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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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Scorpion Seal Opens

Scorpion Seal Opens – HIGHLIGHT

Nearly every night during the first Scorpion Seal Assembly at Karme Choling, clouds descended into the valley. As people began to stir in dormitories and tents, rising to make coffee or brush their teeth, the mist lingered on the fringes of the farmhouse, at times concealing ... continue
Posted July 2, 2009 by Jennifer Holder
Buddhismus und Ökologie: Die Umwelt als Lehrerin

Buddhismus und Ökologie: Die Umwelt als Lehrerin

2009 ist ein Jahr des Schreckens für die Welt. Für sehr lange Zeit schien es, als ob finanzieller Wohlstand bis in das Unendliche wachsen könne. Wir nahmen an, dass Produktivitätssteigerung, Globalisation, ein börsenregulierten Markt, sowie freier Handel ausreiche um uns monetären Segen zu erteilen. Seit dem ... continue
Posted June 29, 2009 by
Buddhism and Ecology: Environment as our Teacher

Buddhism and Ecology: Environment as our Teacher – HIGHLIGHT

By Chris Tamdjidi In the year 2009, contemporary society finds itself in a state of shock. For many years it seemed that financial wealth could grow inexhaustibly – that it was just a matter of productivity, globalisation, open markets and free trade for the rain of monetary ... continue
Posted June 29, 2009 by
The Future Is Now

The Future Is Now – HIGHLIGHT

THE FUTURE IS NOW: Timely Advice for Creating a Better World by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa The Future Is Now contains 108 pithy sayings by this remarkable Buddhist teacher, combined with striking contemporary photographs. This is His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s first book for a popular ... continue
Posted June 26, 2009 by
Mipham the Great: Celebrated Worldwide

Mipham the Great: Celebrated Worldwide – HIGHLIGHT

The life of Mipham the Great was celebrated worldwide today (Sunday 21 June 2009) in Shambhala Centres and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, who was recognized as the rebirth of Mipham the Great by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, continued the practice this year of sponsoring ... continue
Posted June 21, 2009 by Richard_Reoch
News about Khenpo Rinpoche and Marpa Foundation

News about Khenpo Rinpoche and Marpa Foundation – HIGHLIGHT

Excerpt of Letter from Ari Goldfield Greetings from Dechen Ling, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche’s residence in Seattle. I hope this letter finds you well. Here, Khenpo Rinpoche is doing fine, and all of us in his household are too. I write now to give you an ... continue
Posted June 19, 2009 by
Sakyong Visits Atlanta

Sakyong Visits Atlanta – HIGHLIGHT

By Collette Frix Only two humble old houses comprised the entire Atlanta Shambhala Center when Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche last visited in 2003. Our shrine room then could seat a mere 28 people. Six years later we have managed to construct a new building with a large shrine ... continue
Posted June 12, 2009 by
Shambhala Vision, Forward Vision

Shambhala Vision, Forward Vision – HIGHLIGHT

By Lisa Johnston At the Sakyong Foundation we delight in matching a donor’s passion with the aspirations of the community to make a difference in our Shambhala world and beyond. As a community, we pulled together to get Shambhala out of central operating debt. We did it ... continue
Posted June 11, 2009 by
Kalapa Centre: Heart of the Capital

Kalapa Centre: Heart of the Capital – HIGHLIGHT

An interview with Steve Baker by Johanna Lunn. Steve Baker has recently been appointed Director of the Kalapa Centre in the capital of Shambhala, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Sakyong has been talking a lot about manifesting. …. now it’s time to show the world what Shambhala actually ... continue
Posted June 5, 2009 by
Michael Baime on Stress Management

Michael Baime on Stress Management – HIGHLIGHT

By Wendy Jill Krom Michael J. Baime, MD could see right away that his teacher had been right: “What people needed was not another medication, but really a glimpse of their own sanity.” In a recent conversation with Michael Baime, Founder and Director of the UPenn Program for ... continue
Posted June 2, 2009 by

Nourishing the Third Jewel: A Letter from our Guest Editors – HIGHLIGHT

We are delighted to welcome you to this theme for the Shambhala Times, which focuses on “Nourishing the Third Jewel.” When we take refuge in the sangha, or the third jewel, we enter a path of companionship. As sangha brothers and sisters, we both support each ... continue
Posted May 31, 2009 by

The Activity of a Shambhala Center – HIGHLIGHT

This article by Acharya Adam Lobel discusses the outer, inner, and secret aspects of a Shambhala Meditation Center and how each aspect works together. Outer:  Specifically, meditation practice is our most direct offering.  There is a demand for meditation instruction in our society.  The spirit of ... continue
Posted May 30, 2009 by
Interview with Debbie Coats, Desung Arm Commander

Interview with Debbie Coats, Desung Arm Commander – HIGHLIGHT

Being a desung often means choosing to step in to situations that are uncomfortable or perhaps frightening. In our community desung are kasung who focus on issues of health and well-being or conflicts. So if people are in distressing circumstances or conflicts are occurring, for example ... continue
Posted May 28, 2009 by
The Community Survey: Why It Matters

The Community Survey: Why It Matters – HIGHLIGHT

By Mary Whetsell A little over a year ago, the Shambhala Community Survey was distributed as a way to take a snapshot in time of our worldwide sangha. At that point, President Reoch had visited almost every Shambhala center in the mandala. And while he reported that ... continue
Posted May 27, 2009 by
Growing Old in Shambhala

Growing Old in Shambhala – HIGHLIGHT

By David Whitehorn and the Working Group on Aging In the Shambhala vision, every moment of our life, whatever age we may be, is an opportunity to wake up, to engage straightforwardly with the situation we are in, including our limitations and those of others, and to ... continue
Posted May 24, 2009 by David Whitehorn

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