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Shambhala Is A Culture

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Contemplating culture and decorum in Chicago

Throughout Shambhala, a member of the leadership team at every center worldwide holds the position of Delegate to the Office of Culture & Decorum. Generally, this person is appointed by the director of the international office via nomination from the local council. For Chicago, I am the current nominee. But if you asked me just one year ago to consider this leadership role, I would have laughed out loud.

In my 9-year practice journey, my interactions with the Culture & Decorum delegate weren’t pleasant to me. I found encounters to be very stiff and harsh, as if the person’s only job was to shush people in the meditation hall, and to know by heart the order of toasts at a community party. And if such a person genuinely was interested in a more collaborative and relaxed approach to Culture & Decorum, that person left the post with more stress than when they began. Continue…

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Family Overnight

Family Overnight – HIGHLIGHT

  Imagery from a beautiful trip to Dash Point by Anisha Prasad I felt energized as I took in a sip of the crisp winter air and looked up at the grey skies. What a delight to follow children gaily skipping along a forested trail during an overnight outing ... continue
Posted February 11, 2018 by CGH
Confidence, Inspiration, Vulnerability

Confidence, Inspiration, Vulnerability – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections from the leadership program “Magnetizing Enlightened Society” by Larry Steele Sunlight pouring through the windows lights the bamboo floor of Seattle Shambhala Center shrine room. Green leaves shimmer with life outside. And, of course, it is raining. Thirty-five straight-backed meditators breathe out, flowing with Shastri Trinley Busby’s guided ... continue
Posted February 9, 2018 by CGH
Women's March Los Angeles

Women’s March Los Angeles – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhalians participate in the LA Women’s March, offering a meditation flash mob to accompany the main event by Jason Elias On Saturday, January 20, 2018,  hundreds of thousands of people showed up for the Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles (local news station KTLA estimated participation at 400,000). ... continue
Posted February 1, 2018 by CGH
Moment to Moment

Moment to Moment – HIGHLIGHT

A few thoughts that pop to mind by Susan Firer I’m experiencing writer’s block again. I was on a roll with easy flowing topics the last couple of months, but not so right now. I think I may just write briefly about ideas that pop into my mind…like ... continue
Posted January 30, 2018 by CGH
Protecting the Space

Protecting the Space – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on the role and purpose of the Dorje Kasung by Larry Steele John Gilvar, commander of Seattle Shambhala’s Dorje Kasung, recently was telling me about the Container Principle. It’s the Buddhist idea that people meditating together naturally create a zone of heightened awareness: a container. As he talked, ... continue
Posted January 28, 2018 by CGH
New Year Limbo

New Year Limbo – HIGHLIGHT

Preparing for the Tibetan New Year by Max Roberts-Zirker This time of year is a sort of ‘new year limbo’ for Shambhalians, having just started a new Gregorian calendar year while still wrapping up the Tibetan year of the Fire Bird. Instead of trying to think of which ... continue
Posted January 26, 2018 by CGH
Heartfelt Practice of Generosity

Heartfelt Practice of Generosity – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Trust provides funds for four projects at Fall 2017 meeting by Gregory Lubkin On the weekend of December 1-3, 2017, the Shambhala Trust held its semi-annual meeting at the Los Angeles home of Trust member Gregory Lubkin.  During the weekend, the Trust invited some of the Southern California ... continue
Posted January 24, 2018 by CGH
Teen Retreat in Winter

Teen Retreat in Winter – HIGHLIGHT

Teens gather for practice and conversation in the depths of a cold and snowy Vermont winter by Anne-Marie Keppel Through guidance, inquiry and activities built from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s new book, The Lost Art of Good Conversation, the Winter Teen Retreat at Karmé Chöling was an incredibly rich program. Seventeen ... continue
Posted January 12, 2018 by CGH
Feeling and Touching Kindness

Feeling and Touching Kindness – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on the Social Engagement Think Tank at Sky Lake, New York, October 2017 by Lourdes de León Since our Social Engagement Think Tank, I have been processing my experiences,  connecting to emotions that continue to arise. I have been trying to put my experience into words, first ... continue
Posted January 2, 2018 by CGH
The Eleventh Hour

The Eleventh Hour – HIGHLIGHT

I believe the eleventh hour to be upon us, and perhaps coincidentally, I have witnessed a thrilling shift within Shambhala. by Anne-Marie Keppel October 2017 was a new dawn in Shambhala for me. Though I have been sitting on cushions since I was five, and gobbling up any available ... continue
Posted December 27, 2017 by CGH
Bringing Shambhala to Diversity Work

Bringing Shambhala to Diversity Work – HIGHLIGHT

Addressing harmful aspects of social conditioning by creating a brave and caring community by members of the Shambhala Diversity Working Group We are pleased to see the Shambhala mandala bubbling with awareness and curiosity! What range of life experiences do we bring to our community?  Can we create ... continue
Posted December 23, 2017 by CGH
Children's Day Song

Children’s Day Song – HIGHLIGHT

A lively tune to share in cheerful celebration from Jay Lippman In preparation for the Children’s Day celebration at the West Chester Shambhala Center, center member, mother, musician, and music therapist Carin Smith, along with technical assistance and support from Center Director Alice Goguen and member Jay Lippman, ... continue
Posted December 21, 2017 by CGH
Children's Day is Every day

Children’s Day is Every day – HIGHLIGHT

by Larry Steele Iliana the warrior-girl was afraid. Days had turned dark and everyone feared the sun would never return. But Iliana vowed to find the sun and bring it back to her family and community. Seattle Shambhala children dressed up in warrior crowns and tiger stripes to ... continue
Posted December 19, 2017 by CGH
Inviting the Magic of Play

Inviting the Magic of Play – HIGHLIGHT

Why Children’s Day is not just for children by Leslie Gossett Every year, I get so excited about Children’s Day. I love planning the celebration, taking the Emperor and Empress dolls out, inviting the delight and magic of play into the Shrine Room in a very intentional way. Also ... continue
Posted December 10, 2017 by CGH
One Really Good Idea

One Really Good Idea – HIGHLIGHT

Supporters of Sky Lake bring a great idea to fruition: holding an online fundraising auction with items donated from local friends and all around the mandala by Irene Woodard First, let me answer a question that may be on your mind: Where is Sky Lake? It is located ... continue
Posted December 7, 2017 by CGH

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