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Think Tank: One of Many Voices

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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. We go through an emotional wringer as we get to know our minds. The waterfall of thought rages wildly and drives us off center. To practice is to prepare for floating on this raging river. And this raging river has many different currents within it.

It is in Shambhala spaces that I have been asked if I have made up my name. Where I have been told that I could pass for white if I wanted to, that the speaker didn’t even think of me as Asian. Or, conversely, that I must have an easier time with the teachings because I am Asian. In Shambhala spaces is where I have been told that East in the Great Eastern Sun means exotic. I have been told about a really good book I must read about a young Vietnamese girl that the speaker is sure I’ll love. I am used to having to explain how to pronounce my name, but it was in a Shambhala space that I was told my pronunciation was wrong. Continue…

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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
Celebrating Pride

Celebrating Pride – HIGHLIGHT

Pride, Basic Goodness and Good Society: part two of a three-part series by Eugene Castillo Celebrating our identities as gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans, intersex, questioning, and gender-queer individuals is both an individual process and a communal activity, though it may seem odd at times to the rest of ... continue
Posted August 29, 2017 by CGH
Queer Pride Meditation Group

Queer Pride Meditation Group – HIGHLIGHT

On September 16th, the Shambhala Meditation Center (Eagle Rock) will launch a new program: “Food, Conversation and Meditation” for members of the LGBTQI community by Eugene Castillo “We can use our interconnectedness to cultivate human dignity – the bedrock of all diversity.” (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, The Shambhala Principle) The ... continue
Posted August 27, 2017 by CGH
The Bravery of Failure, Part 2

The Bravery of Failure, Part 2 – HIGHLIGHT

A foster mother comes to terms with her inability to succeed, in the second part of a two-part story by Allison Conant While I was on my way home from a family wedding in Massachusetts, my fourteen-year-old foster daughter, R, had run out of the house, jumped the ... continue
Posted August 13, 2017 by CGH
The Bravery of Failure, Part 1

The Bravery of Failure, Part 1 – HIGHLIGHT

A personal account of coming to terms with the experience of trying something important, and failing to succeed by Allison Conant Acharya Pema Chodron is one of the most senior teachers in the Shambhala Community and I treasure her as a teacher. She doesn’t sugarcoat. She can laugh ... continue
Posted August 11, 2017 by CGH
Family and Lineage

Family and Lineage – HIGHLIGHT

An interview by a Growing Brave Conference Planning committee member, talking with Harish Rao: parent, Los Angeles sangha member, and practitioner by Marcelle Gilkerson Marcelle: Let me start by asking, what drew you to Shambhala? Harish Rao: I have always had a fascination with Indian culture and Tibetan mysticism. Polytheism ... continue
Posted August 5, 2017 by CGH

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