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The Secret to True Power (hint: it has something to do with Spiderman)

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My son and I love the movie Into the Spiderverse. In case you don’t know, it’s the Spiderman movie that came out a couple of years ago about Miles Morales, a young kid from the Bronx who becomes the new Spiderman. Like most hero’s journeys, he starts out not believing in himself or knowing his own power and gets kicked down a bunch of times. A few times a week we play the theme song from the end when he finally discovers his power. I watch how excited my son gets by this idea of finding your power and finally being able to do what you were born to do. He leaps off stools and runs around the room expressing his full aliveness. I love it.

So many movies have this theme of the main character searching for their power and then realizing that it was within them all along. Disney movies are a perfect example of this (yes I have a five year old): Lion King, Frozen, Moana…I’m sure there’s more. This trajectory is powerful for us (I always cry, don’t you?) because it resonates with our own deepest desire and understanding of life’s purpose: discovering that our power was within us all along and letting that shine into the world.

But what is power, true power  and where does it come from? We often think of power over something or owning lots of stuff. If you ask someone to name a powerful person in the world they will usually think of a politician or CEO or dictator. But that’s not the power I’m referring to, and actually just because one has relative power does not give them actual power. As Disney has taught us, real power comes from within and is our inherent birthright. So the real question becomes, How will I discover and step into my power? Continue…

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Touching the Earth Collective—July 2020 Newsletter

Touching the Earth Collective—July 2020 Newsletter

From the Shambhala Times: the original publication of this newsletter begins with a loving tribute to Shastri Russell Rogers. You can find that tribute here. From the Collective:  Here we share with you the first Shambhala Touching the Earth Collective monthly Newsletter,  one of the first sprouts arising ... continue
Posted July 21, 2020 by alexvangils
In Loving Memory of Shastri Russell Rogers

In Loving Memory of Shastri Russell Rogers – HIGHLIGHT

This remembrance was originally published as part of the Touching the Earth Collective‘s July 2020 Newsletter. The rest of that newsletter has been shared with Times readers here. We honor Shastri Russell Rogers, as he was an early supporter of the Collective, generously providing lengthy curriculum, contemplations, ... continue
Posted July 21, 2020 by alexvangils
Dimissioni da parte di alcuni acharya

Dimissioni da parte di alcuni acharya

5 luglio 2020 Cari Guerrieri Shambhala, E’ con tristezza e cuore aperto che condividiamo la nostra decisione di dimissionare dal ruolo di acharya. Questa decisione non è giunta facilmente e non è stata presa alla leggera. Alcuni di noi hanno servito in questo ruolo per molti anni e ... continue
Posted July 8, 2020 by alexvangils
Carta conjunta de varios acharyas que se retiran

Carta conjunta de varios acharyas que se retiran

5 de julio de 2020 Queridos/as guerreros/as de Shambhala: Con tristeza y el corazón abierto compartimos nuestra decisión de dejar el puesto de acharyas. No ha resultado una decisión fácil ni se ha tomado con ligereza. Algunos hemos servido en este puesto durante muchos años y hemos dedicado la vida ... continue
Posted July 8, 2020 by alexvangils
Acharya Resignation Letter

Acharya Resignation Letter – HIGHLIGHT

Este artículo ha sido traducido al español aqui. Questo articolo è stato tradotto in italiano qui. The following is a statement to the Shambhala community, offered by a group of acharyas who are resigning from their role, but will remain active in Shambhala and beyond. July 5, 2020 Dear Shambhala Warriors, It is ... continue
Posted July 8, 2020 by alexvangils
Karmê Chöling is Now Open to Residency

Karmê Chöling is Now Open to Residency – HIGHLIGHT

Photo Credit Pablo Coddou By Mike de Give You may have heard that Karme Choling is fundamentally changing the way it operates. For a long time, we’ve served the mandala by hosting meditation retreats and other dharma programs. While we’ll still offer those programs, now our primary activity ... continue
Posted July 2, 2020 by alexvangils
Open Letter from 68 Dharma Brats to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Open Letter from 68 Dharma Brats to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche – HIGHLIGHT

