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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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Midsummer: Atlanta and Boston

Midsummer: Atlanta and Boston

from Rhett Huber, Marketing and Communications at the Atlanta Shambhala Center photos by Andy Richard and Laura DeMercurio Here in Atlanta, we had a great Midsummer Day celebration. We enjoyed a parade with our little band after the lhasang ceremony, which was led by kasung members Harry Tate ... continue
Posted June 28, 2012 by
Midsummer: Fredericton

Midsummer: Fredericton

by David Seabrook, Director of the Fredericton Shambhala Center On Sunday, June 17th, the Fredericton Shambhala Meditation Center celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Under a glorious blue sky, surrounded by a carefully-tended garden in bloom, our community of practitioners, along with family and friends, gathered to enjoy a morning ... continue
Posted June 28, 2012 by
Midsummer: Casa Werma

Midsummer: Casa Werma

from Craig Morman and Faith Killough, Co-Directors of Casa Werma in Patzcuaro, Mexico Here at Casa Werma in Pátzcuaro, Mexico, we invited neighbors and friends from Pátzcuaro and nearby villages to a potluck in celebration of the first day of summer. The day was a bit rainy ... continue
Posted June 28, 2012 by
by Stanislav Yasinskiy

The Extraordinary Discovery of Ordinary Magic – HIGHLIGHT

AUTHOR CORRECTION: by Joe Mauricio, Director of the Baltimore Shambhala Center Coming upon a small bird building a nest the other day, I stopped and marveled at how simple and perfect my world was. Okay. That’s a fairly obvious observation. What made this particularly meaningful to me ... continue
Posted June 11, 2012 by
photo by Charles Blackhall

An Elder Warrior’s Marathon – HIGHLIGHT

This article was kindly submitted by Shastri Susan Chapman, one of four shastris (senior teachers) appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to serve the Pacific Northwest region of Shambhala. by Shastri Susan Chapman Seven months ago my father’s life took a dramatic turn and he’s now confined to a ... continue
Posted June 9, 2012 by
On Aging: My Big Yellow File

On Aging: My Big Yellow File – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Aging in Shambhala article by Richard Reoch Preparing for death is highly recommended as a part of contemplative practice. Recognizing that this life could end at any moment provides encouragement for us to fully engage with the world while we can. In addition to contemplating the inevitability ... continue
Posted June 6, 2012 by Richard_Reoch
Interview with Sergeant Paul Kendel

Interview with Sergeant Paul Kendel – HIGHLIGHT

Interview with Paul M. Kendel (SSG Ret.), M.A. ~ author of Walking the Tiger’s Path: A Soldier’s Spiritual Journey in Iraq, the book chronicling a military deployment in Iraq, experiences of doubt and disillusionment, and eventual introduction to and connection with the Shambhala Buddhist teachings by Shambhala ... continue
Posted June 4, 2012 by Travis_May
Exploring Communal Space

Exploring Communal Space – HIGHLIGHT

Foundations of Shambhala: a gathering by Amanda Hodson Here at the Davis Shambhala Center we have a Monday night social and discussion group for shamatha students, new practitioners and people interested in learning about meditation. It’s called Foundations of Shambhala. The group provides a space for people to ... continue
Posted May 30, 2012 by
Living in the Challenge

Living in the Challenge – HIGHLIGHT

On serving in the U.S. Navy and being a Shambhala Buddhist by Ben Biggs I get a lot of questions from the Shambhala Buddhist community about what it’s like being in the Navy and why I joined… so here you go! What it’s like: one person’s experience Being in the ... continue
Posted May 28, 2012 by
The Mind of Mindfulness

The Mind of Mindfulness

by Irini Rockwell The first annual International Symposia for Contemplative Studies held in Denver April 26th to 29th was the place to be for anyone interested in mindfulness and brain research. 700 of us from all over the world gathered together to explore this cutting edge endeavor ... continue
Posted May 26, 2012 by
Gaining Ground against Beetle Infestation

Gaining Ground against Beetle Infestation – HIGHLIGHT

Report from Shambhala Mountain Center by Shambhala Times Regional Correspondent Leslie Witt Brown, dead ponderosa pines have given way to open ground as Shambhala Mountain Center (SMC) battles to save its forest from the mountain pine beetle. Now in the second year of an aggressive, proactive program of ... continue
Posted May 25, 2012 by
Submit Your Videos!

Submit Your Videos! – HIGHLIGHT

Introducing the new YouTube channel for the Shambhala community, now arriving online: Shambhala Community Channel by Anna Weinstein The inspiration behind the effort to create a community youtube channel is to foster a further sense of a global Shambhala community through the creation of an online forum in ... continue
Posted May 20, 2012 by anna_weinstein
Shambhala at Earth Day Summit, Madison, WI

Shambhala at Earth Day Summit, Madison, WI

The Madison Shambhala Center was delighted to attend the sixth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Summit on April 16th at the Monona Terrace. This year’s theme was sustainability, security and happiness on a finite planet. Among the many interesting speakers was Lyonpo Yeshe Zimbo, the Minister ... continue
Posted May 18, 2012 by
Sangha Conversations on Aging

Sangha Conversations on Aging – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Aging in Shambhala Updates from Boulder, Halifax and New York compiled by Andrea Sherman and David Whitehorn This article is an introduction to three active Shambhala centers that are cultivating support at the local level for the increasing numbers of older Shambhalians. Never before have so many people ... continue
Posted May 11, 2012 by
Dorje Khyung Dzong Welcomes New Directors

Dorje Khyung Dzong Welcomes New Directors – HIGHLIGHT

[caption id=”attachment_29983″ align=”alignright” width=”300″ >Dorje Khyung Dzong After sixteen years as Resident Directors of Dorje Khyung Dzong (DKD), Bruce and Melissa Robinson will be retiring from this post in early September. I wanted to let those of you have a special connection with Dorje Khyung Dzong know ... continue
Posted May 3, 2012 by

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