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Touching the Earth Collective: April 2021

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April 2021 Newsletter

Persisting on the Dark Mountain

An interview with Nick Hunt and Charlotte Du Cann, by Greg Webster

Back in the late 2000s two young writers, Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine, emerging from environmental activism in the UK, were troubled by the direction of travel they saw around them. As Kingsnorth said later, “The purpose of environmentalism is no longer about anything as naïve as saving the actual environment, it is now about threats to our way of life.” The green movement, in their view, had fallen prey to the siren voices of big business, with the prospect of saving our lifestyles through the new holy grail of renewable energy. Landscapes and intact ecosystems had become fodder for a new industrial revolution, rather than sacred places to protect. This narrative has since played out dramatically around the world. From the Highlands of Scotland to the Mojave Desert, ancient vistas have been sacrificed and iconic species, such as the Joshua Tree, have become acceptable collateral casualties in the rush for decarbonization.

Kingsnorth and Hine decided a cultural response was necessary. In 2009 they launched a manifesto, Uncivilisation, and the Dark Mountain Project was born. The manifesto argued that our civilization has been telling itself the wrong stories – the myth of progress, the myth of endless economic growth, the myth of human supremacy. We needed to tell ourselves stories that reflected the realities of the world around us, of environmental collapse, failing financial systems. We needed to rediscover our proper relationship within nature – to write ‘with dirt under our fingernails.’

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Journey to the Kagyu Monlam

Journey to the Kagyu Monlam – HIGHLIGHT

By Corey Kohn Bodhgaya is a dusty little one-horse town, replete with limbless beggars and tattered-looking street children, just as we had been told. And in the middle of this unlikely place is the Mahabodhi temple, commemorating the site where the Buddha attained enlightenment 2,500 years ago. ... continue
Posted March 3, 2009 by
Acharya Simon Luna and the Santiago Gong

Acharya Simon Luna and the Santiago Gong – HIGHLIGHT

This article was a collaborative effort of Magali Meneses, Clarke Warren, Veronica Guzman, Marvin Ross and Marc Matheson. The late Acharya Simon Luna, who passed away in 2007, had a connection to Naropa University and to the Shambhala community of Latin America. Clarke Warren, a Naropa ... continue
Posted March 2, 2009 by

Essays on the Shambhala Buddhist Chants

[caption id=”attachment_504″ align=”alignright” width=”150″ This document has drawn immensely appreciative feedback. The following excerpt from the Preface might help explain why: The Kootenay Shambhala Centre is in the town of Nelson, B.C., Canada. We have had the usual disagreements about whether it is appropriate to do ... continue
Posted February 27, 2009 by James Northcote
Shambhalacalli en Tepotzlan

Shambhalacalli en Tepotzlan

Escrito para The Dot. Traducido al español por Luz Rodríguez. Brus y Jean Westby viven la mayor parte del año en Bucerías (México), y la acharya Allyn Lyon les invitó hace poco a formar parte del equipo de un retiro de una semana en Shambhalacalli, en Tepotzlán, ... continue
Posted February 25, 2009 by Brus Westby
All and Everything

All and Everything

Thirty-five years ago at the age of twenty-five, I attended the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa’s Black Hat [or Vajra Crown] ceremony in San Francisco at the invitation of a dear friend. This same friend also gave me a copy of Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, which I still ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Larry Barnett
The Ngondro of Babyhood

The Ngondro of Babyhood

I conceived my son when I was deep into my ngondro practice. Although my aspiration to receive Rigden abhisheka in the coming months was derailed, I felt that I had received the ultimate blessing.  The ngondro for this abhisheka began after the transmission – through the ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Rebekka_Henriksen
Great Eastern Sun Rises on the Cape of Good Hope

Great Eastern Sun Rises on the Cape of Good Hope

In 2004, I returned to my hometown in South Africa after 30 years away. I found a sparse and scattered dharma scene. In Cape Town, the only Tibetan Buddhist center was that of Rob Nairn, Akong Rinpoche’s senior South African student. A few months after I arrived, ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Jennifer_Woodhull
Streetspace Gallery in Berkeley, California

Streetspace Gallery in Berkeley, California

Two years ago the Berkeley Shambhala Center (BSC) opened the doors of Streetspace, a store-front, multi-purpose space located in downtown Berkeley, California. BSC has occupied the same second-floor space in a dzong-like building for over thirty years, while remaining virtually invisible to pedestrians and traffic. By ... continue
Posted February 18, 2009 by
Shambhala in Neverland

Shambhala in Neverland

For the past four years I have resided part time in mainland China, living in the concrete and tin roof barracks of the artist’s villages that ring the northeast section of Beijing, by the Fifth Ring Road near the airport. Personal voice and uncensored expression are ... continue
Posted February 15, 2009 by Ellen Pearlman
Sangha Co-housing opportunity in Northern California

Sangha Co-housing opportunity in Northern California

Written by Joel and Sarah Mandel Sarah and I are long-term Shambhala Buddhist practitioners.  As we approach retirement age, we’ve been thinking about how, where and with whom we would like to spend the rest of our lives. I’ll bet many of us are considering the same ... continue
Posted February 1, 2009 by Joel Mandel
Meditation in a Utah School

Meditation in a Utah School

Students are practicing meditation in the unlikeliest of places: a small public school in rural southeastern Utah, USA. Encouraged by a once-a-week meditation group, students have learned to relax, pay attention to their breath and decrease negative emotions. How it Began In 2005, my supervisor at the ... continue
Posted January 31, 2009 by tom
Taipei Hosts President Reoch During Asia Tour

Taipei Hosts President Reoch During Asia Tour

Written for the Dot The Taipei Shambhala Meditation Group happily hosted Shambhala President Richard Reoch for three days during his October 2008 tour of Asia. This followed Acharya Arawana Hayashi’s earlier February 2008 visit to Taipei which featured an inspiring program: “Shambhala and the Great Eastern Sun ... continue
Posted January 31, 2009 by Yeachin Tsai

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