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The Possibilities of Butterfly

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Appreciating a Level II for teens recently taught by Shastri Nick Kranz at Karmê Chöling

by Ann-Marie Keppel

Often adults are afraid of teens. I get it. Teens can move in tight omnivorous packs, with untamed hormones and swift tongues that may whip out an uncomfortable truth or judgment at any moment. They can swallow whole any disingenuous adult who is putting on airs and pretending to “know better.” 

Our teenagers are quick-minded and bright, and they notice that a large proportion of adults in our society seem to be threatened by teenage power; many of these adults seemingly just want teens to “behave” — expecting them to act in ways that keep them invisible, ways that make the adults around them feel more at ease. Can you blame the teens for resisting this? If they see that adults around them are not stepping up to respect and protect them, well, teens will just do it themselves. They have, and they will. I for one cannot wait to see what the next revolution looks like. (Yes, it’s true though–they still have to make their beds and wash the dishes before they head out to change the world. Even Gandhi helped grind wheat for the daily bread each morning.)  Continue…

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Shambhala's Bank

Shambhala’s Bank – HIGHLIGHT

An interview that tells us what Shambhalians really ought to know about the Shambhala Credit Union with Bob Sutherland, CEO Times:  What is the Shambhala Credit Union? Bob:  We are a fully functioning financial institution whose mission is to serve people in the Shambhala community. Times: How does that work, and ... continue
Posted April 15, 2018 by CGH
At Home in Oregon

At Home in Oregon – HIGHLIGHT

Open Sky Shambhala Group finds a new home by Mia Coltrane Members of the Open Sky Shambhala group in Eugene, Oregon are very happy to announce that our center has moved to a new location. We completed our auspiciously-timed move in early February, just prior to Shambhala Day. Open ... continue
Posted March 27, 2018 by CGH
Gardening at Dechen Chöling

Gardening at Dechen Chöling – HIGHLIGHT

Gardening as a path to enlightened society, through sustainability practices by Guy Mosel For Simon Bertin, Head of Garden at Dechen Chöling, gardening is about more than just growing food – it’s a crucial element of an enlightened society. “Gardens should be places of contemplation,” Simon says. “They should ... continue
Posted March 25, 2018 by CGH
Community Update

Community Update – HIGHLIGHT

From the Kalapa Council of Shambhala Dear Community – You may have seen the recent media coverage in The Guardian and Newsweek about the Kalapa Council’s February 12 letter to the community regarding harm and abuse. The Kalapa Council was aware that these articles would be published, and would like ... continue
Posted March 9, 2018 by CGH
Crossing Peddler's Brook

Crossing Peddler’s Brook – HIGHLIGHT

Kalapa Valley receives a Shambhala trust grant to build a bridge across Peddler’s Brook by Kristine McCutcheon The Shambhala Trust has awarded a grant to Kalapa Valley for the construction of a foot bridge across the Peddler’s Brook. The bridge is an important and significant undertaking. Other than the ... continue
Posted February 27, 2018 by kristine_mccutcheon
Shambhala Is A Culture

Shambhala Is A Culture – HIGHLIGHT

Contemplating culture and decorum in Chicago by Akiba Barberousse 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 ... continue
Posted February 14, 2018 by CGH
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

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