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Sep 23
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Harvest of Peace 2017

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From everyone here at the Shambhala Times, best wishes for a cheerful Harvest of Peace!

Every year at the time of each solstice and equinox, Shambhalians around the world gather in community to mark the changing of the seasons. The Harvest of Peace Nyida Day is celebrated each fall, a time to come together for delicious food, delightful conversation, and meditation practice.  “Nyi” comes from the word “Nyima” or sun, and “da” from the word “dawa” or moon, and the two syllables together make up the name given to these seasonal holidays.

In each Shambhala Center, land center, and place of practice, Harvest of Peace celebrations will manifest in ways that reflect the character and aspirations of each community. Everyone is welcome to share their local experiences across the mandala through publication here at the Times, to expand and multiply the joys and meanings of this special day. We will post your contributions over the coming weeks, as well as sharing messages from the center of the mandala as they become available.

Send us your stories and photos here!

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Child-free in the Modern World

Child-free in the Modern World – HIGHLIGHT

miksangarticle by Crystal Gandrud About a year ago my 10-year-old niece asked me if I was happy without children. I replied in the affirmative, adding, “And I really like spending time with you.” She was pensive for a while and then she said, “I think maybe I ... continue
Posted August 19, 2015 by
Contemplating an Empty Nest

Contemplating an Empty Nest – HIGHLIGHT

Colorado Springs Afternoon light through a windowCOLUMN: In Everyday Life article and photos by Elaine Logan I’m at the gas station. It’s been a long day and I have a long drive home ahead of me. I feel sad, the kind of sadness you feel when it seems ... continue
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

Coming Home from Enlightened Society Assembly article by Emma Cataford, Gampo Abbey photos by Jacqueline Larson and Naomi de Ville Between June 24th and July 3rd at Dorje Denma Ling, around sixty practitioners attended Enlightened Society Assembly led by Acharya Marty Janowitz and Shastri Mary Campbell. Given the shortened ... continue
Posted July 29, 2015 by
Summer Fun at Gampo Abbey

Summer Fun at Gampo Abbey – HIGHLIGHT

Gampo Abbey Monastics Play Ball, Release Lobsters and Visit Kalapa Valley article by Ani Lodro Dechen Like the seasons surrounding us, life at the Abbey is very different in the summer than in the winter. In contrast to the period of deep retreat we engage in during the ... continue
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

Oryoki bowls, courtesy of babblingbuddha.emeraldcity.bc.caCOLUMN: Kitchen Wisdom An interview with Oriyoki Master, Roland Cohen by Judy Sachs Sullivan, Column Co-Host Judy: Roland, can you talk about how oriyoki was first introduced to the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and to the Vajradhatu sangha? Roland: The Vidyadhara sent out a formal request ... continue
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
Buddhist Economics 090

Buddhist Economics 090 – HIGHLIGHT

NEW 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 ... continue
Posted June 9, 2015 by Dan
Karme Choling IS the Real World

Karme Choling IS the Real World – HIGHLIGHT

Jacquelyn Schneider at Karme Choling,by Jacquelyn Renée Schneider, Karme Choling It’s 6:37am on a Sunday. I am in bed and I do not hear the conch sounding out the call to practice for the third day of a 28 day retreat. I get up and while still ... continue
Posted June 6, 2015 by
Transformative Leadership

Transformative Leadership – HIGHLIGHT

Heather’s stack of program readingCOLUMN: In Everyday Life An Interview with Heather Scott Heather Scott, former Director of Shambhala Online chats with Dan Glenn of the Shambhala Times about her experience in the Transformative Studies PhD program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Could you begin by telling us ... continue
Posted June 1, 2015 by Dan

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