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Sep 29
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Beauty and Balance

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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, spilling out of its hole and onto the bare ground, and the rocks on the bottom glistened like the glossy stones of an empty, store-front aquarium. The pond looked like it had just been off-loaded from a delivery truck. Still, the frogs must have liked it when they came upon it because some of them stayed and made the pond their home.

I recall it being a dry season, so maybe the frogs had been lying in wait all along, patiently watching me work and wondering when I might finish, and then just hopped in once I had provisioned the hole with water. Or perhaps they were passing by on their way to another destination, sensed its deliquescence, and got distracted. I’ll never know for certain what those pioneer frogs were thinking when they came upon my goldfish pond. They were its first settlers.  Continue…

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Work Together and Rebuild

Work Together and Rebuild – HIGHLIGHT

KTC meditation center in Columbus, Ohio, severely damaged by fire News of this weekend’s fire has been spreading quickly through the Shambhala community, gathering support for our friends and fellow practitioners at Columbus KTC. The following story originally appeared on their fundraising page, as they reached out ... continue
Posted February 4, 2016 by CGH
Don't Give Up On Yourself, Part 2

Don’t Give Up On Yourself, Part 2 – HIGHLIGHT

Practice instructions for meditative tools to support the self-care of caregivers by Andrea Sherman and Marsha Weiner photos courtesy of Joey Johannsen As practitioners who are also caregivers, it is important to remember; don’t give up on anyone, including yourself. You can turn to the dharma and discover tools ... continue
Posted February 2, 2016 by CGH
Don't Give Up On Yourself

Don’t Give Up On Yourself – HIGHLIGHT

Looking at the challenges of caregiving from a dharmic point of view by Andrea Sherman and Marsha Weiner “The essence of Warriorship, or the essence of human bravery, is refusing to give up on anyone or anything.”  Trungpa Rinpoche, Sacred Path of the Warrior Don’t give up on anyone ... continue
Posted January 31, 2016 by CGH
Blossoming of Creative Engagement

Blossoming of Creative Engagement – HIGHLIGHT

Aarti Tejuja takes her seat as the Chicago Shambhala Center’s new Director of Social Engagement by Mabinti Dennis In 2009, when Aarti Tejuja from the Chicago Shambhala Center was temporarily unemployed, she applied for and received the Shambhala People of Color Scholarship Fund Leadership Award, to attend a ... continue
Posted January 28, 2016 by CGH
A Campaign for Windhorse

A Campaign for Windhorse – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala’s Midwest retreat center celebrates its 15th birthday with a major capital campaign by Susan Firer Windhorse Retreat Center started out as the Midwest Shambhala Retreat Center back in 2001. The seed was planted in 1997 when Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche came to visit the region and suggested that ... continue
Posted January 24, 2016 by CGH
Finishing One Year, Starting Anew

Finishing One Year, Starting Anew – HIGHLIGHT

Practices for the two weeks leading up to Shambhala Day, reflecting on the passage of time and laying a good foundation for the coming year by Walker Blaine As we approach the coming New Year of the Fire Monkey on February 9th, it is important to acknowledge the ... continue
Posted January 22, 2016 by CGH
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 January 18, 2016 by CGH
The Path to Sobriety

The Path to Sobriety – HIGHLIGHT

A Buddhist alcoholic gets sober in AA: A spiritual journey by David Engelbrecht When I returned to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) this year, I was a Buddhist. I took refuge in 2012 and my last AA meeting was in 2009. In 2011, I started drinking again. It took a few ... continue
Posted January 16, 2016 by CGH
Teaching and Learning at Surmang

Teaching and Learning at Surmang – HIGHLIGHT

News from the Education Project  Just before Christmas, the Gesar Fund received a message from the Konchok Foundation, which is supported by the Gesar Fund with some 5000 euros per year. In the Gesar Fund 2014 Summary we already reported that things would change in the education programs ... continue
Posted January 14, 2016 by CGH
Drowning in Potential

Drowning in Potential – HIGHLIGHT

How mindfulness can save us from drowning in our expectations for ourselves by Georgia Pettit Mindfulness meditation suggests we start the new year not with criticism and condemnation, but with an appreciation for the mind, body, and heart we have today. One pop culture highlight from 2015 was the ... continue
Posted January 10, 2016 by CGH
Accepting Small Improvements

Accepting Small Improvements – HIGHLIGHT

A small gathering in good company leads to great insight, based on the Sakyong’s experience training falcons by John David Smith Last Tuesday night a small group of us gathered in the smaller shrine room to read some of Sakyong Mipham’s Turning the Mind into an Ally together.  The Meditation Warriors ... continue
Posted January 8, 2016 by CGH
Educator Meditators

Educator Meditators – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala meditators and educators come together in Columbus to nurture the “inner teacher” by Jean Pittman As an educator and a visual artist, I find that meditation and the Shambhala Path are terrific and increasingly essential supports. This is why I was eager to work with the Columbus ... continue
Posted January 6, 2016 by CGH
Yoga to Help You Sit, Part 4

Yoga to Help You Sit, Part 4 – HIGHLIGHT

Opening the hips to help open the heart by Martha Whitney and Trina Magi Tightness in the hips can make sitting meditation uncomfortable. “For a long time, I experienced pain in my upper back when I sat on the meditation cushion. When I started focusing on hip openers ... continue
Posted January 4, 2016 by CGH
Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on meditation practice and living with mental illness by David Engelbrecht There is a mindfulness revolution happening in the world today. Nowadays, mindfulness is part of many therapies. The first time I saw the word was on the title of a psychotherapy workbook for clients. I felt ... continue
Posted January 2, 2016 by CGH
First Rays of Dawn

First Rays of Dawn – HIGHLIGHT

Lighting Our Way: The Celebration of Children’s Day in Boulder By Emily Takahashi Snow, glorious snow! Winter does not seem fully realized until we have been housebound by our first deep snow. Snow is the great equalizer—everything is made beautiful when it has been laced by ice crystals, ... continue
Posted December 30, 2015 by CGH

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