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Christ on the Cushion

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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 that did indeed prepare me to go to college. I loved college.  I also loved Christ. Like seriously. I was in love with Christ. From the time, I was quite young, I felt the energy of Christ deep within my heart. It was instantaneous. It didn’t require any understanding of doctrine, bible etc. It was just there.

I became a social worker. My education and the love that was in my heart because of knowing the energy of Christ (and perhaps even angels and other “heavenly” beings) led me to that path. Buddhism increased my awareness of Christ. It brought me back to Christ’s energy and love. It also brought me back to myself, to my own heart and to forgiveness. Continue…

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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
Shambhala Service Awards

Shambhala Service Awards – HIGHLIGHT

At the request of the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo, the Shambhala Office of Culture and Decorum is pleased to announce the reinstatement of Shambhala Service Awards. from the Office of Culture and Decorum, with photos by BHH Studios On Shambhala Day 2017, more than 1,400 awards were conferred ... continue
Posted March 13, 2017 by CGH
Shambhala Day 2017

Shambhala Day 2017 – HIGHLIGHT

Cheerful Shambhala Day from everyone at the Shambhala Times! continue
Posted February 27, 2017 by CGH
Drala Encampment, Earth and Space

Drala Encampment, Earth and Space – HIGHLIGHT

In our final story on this Dorje Kasung encampment, we get a glimpse into a special part of the practice: skirmish, a mock battle that provides insight into each warrior’s state of mind under pressure by Harrison Holmes Earth Skirmish: Before the mock battle begins we are sent out into ... continue
Posted February 23, 2017 by CGH
Drala Encampment, Wind and Fire

Drala Encampment, Wind and Fire – HIGHLIGHT

We continue following the adventures of Drala Regional Encampment, in part two of a multi-part series on this event by Harrison Holmes On day three, rain is replaced by wind. Setting about our activities, we dig holes, chop wood, repair tents, and arrange the shrine room. Throughout, we never ... continue
Posted February 21, 2017 by CGH
The Dorje Kasung and the Mamos

The Dorje Kasung and the Mamos – HIGHLIGHT

As we enter Dön Season, an exploration of how this time of year relates to a major Shambhalian service organization, the Dorje Kasung by Darryl Burnham, Kadö,  Dorje is a Tibetan word that means indestructible or diamond-like, and Kasung refers to a command (Ka) that is protected by wakefulness. So ... continue
Posted February 17, 2017 by CGH
Drala Regional Encampment

Drala Regional Encampment – HIGHLIGHT

Members of the Dorje Kasung gather for fellowship and practice; the forms and precision of military life allow for alert relaxation, tender wakefulness by Harrison Holmes Day One: Water We arrived at Drala Point just as Hurricane Mathew was making its way up the coast. Quickly setting up camp ... continue
Posted February 15, 2017 by CGH
Mary Sehlinger Retirement

Mary Sehlinger Retirement – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala’s Director of Societal Health and Well-being retires: “I see the Shambhala Community engaging in a long cultural shift.” by Kalapa Envoy Richard Reoch After six years as Shambhala’s Director of Societal Health and Well-Being, Mary Sehlinger is retiring. Known to many by her former married surname, Whetsell ... continue
Posted January 30, 2017 by CGH
Time to Stand Up

Time to Stand Up – HIGHLIGHT

Inspired by online course EcoSattva 2016, offered by One Earth Sangha, which is still available and strongly recommended by the author.  Thanissara is one of the principle teachers of the course.  The title and final paragraph are paraphrased from her book Time to Stand Up. by Camilo ... continue
Posted January 22, 2017 by CGH
Terma in Dark Times

Terma in Dark Times – HIGHLIGHT

An interview with Holly Gayley on the recent publication of her book, Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet. It chronicles the lives and letters of a contemporary tantric couple, Khandro Tāre Lhamo and Namtrul Rinpoche (pictured here with Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok), who ... continue
Posted January 20, 2017 by CGH
A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start – HIGHLIGHT

Starting with ourselves, and learning to appreciate many ways that human goodness is expressed every day by Susan Firer I’ve had an idea running through my mind for almost a year now, I would guess. It has to do with appreciation, humanity, suffering, and compassion. So often I ... continue
Posted January 16, 2017 by CGH
Unraveling Oppression

Unraveling Oppression – HIGHLIGHT

Unraveling oppression and white privilege starts here by Kelsey Blackwell Dad and Me “But all our phrasing—race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy—serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, ... continue
Posted January 13, 2017 by CGH
Genuine, the Podcast

Genuine, the Podcast – HIGHLIGHT

A long-time Shambhala practitioner (and previous editor of the Times) starts a creative new venture  by Sarah Lipton I am thrilled to release this preview episode of Genuine, a fresh new podcast produced by The Presence Point. I’m so happy to be sharing it with all of you, ... continue
Posted January 11, 2017 by CGH
Circle of Light

Circle of Light – HIGHLIGHT

Children journey to the spiral’s center in Karmê Chöling’s traditional midwinter Festival of Lights photography by Philip Campbell Between December 25th and New Year’s Day, practitioners of all ages gathered at Karmê Chöling for a warm and lively week of programs to support and celebrate families and children. A highlight ... continue
Posted January 9, 2017 by CGH

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