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The Rough Edges of Basic Goodness

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Contemplating inclusiveness, social difference, and our organization’s prevailing culture

by Michaela McCormick

The Portland Shambhala Center’s Listening Team, led by Mark Douglass, met recently to review the latest round of its interviews of a wide variety of our past and present members to learn the ways in which they participate in the Center’s activities and what encourages and discourages their participation. Our attention went to our organization’s prevailing culture, and its difficulty in embracing the many social differences among us.

In many ways, our recognition of the basic goodness of us all makes us accepting of different ways of being. We do not overtly challenge each other’s behavior. But those of us who represent different ways of being, due to our race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, physical, mental, or perceptual characteristics, or a variety of other less visible identities outside the dominant culture, often feel the pain of exclusion and censor what we say or do for fear of further rejection. Continue…

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Can Home Cooking Restore Enlightened Society?

Can Home Cooking Restore Enlightened Society? – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: In Everyday Life by Marcella Friel, Crestone, Colorado “Internal drala also comes out of making a proper relationship to food…. You can take the time to plan good, nutritious meals, and you can enjoy cooking your food, eating it, and then cleaning up and putting the leftovers ... continue
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Adventures in Doll-Making

Adventures in Doll-Making – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Children and Family Why our Imperfect First Try was a Winner article by Heather Grimes edited by Renée Picard photo courtesy of the author originally published on elephant.com We have no idea when inspiration will strike. It can come like a jolt, or as a slow-percolating notion. The thing is, as ... continue
Posted August 24, 2015 by Dan
Being Old at Encampment

Being Old at Encampment – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Aging in Enlightened Society Reflections on attending the 2015 Trident Assembly during Magyal Pomra Encampment on the Kasung Encampment Grounds in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia by David Whitehorn Being 73 years old, my first thought, upon seeing an announcement that a three day “Trident Assembly” would be held ... continue
Posted August 21, 2015 by
Child-free in the Modern World

Child-free in the Modern World – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted August 19, 2015 by
Contemplating an Empty Nest

Contemplating an Empty Nest – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted August 12, 2015 by
Family and Children's Programming Survey

Family and Children’s Programming Survey

The following request is from the Working Group for Children & Families under the Office of Societal Health and Wellbeing: Calling all Centers and Groups! Do you currently offer programming for children and families? Do you want to connect, deepen, or expand your offerings? Do you currently ... continue
Posted August 3, 2015 by David_Brown
The Barnacle’s Roar

The Barnacle’s Roar – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 29, 2015 by
Summer Fun at Gampo Abbey

Summer Fun at Gampo Abbey – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 24, 2015 by
Our Money Mind

Our Money Mind – HIGHLIGHT

miksang image by Charles BlackhallCOLUMN: Shambhala Economics Welcome to Shambhala Economics, a column in the Shambhala Times where we publish articles on uplifted ways to view and engage in the economic side of life. Layth Matthews who is a long time student of Shambhala Buddhism and author ... continue
Posted July 22, 2015 by Dan
Vajradhatu Oriyoki

Vajradhatu Oriyoki – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 15, 2015 by
Going Beyond Denial

Going Beyond Denial – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Enlightened Society Celebrates Diversity Reflections on International Western Dharma Teachers Gathering and Shootings in Charleston, SC by Shastri Charlene Leung FACING REALITY: BEGINNING CONVERSATIONS As the Chairperson of the Diversity Working Group for Shambhala International, I am familiar with our collective avoidance of challenging topics like racism and oppression. ... continue
Posted July 3, 2015 by
Celebrating Marriage Equality

Celebrating Marriage Equality – HIGHLIGHT

The Shambhala Diversity Working Group Celebrates Marriage Equality by Robert Pressnall, Diversity Working Group member and former Northern California Regional Head of Education On behalf of the Shambhala International Diversity Working Group, I would like to extend congratulations for the decades of inspiration and hard labor that accomplished the ... continue
Posted July 2, 2015 by
Aging and Sensory Loss

Aging and Sensory Loss – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Aging in Enlightened Society article by Pam Dreiling Over the last couple of years I have noticed more difficulty remembering and retaining continuity of thoughts and ideas, a common result of aging. I have also noticed changes in my sensory experiences: hearing, vision, taste, smell, touch. Our ... continue
Posted June 26, 2015 by
The Economics of a Global Self-Interest

The Economics of a Global Self-Interest – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Shambhala Economics Welcome to Shambhala Economics, a column in the Shambhala Times where we publish articles on uplifted ways to view and engage in the economic side of life. Layth Matthews who is a long time student of Shambhala Buddhism and author of, “The Four Noble ... continue
Posted June 22, 2015 by Dan
The Conscientious Machen

The Conscientious Machen – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Dispatches from the Kalapa Court Kitchen This is Part Two of an interview with Machen Corps Commander Michael Weiss about his experience serving in the Kalapa Court and as a Machen. Click here to read Part One. Can a Machen make anything they want for the Sakyong and his ... continue
Posted June 12, 2015 by Dan

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