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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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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
Why Wouldn't I Be?

Why Wouldn’t I Be? – HIGHLIGHT

The many meanings of formal membership in the Shambhala sangha by Rachel Hanson When I was asked to write about why I am a member of Shambhala, my first thought was “Why wouldn’t I be?” Unfortunately, that isn’t really an answer to the question. It turned out answering ... continue
Posted June 4, 2018 by CGH
Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Mindfulness in Everyday Life – HIGHLIGHT

Thoughts on the value of meditation training for our day-to-day lives by Jessica Gurvit It is said that meditation is like our legs and the Dharma is like our eyes. Without legs we can’t get anywhere. But without eyes, we don’t know where we are going, so our ... continue
Posted May 21, 2018 by CGH
A Blessing for Spring

A Blessing for Spring – HIGHLIGHT

 A children’s spring blessing by Acharya Richard John in Seattle on May 4 Photos by Michelle Ringgold Making room for the sun in your heart Everything is fresh! The clouds of this and that wash away. A cookie for me A flower for you and now we play. Ki Ki So So!   continue
Posted May 11, 2018 by CGH
My Testimony as 'MIA'

My Testimony as ‘MIA’ – HIGHLIGHT

Reconnecting with Shambhala through the Meditation In Action program at Dechen Chöling by Denis Blaise I came to France in September 2017 to find solace from major life changes. I had dreamed of reconnecting with my French relatives for years and finally took the opportunity of doing so. After ... continue
Posted May 9, 2018 by CGH
Right Livelihood

Right Livelihood – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhalians taking mindfulness to work by Andrea D’Asaro In Buddhist terms, “right livelihood” is a traditional teaching about living a dignified life and working in an ethical way. The Shambhala path inspired one Seattle member to consider this teaching, leading to a transformation in interactions at work, as ... continue
Posted May 7, 2018 by CGH
The Possibilities of Butterfly

The Possibilities of Butterfly – HIGHLIGHT

Appreciating a Level II for teens recently taught by Shastri Nick Kranz at Karmê Chöling by Anne-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 ... continue
Posted April 17, 2018 by CGH
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

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