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Peace NOW Symposium

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Celebrating a successful event in Vienna, reflecting on the experience, and laying plans for the future

by Joanna Francis

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche had no hesitation when he was asked when peace should happen during the Peace NOW Symposium in Vienna, “Creating Peace in Difficult Times.” The answer was NOW. In his opening talk, the Sakyong posed these questions: “I want to explore a deeper notion of peace, a deeper sense of who we are. Who are we at a fundamental level? Is humanity at an innate level at peace with itself, or is it at war with itself?”

The Symposium was over four years in the dreaming and planning.  We gathered for discussions and spoke of obstacles; we searched the city for a suitable venue, and imagined how we could create a container allowing participants to experience a glimpse of enlightened society.  We divided into teams to look after the many details:  finding speakers and workshop leaders, finance, publicity, venue, registration, decoration, and translation.  A Facebook page was established by a supporter in Switzerland, where they continue to post great articles on creating peace. Continue…

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Meet the Nuns of Surmang

Meet the Nuns of Surmang – HIGHLIGHT

A day in the life of a wonderful community of nuns in eastern Tibet by Jessie Litven and Gaye Carlson Surmang Nunnery is a special place—in the vicinity of Surmang Dutsi Til, the home monastery of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in eastern Tibet. We feel so fortunate to ... continue
Posted December 15, 2017 by CGH
Nunnery Bread, Nomadic Families

Nunnery Bread, Nomadic Families – HIGHLIGHT

An update on recent activities by local volunteers for the Gesar Fund from An van Bolhuis, Eric Elbers, Nyima Kunga, Martin Regtien, and Han de Wit The hamlet of Gaduo is 75 km from Dönda, shown on the map below.   A nunnery is located in Gaduo, but ... continue
Posted December 3, 2017 by CGH
Contemplating the Think Tank

Contemplating the Think Tank – HIGHLIGHT

Part Four of a four-part series sharing the experiences of participants in the first ever Shambhala Social Engagement Think Tank, held October 12-15 at Sky Lake Shambhala Meditation and Retreat Center by Alexandria Barnes, Assistant to Director of Office of Social Engagement, Chicago, Illinois To address a critical mass in ... continue
Posted November 21, 2017 by CGH
Think Tank Reflections

Think Tank Reflections – HIGHLIGHT

Part Three of a four-part series sharing the experiences of participants in the first ever Shambhala Social Engagement Think Tank, held October 12-15 at Sky Lake Shambhala Meditation and Retreat Center by Ashley Hodson, Director Boston Shambhala Center, Boston, Massachusetts I appreciate this opportunity to talk about my experience at ... continue
Posted November 19, 2017 by CGH
Think Tank: One of Many Voices

Think Tank: One of Many Voices – HIGHLIGHT

Part Two of a four-part series sharing the experiences of participants in the first ever Shambhala Social Engagement Think Tank, held October 12-15 at Sky Lake Shambhala Meditation and Retreat Center by Tuyet Cullen, Director Madison Shambhala Center, Madison, WI I must do internal preparation before I enter Shambhala spaces. ... continue
Posted November 16, 2017 by CGH
Think Tank: Four Voices

Think Tank: Four Voices – HIGHLIGHT

Part One of a four-part series sharing the experiences of participants in the first ever Shambhala Social Engagement Think Tank, held October 12-15 at Sky Lake Shambhala Meditation and Retreat Center by Shastri Charlene Leung, Chairperson of the Shambhala International Diversity Working Group Perhaps “Embody, Feel, & Be Tank” more ... continue
Posted November 14, 2017 by CGH
Karmapa Summer

Karmapa Summer – HIGHLIGHT

My journey with the 17th Karmapa’s first Canada tour by Sora Wei  The autumn chill is filling the air, and leaves are falling to the ground; the vivid red of the leaves reminds me of my journey traveling to see the Karmapa for the first time. The Karma ... continue
Posted November 8, 2017 by CGH
More Money, Mind, and Meditation

More Money, Mind, and Meditation – HIGHLIGHT

Part two of a two-part interview with Shastri Matthew Lyon about how the Shambhala spiritual path works with financial success  Q: Is there an aspect of meditation related to receiving generosity?  A: Yes, that’s one of the themes of the Money, Mind and Meditation course. The theme that generosity ... continue
Posted November 3, 2017 by CGH
Money, Mind, and Meditation

Money, Mind, and Meditation – HIGHLIGHT

Part one of a two-part interview with Shastri Matthew Lyon about how the Shambhala spiritual path works with financial success  How do we, as meditators, learn to balance a spiritual path with worldly achievement? Sometimes financial success can seem at odds with spirituality. Yet, the tradition of ... continue
Posted November 1, 2017 by CGH
Shambhala to Myanmar

Shambhala to Myanmar – HIGHLIGHT

A letter from Shambhala regarding recent events in Rhakine State, particularly violence toward the Rohingya community Chairman Bamaw Sayadaw Dr. Ashwin Kumara Bhivamsa, State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (Ma Ha Na), Thiri Mingalar Kabar Aye Hill, Yangon, Myanmar 28 September 2017 Dear Chairman, venerable monks, elders, and respected leaders, I am writing to you, ... continue
Posted October 27, 2017 by CGH
Beauty and Balance

Beauty and Balance – HIGHLIGHT

A goldfish pond creates a haven for nature, and also builds friendship and community by David Zurick The frogs discovered my goldfish pond on the first day I filled it with water. The pond hadn’t yet settled into the garden. Its rubber liner showed like an embarrassing exposure, ... continue
Posted September 29, 2017 by CGH
End Ethnic Cleansing

End Ethnic Cleansing – HIGHLIGHT

Buddhists appeal to Myanmar monks by Richard Reoch “The Buddha would have helped those poor Muslims,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama this past week as the world witnessed with horror the latest eruption of communal violence, terror and ethnic cleansing. This time it is in Myanmar (Burma). Yet ... continue
Posted September 16, 2017 by CGH
Not a Glum Lot

Not a Glum Lot – HIGHLIGHT

Experiencing meditation practice through a Heart of Recovery gathering by Eric Rainbeau Once the cushions and chairs are arranged in two concentric circles and the books are laid out, people start to drift into the meditation hall. They come in ones and twos, some new and some who ... continue
Posted September 8, 2017 by CGH
Lineage of the Mother Warriors

Lineage of the Mother Warriors – HIGHLIGHT

The Sakyong Wangmo celebrates the year of Yeshe Tsogyal by Melanie Klein On a cool spring day in April 2008, when the Sakyong Wangmo formally took her seat as Shambhala’s Queen, the edict read aloud on that occasion described her as “holding the lineage of the Mother warriors, ... continue
Posted September 6, 2017 by CGH
Queer Pride at Shambhala Los Angeles

Queer Pride at Shambhala Los Angeles – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on queer identity and its expression within Shambhala: part three of a three-part series by Eugene Castillo The main question I wanted to address in this series of articles for the Shambhala Times is: “why?” Why have a meditation group for LGBTQI people? Isn’t that another form ... continue
Posted August 31, 2017 by CGH

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