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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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Please, Hold Your Applause

Please, Hold Your Applause – HIGHLIGHT

New: Shambhala Culture Column! by Sangyum Wendy Friedman The Shambhala Times is pleased to present a new column on the topic of Shambhala Culture and Decorum. Hosted by Sangyum Wendy Friedman, the Director of the Office of Culture and Decorum, the purpose of this column is to pose ... continue
Posted August 5, 2011 by
Transforming Society - Not Spreading "Dharma-lade"

Transforming Society – Not Spreading “Dharma-lade” – HIGHLIGHT

by Travis May Over 150 seminarians, staff, and local guests squeezed into the the main shrine hall at Karme Choling this month as the Kongma Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, gave profound and practical teachings to the assembly gathered for the first ever Vajrayana Seminary at Karme Choling. ... continue
Posted August 1, 2011 by Travis_May
Mythology and Everyday Life

Mythology and Everyday Life

I’ve been wondering lately what Joseph Campbell would think of Shambhala Buddhism. He attributed many of the problems we face today, particularly our disconnect from nature and the resultant chaos & confusion found in our global society, to a lack of a working mythology. ... continue
Posted July 28, 2011 by Travis_May
A City Encampment: Can we really do this?

A City Encampment: Can we really do this? – HIGHLIGHT

by Lulu Strongheart, Rusung at the San Francisco Shambhala Center During Memorial Day weekend, the Northern California Lhasang Regiment of Dorje Kasung hosted a program at Sharchen Dzong, the San Francisco Shambhala Center, that was entitled: “Dorje Kasung Leadership Training and Celebration of Kasungship.” It was a ... continue
Posted July 26, 2011 by
Transforming Aggression into Gentleness

Transforming Aggression into Gentleness – HIGHLIGHT

by Boston Shambhala Center’s Rusung Brian McCorkle Have you ever been at a Shambhala program and experienced seeing official-looking people who look like they are in uniform? It may have been blue blazers with pins, white shirts, khaki or grey slacks, standing off to the side, or ... continue
Posted July 24, 2011 by
Stupa Tears: Transforming Our World

Stupa Tears: Transforming Our World – HIGHLIGHT

[caption id=”attachment_25361″ align=”alignright” width=”242″ The inexhaustible generosity of the Sakyong was evident as the afternoon wore on and the hot sun beat down. For those that have never been there, the Great Stupa is indeed great. It is a symbol of peace and a monument to ... continue
Posted July 17, 2011 by Sarah
On Being Brave

On Being Brave – HIGHLIGHT

With over three hundred people in the large shrine tent at Shambhala Mountain Center at the beginning of July, there was a lot of heat. Heat of the mountain sun, heat of expectation and desire, heat of insight and the heat of longing. This heat was ... continue
Posted July 15, 2011 by Sarah
At The Heart

At The Heart – HIGHLIGHT

By Ron Schultz member and practitioner at the Los Angeles, CA sangha Finding the words that convey the opening of one’s heart and the transformation of one’s existence seems like a better task for a Gershwin or a Porter than a Schultz. But nonetheless, it is mine. I ... continue
Posted July 11, 2011 by
Befriending Our Habits and Ourselves

Befriending Our Habits and Ourselves – HIGHLIGHT

By Lisa Montanarelli The week before Shambhala Day, the Atlanta Center offered “The Shape of Awake,” a weekthun with Hope Martin. Based in New York City, Hope has taught the Alexander technique for 25 years. She brilliantly combines this technique with meditation instruction to help meditators let ... continue
Posted July 9, 2011 by Lisa_Montanarelli
A Mandala Approach to City Center Expansion

A Mandala Approach to City Center Expansion – HIGHLIGHT

The Shambhala community of Boston has been diligently working to manifest the 2020 Vision of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and is committed to offering Shambhala to greater Boston. But what does that mean and why are we so committed to it? Here’s the story… Five or six years ... continue
Posted July 7, 2011 by Jill Blagsvedt
Owning the Bow

Owning the Bow – HIGHLIGHT

By Patrick Groneman My girlfriend and I sit down for breakfast in our narrow Brooklyn kitchen. The sun strolls through sheer white fabric and onto the pale wooden countertop next to us. I’m holding a black ceramic bowl of oatmeal at eye level out in front ... continue
Posted July 5, 2011 by
The Man With Many Faces: Remarks on the Film Crazy Wisdom

The Man With Many Faces: Remarks on the Film Crazy Wisdom – HIGHLIGHT

By Heather Grimes Not giving up on anything seemed to be the basic point. Willing to work with what is there on the basis of a primordial wakeful quality seems to be the definition of Crazy Wisdom. – Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Photos of Chogyam Trungpa ... continue
Posted July 3, 2011 by
A New Journey Begins

A New Journey Begins – HIGHLIGHT

Sarah Lipton is stepping in as the new Content Manager of Shambhala Times. She recently finished a four year tenure as the Center Coordinator at the Boston Shambhala Center where she developed and managed the Wake up Boston! blog. Good morning, Shambhala! I am writing to ... continue
Posted July 1, 2011 by Sarah
A Yak's Tale of Liberation

A Yak’s Tale of Liberation – HIGHLIGHT

Liberating the life of animals, called tsethar in Tibetan (tshe thar), is a longstanding practice in Tibetan areas. In its traditional form, the practice involves offering a nomadic family a sum of money to keep a yak for the duration of its life. The yak is ... continue
Posted June 30, 2011 by Holly
My Summer at Dechen Choling

My Summer at Dechen Choling – HIGHLIGHT

Rianne Pelleboer, a young sangha member from Holland is spending her summer at Dechen Choling as a volunteer. The following is her account of her experiences living there. The Decision Discontentment. That word covers how I felt before going from A to Z. I had dropped my ... continue
Posted June 15, 2011 by

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