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Ani Pema Chodron at the Naropa Graduation photo by Cliff Grassmick of the Daily Camera

Ani Pema Chodron at the Naropa Graduation, photo by Cliff Grassmick of the Daily Camera

As the Boulder Daily Camera says, at Naropa University’s recent graduation ceremony Ani Pema Chodron implores grads to “fail, fail again, fail better”. About 300 earned degrees from the Buddhist-inspired university, now in its 40th year.

article by Jade Cruz Quinn, Shambhala Times Intern

Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, was founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974. At this year’s Commencement, Ani Pema Chodron, a bestselling author and student of Trungpa Rinpoche and his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche was chosen as the guest speaker to encourage Naropa’s new graduates on their transition. Continue…

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The Nature of Community

The Nature of Community – HIGHLIGHT

An exploration of our deep connections to one another, and to our own compassionate hearts by Aaron de Long We might think of community as something external to our life, something extra. We have our car, our home, our job, and then we have our neighbors, our coworkers: ... continue
Posted November 22, 2018 by CGH
Surmang Relics: Part of Our Heritage

Surmang Relics: Part of Our Heritage – HIGHLIGHT

Fifty years ago many of the greatest lineage holders of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition walked out of Tibet in order to preserve the wisdom of their heritage. As Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche said many years later: We can find wisdom even in the midst of the worst ... continue
Posted November 20, 2018 by
What is Terma?

What is Terma? – HIGHLIGHT

This article was originally published on the Richen Terdzo blog. It has been newly edited and reprinted on the Shambhala Times with the permission of the author. By Holly Gayley Terma texts contain Buddhist teachings intended for troubled times as a source of renewed wisdom and blessings. Although ... continue
Posted November 18, 2018 by Holly
Walking the Tiger's Path

Walking the Tiger’s Path – HIGHLIGHT

Sergeant Kendel with Iraqi children In 2005 Sergeant Paul Kendel, an American Georgia National Guardsman stationed in Iraq, disillusioned with the American mission and with the aggression starting to overwhelm his military unit, began email contact with Margot Neuman, executive director of the Ratna Prison Initiative. The ... continue
Posted November 11, 2018 by Gary_Allen
Farewell to the Marvelous Dhi Good

Farewell to the Marvelous Dhi Good

Eve Rosenthal, Dhi Good, and Heather Scott In 2012, after six years at the helm of our established, yet still fledgling, Shambhala Online, I was ready to retire and hand over the reins to the next generation of techno-savants, those visionaries who would play in the “big ... continue
Posted November 8, 2018 by Mark_Whaley
This Prison Is Crying

This Prison Is Crying – HIGHLIGHT

We hear from Jampa Pawo and friend Norma Harris about his life as a prison inmate and as a Shambhala Warrior by Jampa Pawo and Norma Harris It is now many weeks ago that Jampa Pawo, the inmate I’ve been writing about on death row, told me that ... continue
Posted November 6, 2018 by CGH
The Future Is Now

The Future Is Now – HIGHLIGHT

Photo Credit: James Gritz / © Karmapa Foundation THE FUTURE IS NOW: Timely Advice for Creating a Better World by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa The Future Is Now contains 108 pithy sayings by this remarkable Buddhist teacher, combined with striking contemporary photographs. This is His Holiness the 17th ... continue
Posted November 4, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
Shambhala in the Kalachakra Tantra

Shambhala in the Kalachakra Tantra – HIGHLIGHT

Kalachakra Mandala, courtesy of HimalayanArt.org By Nick Trautz We often hear about the connection between Shambhala and the Kalachakra tradition. While the Kalachakra initiation has been given publically by teachers like His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, it is less common to have exposure ... continue
Posted October 28, 2018 by Nick Trautz
Voice of Dissent

Voice of Dissent – HIGHLIGHT

A devoted Shambhalian contemplates the purpose, place, and utility of dissent, the value of disagreeing with the accepted way of things by Amanda Hester A healthy society depends upon a healthy level of dissent. Without dissent, discipline and form lose their joy and become simply authoritarian. Dissent is one ... continue
Posted October 23, 2018 by CGH
Feeding Your Demons

Feeding Your Demons – HIGHLIGHT

Interview with Lama Tsultrim Allione COLUMN: Radical Compassion conducted by Cameron Wenaus of Retreat.Guru and Sarah Lipton, Editor-in-Chief of the Shambhala Times transcribed by Emma Sartwell and edited by Christopher Schuman   Coming up soon is Naropa University’s celebration of their 40th year. Naropa has assembled some of the world’s most ... continue
Posted October 11, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
"Before and After" by Peter Seidler

Before and After: Portraits from Dathun – HIGHLIGHT

by Peter Seidler This series of photos, titled “Before and After,” comes from a larger project called “Contemplatives,” a visual exploration of the physiological qualities of meditation practice. I set up the “Before and After” project to explore the observable effects on practitioners after long periods of ... continue
Posted October 7, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
Focusing: An Interview with David Rome

Focusing: An Interview with David Rome – HIGHLIGHT

Yellow Cylinder, courtesy of Brian Fay An Interview with David Rome “The theory behind Focusing is that the body knows a great deal more than the mind; it’s the realm of intuition. If you think about it, the body, the lived body, really is the entire history of ... continue
Posted October 2, 2018 by alexandra_kalinine
Energy To Go On

Energy To Go On – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhalians at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco by Irene Woodward, Emily Takahashi, and David Takahashi Why we do the work of loving and protecting the earth, of attending to climate change? Certain people, certain situations, certain thoughts–they give us energy to go on. The Global ... continue
Posted September 29, 2018 by CGH
Harvest of Peace 2018

Harvest of Peace 2018 – HIGHLIGHT

Cheerful Harvest of Peace! From everyone here at the Shambhala Times Every year at the time of each solstice and equinox, Shambhalians around the world gather for what are called Nyida Days, to build community and mark the changing of the seasons. The Harvest of Peace Nyida Day ... continue
Posted September 22, 2018 by CGH
Intention Behind the Goal

Intention Behind the Goal – HIGHLIGHT

Paying attention to the motivation behind the goals we set by Katey Schultz There are three things I’ve spent decades obsessing about: writing, hiking, and meditation. Recently, it occurred to me that I’ve also spent a lot of time and energy “setting goals” or “trying to do better” ... continue
Posted September 8, 2018 by

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