The following republishes an open letter from second-generation members of the Shambhala community to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the community’s leader and spiritual teacher. The letter expresses a heartfelt request for the Sakyong to engage in a path of authentic accountability for his actions that harmed specific ... continue
Posted June 30, 2020 by alexvangils
Going to the Root: How White Caucuses Contribute to Racial Justice

Going to the Root: How White Caucuses Contribute to Racial Justice – HIGHLIGHT

Illustration by Alicia Brown By Alex Vlasic This article was originally published on July 3rd, 2019 on The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics Caucusing is a form of upāya—skillful means. To caucus is skillful because it reduces harm. For Buddhists, practicing harm reduction is a ... continue
Posted June 23, 2020 by alexvangils
Celebrating Midsummer’s Day In The Time of Pandemic

Celebrating Midsummer’s Day In The Time of Pandemic

By Faradee Rudy This week’s Shambhala Sunday Gathering is on June 21, which in the Northern Hemisphere is the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. Midsummer’s Day is one of Shambhala’s four annual holidays, (along with Shambhala Day, Harvest of Peace, and Children’s Day), ... continue
Posted June 19, 2020 by alexvangils
A Space for Sharing Collective Grief during the Racism Pandemic

A Space for Sharing Collective Grief during the Racism Pandemic – HIGHLIGHT

An announcement of an online program with Acharyas Charlene Leung, Holly Gayley, Gaylon Ferguson & Emily Bower The atrocity of centuries old social injustice, uncovered by the pandemic, comes to a head with the recent killing of George Floyd. Change is everywhere. What we each experience differs, based ... continue
Posted June 8, 2020 by alexvangils
Level III: There’s Also Magic Online

Level III: There’s Also Magic Online – HIGHLIGHT

Double rainbow over Madrid at the end of the weekend, (C) Peter Savaiano Este artículo fue publicado originalmente en español aquí. By Claudia Arnau and Eloy Portillo Translated by Sonia Rodríguez & Peter Savaiano We were afraid because we’d never done anything like this before, but we chose to ... continue
Posted May 26, 2020 by alexvangils
Pilgrimage in Honor of Ashoka

Pilgrimage in Honor of Ashoka – HIGHLIGHT

By Joanna Francis Back in the times when borders were open, planes were flying and the Indian railways were still running, Tessa Watt and I made an intrepid journey to India to explore some of the more remote Buddhist sites.  We arrived in Bhubaneshwar in January in ... continue
Posted May 18, 2020 by alexvangils
Condolences for Nova Scotia

Condolences for Nova Scotia – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash The Shambhala Board extends our sincere condolences to the families and friends whose cherished loved ones died suddenly and violently in Nova Scotia on April 18th and 19th. We are united in our broken heartedness, even if physically separated.   Kathryn Heckman, a ... continue
Posted April 27, 2020 by alexvangils
Right Livelihood Arises from Raising Equestrian Windhorse

Right Livelihood Arises from Raising Equestrian Windhorse – HIGHLIGHT

Craig teaching at home by Andrea D’Asaro Originally published here on the Seattle Shambhala Center Blog Right livelihood is one of the traditional ethical elements of the Buddhist eightfold path. For Shambhalians who aspire to “create enlightened society” this means sharing our inherent goodness or inner richness through our ... continue
Posted April 20, 2020 by alexvangils
Tagtruk Mukpo Update

Tagtruk Mukpo Update – HIGHLIGHT

Taggi and Rowan, his shadow By Jim Christie, Senior Living Provider to Tagtruk Mukpo Greetings and salutations to family and friends of Taggi Mukpo. In this time of strife and sorrow through out the world, we look, and find daily all the simple blessings we have here at ... continue
Posted April 13, 2020 by alexvangils

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