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Jul 18
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Waiting. Acting.

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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 to wait, or the time to slow down and take it easy, to relax into the space before we act on something else? I know I think this way quite a bit.

There is a saying, not sure the author of it, goes like this: “The phenomenal world gives you what you need.”  This statement is a reminder for me. It pops into my head quite often, and it helps me settle into myself and my surroundings more fully. Continue…

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Supplication to Padmasambhava 2

Supplication to Padmasambhava 2 – HIGHLIGHT

Continuing our look at a supplication chant to Guru Rinpoche by Russell Rodgers O Jetsün Guru Rinpoche, Refuge of all beings in the three realms, Consider your vow. Dispel outer, inner and secret obstacles. Jetsün is an honorific term for especially revered gurus. The three realms refer to the realm in ... continue
Posted June 18, 2017 by CGH
Supplication to Padmasambhava 1

Supplication to Padmasambhava 1 – HIGHLIGHT

Some background to help us understand a supplication chant to Guru Rinpoche by Russell Rodgers Buddhism’s tremendous success in Tibet can be traced to the activities of an eighth century Indian yogi named Padmasambhava, known by Tibetans as “Guru Rinpoche.” His story is important for us here in ... continue
Posted June 16, 2017 by CGH
Concluding Request to the Protectors

Concluding Request to the Protectors – HIGHLIGHT

Understanding apparent contradictions in a text that many Shambhalians chant daily as an ongoing part of their practice by Russell Rodgers Doesn’t the Concluding Request to the Protectors contradict other Buddhist teachings? Certainly, this is the most frequent comment I hear about this chant. The line requesting “glory, ... continue
Posted June 10, 2017 by CGH
The Gift of Fear

The Gift of Fear – HIGHLIGHT

An excerpt from “Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening” by Gaylon Ferguson The starting point on the path of fearlessness is the discovery of fear. — Chögyam Trungpa, “Conquering Fear.” Our habitual response to fear is to move away from this uncomfortable feeling. We recoil ... continue
Posted June 4, 2017 by CGH
Humanity, Chaos, and Wisdom

Humanity, Chaos, and Wisdom – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on favorite passages from a book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche by Susan Firer I’ve been re-reading the book, The Shambhala Principle, written by my teacher Sakyong Mipham, who is the head of Shambhala. I would like to share a few passages that I try to keep in ... continue
Posted May 5, 2017 by CGH
A Quality of Healing

A Quality of Healing – HIGHLIGHT

Basic goodness and the path of relationships by Shastri Nick Kranz There are many ways to think about basic goodness. Sometimes it’s referred to as basic healthiness. When we touch into this inherent okay-ness we gain access, I believe, to a quality of healing that is much needed ... continue
Posted April 29, 2017 by CGH
Aging in the Buddhadharma 2

Aging in the Buddhadharma 2 – HIGHLIGHT

Part Two of an interview on aging and meditative practice, with Acharya Han de Wit by Adrienne Chang AC:  What role does your practice and the Buddhadharma have in aging—how do they help the adjustment process? HW:  Being aware. Practice helps in that sense. Practice helps you have a ... continue
Posted April 21, 2017 by CGH
Aging in the Buddhadharma 1

Aging in the Buddhadharma 1 – HIGHLIGHT

Part One of an interview with Acharya Han de Wit by Adrienne Chang Acharya Han de Wit was an early founder of the European Shambhala sangha and close student of the Vidyadhara. In addition to his decades of teaching and work within the Shambhala sangha, Acharya de Wit is ... continue
Posted April 19, 2017 by CGH
Comprender la estación de döns

Comprender la estación de döns

por Russell Rodgers Hay un período antes del año nuevo tibetano a finales del invierno y principios de la primavera, según la tradición budista tibetana, en el que fructifica el karma acumulado y surgen los obstáculos sociales. Este año haremos la Práctica de las mamos entre el ... continue
Posted February 2, 2017 by luz_rodriguez
Understanding Dön Season

Understanding Dön Season – HIGHLIGHT

When the world is filled with evil, pacify the Döns and Mamos by Russell Rodgers In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there is a period before the Tibetan New Year in the late winter/early spring when accumulated karma comes to fruition and societal obstacles arise. This year, between February ... continue
Posted February 1, 2017 by CGH
Senior Teacher Jude Robison

Ekajati and the Ati Teachings – HIGHLIGHT

Exploring depth and meaning in the Ekajati protector chant by Russell Rodgers Ekajati: Queen of the Mamos, thangka painting by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche This chant has an extraordinary level of teaching in it about the nature of mind and the nature of reality. To the extent that one truly ... continue
Posted January 2, 2017 by CGH

Por qué, cuándo y cómo se ofrece generosidad

por Walker Blaine, Maestro de liturgia de Sákyong Mipham Rimpoché y Heraldo de la corte Kalapa Si la gente entendiera los beneficios personales de la generosidad, no sería capaz de contener la alegría de ver ocasiones para dar. Los santos y los sabios de todas las ... continue
Posted January 2, 2017 by luz_rodriguez
Is Vetali Real?

Is Vetali Real? – HIGHLIGHT

Our series of essays on the Shambhala chants continues, with a look at the “reality” of another protector by Russell Rodgers “Is Vetali real” seems like a simple enough question, deserving a “yes” or “no” answer. In fact, this question has many levels. In one of the previous ... continue
Posted December 31, 2016 by CGH
Entender la "Proclamación de la bondad"

Entender la “Proclamación de la bondad”

Foto de Susanne Long Keniley, Centro Shambhala de Albuquerque Esta simple súplica de cuatro líneas compuesta por Sákyong Mipham Rimpoché tiene muchísimo contenido. Uno de sus significados está al nivel de los pensamientos y asociaciones ordinarias. Luego hay otro nivel que las palabras no pueden expresar directamente ... continue
Posted November 6, 2016 by luz_rodriguez
Meet the Four Armed Mahakala

Meet the Four Armed Mahakala – HIGHLIGHT

What is a mahakala? Do they exist in reality? by Russell Rodgers These are questions provoked by doing the chants. In this essay, I’ll explore those questions a little more, and in addition talk about the Four Armed Mahakala in particular. In the previous essay, “The Protector Ritual,” we ... continue
Posted October 27, 2016 by CGH

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