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Dec 09
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Home Shrines Are Where We Gather

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A photo gallery of home shrines, courtesy of Shambhalians around the world who shared the images below.

The ordinariness of our Shambhala Households are as powerful as they are mundane. But the practices and implements of modern life – dishwashers, electric stoves, washing machines, and hair dryers – are not what draws the attention of ourselves or our guests. As a community, we fill our homes with objects that remind, inspire, protect, and attract. We communicate by providing landing pads for meaning, through the nonconceptual stimulation of the senses.

The homes we create reflect our mind’s unique expression and also our common experience. Nowhere is this as obvious as in our shrines, the places at which Shambhalians take their seats and work with reality. When you look at the gallery below, the uniqueness of the person who arranged the shrine is obvious. But once you’ve looked at a few, it becomes equally clear that Shambhalians share a common stock of distinctive, potent symbols. Continue…

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Setting up a Home Shrine

Setting up a Home Shrine – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Good Practice by Sumner Bradley, long time employee at Samadhi Cushions To begin with, if you don’t have a shrine, that’s fine. You want to have a space that’s clean, uncluttered, and uplifted. Having dirty socks or old magazines lying around is a distraction and a weight ... continue
Posted December 4, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
Talking Trash

Talking Trash – HIGHLIGHT

Commemorating Earth Day by Anenome Fresh resident gardener at Karme Choling One afternoon in mid-January, I decided to start taking accountability for the trash I produce. I was tired of mindlessly taking a paper napkin with every meal, most usually not using it or needing it. I used a ... continue
Posted December 2, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
The Fullness of Full-Catastrophe Living

The Fullness of Full-Catastrophe Living – HIGHLIGHT

Healthy Road. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Holder. By Paulette Graf In the 1970’s I lived with my husband at the Cambridge Zen Center where we became friends with Jon Kabat-Zinn. Jon was active at the Zen Center although he lived in his in his own home with his ... continue
Posted November 27, 2018 by
Farewell to the Marvelous Dhi Good

Farewell to the Marvelous Dhi Good

Eve Rosenthal, Dhi Good, and Heather Scott In 2012, after six years at the helm of our established, yet still fledgling, Shambhala Online, I was ready to retire and hand over the reins to the next generation of techno-savants, those visionaries who would play in the “big ... continue
Posted November 8, 2018 by Mark_Whaley
Transforming Aggression into Gentleness

Transforming Aggression into Gentleness – HIGHLIGHT

Rusung McCorkle, Shambhala Day 2011 by Brian McCorkle Have you ever been at a Shambhala program and experienced seeing official-looking people who look like they are in uniform? It may have been blue blazers with pins, white shirts, khaki or grey slacks, standing off to the side, or ... continue
Posted October 25, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
Buddhism and Nonviolent Communication

Buddhism and Nonviolent Communication – HIGHLIGHT

“Beautiful Needs” calligraphy created by Barbara Bash, www.barbarabash.com. Courtesy of Roberta Wall, www.steps2peace.com Written for the Dot by Jason Leslie Openness is not a matter of giving something to someone else, but it means giving up your demand and the basic criteria of the demand … It is ... continue
Posted October 18, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
Is Knowledge Power?

Is Knowledge Power? – HIGHLIGHT

by Larry Barnett Having taken the Sakyong’s suggestion about becoming experts on society and understanding the nature of self, I’ve been immersed in re-reading Western philosophy and exploring the roots of our western conceptions about self and society. Accordingly, the shift towards a materialist view that took ... continue
Posted October 14, 2018 by Larry Barnett
Fun and Belonging

Fun and Belonging – HIGHLIGHT

Our experience at Enlightened Society Assembly in Austin, Texas by Aarush and Aarnav Uli, ages 7 and 11   This year my brother and I attended the Enlightened Children’s Program (ECP) at the Austin Shambala Center, led by Shastri Iris Ramos, with volunteers Christian Mitchell, Davis Maynard, and Miya Little. A ... continue
Posted September 6, 2018 by CGH
European Donor Group

European Donor Group – HIGHLIGHT

Many projects approved for funding at the most recent meetings of the EDG by Hermien Rodenburg The European Donor Group would like to affirm its commitment to support initiatives and activities within the Shambhala world, especially in this uncertain and confusing time. As part of that affirmation, we ... continue
Posted August 29, 2018 by CGH
Wisdom of Nature

Wisdom of Nature – HIGHLIGHT

Carrying practice into the outdoors, this Seattle hiking group takes a wide view by Anisha Prasad When confusion and speed arise, the Seattle Shambhala hiking group hits the trail. This summer we hiked the beautiful Harvey Manning trail, a good five-mile walk in the Issaquah Alps and just minutes ... continue
Posted August 27, 2018 by CGH
Family Camp at SMC

Family Camp at SMC – HIGHLIGHT

Sharing the joys of this summer’s Family Camp experience at Shambhala Mountain Center by Heather Locke Family Camp happened at Shambhala Mountain Center July 28-Aug 4 with folks new to Shambhala, second generation, and all the rest of us. Here’s a glimpse into our unplugged week: for our 200 ... continue
Posted August 23, 2018 by CGH
Compassion and Gardening

Compassion and Gardening – HIGHLIGHT

Our connection to the natural world as a bridge to compassion for our fellow human beings by Cash Clay Sometimes I struggle to feel compassion for another human individual or humanity in general. I cannot always connect easily to my compassionate nature. I feel stuck in a flow ... continue
Posted August 17, 2018 by CGH
Ashe Mahamudra

Ashe Mahamudra – HIGHLIGHT

Practitioners gather in Ottawa, Ontario for a mahamudra intensive by Nyingje Sheltri Awake to a jangling alarm, grab a quick shower, throw on some clothes, and head out into the hectic confusion of stop-and-go rush hour traffic. Arriving with barely a moment to spare, grabbing a cup of ... continue
Posted August 13, 2018 by CGH
Looking for a Home

Looking for a Home – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Tulsa, the first Shambhala group in Oklahoma, searches for a new home by Scott Spicer Our local sangha began in January 2013, and received its Shambhala group charter on June 20 of the same year.  Four years of meeting in various rooms, setting up and breaking down ... continue
Posted August 1, 2018 by CGH
Highlighting Humanity

Highlighting Humanity – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhalians offer a session at a major international mindfulness conference by Heather Alinsangan Several members of the Toronto Shambhala community participated as speakers at the 4th annual A Mindful Society conference this past May. The conference connects professionals in education, healthcare, law, technology, workplace and life with leading ... continue
Posted July 31, 2018 by CGH

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