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Embodying Earth Energy

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The beauties and benefits of mindfulness practice in the natural world

by Donna Williams

“The human potential for intelligence and dignity is attuned to experiencing the brilliance of the bright blue sky, the freshness of green fields, and the beauty of trees and mountains,” Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sacred Path of the Warrior.

I was teaching in Santiago, Chile during March of 2017.  When I came back to Vermont, I reflected on how so many students had complained of the stress of living in the city. Often workers spend upwards of ten hours a day at work and one and a half to two hours commuting. Shortly after my return, I came across a podcast/ interview with Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix. In this informative book, Ms. Williams discusses research into the healing power of nature, both medical and psychological.  A potent example: in South Korea, they have official healing forests; thirty-four are planned, with their own interpretive nature guides.  Various maladies are hoped to be addressed through time spent in these forests, from various autoimmune diseases, to cancer, to high blood pressure, diabetes, and other stress-induced ailments Continue…

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Right Speech in Myanmar

Right Speech in Myanmar – HIGHLIGHT

A look at the everyday lives of Buddhists in Myanmar, with the possibilities of courage and peace by Larry Steele Buddhists in strife-torn Myanmar suffer the blame for violence and oppression by their too-powerful military, as reported in the first article of this series, “A Monk Called King ... continue
Posted May 19, 2018 by CGH
King Zero Is Not Retired

King Zero Is Not Retired – HIGHLIGHT

Part Two of an interview with Buddhist monk Ashin Issariya, from Wimoteti Thuka Monastery, Myanmar by Larry Steele At this point, there is no moderate coalition in Myanmar to speak up about peace, harmony, and diversity. Monks are traditionally hesitant to criticize other monks, so there is virtually no ... continue
Posted May 15, 2018 by CGH
A Monk Called King Zero

A Monk Called King Zero – HIGHLIGHT

Part One of an interview with Buddhist monk Ashin Issariya, from Wimoteti Thuka Monastery, Myanmar by Larry Steele The Buddhist monk Ashin Issariya is working to create an enlightened society in the confused and violent land of Myanmar. Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, has been in the news ... continue
Posted May 13, 2018 by CGH
Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018 – HIGHLIGHT

On an international day of environmental focus and action, contemplating the loss of my mother’s best friend by Irene Woodard My mother called this morning in tears; Joan Konner, her best friend of more than sixty years, had just died. Joan was the first and only female Dean ... continue
Posted April 21, 2018 by CGH
Unproblematic Togetherness

Unproblematic Togetherness – HIGHLIGHT

How the vision of Shambhala may support the transformation and well-being of all South Africans by Michal George Here in South Africa, we are approaching 25 years of democracy. Nelson Mandela is gone, and on many levels, his legacy lies in tatters. The newly-elected president of the African ... continue
Posted April 19, 2018 by CGH
Eye-Witness Report, Part Two

Eye-Witness Report, Part Two – HIGHLIGHT

Tracing the origins of the current Rohingya crisis, and a call to action by Richard Reoch This crisis is far from over. Journalists inside Myanmar are facing harassment, even death threats, for independent reporting on this situation. Two reporters for Reuters news agency were arrested for violating the ... continue
Posted April 13, 2018 by CGH
Eye-Witness Report, Part One

Eye-Witness Report, Part One – HIGHLIGHT

A Shambhala representative spends time among the Rohingya refugees by Richard Reoch I have just returned from the largest refugee camp in the world. It’s where the Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, a Buddhist nation. No one knows exactly how many people are sheltering there. Perhaps ... continue
Posted April 11, 2018 by CGH
April News Roundup

April News Roundup – HIGHLIGHT

An assortment of stories from around the mandala, gathered into a special edition for April 1st Cat Lovers Were Right All Along Recent research by Professors R. U. Kittink and J. O. Kerz of the Central Austrian Transmeditative Research Academy (CATRA) has established what cat-loving meditators have known ... continue
Posted April 1, 2018 by CGH
Mission to Myanmar

Mission to Myanmar – HIGHLIGHT

A letter from Richard Reoch about the Rohingya humanitarian crisis Dear Readers: I have been invited at short notice to join a high level inter-faith delegation to the Rohingya refugee camps on the Bangladesh/Myanmar border. That will be at the end of this coming week. This mission — an act of ... continue
Posted March 23, 2018 by CGH
A Reflection on Diversity

A Reflection on Diversity – HIGHLIGHT

Working toward inclusion and diversity as a fundamental aspect of my path by Danielle Loeb I felt I had to leave myself at the door and assimilate in order to fit in. And even then, I couldn’t change the way that I looked. I ended up feeling ... continue
Posted March 21, 2018 by CGH
Vajrayana in Chile

Vajrayana in Chile – HIGHLIGHT

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche gives teachings and empowerments in Chile by Pablo Coddou On his fourth visit to Chile, the Kongma Sakyong received a number of students into the Shambhala Vajrayana. During this monumental visit, he joined sanghas from the Southern and Northern hemispheres in receiving the precious preliminary practices ... continue
Posted March 19, 2018 by CGH
New Institute at Naropa

New Institute at Naropa – HIGHLIGHT

Chögyam Trungpa Institute established at Naropa University Naropa University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Chögyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa. Chögyam Trungpa founded Naropa University in 1974 as a place to foster both intellect and intuition, and to spark curiosity and deep inquiry. His inspiration to create a ... continue
Posted March 17, 2018 by CGH

Ansprache zum Shambhala-Tag

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Ansprache zum Shambhala-Tag und Grußwort der Sakyong Wangmo Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center 16 Februar 2018 Der Kongma Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche: Einen schönen guten Morgen euch allen! Ihr seht gut aus, ganz großartig. Ich möchte alle, die weltweit zu diesem Shambhala-Tag zusammen gekommen sind, herzlich begrüßen. Da ich weiß, dass dies ... continue
Posted March 5, 2018 by CGH
Allocution du Jour Shambhala

Allocution du Jour Shambhala

Le Sakyong Mipham Rinpoché Allocution du Jour Shambhala Année du Chien de Terre Boulder, Colorado, 16 février 2018 Bonjour à tous ! Vous avez l’air magnifiques… Je souhaite la bienvenue à tous ceux et celles qui nous rejoignent à travers le monde pour ce Jour Shambhala. Je sais que ce que ... continue
Posted March 5, 2018 by CGH
Shambhaladag Toespraak Van de Sakyong 2018

Shambhaladag Toespraak Van de Sakyong 2018

De Kongma Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche: Een heel goede morgen allemaal! Het ziet er allemaal mooi, prachtig uit… Graag wil ik iedereen wereldwijd welkom heten op deze Shambhaladag, en ik weet dat dit meteen wordt vertaald, dus ik zal mijn best doen om langzaam te spreken. Ik wil graag ... continue
Posted March 4, 2018 by CGH

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