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Feb 01
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Dön Season Teachings and Gathering

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Dön season is the period that falls on the eleven days before before the lunar new year. In Shambhala, the tradition is to perform special practices, including mamo chants, each day of this period in response to the increased obstacles that can gather as a year comes to an end.

This year, Shambhala Global Services and Shambhala Online are offering daily mamos practice sessions with talks by senior teachers in our community during dön season. Each day will feature a presentation about a different protector in our tradition or the history and tradition of the mamos chants, and will be followed by group recitations of the mamos chants.

Presenters for these “dön days gatherings” will include: Tom Berthoff, Francesca Dalio, Marian English, Acharya Dan Hessey, Kristine McCutcheon, Acharya Fleet Maull, Acharya Mathias Pongracz, Ute Reinhardt, John Rockwell, Shastri Will Ryken, and Toby Sifton.

You can join these gatherings here.

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Announcing “Stars of Wisdom” – HIGHLIGHT

Stars of Wisdom: Analytical Meditation, Songs of Yogic Joy, and Prayers of Aspiration by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Translated by Ari Goldfield, Rose Taylor Foreword by H. H. the Dalai Lama, The XVII Karmapa From Shambhala Publications: The Tibetan Buddhist teacher who’s known for his joyous, spontaneous songs of realization presents the teachings ... continue
Posted February 12, 2010 by

How to Work with Obstacles – HIGHLIGHT

By Sakyong Mipham Whatever our level of practice, there will always be obstacles. The Tibetan word for obstacle, parche, means “what cuts our progress.” In fact, sometimes the more we are engaged in practice, the greater the obstacles become. If we understand that obstacles are part of ... continue
Posted February 7, 2010 by

Diving Deep – HIGHLIGHT

From the column Dharma Snacks by Cynthia Kneen I grew up in the Midwestern United States, from sturdy Canadian stock. Somehow my parents thought that Californians were a little silly, and to me that meant that an activity like whale watching was probably silly, too. Then I ... continue
Posted January 21, 2010 by
Shambhala Warriorship and Meditation

Shambhala Warriorship and Meditation – HIGHLIGHT

By Sakyong Mipham In one of the most beautiful Buddhist poems ever written, the great Indian teacher Shantideva talks about the bodhisattva warrior. The Tibetan term is changchup sempa, “the warrior with the mind of enlightenment.” Such a warrior dedicates his or her life to others, using ... continue
Posted January 17, 2010 by Jennifer Holder
Weekly Videodhara

Weekly Videodhara – HIGHLIGHT

Infusing the Presence of Chogyam Trungpa into Your Curriculum Complied by Jennifer Holder, with Carolyn Rose Gimian, Gordon Kidd, and Denny Blouin contributing. The Videodhara By Denny Blouin Forget the mahasiddha for the west business: Just CTR in b & w and color, speaking. In your face, your brain, your blood Mainline direct, ... continue
Posted January 8, 2010 by Jennifer Holder
Seven Riches of a Sakyong

Seven Riches of a Sakyong – HIGHLIGHT

The Seven Riches of the Sakyong are traditional, universal and practical contemplations on how we can handle ourselves. They were introduced to the community by the Druk Sakyong (Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche) at the 1978 Kalapa Assembly. The accompanying photos are of rupas given to the Druk ... continue
Posted December 31, 2009 by David_Brown

Making Room in Your Meditation Room – HIGHLIGHT

The Zen Novice finished his first meal at the monastery. Anxious to begin his journey to enlightenment he asked his Master “Now What?” The Master replied, “Now wash your bowl.” —-Zen Parable By Acharya Michael Greenleaf Michael, Can We Talk? Michael, my dear, we have to talk. No, I didn’t ... continue
Posted December 30, 2009 by

Knowing Love – HIGHLIGHT

From the column Dharma Snacks by Cynthia Kneen I’ve been thinking about love. Rumi, the Sufi poet, says of love, “Sea water begs the pearl to break its shell.” In a different context, the Druk Sakyong, Trungpa Rinpoche, said, “The dralas are eager to fall in love ... continue
Posted December 25, 2009 by
Universal Responsibility and the Climate Emergency

Universal Responsibility and the Climate Emergency – HIGHLIGHT

By His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, who was the first to sign the Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change It is difficult to fully comprehend great environmental changes like global warming. We know that carbon dioxide levels are rising dangerously in the atmosphere leading to unprecedented ... continue
Posted December 5, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
“It Works If You Work It”

“It Works If You Work It” – HIGHLIGHT

What we can learn from the discipline of people whose lives are on the line. By Bindu Wiles I have been getting up at 5:30 am to get to my desk by 5:40. I have never been a morning person — I seem to do my ... continue
Posted November 29, 2009 by Jennifer Holder

Picasso’s Picassos – HIGHLIGHT

From the column Dharma Snacks by Cynthia Kneen There is a story about a collection of paintings by Picasso that Picasso kept for himself. One of them is very small, only 7 ¼ by 5 ½ inches. It is a very dark oil painting with a figure ... continue
Posted November 22, 2009 by

Interdependence and Freedom – HIGHLIGHT

By Sakyong Mipham What keeps us from tasting our inherent wisdom? Concept. We are generally chasing one conceptual creation after another. This matrix of concept appears in many variations, but its weak point is always the same: it is fabricated. Without really looking at the nature of ... continue
Posted November 21, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
The Cool Kids

The Cool Kids – HIGHLIGHT

By Acharya Michael Greenleaf Recently, the New York Times published an op-ed piece on a conference for Social and Affective Neuroscientists (or “Neuros”) which took place in New York this past week. According to David Brooks, the writer, “the leading figures at this conference were in their ... continue
Posted October 24, 2009 by

Chogyam Trungpa on Shambhala Sun – HIGHLIGHT

Teachings by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche The November 2009 issue of the Shambhala Sun features two new pieces, one by, and one about, Chogyam Trungpa. Look inside the November 2009 issue. Below are excerpts and links to classic teachings by Chogyam Trungpa from the Shambhala Sun archives. One-Shot ... continue
Posted October 18, 2009 by

The Joke’s on Me – HIGHLIGHT

From the column Dharma Snacks by Cynthia Kneen Trungpa Rinpoche always asked me to help him–at Tail of the Tiger, at Naropa University, and later, as he put it, “by infiltrating the business world and telling me what they are up to.” “Please,” he’d say, “Help me. ... continue
Posted October 17, 2009 by

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