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Touching the Earth Collective: May Newsletter

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Mind Blindness
By John Rockwell

A while back, I read an article about “plant blindness.” When shown a picture that shows a pair of elephants in a clearing and asked what they see, virtually everyone says, “Two elephants.” Even when the question is repeated, “What do you see?” people persist in saying “Elephants,” as if the questioner were stupid or blind. No one says that they see grass and trees, much less describes the type of plants. The biologists lament this lack of appreciation for the greenery that is our constant background. They point out that plants are just as important and in fact make up the base of the food chain that supports our existence. This lack of connection and community with the plant world can ultimately support a life style and work ethic that is destructive to our environment. What we don’t perceive, we have no feeling for. What we have no feeling for, we don’t care about. What we don’t care about, we can destroy and feel nothing amiss. Of course, by destroying the plant world, we are undermining our own existence.

When I told this story to my wife, she said, “What about the air and oxygen that support the plants?” At first, I felt irritated that she was making a simple example too complicated and missing the point. Then I realized the wisdom in her words. When we look at the picture, the elephants are in the foreground. We generally focus on the foreground as the most interesting event and ignore the background. If we expand our awareness, we can include all the green plants, bushes, trees, and the like. If we look further, we can see the sky and clouds in the background and the earth as the literal ground out of which the plants grow and on which the elephants walk. We can infer from the clouds the presence of water vapor and rain that water the plants and nurture and bathe the elephants. If we contemplate the picture even further, we can intuit the presence of space that accommodates everything in this picture. Space blindness is just as prevalent. Continue…

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Dimissioni da parte di alcuni acharya

Dimissioni da parte di alcuni acharya

5 luglio 2020 Cari Guerrieri Shambhala, E’ con tristezza e cuore aperto che condividiamo la nostra decisione di dimissionare dal ruolo di acharya. Questa decisione non è giunta facilmente e non è stata presa alla leggera. Alcuni di noi hanno servito in questo ruolo per molti anni e ... continue
Posted July 8, 2020 by archives-staff
Carta conjunta de varios acharyas que se retiran

Carta conjunta de varios acharyas que se retiran

5 de julio de 2020 Queridos/as guerreros/as de Shambhala: Con tristeza y el corazón abierto compartimos nuestra decisión de dejar el puesto de acharyas. No ha resultado una decisión fácil ni se ha tomado con ligereza. Algunos hemos servido en este puesto durante muchos años y hemos dedicado la vida ... continue
Posted July 8, 2020 by archives-staff
Acharya Resignation Letter

Acharya Resignation Letter – HIGHLIGHT

Este artículo ha sido traducido al español aqui. Questo articolo è stato tradotto in italiano qui. The following is a statement to the Shambhala community, offered by a group of acharyas who are resigning from their role, but will remain active in Shambhala and beyond. July 5, 2020 Dear Shambhala Warriors, It is ... continue
Posted July 8, 2020 by archives-staff
Karmê Chöling is Now Open to Residency

Karmê Chöling is Now Open to Residency – HIGHLIGHT

Photo Credit Pablo Coddou By Mike de Give You may have heard that Karme Choling is fundamentally changing the way it operates. For a long time, we’ve served the mandala by hosting meditation retreats and other dharma programs. While we’ll still offer those programs, now our primary activity ... continue
Posted July 2, 2020 by archives-staff
Open Letter from 68 Dharma Brats to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Open Letter from 68 Dharma Brats to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche – HIGHLIGHT

The following republishes an open letter from second-generation members of the Shambhala community to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the community’s leader and spiritual teacher. The letter expresses a heartfelt request for the Sakyong to engage in a path of authentic accountability for his actions that harmed specific ... continue
Posted June 30, 2020 by archives-staff
Going to the Root: How White Caucuses Contribute to Racial Justice

Going to the Root: How White Caucuses Contribute to Racial Justice – HIGHLIGHT

Illustration by Alicia Brown By Alex Vlasic This article was originally published on July 3rd, 2019 on The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics Caucusing is a form of upāya—skillful means. To caucus is skillful because it reduces harm. For Buddhists, practicing harm reduction is a ... continue
Posted June 23, 2020 by archives-staff
Celebrating Midsummer’s Day In The Time of Pandemic

Celebrating Midsummer’s Day In The Time of Pandemic

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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

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Posted June 8, 2020 by archives-staff
Level III: There’s Also Magic Online

Level III: There’s Also Magic Online – HIGHLIGHT

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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

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