Home     Contact Us         Log in

Community Articles - Category Archive

Oct 17
Thursday

Human Drala

Filed under Community Articles

 

Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash

By Russell Rodgers

Sometimes one encounters people or places that cut through one’s habitual chain of thoughts. The Tibetan word for that is “drala”, which means “above the enemy”. In this case the enemy is our cocoon of gossipy thoughts that keeps us separated from the beauty of the world. Practitioners who are familiar with the term drala often associate it with places that have power for us: they provoke a sense of primal vastness and spaciousness. Perhaps they provoke awe, or a sense of beauty. Size is not the issue here—it could be a mountain top, a mossy forest, or a drop of dew. Whatever it is, one feels that it is basically good.

Do you have human dralas in your life? Did they melt your discursiveness? Did they transmit basic goodness in their being? Perhaps this transmission took the form of warmth and compassion. Or perhaps it was wakeful awareness, a sense of big mind. Maybe it took the form of active intelligence, curiosity and engagement with the world. How did you recognize that transmission? How did you sense that it was important? What did it awaken in you? Continue…

Entries filed under Community Articles


Inspiration and Money

Inspiration and Money – HIGHLIGHT

miksang image by Charles BlackhallCOLUMN: Shambhala Economics Welcome to Shambhala Economics, a column in the Shambhala Times where we publish articles on uplifted ways to view and engage in the economic side of life. Layth Matthews who is a long time student of Shambhala Buddhism and author ... continue
Posted August 31, 2015 by
Can Home Cooking Restore Enlightened Society?

Can Home Cooking Restore Enlightened Society? – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: In Everyday Life by Marcella Friel, Crestone, Colorado “Internal drala also comes out of making a proper relationship to food…. You can take the time to plan good, nutritious meals, and you can enjoy cooking your food, eating it, and then cleaning up and putting the leftovers ... continue
Posted August 26, 2015 by
Adventures in Doll-Making

Adventures in Doll-Making – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Children and Family Why our Imperfect First Try was a Winner article by Heather Grimes edited by Renée Picard photo courtesy of the author originally published on elephant.com We have no idea when inspiration will strike. It can come like a jolt, or as a slow-percolating notion. The thing is, as ... continue
Posted August 24, 2015 by Dan
Being Old at Encampment

Being Old at Encampment – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Aging in Enlightened Society Reflections on attending the 2015 Trident Assembly during Magyal Pomra Encampment on the Kasung Encampment Grounds in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia by David Whitehorn Being 73 years old, my first thought, upon seeing an announcement that a three day “Trident Assembly” would be held ... continue
Posted August 21, 2015 by
Child-free in the Modern World

Child-free in the Modern World – HIGHLIGHT

miksangarticle by Crystal Gandrud About a year ago my 10-year-old niece asked me if I was happy without children. I replied in the affirmative, adding, “And I really like spending time with you.” She was pensive for a while and then she said, “I think maybe I ... continue
Posted August 19, 2015 by
Contemplating an Empty Nest

Contemplating an Empty Nest – HIGHLIGHT

Colorado Springs Afternoon light through a windowCOLUMN: In Everyday Life article and photos by Elaine Logan I’m at the gas station. It’s been a long day and I have a long drive home ahead of me. I feel sad, the kind of sadness you feel when it seems ... continue
Posted August 12, 2015 by
Family and Children's Programming Survey

Family and Children’s Programming Survey

The following request is from the Working Group for Children & Families under the Office of Societal Health and Wellbeing: Calling all Centers and Groups! Do you currently offer programming for children and families? Do you want to connect, deepen, or expand your offerings? Do you currently ... continue
Posted August 3, 2015 by David_Brown
The Barnacle’s Roar

The Barnacle’s Roar – HIGHLIGHT

Coming Home from Enlightened Society Assembly article by Emma Cataford, Gampo Abbey photos by Jacqueline Larson and Naomi de Ville Between June 24th and July 3rd at Dorje Denma Ling, around sixty practitioners attended Enlightened Society Assembly led by Acharya Marty Janowitz and Shastri Mary Campbell. Given the shortened ... continue
Posted July 29, 2015 by
Summer Fun at Gampo Abbey

