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Virtual Cushion in January: featuring Jeff Scott

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By Camren Von Davis

Welcome back to Virtual Cushion – a space for open meditation sessions and meditation instruction happening throughout Shambhala’s global community. The goal of Virtual Cushion is to offer a space where meditators at any level can see and tune into sessions and instructions happening around the world. 

This month I talked with Jeff Scott in Boulder, Colorado, who is leading a Virtual Learn To Meditate this coming Saturday, January 16. Register here to join this special session hosted by Shambhala Online and learn or refresh your experience with mindfulness-awareness (shamatha-vipashyana) meditation. Continue…

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The Love for Truth: Buddhism and Recovery

The Love for Truth: Buddhism and Recovery – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Justin Dream on Unsplash by Shelly Webb When I started my recovery process over five years ago, I would tell a dear friend of mine, a dharma sister, about how amazing my Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor was, how much I was getting out of the 12-step meetings ... continue
Posted January 8, 2021 by archives-staff
Touching the Earth Collective—January 2021 Newsletter

Touching the Earth Collective—January 2021 Newsletter – HIGHLIGHT

Dear Collective’s members and friends, UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ address on “The State of the Planet” from early December at Columbia University is an exceptionally frank assessment of the perilous state of our sacred living environment. He is explicit: “Let’s be clear:  Human activities are at the root ... continue
Posted January 5, 2021 by archives-staff
How Can Art Enhance The Experience Of Meditation?

How Can Art Enhance The Experience Of Meditation? – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem on Unsplash By “Jackie Writing Jackie” Meditation and mindfulness are vital practices embraced by Buddhists, owing to their ability to keep the mind on the eightfold path, as well as the many benefits they bestow on human mental health. If, in the past, meditation ... continue
Posted December 21, 2020 by archives-staff
We are now at the fork of this road

We are now at the fork of this road – HIGHLIGHT

By Richard Reoch “We are now at the fork of this road. We now have an ultimatum or an alternative,” warns Albert Marshall, the Elder who speaks for the Mi’kmaw Nation on the environment. “Is it going to be business as usual? Or are we going to ... continue
Posted December 15, 2020 by archives-staff
Virtual Cushion - A Resource for Meditators Around the Globe

Virtual Cushion – A Resource for Meditators Around the Globe – HIGHLIGHT

Photo Credit Dan Horak This week’s Featured Centres: Prague, Czech Republic + Sky Lake Lodge View the full Virtual Cushion calendar for December here.  All are welcome at any session. *Does your Centre or Group offer virtual sessions that you’d like to have featured? Email Camren at [email protected] to have your ... continue
Posted December 12, 2020 by archives-staff
Sacred World

Sacred World – HIGHLIGHT

The world is filled with power and wisdom, we’ve just forgotten how to see and feel it. By Halleluiah Strongheart With all of the challenges going on in the world today it’s easy to feel like everything is doomed and that humanity is to blame. From the mishandling ... continue
Posted December 9, 2020 by archives-staff
Touching the Earth Collective—December 2020 Newsletter

Touching the Earth Collective—December 2020 Newsletter – HIGHLIGHT

Wild Rice Stuffing and Children’s Day By Irene Woodard There are certain things that happen this time of year… A big family gathering with the wild rice stuffing that doesn’t go in the bird. The New Yorker has a turkey cartoon. The Children’s Day King and Queen dolls ... continue
Posted December 2, 2020 by archives-staff
Covid–19 and the Color Red: On Contemplative  Mind

Covid–19 and the Color Red: On Contemplative Mind – HIGHLIGHT

by John McQuade During this period of the covid-19 event , with its emphasis on social isolation, I have engaged more than usual the contemplative practices of Nalanda Miksang contemplative photography. Through these practices, I realize that contemplative mind is completely free of covid-19 and more decisively ... continue
Posted November 26, 2020 by archives-staff
Finding The Ideal Gifts For Children

Finding The Ideal Gifts For Children – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Sheri Hooley on Unsplash By “Jackie Writing Jackie” For many Buddhists, the six paramitas (or six perfections) – giving, morality, patience, effort, meditation and wisdom – all enlighten one’s life, and are therefore cultivated on the journey towards awakening. The first of these perfections – dana paramita, ... continue
Posted November 19, 2020 by archives-staff
Windhorse: How to Harness the Energy of Life

Windhorse: How to Harness the Energy of Life – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Bhaskar Agarwal on Unsplash By Halleluiah Strongheart With so much going on in the world and in our lives it’s easy to feel a lack of energy. We go through our days managing work, relationships, health, kids, school, and “life admin” and by the end of ... continue
Posted November 13, 2020 by archives-staff
Residency Helps KCL Close the Budget Gap

Residency Helps KCL Close the Budget Gap – HIGHLIGHT

KCL Director Betsy Railla blesses the offering during a lhasang for new residents. By Mike de Give Karmê Chöling has lowered its monthly deficit substantially by following through on plans to host a Residency program, a financial snapshot compiled last week shows. “Residency has reduced a $10,000 deficit per ... continue
Posted November 9, 2020 by archives-staff
Getting Through the Election with Our Goodness Intact

Getting Through the Election with Our Goodness Intact – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Tiffany Tertipes on Unsplash On this day in the United States, ripe for anxiety for Shambhala people throughout the world, the Times Editorial team wanted to repost this recent offering of gathering and resources from the NYC center, though the first offering has passed. by Jane ... continue
Posted November 3, 2020 by archives-staff
Touching the Earth Collective—November 2020 Newsletter

Touching the Earth Collective—November 2020 Newsletter – HIGHLIGHT

Contemplating the SMC Fire By Irene Woodard Each month, a few of us determine what will be featured in this Newsletter. The fire at Shambhala Mountain Center clearly was the news, and would be the lead story. This “no brainer” became questionable, however, as we began to look ... continue
Posted November 1, 2020 by archives-staff
Humanity at a Crossroads – a Shambhala Conversation

Humanity at a Crossroads – a Shambhala Conversation – HIGHLIGHT

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 ... continue
Posted October 28, 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

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