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Celebrating Your Wedding Anniversary with Shambhala Ideas and Practice

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By “Jackie Writing Jackie”

The idea of loving one’s romantic partner and celebrating their individuality can be an important component of a Shambhala life, and connected to what Yale Professor Dr. Nicholas Christakis calls the ‘social suite’. These two considerations work well together, since caring for your partner also involves being empathetic to their needs and recognizing them as separate, vital, energetic individuals that have individual hobbies and passions. If you are married, you and your spouse may celebrate each anniversary as a symbol of your commitment and love. When doing so, you may give each other gifts or go out to dinner to celebrate. These are ideal moments in which to recall the importance that empathy, connection, and kindness have in your Shambhala life. Continue…

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Love from Auschwitz: A Bearing-Witness Retreat with the Zen Peacemakers

Love from Auschwitz: A Bearing-Witness Retreat with the Zen Peacemakers – HIGHLIGHT

By Sophie Leger What an amazing experience this Bearing-Witness Retreat with the Zen Peacemakers turned out to be: Ninety participants from many different countries and religious backgrounds, speaking different languages – people from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Canada, US, Israel, Brazil, Columbia, Belgium, England. Some ... continue
Posted December 30, 2019 by alexvangils
Translating For Burma

Translating For Burma

Alinsek IR working in exile “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” — The Buddha “There is no religion higher than the Truth.” — H Hahn Blavatsky “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness” — Chinese Proverb by Larry Steele I have a ... continue
Posted December 14, 2019 by alexvangils
Outer, Inner and Secret Levels Of Shambhala Center Design

Outer, Inner and Secret Levels Of Shambhala Center Design – HIGHLIGHT

Community Room in the Los Angeles Shambhala Center By Shastri Russell Rodgers A few years ago, the Kootenay Shambhala Centre in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, purchased a building. Because we had to acquire the services of a non-sangha architect for the renovations, it seemed like a good idea ... continue
Posted December 6, 2019 by alexvangils
Creating A Safe And Serene Home Environment For Children

Creating A Safe And Serene Home Environment For Children – HIGHLIGHT

By “Jackie Writing Jackie” Every year in the United States, over three and a half million children experience injuries that commonly occur in homes. The teachings of Shambhala inspire compassionate care, and we all want to create a space for our children where they are safe to grow ... continue
Posted November 29, 2019 by alexvangils
Good Society Part II: Feeling the Goodness

Good Society Part II: Feeling the Goodness – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash The second part of a two-part series by Shastri Russell Rodgers. For part one, click here. In Part I of this two-part essay, we looked at the genetics behind the universal human impulse to create good society. The logic was this: everywhere ... continue
Posted November 15, 2019 by alexvangils
Good Society: Science, Basic Goodness, Laws and Joy

Good Society: Science, Basic Goodness, Laws and Joy – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Robert V. Ruggiero on Unsplash The first part of a two-part series by Shastri Russell Rodgers   All over the world, wherever there are humans, there are societies. We have evolved different languages, customs, and even skin colors, but always, there is society. Society has enabled us ... continue
Posted November 8, 2019 by alexvangils
Buddha’s Teachings Regarding Cleanliness in the Home

Buddha’s Teachings Regarding Cleanliness in the Home – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Samantha Gades on Unsplash By “Jackie Writing Jackie” Mental health professionals often encourage their patients to keep their homes clean and tidy. Cluttered, dirty interiors can interfere with mental health and wellbeing and hamper the peaceful, mindful state that is encouraged by the Shambhala way of life. One of ... continue
Posted October 24, 2019 by alexvangils
Human Drala

Human Drala – HIGHLIGHT

  Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash By Russell Rodgers Sometimes one encounters people or places that cut through one’s habitual chain of thoughts. The Tibetan word for that is “drala”, which means “above the enemy”. In this case the enemy is our cocoon of gossipy thoughts that keeps ... continue
Posted October 17, 2019 by alexvangils
The European sangha meets during its first ‘European Forum’

The European sangha meets during its first ‘European Forum’ – HIGHLIGHT

The European sangha is composed of different regions with their own cultures and languages. The establishing of these regions and their collaboration takes time and is in process for years. Some regions exist for more than 20 years. Some others are relatively new. The European Regional ... continue
Posted October 9, 2019 by alexvangils
Meditation Practice to Help You Through Dental Treatment

Meditation Practice to Help You Through Dental Treatment – HIGHLIGHT

By “Jackie Writing Jackie” Anxiety about dental treatment and fear of the dentist affects 16% of people. For many, it causes so much worry that they avoid going for a checkup, or getting work done when they really need to. In the long term, this can be bad for ... continue
Posted October 2, 2019 by alexvangils
Cutting Through Spiritual Puritanism

Cutting Through Spiritual Puritanism – HIGHLIGHT

Illustration by Alicia Brown written by Gabe Dayley In the West it is difficult for the Dharma to take root. The soil is not fertile. The good and evil, fire and brimstone logic of puritanism has dried the ground and permeated our cultural and political institutions.1 Western Buddhists often ... continue
Posted September 23, 2019 by alexvangils
Sitting For the Climate: From the Touching the Earth Collective (part 1)

Sitting For the Climate: From the Touching the Earth Collective (part 1) – HIGHLIGHT

This invitation comes from the Touching the Earth Collective, a group of Shambhala environmentalists. Part 2 will include photos and stories from this demonstration.  Dear sangha, dear meditators, We would like to invite you and ask for your support during a full day meditation session on Rudolfplatz, that ... continue
Posted September 18, 2019 by alexvangils
Windhorse in the Andes

Windhorse in the Andes – HIGHLIGHT

Cajas National Park with alpacas Windhorse in the Andes – Vacation & Meditation in Ecuador, January 2020 Shambhala Cuenca Meditation Group invites you to visit us in Cuenca, Ecuador. Meditate and study as we offer Shambhala Studies Level 1 on January 11 & 12 and Levels 2 & 3 ... continue
Posted September 3, 2019 by alexvangils
Creating Zen Office Space

Creating Zen Office Space – HIGHLIGHT

By Mark Wilhelmi De-cluttering is a popular activity these days. Clutter can affect the way we do our jobs. Too much stuff can be distracting and claustrophobic. We may want to do something about our clutter, but we don’t know where to begin. We can find books ... continue
Posted August 27, 2019 by alexvangils
How Can Meditation Improve Heart Rate Variability?

How Can Meditation Improve Heart Rate Variability? – HIGHLIGHT

By “Jackie Writing Jackie” The focal point of Shambhala – the idea that all human beings have a fundamentally good nature – can play an important role in the way human beings live, eat, breathe and meditate, enabling them to improve their heart rate variability. As stated ... continue
Posted August 12, 2019 by alexvangils

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