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Ani Pema Chodron at the Naropa Graduation photo by Cliff Grassmick of the Daily Camera

Ani Pema Chodron at the Naropa Graduation, photo by Cliff Grassmick of the Daily Camera

As the Boulder Daily Camera says, at Naropa University’s recent graduation ceremony Ani Pema Chodron implores grads to “fail, fail again, fail better”. About 300 earned degrees from the Buddhist-inspired university, now in its 40th year.

article by Jade Cruz Quinn, Shambhala Times Intern

Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, was founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974. At this year’s Commencement, Ani Pema Chodron, a bestselling author and student of Trungpa Rinpoche and his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche was chosen as the guest speaker to encourage Naropa’s new graduates on their transition. Continue…

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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
The Journey Home

The Journey Home – HIGHLIGHT

An update on progress at Columbus KTC as they recover from last year’s fire at their center  by Lama Kathy Wesley Rebuilding a Dharma Center, in some ways, is like creating a Chorten, or Stupa – one of those beautiful Buddhist monuments you see in photos of Tibet, ... continue
Posted July 20, 2017 by CGH
Manifesting Great Eastern Kindness

Manifesting Great Eastern Kindness – HIGHLIGHT

A chance encounter becomes an opportunity for compassion and generosity by Janet Pal It’s Saturday morning, June 10. I’m on my way to the Toronto Shambhala Centre. A man is walking towards me. Oh please let him walk past me. I’m in a hurry. I have a talk to ... continue
Posted July 8, 2017 by
Creating Enlightened Society

Creating Enlightened Society – HIGHLIGHT

exploring the biological basis of how cultures change by Shastri Donna Williams This morning after reading about a possible reversal by the Trump Administration of a ban on uranium mining in the Grand Canyon, I thought I would share some of what I’ve been studying, as a possible ... continue
Posted June 30, 2017 by CGH
Gesar Fund: Reports and Contracts

Gesar Fund: Reports and Contracts – HIGHLIGHT

In this Gesar Fund update we explain all those odd-looking reports and contracts that you may have seen in past articles by Gesar Fund staff members You might have noticed it over the past few years: every Gesar Fund update includes photographs, and in amongst the photos of ... continue
Posted June 26, 2017 by CGH
Creating a Zen Garden

Creating a Zen Garden – HIGHLIGHT

Just in time for Midsummer, here is a guide to creating a meditative space in your own backyard by Sally Perkins Sometimes what we are looking for most can really can be found in our own backyard. Consider the great emphasis we place on meditation in Shambhala. In ... continue
Posted June 24, 2017 by CGH
Stand Against Suffering

Stand Against Suffering – HIGHLIGHT

A number of leaders in the Shambhala community participated in creating, or gave their name in support of, an article titled “Stand Against Suffering: A Buddhist Call to Action,” published in  the April/May issue of Lion’s Roar. Many Shambhalians are deeply concerned about the path that the ... continue
Posted June 6, 2017 by CGH
Money on the Path

Money on the Path – HIGHLIGHT

Using the principles of Shambhala to uplift our finances by Joanne Martin Braun Money can be a challenging topic in our lives. It can be even more challenging if we relate to it as if money and livelihood are somehow outside of our spiritual practice. But the Shambhala ... continue
Posted May 21, 2017 by CGH
Awakening to the Stages of Life

Awakening to the Stages of Life – HIGHLIGHT

Facing up to the trials and transitions that face us all, at every stage of life by Ann Cason  “The clouds pass and the rain does its work, and  all individual beings flow into their forms.”   (from the I Ching) By the year 2030, if you live in ... continue
Posted May 18, 2017 by CGH

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