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May 05
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Humanity, Chaos, and Wisdom

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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 mind.

“If we hold to the belief that humanity has already failed, and try to limit the damage with a mediocre social vision, we are surrendering to an underlying belief that humanity is bad. When we stop believing in humanity’s possibilities, we stop building our future. If we have the bravery to proclaim basic goodness and move beyond our doubt about humanity, it will be harder for evil to arise.” Continue…

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Obstacles on the Path

Obstacles on the Path – HIGHLIGHT

photosTeaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche If there’s a rock in your path, you have to move it, go around it, or climb over it. The same is true in meditation, says Sakyong Mipham. You can’t just pretend obstacles aren’t there. You have to relate to them. In meditation, ... continue
Posted July 28, 2014 by
3 Ways Buddhism Can Help You Heal a Broken Heart

3 Ways Buddhism Can Help You Heal a Broken Heart – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Dharma Teachings guest article by Susan Piver Nothing feels worse than a broken heart, the kind you get when someone you love ends the relationship. Feelings of shame, remorse, grief, rage, and terror can overwhelm even the most stable human being. Heartbreak has the power to reframe ... continue
Posted July 9, 2014 by
The Simple Technique that Changed My Life

The Simple Technique that Changed My Life – HIGHLIGHT

On Meditation guest article by Travis May, St. Petersburg, FL originally published on elephant journal During meditation instruction I try to convey some importance about the part of the technique that involves letting go of our thoughts and returning to the breath. But, I don’t think that I really ... continue
Posted June 25, 2014 by
Reclaiming our Sensitivity

Reclaiming our Sensitivity – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Dharma Teachings article and photos by Evan Silverman, Karme Choling Recently I had the special honor and privilege to be a meditation instructor for a half-dathun (two-week retreat) led by Acharya Suzann Duquette and Shastri Ethan Nichtern. I’ve known both of them for a few years now, ... continue
Posted June 20, 2014 by
Understanding the Proclamation of Goodness

Understanding the Proclamation of Goodness – HIGHLIGHT

Keniley, Albuquerque Shambhala Center COLUMN: Dharma Teachings by Russell Rodgers, Nelson, BC This simple, four line supplication composed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has a lot in it. There is one meaning on the level of ordinary thoughts and associations. Then, there is another level that words cannot directly express ... continue
Posted June 11, 2014 by
Is Shambhala Just for Seekers?

Is Shambhala Just for Seekers? – HIGHLIGHT

Photo Miksang de Joey JohannsenCOLUMN: Dharma Teaching by Russell Rodgers, Nelson, BC Recently I was at a gathering of meditation instructors, and the main topic of conversation was why so many people come through our doors at open houses, and so few “stick”. The conversation, by now very ... continue
Posted May 30, 2014 by
Giving and Knowing

Giving and Knowing – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Dharma Teachings Investigating the Practice of Generosity by Acharya Michael Greenleaf, Barnet, VT Generosity is our genes. The word comes from the root genus, meaning of good or noble birth. Noble, in turn, comes from the root gnosis — to know. Generosity speaks to the natural expression of ... continue
Posted April 25, 2014 by
Queer Dharma: The Truth of Being Queer

Queer Dharma: The Truth of Being Queer – HIGHLIGHT

Acharya Eve RosenthalCOLUMN: Dharma Teachings by Acharya Eve Rosenthal article courtesy of Shambhala Mountain Center What is queer dharma? There are people who are queer and there is dharma, but what is queer dharma? First of all, a person who is queer identifies as someone with a sexual orientation ... continue
Posted March 12, 2014 by
The Magic of Lhasang

The Magic of Lhasang – HIGHLIGHT

Lhasang with the Sakyong, Sakyong Wangmo and His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche.COLUMN: Dharma Teachings by Acharya Daniel Hessey and Walker Blaine “When we do a lhasang to bring down the magic energy of enlightenment and drala, the smoke of the lhasang is said to purify those obstacles that ... continue
Posted February 24, 2014 by
Obstacles and Antidotes

Obstacles and Antidotes – HIGHLIGHT

Ekajati: Queen of the Mamos, thangka painting by Chogyam Trungpa RinpocheTeachings on Don Season by Shastri Andrew Sacamano As we move from winter to spring to summer to fall there is a natural process that takes place in the earth. There is a period where the earth needs ... continue
Posted February 22, 2014 by
Uncommon Advice to Heal a Broken Heart

Uncommon Advice to Heal a Broken Heart – HIGHLIGHT

guest article by Susan Piver A few years ago, I traveled across the country giving talks based on my book, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. I drove from Boston to Victoria, B.C. and back, giving talk after talk, hearing story after story, meeting person after heartbroken ... continue
Posted February 15, 2014 by
The Virtuous Leader

The Virtuous Leader – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Dharma Teachings Exploring the Shambhala Path of Warriorship and the Wisdom of the I Ching by Acharya Daniel Hessey For the past fifteen years I have been deeply engaged in studying and translating the I Ching from the ancient Chinese into modern English. In fact, I have translated ... continue
Posted December 27, 2013 by
Un-Freeze Tag

Un-Freeze Tag – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Dharma Teachings by Acharya Noel McLellan from his blog broken leaf We are utterly overwhelmed. It’s tempting to let that be the whole post. Courtney Martin, activist, author, and a wonderful spokesperson for the millennial generation, addresses Gen Y’s current state of collective mind: “We are not apathetic. What we ... continue
Posted October 26, 2013 by
Tears, Tails, Dickey and Duane

Tears, Tails, Dickey and Duane – HIGHLIGHT

“My friends, we have each other.” by Susan Piver “I love being alive and I will be the best man I possibly can. I will take love wherever I find it and offer it to everyone who will take it…I will seek knowledge from those wiser and teach ... continue
Posted October 19, 2013 by
Cooking "Me" into "We"

Cooking “Me” into “We” – HIGHLIGHT

The Marriage Vow…and the culture of Enlightened Society COLUMN: Acharya Corner by Acharya Susan Chapman This summer I performed two wedding ceremonies. Both couples were obviously in love and expressed their vows to each other with deep, tearful authenticity, witnessed by family and friends. My husband was there to ... continue
Posted October 8, 2013 by

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