change conversation in Nova Scotia: A Retreat at the Thinkers Lodge, Pugwash, Nova Scotia on the 60th Anniversary of the Inaugural Pugwash Conference on Nuclear Disarmament, Co-Recipient of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize By Shastri Christine Heming and Karalee Clark The Statement: We know there are no ... continue
Posted October 23, 2017 by CGH

Harvesting Peace in Seattle

Delightful series of photos from a joyful Harvest of Peace celebration in the Pacific Northwest Contributed by Ben Black At this year’s Harvest of Peace event, members and friends of the Seattle Shambhala Center held a lhasang, created a lovely fall-themed flower mandala, set out beautiful seasonal offerings, ... continue
Posted October 15, 2017 by CGH

Climate Change Optimism – HIGHLIGHT

Social Action LA takes a closer look at climate change, and engages in contemplation practice  to help participants carry their intentions from the cushion out into the world by Chris Bomba The morning of Saturday, September 16, over twenty people gathered at the Eagle Rock Shambhala Center for ... continue
Posted October 9, 2017 by CGH

Werma Arrows – HIGHLIGHT

The Dawn of a New Generation by Jacquelyn Schneider and Dale Hinchey During the final days of Magyal Pomra Encampment in 2015, through auspicious coincidence, Jacquelyn Schneider and Dale Hinchey were discussing Kyudo, ya (arrows), and ritual implements. Jacquelyn inquired about the Werma Arrow she noticed on the ... continue
Posted October 5, 2017 by CGH

An Arrow Lands in Nova Scotia – HIGHLIGHT

Joyful parents share a birth announcement, and also a birth poem by Walker Blaine Patricia and Walker Blaine are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Griffin Arrow Blaine, who was born in the morning on Tuesday, August 22nd 2017, the Year of the Fire Bird, in ... continue
Posted October 3, 2017 by CGH

Contemplative Social Engagement – HIGHLIGHT

Exploring roles that the Shambhala community can play in transforming society through these challenging times by Kelsey Blackwell and David Kahane We live in a time of social, political and environmental turbulence: political division, natural disasters, economic polarization, climate change, refugee flows, hatred and intolerance toward foreigners, people of color, ... continue
Posted September 27, 2017 by CGH

Harvest of Peace 2017 – HIGHLIGHT

From everyone here at the Shambhala Times, best wishes for a cheerful Harvest of Peace! Every year at the time of each solstice and equinox, Shambhalians around the world gather in community to mark the changing of the seasons. The Harvest of Peace Nyida Day is celebrated ... continue
Posted September 23, 2017 by CGH

Self-Existing Dignity – HIGHLIGHT

A Shambhala warrior from Baltimore shares her story of abuse, recovery, and connection by Amy Vernon “Warriorship is a basic sense of unshakeability. It’s a sense of immovability and self-existing dignity rather than that you are trying to fight with something else.” – Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche On July 21st 2017, the ... continue
Posted August 23, 2017 by CGH

Shambhala Trust in Boston – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Trust Provides Funds for Four Projects at Spring 2017 Meeting by Greg Lubkin On the weekend of April 29 – May 1, 2017, the Shambhala Trust held its semi-annual meeting at the Boston Shambhala Centre.  For those not familiar with the Trust, it is a group of ... continue
Posted July 22, 2017 by CGH

Social Action LA – HIGHLIGHT

West Coast Shambhalians lay plans to bring their practice into the wider world of political action by Jason Elias After the last presidential election, a few of us in the Los Angeles Shambhala Community started to wonder what was the relevance of our practice within the political realm. If ... continue
Posted July 12, 2017 by CGH

Shambhala Technology Update – HIGHLIGHT

a summary of recent work and goals from the Kalapa Information Technology Group by John Smith  Having just prepared a follow-up summary report to the Kalapa IT Group’s report for the Sakyong in 2016, it seemed like a good idea to share some of this information with readers ... continue
Posted July 4, 2017 by CGH

Marpa House Invitation – HIGHLIGHT

Living community for meditation practitioners invites applications from new members by Jessyca Goldstein “Marpa House is an extraordinary resource. Whether you are a long time practitioner or relatively new to contemplative discipline, Marpa House provides a unique, supportive group living situation in Boulder.  Practice and daily life are skillfully ... continue
Posted July 2, 2017 by CGH

Midsummers Past – HIGHLIGHT

Celebrating summer, sunshine, and outdoor fun with family and friends by Nyingje Sheltri Over many years, the Shambhala Buddhist community has adopted a tradition of celebrating a special day at the change of each season. These are referred to as “nyida” days, based on the Tibetan words nyima ... continue
Posted June 22, 2017 by CGH

Town Hall in Seattle – HIGHLIGHT

“Great to get together and be heard” from the Seattle Shambhala Center Center Director Michael Busby convened our first Town Hall this spring. It is the first of an ongoing quarterly schedule, which he started to bring the sangha together and create an avenue for open communication. Michael ... continue
Posted June 12, 2017 by CGH

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