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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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On Being Brave

On Being Brave – HIGHLIGHT

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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
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
Under 30 Retreat: Doing Something Profoundly Important

Under 30 Retreat: Doing Something Profoundly Important – HIGHLIGHT

By: Meghan Misset The Boston Shambhala Center Under 30 Group was formed in 2003 and has a strong core of 20-30 young Sangha members. They recently embarked on a trip to the Shelburn Falls Center, in Western Massachusetts, where they sat in retreat for the weekend. Led ... continue
Posted June 10, 2011 by
Homeless and (Maybe) Buddhist: An Unusual Story about Going on Retreat

Homeless and (Maybe) Buddhist: An Unusual Story about Going on Retreat – HIGHLIGHT

By: Taz Tagore I co-founded the Reciprocity Foundation with Adam Bucko back in 2004, and almost from the outset, I wanted to take our clients—homeless teenagers and young adults living in New York City shelters—on retreat. Maybe it is because I strongly identify with homeless kids ... continue
Posted June 8, 2011 by
Young Sangha Summer Retreat: In Love with Life

Young Sangha Summer Retreat: In Love with Life – HIGHLIGHT

By: Kirsten Eikmans For five years there has been a special retreat for young people in France, the Young Sangha Summer Retreat, which is organized and directed by Sophie Maclaren, a beautiful woman with a big heart. Sophie travels around the world to teach and organize meditation ... continue
Posted June 4, 2011 by
The Buddhist Gentleman: How to Buy Nice Clothes

The Buddhist Gentleman: How to Buy Nice Clothes – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted June 2, 2011 by
The Value of Mistakes in Buddhism

The Value of Mistakes in Buddhism – HIGHLIGHT

By: Lodro Rinzler In his regular column for the Huffington Post, 28 year-old Shambhala teacher Lodro Rinzler tackles thorny issues facing meditators in the modern world. With wit and aplomb, he addresses real-life questions — sent to him by readers — and contemplates “What Would Sid Do?” ... continue
Posted May 29, 2011 by
Rejuvenating the Sangha in Amsterdam

Rejuvenating the Sangha in Amsterdam – HIGHLIGHT

By: Jerry de Groot After meeting at several magical Buddhist Youth Festivals in Germany, three young Dutchmen began organizing weekly evenings for young people at the Amsterdam Shambhala Center starting in 2009. The formula was simple: design a nice postcard, spread it around at colleges and universities, ... continue
Posted May 27, 2011 by
New website to support young sangha around the world

New website to support young sangha around the world – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted May 25, 2011 by

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