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An update on progress at Columbus KTC as they recover from last year’s fire at their center 

by Lama Kathy Wesley

Rebuilding a Dharma Center, in some ways, is like creating a Chorten, or Stupa – one of those beautiful Buddhist monuments you see in photos of Tibet, India, and parts of the United States.

The stupa – a square base topped with a vase and spire – is composed of geometric forms that represent the Buddha sitting in meditation. Inside, the stupa is stuffed full of dharma treasures – rolls of mantras, a full set of Buddhist scriptures, fragrant wood, and a packet of relics attached to a central wooden post, called a “life tree” that is itself inscribed with scriptures and mantras in gold.

The Three Jewels – the Buddha, his Teachings, and the Sangha – are represented in the stupa, and circumambulating it (walking around it in a clockwise direction) is said to nurture a virtuous mind state in the dharma pilgrim. Continue…

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Manifesting Great Eastern Kindness

Manifesting Great Eastern Kindness – HIGHLIGHT

A chance encounter becomes an opportunity for compassion and generosity by Janet Pal It’s Saturday morning, June 10. I’m on my way to the Toronto Shambhala Centre. A man is walking towards me. Oh please let him walk past me. I’m in a hurry. I have a talk to ... continue
Posted July 8, 2017 by
Creating Enlightened Society

Creating Enlightened Society – HIGHLIGHT

exploring the biological basis of how cultures change by Shastri Donna Williams This morning after reading about a possible reversal by the Trump Administration of a ban on uranium mining in the Grand Canyon, I thought I would share some of what I’ve been studying, as a possible ... continue
Posted June 30, 2017 by CGH
Gesar Fund: Reports and Contracts

Gesar Fund: Reports and Contracts – HIGHLIGHT

In this Gesar Fund update we explain all those odd-looking reports and contracts that you may have seen in past articles by Gesar Fund staff members You might have noticed it over the past few years: every Gesar Fund update includes photographs, and in amongst the photos of ... continue
Posted June 26, 2017 by CGH
Creating a Zen Garden

Creating a Zen Garden – HIGHLIGHT

Just in time for Midsummer, here is a guide to creating a meditative space in your own backyard by Sally Perkins Sometimes what we are looking for most can really can be found in our own backyard. Consider the great emphasis we place on meditation in Shambhala. In ... continue
Posted June 24, 2017 by CGH
Stand Against Suffering

Stand Against Suffering – HIGHLIGHT

A number of leaders in the Shambhala community participated in creating, or gave their name in support of, an article titled “Stand Against Suffering: A Buddhist Call to Action,” published in  the April/May issue of Lion’s Roar. Many Shambhalians are deeply concerned about the path that the ... continue
Posted June 6, 2017 by CGH
Money on the Path

Money on the Path – HIGHLIGHT

Using the principles of Shambhala to uplift our finances by Joanne Martin Braun Money can be a challenging topic in our lives. It can be even more challenging if we relate to it as if money and livelihood are somehow outside of our spiritual practice. But the Shambhala ... continue
Posted May 21, 2017 by CGH
Awakening to the Stages of Life

Awakening to the Stages of Life – HIGHLIGHT

Facing up to the trials and transitions that face us all, at every stage of life by Ann Cason  “The clouds pass and the rain does its work, and  all individual beings flow into their forms.”   (from the I Ching) By the year 2030, if you live in ... continue
Posted May 18, 2017 by CGH
Food and Forgiveness, Part 3

Food and Forgiveness, Part 3 – HIGHLIGHT

The third in a series of articles exploring insights about food, healing, and compassion by Marcella Friel “Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.” — Marianne Williamson My client Tammy was making terrific ... continue
Posted May 13, 2017 by CGH
Food and Forgiveness, Part 2

Food and Forgiveness, Part 2 – HIGHLIGHT

The second in a series of articles exploring insights about food, healing, and compassion By Marcella Friel “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” — Mahatma Gandhi In the last years of my mother’s life, I was her financial power of attorney, working conscientiously to ... continue
Posted May 11, 2017 by CGH
Food and Forgiveness, Part 1

Food and Forgiveness, Part 1 – HIGHLIGHT

The first in a series of articles exploring insights about food, healing, and compassion by Marcella Friel “It’s only when we alter our eating habits out of love and respect for ourselves that lasting change has any real chance to take root in our lives.” — Katherine Woodward Thomas What ... continue
Posted May 9, 2017 by CGH
The Dharma of Horsemanship

The Dharma of Horsemanship – HIGHLIGHT

Working skillfully with fear, with horses as our mentors by Mary Ann Campbell When we sit to practice meditation, we don’t just walk in the room and sit down. We develop a sense of occasion, we pay attention to our pysical balances and tensions, the quality of our ... continue
Posted May 3, 2017 by CGH
Spring News Roundup

Spring News Roundup – HIGHLIGHT

A collection of short news updates from around the mandala, just in time for the first day of April A New Take on Basic Goodness As the number of pets per family reaches new heights in Shambhala, the most dogged among us have started a new series for ... continue
Posted April 1, 2017 by CGH
Christ on the Cushion

Christ on the Cushion – HIGHLIGHT

A story about growing up in one religious tradition, and later adopting another by Joe Nutini When I was a child, my parents sent me to Catholic schools. This was both a blessing and a curse. It was a blessing because I received a wonderful, college preparatory education ... continue
Posted March 26, 2017 by CGH
Growing Brave

Growing Brave – HIGHLIGHT

Creating a sustainable path for children and families in Shambhala by the Growing Brave Families & Children’s Conference Committee Lonely. Isolated. Re-creating programming from year-to-year, center- to-center. Feelings of burn out and marginalization. This is a common experience in the Shambhala sangha for teachers, program directors, and co-ordinators who have been ... continue
Posted March 21, 2017 by CGH
People's Climate Mobilization

People’s Climate Mobilization – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhalians take action, responding to the call for Buddhist participation in the People’s Climate Mobilization  by Mark Rasmuson Members of the DC Shambhala sangha have joined a coalition of Mindfulness/Buddhist groups to help organize the April 29 People’s Climate Mobilization in Washington DC. The coalition, working with several hundred other partners who ... continue
Posted March 19, 2017 by CGH

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