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Buddhism and Nonviolent Communication

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"Beautiful Needs" alligraphy created by Barbara Bash

“Beautiful Needs” calligraphy created by Barbara Bash, www.barbarabash.com. Courtesy of Roberta Wall, www.steps2peace.com

Written for the Dot by Jason Leslie

Openness is not a matter of giving something to someone else, but it means giving up your demand and the basic criteria of the demand … It is learning to trust in the fact that you do not need to secure your ground, learning to trust in your fundamental richness, that you can afford to be open. This is the open way. — Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

I first encountered Nonviolent Communication (NVC) during a short afternoon workshop as part of a month-long course on career exploration and development. At the time, it was merely a curiosity for me. NVC seemed like just another tool in the self-help box—a clunky tool that felt overly artificial because of the cumbersome “I” statements and other expressions it required. I was far more enamored with meditation practice, and the stillness and clarity that it cultivated within me. Continue…

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Is Knowledge Power?

Is Knowledge Power? – HIGHLIGHT

by Larry Barnett Having taken the Sakyong’s suggestion about becoming experts on society and understanding the nature of self, I’ve been immersed in re-reading Western philosophy and exploring the roots of our western conceptions about self and society. Accordingly, the shift towards a materialist view that took ... continue
Posted October 14, 2018 by Larry Barnett
Fun and Belonging

Fun and Belonging – HIGHLIGHT

Our experience at Enlightened Society Assembly in Austin, Texas by Aarush and Aarnav Uli, ages 7 and 11   This year my brother and I attended the Enlightened Children’s Program (ECP) at the Austin Shambala Center, led by Shastri Iris Ramos, with volunteers Christian Mitchell, Davis Maynard, and Miya Little. A ... continue
Posted September 6, 2018 by CGH
European Donor Group

European Donor Group – HIGHLIGHT

Many projects approved for funding at the most recent meetings of the EDG by Hermien Rodenburg The European Donor Group would like to affirm its commitment to support initiatives and activities within the Shambhala world, especially in this uncertain and confusing time. As part of that affirmation, we ... continue
Posted August 29, 2018 by CGH
Wisdom of Nature

Wisdom of Nature – HIGHLIGHT

Carrying practice into the outdoors, this Seattle hiking group takes a wide view by Anisha Prasad When confusion and speed arise, the Seattle Shambhala hiking group hits the trail. This summer we hiked the beautiful Harvey Manning trail, a good five-mile walk in the Issaquah Alps and just minutes ... continue
Posted August 27, 2018 by CGH
Family Camp at SMC

Family Camp at SMC – HIGHLIGHT

Sharing the joys of this summer’s Family Camp experience at Shambhala Mountain Center by Heather Locke Family Camp happened at Shambhala Mountain Center July 28-Aug 4 with folks new to Shambhala, second generation, and all the rest of us. Here’s a glimpse into our unplugged week: for our 200 ... continue
Posted August 23, 2018 by CGH
Compassion and Gardening

Compassion and Gardening – HIGHLIGHT

Our connection to the natural world as a bridge to compassion for our fellow human beings by Cash Clay Sometimes I struggle to feel compassion for another human individual or humanity in general. I cannot always connect easily to my compassionate nature. I feel stuck in a flow ... continue
Posted August 17, 2018 by CGH
Ashe Mahamudra

Ashe Mahamudra – HIGHLIGHT

Practitioners gather in Ottawa, Ontario for a mahamudra intensive by Nyingje Sheltri Awake to a jangling alarm, grab a quick shower, throw on some clothes, and head out into the hectic confusion of stop-and-go rush hour traffic. Arriving with barely a moment to spare, grabbing a cup of ... continue
Posted August 13, 2018 by CGH
Looking for a Home

Looking for a Home – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Tulsa, the first Shambhala group in Oklahoma, searches for a new home by Scott Spicer Our local sangha began in January 2013, and received its Shambhala group charter on June 20 of the same year.  Four years of meeting in various rooms, setting up and breaking down ... continue
Posted August 1, 2018 by CGH
Highlighting Humanity

Highlighting Humanity – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhalians offer a session at a major international mindfulness conference by Heather Alinsangan Several members of the Toronto Shambhala community participated as speakers at the 4th annual A Mindful Society conference this past May. The conference connects professionals in education, healthcare, law, technology, workplace and life with leading ... continue
Posted July 31, 2018 by CGH
Right Livelihood 3

Right Livelihood 3 – HIGHLIGHT

From complexity and confusion emerges enlightened design by Andrea D’Asaro The design process — turning an idea into reality — is an example of mindfulness-awareness, says Alan Ness, a long-time member of our sangha and a residential design architect. He’s been designing and remodeling homes for 30 years ... continue
Posted July 22, 2018 by CGH
Midsummer Reflections

Midsummer Reflections – HIGHLIGHT

by Annica Holder People who celebrated Midsummer’s Day at Seattle Shambhala told us about why they open the gate to the Great Eastern Sun by visiting the center. Anyone willing to share their thoughts wrote them on pre-printed cards, then snapped polaroid photos and attached them to ... continue
Posted July 10, 2018 by CGH
Gardening and Impermanence

Gardening and Impermanence – HIGHLIGHT

Compost and the changing seasons as a reminder that nothing stays the same by Cash Clay In a southwesterly corner of the Ziji Garden, beneath the soft shade of the old walnut tree, lie rows of decaying mounds of vegetable waste and decomposing grass. The stench of rotting ... continue
Posted June 16, 2018 by CGH
Doing Good and Doing Well

Doing Good and Doing Well – HIGHLIGHT

Another profile in a series exploring ways of expressing “right livelihood” by Andrea D’Asaro The Shambhala teachings are inspiring Seattle sangha members in their professional lives and as volunteers, where they offer their skills and time each month towards running our center.  These members are making “right livelihood” ... continue
Posted June 12, 2018 by CGH
Project Worthmore

Project Worthmore – HIGHLIGHT

Understanding immigration issues in our community  by Rachel Hanson On Tuesday, May 29th, about fifteen members of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver (SMDC) gathered together for a panel on refugee issues in Colorado. The event was sponsored by the Denver Center’s Community Engagement Team, and featured speakers ... continue
Posted June 8, 2018 by CGH
Remote Teaching

Remote Teaching – HIGHLIGHT

Working with program participants attending via Zoom by Chris Montone I recently taught a complete Level IV Shambhala Training weekend to a woman in Idaho from my local Shambhala Center in Washington, DC.  This was a new experience for me as a teacher and I believe it was a ... continue
Posted June 6, 2018 by CGH

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