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Humanity at a Crossroads – a Shambhala Conversation

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By Richard Reoch

“This needs to be an inclusive, global conversation,” said Shambhalian film animator Cyndi Levine. “People are already suffering from environmental degradation. Those who are suffering the most right now are the ones who have not had any voice. We need to understand the ways in which we have failed to listen deeply to their voices and know that with a conscious effort it is still possible to do that.”

Cyndi, the former Practice and Education Coordinator in Halifax, who is now planning a documentary about green spaces in cities, was speaking this month at a two-part conversation spearheaded by the ​Shambhala Touching the Earth Collective​ on Shambhala Online. Everyone’s mind was on the global environmental emergency.

“The people I would love to see leading a global, inclusive discussion,” she said, “are black, indigenous, and people of colour. There are people who have been living in harmony with their environment whose wisdom we can learn from. There are people who have been considered disposable when corporations are looking for a place to build a dump or a mine or an oil refinery. “We need to hear their voices, and the voices of young people whose future is determined by what older generations are doing today.”

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Getting Through the Election with Our Goodness Intact

Getting Through the Election with Our Goodness Intact – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Tiffany Tertipes on Unsplash by Jane Heyer, Interim Governing Council, Shambhala Meditation Center of New York Four years ago, our sangha gathered for the weekly dharma gathering that happened to be on election night, and then stayed for an extended session of group sitting. I was ... continue
Posted October 23, 2020 by archives-staff
Race and The Body: Why Somatic Practices Are Essential for Racial Justice

Race and The Body: Why Somatic Practices Are Essential for Racial Justice – HIGHLIGHT

Illustration by Alicia Brown This article was originally published as part of an issue of The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture, and Politics. The issue can be found here. by Kelsey Blackwell “Within this fathom–long body and mind is found all of the teachings.” – The Buddha But ... continue
Posted October 17, 2020 by archives-staff
Mudra Musings: Its Reasons and Its Beings

Mudra Musings: Its Reasons and Its Beings – HIGHLIGHT

by Vicky Moyle   Chaos and Vastness Mudra’s connection to a sense of chaos is very interesting.  A system is called chaotic if small changes in the initial conditions at some initial time lead to large differences at some later time.  That seems to very much apply to a ... continue
Posted October 13, 2020 by archives-staff
Touching the Earth—October Newsletter

Touching the Earth—October Newsletter – HIGHLIGHT

Laudato Si’ and The Shambhala Principle: Points of Convergence By Richard Reoch “A certain way of understanding human life and activity has gone awry, to the serious detriment of the world around us. Humanity has entered a new era in which our technical prowess has brought us to a ... continue
Posted October 6, 2020 by archives-staff
The Process Team Launches a Community Engagement Initiative

The Process Team Launches a Community Engagement Initiative – HIGHLIGHT

Some Background: What is the Process Team and who are its members? The Process Team is a group of volunteers that was originally gathered by the Transition Task Force at the end of 2018.  Its members are a diverse group of people from the international sangha, from ... continue
Posted October 2, 2020 by archives-staff
Letter from the Druk Sakyong Wangmo regarding SMC Wildfire

Letter from the Druk Sakyong Wangmo regarding SMC Wildfire – HIGHLIGHT

To the Noble Sangha, I am writing today with a heavy heart, feeling so much sorrow, knowing that fire has burned across our beloved Shambhala Mountain Center.  We do not yet know the extent of the damage, but clearly this is a devastating event. We’ve experienced many ... continue
Posted September 27, 2020 by Ashley_Dinges
Climate Warriors: Move to Karme Choling

Climate Warriors: Move to Karme Choling – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Adam Bixby on Unsplash By Mike de Give Karme Choling announced in April a fundamental shift in how it operates. Instead of depending on programs as its main source of funding, KCL is inviting people to live on the land and form a new community of ... continue
Posted September 26, 2020 by archives-staff
One Madder Woman, by Dede Crane

One Madder Woman, by Dede Crane – HIGHLIGHT

Long time sangha member, Dede Crane, has a new book out! “These madmen — and one madder woman — paint as if suffering seizures! One cannot make heads or tails of the work without taking ten paces back.” From the author: One Madder Woman is an historical novel set ... continue
Posted September 22, 2020 by archives-staff
Mudra: A Tool for Chaos

Mudra: A Tool for Chaos – HIGHLIGHT

By Craig Warren Smith “Chaos should be regarded as extremely good news…Chaos is the great space of emptiness that occurs before genesis. … This space provides an opportunity to reconnect with what lies under the chaos and negativity — inherent awakened nature. Another way chaos is good ... continue
Posted September 11, 2020 by archives-staff
Touching the Earth—September 2020 Newsletter

Touching the Earth—September 2020 Newsletter – HIGHLIGHT

Eleventh Hour Calling An article by Emily Takahashi We have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour Now we must go back and tell the people this is the HOUR. On December 11, 2018, Marybeth Downing of Boulder, Colorado traveled to the steps of the state capitol in ... continue
Posted September 9, 2020 by archives-staff
Thank You for Building Karmê Chöling—Now Help Us Celebrate

Thank You for Building Karmê Chöling—Now Help Us Celebrate – HIGHLIGHT

Karmê Chöling, from the photo archive By Mike De Give Since Shambhala Day, there have been photos from the archives hanging on the walls here at Karme Choling. In the silence before the gong each morning, sometimes I’ll pick one out and study the grainy faces of sangha ... continue
Posted September 4, 2020 by archives-staff
What is Ulab 2020 and how might it be useful to Shambhala?

What is Ulab 2020 and how might it be useful to Shambhala? – HIGHLIGHT

By Christopher St. John In September 2019, at the invitation of the Shambhala Process Team and the Shambhala Board, about 400 Shambhala members joined the course in social transformational leadership called u.lab: Leading From the Emerging Future.  This course is free, and is based on the work of Otto ... continue
Posted September 1, 2020 by archives-staff
A Few Thoughts About Karma and Reincarnation

A Few Thoughts About Karma and Reincarnation – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Anastasia Zhenina on Unsplash by Bob Siegel The Buddhist law of karma emphasizes cause and effect. Our actions have consequences and these consequences in turn affect who we are. This does not negate free will. We can change those consequences by changing our behavior and thereby ... continue
Posted August 25, 2020 by archives-staff
Touching the Earth Collective—August 2020 Newsletter

Touching the Earth Collective—August 2020 Newsletter – HIGHLIGHT

This year, the Touching the Earth Collective is delighted to initiate a collaboration with Family Camp, by sponsoring several camp activities and sharing the wonderful article below.  Recalibrating East A testimony about Family Camp, one of Shambhala’s jewels. By Donna Stephens, Marcelle Gilkerson and Tracy Suchocki PART ONE: What is Family ... continue
Posted August 20, 2020 by archives-staff
Three Recent Acharya Retirements

Three Recent Acharya Retirements – HIGHLIGHT

Recently three acharyas retired from their posts.  Below, the Times has published their individual letters to the community. La carta en español se encuentra aquí. Dear Shambhala Community, I write with a sad and tender heart. I have retired as an acharya as of July 1. I feel that my appointment ... continue
Posted August 14, 2020 by archives-staff

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