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Dec 02
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Touching the Earth Collective—December 2020 Newsletter

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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.

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Celebrating Midsummer’s Day In The Time of Pandemic

Celebrating Midsummer’s Day In The Time of Pandemic

By Faradee Rudy This week’s Shambhala Sunday Gathering is on June 21, which in the Northern Hemisphere is the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. Midsummer’s Day is one of Shambhala’s four annual holidays, (along with Shambhala Day, Harvest of Peace, and Children’s Day), ... continue
Posted June 19, 2020 by archives-staff
A Space for Sharing Collective Grief during the Racism Pandemic

A Space for Sharing Collective Grief during the Racism Pandemic – HIGHLIGHT

An announcement of an online program with Acharyas Charlene Leung, Holly Gayley, Gaylon Ferguson & Emily Bower The atrocity of centuries old social injustice, uncovered by the pandemic, comes to a head with the recent killing of George Floyd. Change is everywhere. What we each experience differs, based ... continue
Posted June 8, 2020 by archives-staff
Level III: There’s Also Magic Online

Level III: There’s Also Magic Online – HIGHLIGHT

Double rainbow over Madrid at the end of the weekend, (C) Peter Savaiano Este artículo fue publicado originalmente en español aquí. By Claudia Arnau and Eloy Portillo Translated by Sonia Rodríguez & Peter Savaiano We were afraid because we’d never done anything like this before, but we chose to ... continue
Posted May 26, 2020 by archives-staff
Pilgrimage in Honor of Ashoka

Pilgrimage in Honor of Ashoka – HIGHLIGHT

By Joanna Francis Back in the times when borders were open, planes were flying and the Indian railways were still running, Tessa Watt and I made an intrepid journey to India to explore some of the more remote Buddhist sites.  We arrived in Bhubaneshwar in January in ... continue
Posted May 18, 2020 by archives-staff
Condolences for Nova Scotia

Condolences for Nova Scotia – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash The Shambhala Board extends our sincere condolences to the families and friends whose cherished loved ones died suddenly and violently in Nova Scotia on April 18th and 19th. We are united in our broken heartedness, even if physically separated.   Kathryn Heckman, a ... continue
Posted April 27, 2020 by archives-staff
Right Livelihood Arises from Raising Equestrian Windhorse

Right Livelihood Arises from Raising Equestrian Windhorse – HIGHLIGHT

Craig teaching at home by Andrea D’Asaro Originally published here on the Seattle Shambhala Center Blog Right livelihood is one of the traditional ethical elements of the Buddhist eightfold path. For Shambhalians who aspire to “create enlightened society” this means sharing our inherent goodness or inner richness through our ... continue
Posted April 20, 2020 by archives-staff
Tagtruk Mukpo Update

Tagtruk Mukpo Update – HIGHLIGHT

Taggi and Rowan, his shadow By Jim Christie, Senior Living Provider to Tagtruk Mukpo Greetings and salutations to family and friends of Taggi Mukpo. In this time of strife and sorrow through out the world, we look, and find daily all the simple blessings we have here at ... continue
Posted April 13, 2020 by archives-staff
Transitioning to Zoom

Transitioning to Zoom – HIGHLIGHT

By Craig Sargent When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens Due to COVID-19, we closed our Center in Lexington KY on March 14th. Broken hearted, we purchased a Zoom Pro account later that day, and began our transition to Zoom. We held our first Council meeting in Zoom ... continue
Posted April 6, 2020 by archives-staff
Parinirvana Day 2020 Resources

Parinirvana Day 2020 Resources – HIGHLIGHT

To the Noble Sangha, We hope that each of you are well and cared for during this groundlessness. Each year on April 4th, Shambhala marks the life and passing of its founder, the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, with the commemoration of Parinirvana Day. As we approach the ... continue
Posted April 2, 2020 by archives-staff
Staying Sane In Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Staying Sane In Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Photo by Natalia Figueredo on Unsplash By “Jackie Writing Jackie” The number of Covid-19 cases around the world has surpassed 872,000, leading governments to effect nationwide lockdowns to reduce the level of contagion. During this time, many people are surrounded by family. One of the hardest-hit groups, however, is ... continue
Posted April 2, 2020 by archives-staff
Letter from the Druk Sakyong Wangmo

Letter from the Druk Sakyong Wangmo – HIGHLIGHT

Office of the Druk Sakyong Wangmo Dearest Community Members, During this unprecedented time of difficulty, I have been thinking about all of you and wanted to reach out. I know that we are all struggling, in many different ways. Within my own family, I see that everyone has ... continue
Posted March 30, 2020 by archives-staff
Meditation and Connection in a Time of Isolation

Meditation and Connection in a Time of Isolation – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash by Gayle Van Gils I have been feeling more than a bit ungrounded and lonely…..  Being forced to stay home and away from other people seems so wrong.  Yet, here we are – in this together – feeling our way towards a ... continue
Posted March 28, 2020 by archives-staff
What Role Can Exercise Play In Shambhala Practice?

What Role Can Exercise Play In Shambhala Practice? – HIGHLIGHT

Photo by Form on Unsplash By “Jackie Writing Jackie” Meditation has a key role to pay in Shambhala practice, but Buddhist belief does see a vital link between mental and physical well-being, and the Eightfold Path clearly envisions both. In a more symbolic sense, the path of Perfect Livelihood ... continue
Posted March 24, 2020 by archives-staff
How to Stay Calm in the Face of Fear

How to Stay Calm in the Face of Fear – HIGHLIGHT

This article was originally posted by Sarah Lipton here. Tea with a T-Rex T-Rex is roaming the earth again. Wreaking havoc, causing disruption, up-ending the status quo. This time, it’s crowned in the form of COVID-19. A global pandemic. A local disaster. From my vantage point, the greater harm is ... continue
Posted March 15, 2020 by archives-staff
Being You is a Practice

Being You is a Practice – HIGHLIGHT

by Kelsey Blackwell This article was originally posted here at The Marvelous Crumb Happy Lunar New Year! Year of the Rat — known for industriousness, thriftiness, diligence and positivity. That feels about right. I’m burrowing into my studies at the Strozzi Institute and gnawing on bits of wisdom that are ... continue
Posted March 10, 2020 by archives-staff

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