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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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It Was Never About Us

It Was Never About Us – HIGHLIGHT

lobster releaseCollege Students study Meditation and Buddhism and make a Visit to Gampo Abbey by Stacey Mitchell, Finance Manager, Gampo Abbey photos by Heather Schmidt It’s Saturday morning at Gampo Abbey and something different is happening. Instead of the daily morning ritual of oatmeal and plain yogurt being prepared ... continue
Posted November 21, 2012 by
Fundraising with Beginner's Mind

Fundraising with Beginner’s Mind – HIGHLIGHT

Current Centerby Marcelle Gilkerson The Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus is a small center. For the last ten years, our home has been a cozy-but-beautiful rental suite on the second floor of an office building. With less than 1,000 square feet of space overall, our shrine room ... continue
Posted November 19, 2012 by
Sacred Space

Sacred Space – HIGHLIGHT

cooking fish in the Karme Choling tilt skilletKitchen Wisdom by Lisa Harris Kitchens are interesting places. They are where we begin and end our days. They are often the focal point of the household for eating, socializing, homework, and consolation. We tap into the refrigerator and pantry for ... continue
Posted November 16, 2012 by

Basic Goodness and Creating Enlightened Society videos

Sample video in Basic Goodness and Creating Enlightened Society playlist For the next couple of months two or three times a week video clips of the Sakyong talking about Basic Goodness and Creating Enlightened Society are being posted to his YouTube channel Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche -Official ... continue
Posted October 30, 2012 by Hamish_MacLaren
Mindfulness in Healthcare

Mindfulness in Healthcare – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Partners with Rush and Chicago End-of-Life Coalition to offer Mindfulness Training to Healthcare Professionals by Aarti Tejuja, Chicago The Sakyong’s 2020 Vision has inspired many members of the Chicago Shambhala Center to think of new and inventive ways to bring enlightened society and mindfulness practices into the ... continue
Posted October 24, 2012 by
Taking Anxiety for a Run

Taking Anxiety for a Run – HIGHLIGHT

by Kristen Mullen, Portland, Oregon With crunched back and tight breath I pull my body out the door and on the street. Which route, which trail, ricochets in my mind. I feel fresh start. Breathe. Being in my body I connect with my sensations of tightness and ... continue
Posted October 22, 2012 by
Shambhala Boston: In the World

Shambhala Boston: In the World – HIGHLIGHT

Shastri Carolyn Krusinskiby Mary Coonan At the Sakyong’s urging, the Boston Shambhala Center has been actively connecting with synergistic opportunities in the community to join with efforts to uncover basic goodness within different professional realms. On October 5th, Shastri Carolyn Krusinski presented meditation instructions to over 250 ... continue
Posted October 19, 2012 by
"What to do?"

“What to do?” – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Aging in Shambhala A Caregiver’s Guide to Preparing for the Death of a Practitioner by Jacquie Bell As Shambhala Buddhist practitioners, most of us have an idea of how we would like to spend our last days – where we would like to be, who we would like ... continue
Posted October 17, 2012 by
Kitchen Wisdom

Kitchen Wisdom – HIGHLIGHT

Notes from the Hearth by Lisa Harris After finishing a year of teaching at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont in 2009, I was looking for the next opportunity to follow my heart into another kitchen. That was when Karme Choling invited me to apply for ... continue
Posted October 15, 2012 by
Celebrating Same-Sex Marriage

Celebrating Same-Sex Marriage – HIGHLIGHT

Introducing a NEW REGULAR FEATURE: ENLIGHTENED SOCIETY CELEBRATES DIVERSITY by Shastri Charlene Leung, Chairperson Shambhala Diversity Working Group With the Enlightened Society Treatise being shared around the mandala from person to person as a “cascading lung”, there’s a new buzz on the planet. But what does enlightened society really ... continue
Posted October 12, 2012 by
Walking With the Senses, and Other Ideas

Walking With the Senses, and Other Ideas – HIGHLIGHT

by Kipp Efinger, Washington DC Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has said that true confidence is synchronization of mind and body. This rings true for me, based on experience. I recently came away from a dathun (4 week meditation and mindfulness retreat), and when people ask me how the ... continue
Posted October 10, 2012 by
Tonglen Practice on the Shambhala Network

Tonglen Practice on the Shambhala Network – HIGHLIGHT

by President Richard Reoch One of the most potent ways in which our community manifests as a global network of compassionate support is through our constant stream of tonglen practice. Someone posts a request for tonglen and hundreds of Shambhalians respond. continue
Posted October 5, 2012 by Richard_Reoch
Meditation… in Everyday Life?

Meditation… in Everyday Life? – HIGHLIGHT

by Dave McKeel, NYC I always hated horror movies as a kid. I remember running out of the room screaming whenever a commercial for the latest Nightmare On Elm Street sequel would come on the TV. Those commercials were not just a surprise; they were a betrayal – ... continue
Posted September 30, 2012 by
Positive Aging

Positive Aging – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Aging in Shambhala by Jane Ward, London When the Olympic torch passed through London early in the morning, the seniors I teach welcomed it with a public performance of Tai Chi – and got the locals to join in. It was a startling reminder of “positive aging”! continue
Posted September 27, 2012 by
Parenting As Path

Parenting As Path – HIGHLIGHT

by Alice Buehler, Czech Republic The parenting side of Shambhala society seems to have its own particular understanding. It is deeply motivated by looking beyond just this one lifetime, but always painfully aware of the habitual patterns that get condensed into the smallest details of everyday life, ... continue
Posted September 16, 2012 by

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