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Sep 29

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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Mamos Clarified

Mamos Clarified – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Good Practice The following article is a compilation from various sources of the practices of the days preceding Shambhala Day. by Oscar Garcia, St. Johnsbury, Vermont March 2, 2014 is the beginning of a new Tibetan (lunar) year, the year of the Wood Horse. The first day of ... continue
Posted February 19, 2014 by
Joining in the Dance

Joining in the Dance – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted February 14, 2014 by
New Year, Fresh Start

New Year, Fresh Start – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted February 5, 2014 by
Shambhala Day Poetry Contest

Shambhala Day Poetry Contest – HIGHLIGHT

The Office of the Kalapa Court and the Office of Culture and Decorum are pleased to announce the Inaugural Shambhala Day Poetry Contest. With the blessings of the Sakyong, in celebration of the approaching Year of the Wood Horse, the theme for this inaugural poetry contest is ... continue
Posted February 3, 2014 by
Celebrating 'Warriors in the World' Week

Celebrating ‘Warriors in the World’ Week – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted January 20, 2014 by
The Drala of Center Design

The Drala of Center Design – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted January 13, 2014 by
49th Day in Kyoto

49th Day in Kyoto – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted January 9, 2014 by
Entering 2014

Entering 2014 – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted January 1, 2014 by Sarah
Shining, Radiant Tenderness

Shining, Radiant Tenderness – HIGHLIGHT

On Loneliness and Society by Dawa Lhatso, Gampo Abbey I recently read a newspaper article entitled, Why Are We So Lonely? In it were statistics about the growing reports of loneliness and isolation within all age groups from surveys conducted in Canada and the U.S. It pointed to ... continue
Posted December 30, 2013 by
The Shambhala Holidays

The Shambhala Holidays – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted December 25, 2013 by
The Magic of Children's Day

The Magic of Children’s Day – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted December 20, 2013 by
A Revolution of Dignity

A Revolution of Dignity – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted December 13, 2013 by
A Society of Learners

A Society of Learners – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Online Launches New Course Environment by Dixie Good, Director of Shambhala Online The number of miles between you and your local Shambhala center should not stand in the way of a full-fledged experience of the teachings. Over the last few years, Shambhala Online (SO) has hosted hundreds of ... continue
Posted December 4, 2013 by
On the Health and Healing Puja

On the Health and Healing Puja – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted November 29, 2013 by
Gathering Goodness with the Sakyong

Gathering Goodness with the Sakyong – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted November 10, 2013 by

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