Home     Contact Us         Log in

Community Articles - Category Archive

Dec 02
Wednesday

Touching the Earth Collective—December 2020 Newsletter

Filed under Community Articles


Wild Rice Stuffing and Children’s Day

By Irene Woodard

There are certain things that happen this time of year… A big family gathering with the wild rice stuffing that doesn’t go in the bird. The New Yorker has a turkey cartoon. The Children’s Day King and Queen dolls appear on my shrine. The seasons change, and that feels reliable… change.

A month ago in the United States, we were still in waiting mode, for an election and its results. Amongst friends, we wondered how we would be feeling come Thanksgiving, come the holiday season. But we knew one thing: we would pause, no matter the outcome, and celebrate Children’s Day.

Some of us recently received a letter from Wendy Friedman of the Office of Culture and Decorum, regarding this year’s Children’s Day…  “Our major holidays in Shambhala are tied to these seasonal shifts to remind us of our undeniable link to the natural world as human beings living on this planet.” In my thick manila folder labeled Children’s Day, I found a 1988 letter from The Office of Health and Well-Being’s Lamen Kyi Khyap, Mitchell Levy, providing details about what the day is, why we celebrate. Good information.

And this got me thinking…How did we know that we would be celebrating Children’s Day this year, despite all the uncertainty? Here is the good news, because it has become part of the culture of Shambhala. We understand that, come what may, Children’s Day is important. Whether we had a Republican or Democratic elected President in the US, whether there was a vaccine or not for Covid, whatever the cosmic weather pattern, whose pictures were on the shrine… we are a community with a culture.

Entries filed under Community Articles


Touching the Earth—September 2020 Newsletter

Touching the Earth—September 2020 Newsletter – HIGHLIGHT

Eleventh Hour Calling An article by Emily Takahashi We have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour Now we must go back and tell the people this is the HOUR. On December 11, 2018, Marybeth Downing of Boulder, Colorado traveled to the steps of the state capitol in ... continue
Posted September 9, 2020 by archives-staff
Thank You for Building Karmê Chöling—Now Help Us Celebrate

Thank You for Building Karmê Chöling—Now Help Us Celebrate – HIGHLIGHT

Karmê Chöling, from the photo archive By Mike De Give Since Shambhala Day, there have been photos from the archives hanging on the walls here at Karme Choling. In the silence before the gong each morning, sometimes I’ll pick one out and study the grainy faces of sangha ... continue
Posted September 4, 2020 by archives-staff
What is Ulab 2020 and how might it be useful to Shambhala?

What is Ulab 2020 and how might it be useful to Shambhala? – HIGHLIGHT

By Christopher St. John In September 2019, at the invitation of the Shambhala Process Team and the Shambhala Board, about 400 Shambhala members joined the course in social transformational leadership called u.lab: Leading From the Emerging Future.  This course is free, and is based on the work of Otto ... continue
Posted September 1, 2020 by archives-staff
A Few Thoughts About Karma and Reincarnation

A Few Thoughts About Karma and Reincarnation – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Anastasia Zhenina on Unsplash by Bob Siegel The Buddhist law of karma emphasizes cause and effect. Our actions have consequences and these consequences in turn affect who we are. This does not negate free will. We can change those consequences by changing our behavior and thereby ... continue
Posted August 25, 2020 by archives-staff
Touching the Earth Collective—August 2020 Newsletter

Touching the Earth Collective—August 2020 Newsletter – HIGHLIGHT

This year, the Touching the Earth Collective is delighted to initiate a collaboration with Family Camp, by sponsoring several camp activities and sharing the wonderful article below.  Recalibrating East A testimony about Family Camp, one of Shambhala’s jewels. By Donna Stephens, Marcelle Gilkerson and Tracy Suchocki PART ONE: What is Family ... continue
Posted August 20, 2020 by archives-staff
Three Recent Acharya Retirements

Three Recent Acharya Retirements – HIGHLIGHT

Recently three acharyas retired from their posts.  Below, the Times has published their individual letters to the community. La carta en español se encuentra aquí. Dear Shambhala Community, I write with a sad and tender heart. I have retired as an acharya as of July 1. I feel that my appointment ... continue
Posted August 14, 2020 by archives-staff
The Secret to True Power (hint: it has something to do with Spiderman)

