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May 19

A Tale of Impermanence

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shambhala los angeles closedby Debra Dysart, Los Angeles Shambhala

One thing the global pandemic taught us was that plans change. What you may have thought you’d be doing in 2020 likely didn’t happen. Last March, I remember being at a chorus rehearsal with 50 fellow singers preparing for a pair of concerts we were getting ready to perform in April when the very next day we got the word that future rehearsals were cancelled immediately. We learned singing in a group was one of the fastest ways to spread COVID-19 and was a dangerous activity. Likewise gathering in a shrine room, sitting side-by-side, doing the morning chants then putting our attention on our breath was no longer safe. Shambhala Los Angeles closed the doors of its three locations and moved its public meditation sessions online. Eventually, as it became clear the pandemic was not soon going away, we began offering classes and full weekend programs online, joining every other Shambhala Center in quickly getting up to speed on Zoom.

When we closed our doors last March here in Los Angeles, none of us envisioned it would be for the last time. One by one we have packed up and moved out of the three spaces we were leasing, each with their own unique characters created by local community members who lovingly cared for them over the years. Continue…

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Connecting with the Elements at the Spring Dathun

Connecting with the Elements at the Spring Dathun

by Katherine Adams Our first gathering in the shrine room was after dinner on April 2. We were about 30 people: participants, assistant directors, coordinator and director. We came from the west coast, Canada, urban and rural areas; and from all degrees of transitions, endings and beginnings. ... continue
Posted June 10, 2009 by
Prison Dharma Network Celebrates 20 Years of Service!

Prison Dharma Network Celebrates 20 Years of Service! – HIGHLIGHT

Prison Dharma Network (PDN) is a contemplative support network that provides prisoners, and those who work with them, with effective contemplative tools for self-transformation and rehabilitation. The PDN network now includes over 75 member organizations and prison dharma groups of various faiths and over 2,500 individual ... continue
Posted June 8, 2009 by
Exploring all the expressions of our humanity

Exploring all the expressions of our humanity

“I don’t think you learn dharma art, you discover it; and you do not teach dharma art, but you set up an environment so it can be discovered“.  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in “True Perceptions”      Acharya Arawana Hayashi led a group of 16 participants through levels 4 and 5 ... continue
Posted June 8, 2009 by Larry
Kalapa Centre: Heart of the Capital

Kalapa Centre: Heart of the Capital – HIGHLIGHT

An interview with Steve Baker by Johanna Lunn. Steve Baker has recently been appointed Director of the Kalapa Centre in the capital of Shambhala, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Sakyong has been talking a lot about manifesting. …. now it’s time to show the world what Shambhala actually ... continue
Posted June 5, 2009 by
Being Old in the 21st century

Being Old in the 21st century – HIGHLIGHT

One day, as I was interviewing a young woman who wanted a job working with older adults, she told me: “When the consumer needs toileting, I…”  I wondered.  “Oh, is she going to tell me about bed pans or the correct terminology for bodily processes?”  But that wasn’t ... continue
Posted May 26, 2009 by
Shambhala's First Vajrakilaya Four Karmas Offering

Shambhala’s First Vajrakilaya Four Karmas Offering

By Laura Stone Acharya Eve Rosenthal and Anne Studley were having dinner together one evening last October when Anne brought up the question of when they would practice the Vajrakilaya four karmas fire offering. Several people who had done the Vajrkilaya amending fire offering practice had been ... continue
Posted May 21, 2009 by
International Social Action Film Festival

International Social Action Film Festival – HIGHLIGHT

By Ronald Schultz When I sat down at the table next to the dining tent at Shambhala Mountain Center with President Richard Reoch and my dear friend, Barry Milner, I had to admit I had an agenda. I wanted to tell Richard about my International Social Action ... continue
Posted May 17, 2009 by
Teaching English in Bhutan

Teaching English in Bhutan – HIGHLIGHT

By David McDonnell The following was recently posted to sangha-announce, and the Shambhala Times got in touch with the author for more information, which follows… I’m a Shambhala member from Prague, Czech Republic, and last year I responded to a advertisement on sangha-announce about an English teaching position ... continue
Posted May 15, 2009 by
Shambhalian Leads Others to Kagyu Monlam

Shambhalian Leads Others to Kagyu Monlam – HIGHLIGHT

“What was your most profound moment of the trip?” I ask Laura over margaritas in Los Angeles a few days after she gets back from India. She pauses a moment, looks down at the table, a flash of emotion crossing her face. Laura Durand describes to me how she ... continue
Posted May 14, 2009 by
Bardo List of Unemployment

Bardo List of Unemployment – HIGHLIGHT

For some time I’ve been telling myself that if I had the time I’d meditate more frequently. Given the opportunity and space, I’d park my butt on my meditation cushion and practice shamatha daily like a good meditation warrior. As an art director in a busy Madison ... continue
Posted May 4, 2009 by
Shambhala and Sudan Meet in Boulder

Shambhala and Sudan Meet in Boulder – HIGHLIGHT

By Hannah Kinderlehrer One of the tragedies of the civil war in Sudan is the many girls and boys orphaned or separated from their families and living in refugee camps. Micklina Kenyi, one such “lost girl,” was resettled in the United States, graduated from Colorado University ... continue
Posted April 29, 2009 by
The benefits of not knowing (or of briefly forgetting)

The benefits of not knowing (or of briefly forgetting)

After a frustrating search the other day, I gave up and decided to ask the Sangha administrator’s list, center-talk2, for help: I saw a video on Youtube some time ago that I can’t find any longer. It was of Khandro Rinpoche, sitting on a throne, talking to ... continue
Posted April 22, 2009 by John David Smith
Creating Gardens of Compassion

Creating Gardens of Compassion

By Olivia Kirby Shambhala vision is based on living on this earth, the real earth, the earth that grows crops, the earth that nurtures your existence. – Chogyam Trungpa Want to bring about peace in oneself and in the world? Here is what we suggest: Actually planting seeds. Growing our own ... continue
Posted April 21, 2009 by
Literally Cultivating Peace

Literally Cultivating Peace

By David Wimberly When powerful drala and even awakened werma cry, As earth’s ancient sacred living systems die, Will Shambhala warriors touch the earth with exertion to apply? And raise gardens of compassion invoking blessings from our warming sky. Our Shambhala path empowers us as earth protectors, which demands that ... continue
Posted April 21, 2009 by
Community Garden Reaps Rewards in Spades

Community Garden Reaps Rewards in Spades

By Bob Cervelli St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia, is well known for its ocean frontage, beaches, and close proximity to downtown Halifax. Many residents here can easily commute into the city for work. The “bay sangha” is a vibrant group and includes the Gyatso (Ocean) Deleg. Most ... continue
Posted April 21, 2009 by

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