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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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Protecting the Space – HIGHLIGHT

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New Year Limbo – HIGHLIGHT

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Heartfelt Practice of Generosity – HIGHLIGHT

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Feeling and Touching Kindness – HIGHLIGHT

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Children’s Day is Every day – HIGHLIGHT

by Larry Steele Iliana the warrior-girl was afraid. Days had turned dark and everyone feared the sun would never return. But Iliana vowed to find the sun and bring it back to her family and community. Seattle Shambhala children dressed up in warrior crowns and tiger stripes to ... continue
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