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Dec 06
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Outer, Inner and Secret Levels Of Shambhala Center Design

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Community Room in the Los Angeles Shambhala Center

By Shastri Russell Rodgers

A few years ago, the Kootenay Shambhala Centre in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, purchased a building. Because we had to acquire the services of a non-sangha architect for the renovations, it seemed like a good idea to summarize in “non-shambhalese” language some of the basic elements of how a Shambhala Centre functions and how it is designed. Here is what we gave to our architect. In our case, we are pleased with the result. Continue…

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Buddhadharma and the Planetary Crisis

Buddhadharma and the Planetary Crisis – HIGHLIGHT

We begin our theme on the Buddhist Response to Climate Change, with an excerpt from the new book, A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency, edited by John Stanley, David R. Loy, and Gyurme Dorje. From the introduction, by David R. Loy and John Stanley If ... continue
Posted December 1, 2009 by Jennifer Holder

Prayer Flags: Make A Wish – HIGHLIGHT

In the West, we have trouble visualizing the catastrophe of being poor and pregnant in Tibet. For every 15 women who conceive, one will die before or during delivery — it’s three times safer to serve as a US soldier in Afghanistan than to become pregnant ... continue
Posted November 30, 2009 by
Expressing Love of Food in Jewellery

Expressing Love of Food in Jewellery – HIGHLIGHT

Berkeley Brown reflects on the jewellery she creates on the occasion of her first solo exhibition in Halifax, titled “Whisked Away.” The value of food in our society is fascinating; I am intrigued by the way our relationship to it allows food to transcend its ... continue
Posted November 28, 2009 by
Introducing “Shambhala at the Movies”

Introducing “Shambhala at the Movies” – HIGHLIGHT

A new column by Angela Pressburger “I think that a film should have a good story, a clear story, and it should have, if possible, something which is probably the most difficult thing – it should have a little bit of magic….Magic being untouchable ... continue
Posted November 24, 2009 by
Celebrating Our Warrior

Celebrating Our Warrior – HIGHLIGHT

By Jennifer Holder, photos courtesy of Paulette Graf and Sascha Ascher When asked how she would like to mark her retirement as Warrior of the New York Center, Irene Woodard said she wanted to tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit on the Art of the ... continue
Posted November 23, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
A Weethun at Casa Werma

A Weethun at Casa Werma – HIGHLIGHT

By Brus Westby Jean and I have just returned to our home in Bucerias in Nayarit, Mexico, from a magical tour of San Miguel de Allende, in the state of Guanajuato, and Patzcuaro, in Michoacan. First we were invited to give talks at the Shambhala Center ... continue
Posted November 20, 2009 by Brus Westby
Once upon a time at Dechen Choling...

Once upon a time at Dechen Choling… – HIGHLIGHT

Rarely is there a time when people come to Dechen Choling and think: what a horrible place! People don’t wonder why it is called “Dharma Place of Great Bliss” because of it’s beautiful rolling landscape. And trees…we have the best trees in the world! But it ... continue
Posted November 19, 2009 by Zane Edwards
Touching the Earth, France : 2009 Activities Report

Touching the Earth, France : 2009 Activities Report

For the group Toucher la Terre, France, the year 2009 was marked by the actual launch of its activities, as the group initiated projects and provided technical assistance for their implementation. continue
Posted November 17, 2009 by Rinchen Dug Pamo
The Power of Chapstick

The Power of Chapstick – HIGHLIGHT

By Lois Lungta, on-the-scene reporter in Halifax Ah, the many uses of chapstick. Last night, Stuart Lord (our new president of Naropa University) hosted a dinner for alumni. On each table were little offerings: pens, notepads, and bumper stickers branded with Naropa insignia. And chapstick. Little ... continue
Posted November 13, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
Taking Our Seats

Taking Our Seats – HIGHLIGHT

By Lois Lungta, on-the-scene blogger in Halifax It is fascinating to experience the full richness of Shambhala. The Vidyadhara once described the physical environment of Shambhala as dripping with gold and jewels, and being here for this week of celebration is actually an experience of this. ... continue
Posted November 11, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
Our Sakyong's Heart

Our Sakyong’s Heart – HIGHLIGHT

Yes, cybermandala, I am awake and writing at 4:15am. The city is dark and the only ones up and about in the lobby are the kasung, preparing for the arrival of His Eminence. I will be brief, but as many of you rouse yourselves at ... continue
Posted November 10, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
Dawning Delegates

Dawning Delegates – HIGHLIGHT

By Lois Lungta, on-the-scene blogger in Halifax On my second trip to the lobby this morning, I encountered the delegates from Gampo Abbey. I have always thought of my pre-dawn waking habits as weird, or unconventional, but upon encountering cheerful faces and maroon robes at that ... continue
Posted November 9, 2009 by Jennifer Holder

Dreaming Shambhala – HIGHLIGHT

By Lois Lungta, on-the-scene blogger in Halifax I awoke this morning contemplating dreams. The ones I had awaken from, the ones I live, the ones that guide my life and my choices. Dreams are like navigating with an internal compass – the little piece of metal ... continue
Posted November 8, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
Good Morning Halifax!

Good Morning Halifax! – HIGHLIGHT

Early Morning, November 7, 2009 By Lois Lungta, on-the-scene blogger The first thing I did this morning was an act of economic treason. Well, according to my country of birth it may be considered patriotism, but since I consider myself a citizen of a global community of ... continue
Posted November 7, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
A Ratio of One-to-One Fun

A Ratio of One-to-One Fun – HIGHLIGHT

Does summer and Sun Camp feel like leaves of memory, falling off the trees? To revive the fun, here’s a recollection of what happened, what didn’t happen, and what just was. By Ben Williams Another year marches by at the Shambhala Sun Summer Camp where 31 ... continue
Posted November 4, 2009 by Ben Williams

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