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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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Warrior Song of King Gesar

Our earth is wounded Her oceans and lakes are sick Her rivers are like running sores The air is filled with subtle poisons And the oily smoke of countless hellish fires blackens the sun Day has become night. Fish are born deformed; birds fall lifeless from the sky Forests and plains wither Animals running ... continue
Posted April 17, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
The Joy Continues

The Joy Continues – HIGHLIGHT

Excerpted from the book Warrior-King of Shambhala: Remembering Chogyam Trungpa by Jeremy Hayward A Middle Way If there is a middle way, even in regard to death, what might it be? To try to understand this, let us look at some ideas that Rinpoche himself conveyed to us ... continue
Posted April 10, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
Generosity Is the Foundation of Enlightened Society, by Lady Diana Mukpo

Generosity Is the Foundation of Enlightened Society, by Lady Diana Mukpo – HIGHLIGHT

From a talk given at Sky Lake Lodge, April 3-5, 2009 during the program, “Creating Enlightened Society and the Parinirvana of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche” Together, we are marking the 22nd anniversary of the passing of the Vidyadhara. A friend of mine recently called me and said, “Well… ... continue
Posted April 9, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
Karma and the Economy, by Acharya Eric Spiegel

Karma and the Economy, by Acharya Eric Spiegel – HIGHLIGHT

How are we to understand what is going on right now in the world? How can so many people be suffering and there be no direct culprit? As I have been contemplating this crisis and watching (and living) the enormous suffering that is it’s ... continue
Posted April 7, 2009 by Eric Spiegel
Basic Anxiety Is Happening All the Time, by Chogyam Trungpa

Basic Anxiety Is Happening All the Time, by Chogyam Trungpa – HIGHLIGHT

This is an excerpt from the first book in the Root Text Project, The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation. If you purchase a copy from the Shambhala Shop, all proceeds will go to the project. We are born as human beings, as we ... continue
Posted April 3, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
Shambhala Lineage, by Chogyam Trungpa

Shambhala Lineage, by Chogyam Trungpa

Making the journey of warriorship depends first of all on your personal realization of genuineness and basic goodness. Ultimately, giving up selfishness, or ego, is only possible if you have a living, human example—someone who has already done so, and therefore makes it possible for ... continue
Posted April 3, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
Longevity Supplication for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Longevity Supplication for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Because the experience of chanting is very personal and the images are intended to be provocative, we offer this essay with the intention of starting a conversation. Please do contribute your reflections in the comments section. As with other longevity chants, this one is all about ... continue
Posted April 3, 2009 by
The Birthday Sadhana

The Birthday Sadhana

On my birthday a few weeks ago I had the annual profound experience of waking up in the morning and doing the simple practice known generally as “The Birthday Sadhana”. This is the same basic practice we do as a group on Shambhala Day as “Elixir of Life”. ... continue
Posted March 12, 2009 by Eric Spiegel

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
The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel, by Sakyong Mipham

The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel, by Sakyong Mipham – HIGHLIGHT

The Buddha said, “Within your own mind, you already have what you need to succeed—the ability to put others ahead of yourself. This is called virtue, the wish-fulfilling jewel.” Whatever our situation, we can use virtue to make our life meaningful, strong, and happy. In the Tibetan ... continue
Posted February 21, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
Teachings for Times of Great Challenge, a letter from the editor

Teachings for Times of Great Challenge, a letter from the editor

Dear Shambhala Times Readers, We are facing a deep economic winter in which we are challenged to hold our seats and continue to turn outwards to help others. To inspire our practice as warriors in this world, the Shambhala Times offers these dharma teachings, filled with ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
On Warriorship and the Economy, by Eric Spiegel

On Warriorship and the Economy, by Eric Spiegel – HIGHLIGHT

Over recent months the world has been in economic turmoil. There continues to be a sense of not knowing what will calm things or how to make them “right” again. It is likely that a fair number of people in the sangha have lost ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Eric Spiegel
Audio: Sanity and our Real World - Money, Power and Peaceful Abiding, by Eric Spiegel

Audio: Sanity and our Real World – Money, Power and Peaceful Abiding, by Eric Spiegel

In this talk given in Albany, New York, Acharya Eric Spiegel explores how we can bring practice, study, and warriorship to this economic winter. continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
Three Methods for Working with Chaos, by Pema Chodron

Three Methods for Working with Chaos, by Pema Chodron – HIGHLIGHT

Sometimes late at night or on a long walk with a friend, we find ourselves discussing our ideas about how to live and how to act and what is important in life. If we’re studying Buddhism and practicing meditation, we might talk of no-self and emptiness, ... continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
Video: Compassion, by Sakyong Mipham

Video: Compassion, by Sakyong Mipham

In this video, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche describes how true compassion for others inspires happiness in us, whatever the circumstance. continue
Posted February 20, 2009 by Jennifer Holder

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