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Dec 09
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Home Shrines Are Where We Gather

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A photo gallery of home shrines, courtesy of Shambhalians around the world who shared the images below.

The ordinariness of our Shambhala Households are as powerful as they are mundane. But the practices and implements of modern life – dishwashers, electric stoves, washing machines, and hair dryers – are not what draws the attention of ourselves or our guests. As a community, we fill our homes with objects that remind, inspire, protect, and attract. We communicate by providing landing pads for meaning, through the nonconceptual stimulation of the senses.

The homes we create reflect our mind’s unique expression and also our common experience. Nowhere is this as obvious as in our shrines, the places at which Shambhalians take their seats and work with reality. When you look at the gallery below, the uniqueness of the person who arranged the shrine is obvious. But once you’ve looked at a few, it becomes equally clear that Shambhalians share a common stock of distinctive, potent symbols. Continue…

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An Interview with Machen Corps Commander Michael Weiss

An Interview with Machen Corps Commander Michael Weiss – HIGHLIGHT

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A Letter Regarding the Earthquake in Nepal from Shastri Amy Conway – HIGHLIGHT

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Becoming Who We Want to Be: Toronto Shambhala, Part 2 – HIGHLIGHT

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The Splendiferous House that Ryken Built – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted April 24, 2015 by Dan
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A Waste of Time – HIGHLIGHT

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Yarne: The Heart of Gampo Abbey – HIGHLIGHT

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Warrior Tribute: Fay Octavia Elliott – HIGHLIGHT

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Local, Healthy Fare at Windhorse Retreat Center – HIGHLIGHT

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