Summer Fun at Gampo Abbey – HIGHLIGHT

Gampo Abbey Monastics Play Ball, Release Lobsters and Visit Kalapa Valley article by Ani Lodro Dechen Like the seasons surrounding us, life at the Abbey is very different in the summer than in the winter. In contrast to the period of deep retreat we engage in during the ... continue
Posted July 24, 2015 by
Our Money Mind

Our Money Mind – HIGHLIGHT

miksang image by Charles BlackhallCOLUMN: Shambhala Economics Welcome to Shambhala Economics, a column in the Shambhala Times where we publish articles on uplifted ways to view and engage in the economic side of life. Layth Matthews who is a long time student of Shambhala Buddhism and author ... continue
Posted July 22, 2015 by Dan
Vajradhatu Oriyoki

Vajradhatu Oriyoki – HIGHLIGHT

Oryoki bowls, courtesy of babblingbuddha.emeraldcity.bc.caCOLUMN: Kitchen Wisdom An interview with Oriyoki Master, Roland Cohen by Judy Sachs Sullivan, Column Co-Host Judy: Roland, can you talk about how oriyoki was first introduced to the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and to the Vajradhatu sangha? Roland: The Vidyadhara sent out a formal request ... continue
Posted July 15, 2015 by
Going Beyond Denial

Going Beyond Denial – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Enlightened Society Celebrates Diversity Reflections on International Western Dharma Teachers Gathering and Shootings in Charleston, SC by Shastri Charlene Leung FACING REALITY: BEGINNING CONVERSATIONS As the Chairperson of the Diversity Working Group for Shambhala International, I am familiar with our collective avoidance of challenging topics like racism and oppression. ... continue
Posted July 3, 2015 by
Celebrating Marriage Equality

Celebrating Marriage Equality – HIGHLIGHT

The Shambhala Diversity Working Group Celebrates Marriage Equality by Robert Pressnall, Diversity Working Group member and former Northern California Regional Head of Education On behalf of the Shambhala International Diversity Working Group, I would like to extend congratulations for the decades of inspiration and hard labor that accomplished the ... continue
Posted July 2, 2015 by
Aging and Sensory Loss

Aging and Sensory Loss – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Aging in Enlightened Society article by Pam Dreiling Over the last couple of years I have noticed more difficulty remembering and retaining continuity of thoughts and ideas, a common result of aging. I have also noticed changes in my sensory experiences: hearing, vision, taste, smell, touch. Our ... continue
Posted June 26, 2015 by
The Economics of a Global Self-Interest

The Economics of a Global Self-Interest – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Shambhala Economics Welcome to Shambhala Economics, a column in the Shambhala Times where we publish articles on uplifted ways to view and engage in the economic side of life. Layth Matthews who is a long time student of Shambhala Buddhism and author of, “The Four Noble ... continue
Posted June 22, 2015 by Dan

RSS feed for the Community Articles category

View all posts from authors in Community Articles: John_Smith alexvangils Travis_May AnnicaCrouse fredvanwelsem Kathryn_Rile Jennifer_Holder Claire_Crevey Sueschubel Thacher richxyz Luz_Rodriguez Ashley_Dinges Chris_Morel Dennis_Pack Alexandra_Kalinine PauletteMGraf Mark_Whaley Dia_Ballou

Sites with content in this category: https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalaarchives.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/ https://shambhalaarchives.org/ https://shambhalatimes.org/



Website Development by Blue Mandala using Wordpress MU.
All content and source Copyright © 1994-2019. Shambhala International (Vajradhatu), Shambhala, Shambhala Meditation Center, Shambhala Training, Shambhala Center and Way of Shambhala are registered service marks of Shambhala USA

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
Translate »