The Secret to True Power (hint: it has something to do with Spiderman) – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Miguel Bruna on Unsplash My son and I love the movie Into the Spiderverse. In case you don’t know, it’s the Spiderman movie that came out a couple of years ago about Miles Morales, a young kid from the Bronx who becomes the new Spiderman. ... continue
Posted July 27, 2020 by archives-staff
Touching the Earth Collective—July 2020 Newsletter

Touching the Earth Collective—July 2020 Newsletter

From the Shambhala Times: the original publication of this newsletter begins with a loving tribute to Shastri Russell Rogers. You can find that tribute here. From the Collective:  Here we share with you the first Shambhala Touching the Earth Collective monthly Newsletter,  one of the first sprouts arising ... continue
Posted July 21, 2020 by archives-staff
In Loving Memory of Shastri Russell Rogers

In Loving Memory of Shastri Russell Rogers – HIGHLIGHT

This remembrance was originally published as part of the Touching the Earth Collective‘s July 2020 Newsletter. The rest of that newsletter has been shared with Times readers here. We honor Shastri Russell Rogers, as he was an early supporter of the Collective, generously providing lengthy curriculum, contemplations, ... continue
Posted July 21, 2020 by archives-staff
Dimissioni da parte di alcuni acharya

Dimissioni da parte di alcuni acharya

5 luglio 2020 Cari Guerrieri Shambhala, E’ con tristezza e cuore aperto che condividiamo la nostra decisione di dimissionare dal ruolo di acharya. Questa decisione non è giunta facilmente e non è stata presa alla leggera. Alcuni di noi hanno servito in questo ruolo per molti anni e ... continue
Posted July 8, 2020 by archives-staff
Carta conjunta de varios acharyas que se retiran

Carta conjunta de varios acharyas que se retiran

5 de julio de 2020 Queridos/as guerreros/as de Shambhala: Con tristeza y el corazón abierto compartimos nuestra decisión de dejar el puesto de acharyas. No ha resultado una decisión fácil ni se ha tomado con ligereza. Algunos hemos servido en este puesto durante muchos años y hemos dedicado la vida ... continue
Posted July 8, 2020 by archives-staff
Acharya Resignation Letter

Acharya Resignation Letter – HIGHLIGHT

Este artículo ha sido traducido al español aqui. Questo articolo è stato tradotto in italiano qui. The following is a statement to the Shambhala community, offered by a group of acharyas who are resigning from their role, but will remain active in Shambhala and beyond. July 5, 2020 Dear Shambhala Warriors, It is ... continue
Posted July 8, 2020 by archives-staff
Karmê Chöling is Now Open to Residency

Karmê Chöling is Now Open to Residency – HIGHLIGHT

Photo Credit Pablo Coddou By Mike de Give You may have heard that Karme Choling is fundamentally changing the way it operates. For a long time, we’ve served the mandala by hosting meditation retreats and other dharma programs. While we’ll still offer those programs, now our primary activity ... continue
Posted July 2, 2020 by archives-staff
Open Letter from 68 Dharma Brats to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Open Letter from 68 Dharma Brats to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche – HIGHLIGHT

The following republishes an open letter from second-generation members of the Shambhala community to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the community’s leader and spiritual teacher. The letter expresses a heartfelt request for the Sakyong to engage in a path of authentic accountability for his actions that harmed specific ... continue
Posted June 30, 2020 by archives-staff
Going to the Root: How White Caucuses Contribute to Racial Justice

Going to the Root: How White Caucuses Contribute to Racial Justice – HIGHLIGHT

Illustration by Alicia Brown By Alex Vlasic This article was originally published on July 3rd, 2019 on The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics Caucusing is a form of upāya—skillful means. To caucus is skillful because it reduces harm. For Buddhists, practicing harm reduction is a ... continue
Posted June 23, 2020 by archives-staff

RSS feed for the Community Articles category

View all posts from authors in Community Articles: alexvangils Ashley_Dinges rguest



Website Development by Blue Mandala using Wordpress MU.
All content and source Copyright © 1994-2020. Shambhala International (Vajradhatu), Shambhala, Shambhala Meditation Center, Shambhala Training, Shambhala Center and Way of Shambhala are registered service marks of Shambhala USA
Privacy Policy

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
Translate »