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May 17
Thursday

Suffering, Impermanence, Life

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Reflecting on ways to respond to the many changes we inevitably experience 

The world at large and our own personal worlds are always in transition. We can accept this truth or we can wish it were different – either way, the nature of reality is that it is always in transition. One definition is: “a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another.” Simply put, change. Often, we can accept transitions without much thought, but then there are times when changes can be painful and a cause of suffering.

There was a time in my life that I had so many transitions going on at one time that it was quite overwhelming. I felt like I was floating through my days rather than touching the earth, or having my feet on the ground, so to speak. A friend noticed this and said to me, “you seem to be just skating across the ground.” He was right, and it was something I needed to hear. He put into words how I was feeling. Once he labeled it for me, I was able to pay better attention, to start looking at what I was doing, how I was doing it, and most importantly, why I was going through life in this way. Continue…

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Warriorship in the World

Warriorship in the World – HIGHLIGHT

Thoughts about the three gates (body, speech and mind), motivation, and warriorship by Susan Firer The Shambhala vision speaks of the inherent goodness and the innate wakefulness of human beings. The Shambhala teachings and our practices have the intention and power to open the door to compassionate care ... continue
Posted May 5, 2018 by CGH
On Retreat

On Retreat – HIGHLIGHT

 Reflections on the pleasures and value of retreat practice by Susan Firer Winter is such a beautiful time of year, especially in the country where the snow can stay white much longer than it can in the city. Winter is also a good time to slow down and ... continue
Posted March 30, 2018 by CGH
Discurso del día de Shambhala

Discurso del día de Shambhala

Sákyong, Mipham Rimpoche Discurso del día de Shambhala Centro de meditación Shambhala de Boulder  16 de febrero 2018 El Kongma Sákyong, Mipham Rimpoche: ¡Muy buenos días a todos! Tienen un hermoso aspecto, maravilloso… Quiero dar la bienvenida a todos los que se unen a nosotros en el mundo entero y en ... continue
Posted March 5, 2018 by CGH
Shambhala Day Talks

Shambhala Day Talks – HIGHLIGHT

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Shambhala Day Address, and a greeting from the Sakyong Wangmo Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center, February 16, 2018 The Kongma Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche: Very good morning, everyone! You are looking beautiful, marvelous. I would like to welcome everyone joining us worldwide to this Shambhala Day. I know this is being ... continue
Posted February 20, 2018 by CGH
The Community Will Thrive

The Community Will Thrive – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Day messages from the Sakyong and the Sakyong Wangmo “Mistakes happen because of the nature of humanity. If we create a community that can work with mistakes, and have enough depth to deal with those challenges, then the community will thrive. As challenges arise, we will ... continue
Posted February 19, 2018 by CGH
Intention and Motivation

Intention and Motivation – HIGHLIGHT

The second of two excerpts from An Ocean of Blessings, a book of teachings by Penor Rinpoche; this one emphasizes the practice of Dharma We already possess enlightened mind, buddha nature; it has been there from the very beginning, but we cannot see it because of our ... continue
Posted January 4, 2018 by CGH
Wisdom of Staying in the Moment

Wisdom of Staying in the Moment – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on our tendency to escape whatever is actually happening, right now by Susan Firer The Wisdom of No Escape was the first Dharma book I read. It was written by Pema Chödrön, an American Buddhist Nun and Amazon has this to say as a summary of the ... continue
Posted December 29, 2017 by CGH
Applying the Teachings

Applying the Teachings – HIGHLIGHT

The first of two excerpts from An Ocean of Blessings, a book of teachings by Penor Rinpoche; this one emphasizes putting the Dharma into practice The most important thing is to have faith and trust in the Buddha’s words. The Buddha’s teachings were not taught to deceive ... continue
Posted December 5, 2017 by CGH
Bravery and Basic Goodness

Bravery and Basic Goodness – HIGHLIGHT

An excerpt from the book Basic Sobriety: Shambhala Buddhism and the Twelve Steps by Eric Rainbeau Sitting with ourselves is the beginning of learning bravery, of learning to be with ourselves and the world without deception. This is the same bravery as learning to be in the world ... continue
Posted November 29, 2017 by CGH
What is Suffering?

What is Suffering? – HIGHLIGHT

Some thoughts on suffering, in the Buddhist tradition and in the Shambhala teachings by Larry Steele   It is said that the Buddha gave his first teachings at Deer Park, near what is now known as Varanasi, India. There, after years of searching and contemplation, he presented the four ... continue
Posted November 5, 2017 by CGH
Exorcism Practice

Exorcism Practice – HIGHLIGHT

A practice for dispelling obstacles, and for working with realization of emptiness by Russell Rodgers The Exorcism Chant is a little known practice given to Shambhala practitioners by the Vidyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche. You can do it when specific obstacles come up, or more generally, to dispel obstacles in ... continue
Posted October 29, 2017 by CGH
Look Up and Extend Out

Look Up and Extend Out – HIGHLIGHT

Video of the Kongma Sakyong’s talk for Harvest of Peace 2017 Click here to watch the video, and please remember to share images and stories from your Harvest of Peace celebrations. These bring great delight and inspiration to our readers, especially to those who practice on their ... continue
Posted October 1, 2017 by CGH
Great Clouds of Blessings 2

Great Clouds of Blessings 2 – HIGHLIGHT

A continuation of comments on A Supplication for Magnetizing the Phenomenal World by Russell Rodgers Vajrayogini Some of the deities that arise in the next section of the chant are familiar to senior practitioners. Vajravarahi is also known as Vajrayogini. Padmaraja is an aspect of Padmasambhava. Kurukulla is another ... continue
Posted September 22, 2017 by CGH
Great Clouds of Blessings 1

Great Clouds of Blessings 1 – HIGHLIGHT

Comments on A Supplication for Magnetizing the Phenomenal World by Russell Rodgers Jamgön Mipham Gyatso This is a less well-known optional morning chant that anyone can do. It was written by the great Jamgön Mipham Gyatso 1879. It belongs to a class of practices that are appropriate when special ... continue
Posted September 20, 2017 by CGH
Waiting. Acting.

Waiting. Acting. – HIGHLIGHT

Exploring the mysteries and life lessons of knowing when to act, and when to wait by Susan Firer I’m waiting for something to arise in my mind to propel this piece of writing forward…waiting. Maybe that’s it: “waiting!” How often we think that we don’t have the time ... continue
Posted July 18, 2017 by CGH

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