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Sep 23
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Harvest of Peace 2017

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From everyone here at the Shambhala Times, best wishes for a cheerful Harvest of Peace!

Every year at the time of each solstice and equinox, Shambhalians around the world gather in community to mark the changing of the seasons. The Harvest of Peace Nyida Day is celebrated each fall, a time to come together for delicious food, delightful conversation, and meditation practice.  “Nyi” comes from the word “Nyima” or sun, and “da” from the word “dawa” or moon, and the two syllables together make up the name given to these seasonal holidays.

In each Shambhala Center, land center, and place of practice, Harvest of Peace celebrations will manifest in ways that reflect the character and aspirations of each community. Everyone is welcome to share their local experiences across the mandala through publication here at the Times, to expand and multiply the joys and meanings of this special day. We will post your contributions over the coming weeks, as well as sharing messages from the center of the mandala as they become available.

Send us your stories and photos here!

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Strong Ground for Growing Brave

Strong Ground for Growing Brave – HIGHLIGHT

An invitation to join in community conversations about parenting, and about including children in Shambhala life and culture by Rebekka Henriksen “We are actually building a Buddhist world so that our children can grow up in an atmosphere that is right and good. It’s revolutionary and represents a fantastic ... continue
Posted April 25, 2017 by CGH
Shambhala Household Experiment

Shambhala Household Experiment – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on the household culture and Shambhala experience of Boulder’s Marpa House by Michael Schneeweis While many captivating themes run through the Shambhala teachings, the notion of cultivating a wakeful household stands out as a particularly important aspect of the overall vision of our lineage. I feel incredibly ... continue
Posted April 9, 2017 by CGH
I Can Be Clearly Now

I Can Be Clearly Now – HIGHLIGHT

A story about learning to see, and be, with directness and true clarity by Lisa Freedman  “I’m going to the Met tomorrow. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I will be seeing it for the first time.” A tweed-jacketed gentleman winked as he said this, and stepped out ... continue
Posted March 28, 2017 by CGH
More Motorcyle Meditations

More Motorcyle Meditations – HIGHLIGHT

Pam Linnell, who retires this year from Karmê Chöling, shares a few thoughts about the connection between motorcycle riding and meditation, and her service as Chagdzo at KCL. interview by Cara Thornley Q. Did you have something you would describe as “The Most Memorable Bike Ride” you have ... continue
Posted March 11, 2017 by CGH
Motorcycle Meditations

Motorcycle Meditations – HIGHLIGHT

After 10 years of service Pam Linnell retires this year from Karmê Chöling Meditation Center. She also “retired” in 2015 from 42 years of riding a motorcycle: 20 years as a passenger on her husband’s bike and 22 years of riding her own bike.  interview by Cara ... continue
Posted March 9, 2017 by CGH
Sitting with Dignity

Sitting with Dignity – HIGHLIGHT

Just in time for Shambhala Day celebrations at many centers this coming weekend, some fresh ideas about setting up the shrine room to enhance participation for those who sit in chairs by Stefan Carmien Part of the mission of the working group for accessibility and disability is to ... continue
Posted March 3, 2017 by CGH
Celebrating Candlin

Celebrating Candlin – HIGHLIGHT

Candlin Dobbs leaves her post with the Shambhala Database, moving into a well-earned retirement by John David Smith Candlin worked for Shambhala for about eleven years, making many contributions. Initially, she was hired to head the Shambhala Database (SDB) implementation project, to call each North American center and ... continue
Posted February 7, 2017 by CGH
Challenges and Inspiration

Challenges and Inspiration – HIGHLIGHT

Expanding commitment to accessibility at Shambhala’s land centers by Stefan Carmien Our community has always been aware of the challenges that some of us have faced. A few of you long-time members may recall helping a fellow practitioner up the stairs of the Boulder center at 1111 Pearl ... continue
Posted February 5, 2017 by CGH
Condolences

Condolences

The effects of the tragic attack in the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec on Sunday are being felt throughout the world. As the Premier of Québec said “Not just the Muslim community, it’s not just the people of Quebec. Everyone is suffering from this.” ... continue
Posted February 2, 2017 by David_Brown
Race, Love, and Liberation

Race, Love, and Liberation – HIGHLIGHT

A coalition of meditation centers sponsors community conversation around race, power, and unity in North Carolina by Catherine Neill A long time ago, though it’s only been two weeks, we were in church on a Friday night in Durham, North Carolina to hear Rev. angel Kyodo williams. Everything ... continue
Posted November 22, 2016 by
Prison Retreat

Prison Retreat – HIGHLIGHT

A week-long Shambhala meditation intensive takes place in a prison setting The Snake River Shambhala Meditation Group is the only entity within Shambhala that functions entirely inside a prison—the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, Oregon. This medium-security facility is the largest prison in Oregon (25 acres ... continue
Posted November 16, 2016 by Trime
City of No Illusions

City of No Illusions – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala grows and finds a new home in Buffalo, New York by Pat Pendleton and Ed Taylor Maybe it’s a cicada thing—they certainly were singing in the summer of 2016. After seven years in the cocoon of its previous skin, it was time for Shambhala Meditation Group of ... continue
Posted October 11, 2016 by CGH
Practicing Radical Dharma

Practicing Radical Dharma – HIGHLIGHT

by Daniel Phillips  In March of 2015 Reverend angel Kyodo williams Sensei, founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley California, visited the Atlanta Shambhala Center, along with Lama Rod Owens, who is the resident director of the Natural Dharma Fellowship in Cambridge Massachusetts. At the ... continue
Posted October 3, 2016 by CGH
Sakyong Mipham in Seattle

Sakyong Mipham in Seattle – HIGHLIGHT

Rising to the Occasion: Social Engagement in a Chaotic World By Shastri Matthew Lyon Sakyong Mipham’s forthcoming visit to Seattle will focus on his powerful teachings on social engagement from the Buddhist point of view. As the spiritual and temporal leader of the worldwide Shambhala Buddhist community, he has ... continue
Posted September 29, 2016 by CGH
Harvest of Peace Address Now Online

Harvest of Peace Address Now Online

Kongma Sakyong Harvest of Peace 2016 The Sakyong’s Harvest of Peace address to the international community is now available online. In this year’s address, the Kongma Sakyong touched on strengthening families, looking to the future, loyalty to basic goodness, balancing bravery and tenderness, and extending out. Please click ... continue
Posted September 27, 2016 by David_Brown

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