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Warrior Assembly Reflections

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Dechen Chöling, July 2018

by Michal George

Love is most nearly itself when here and now cease to matter.
For a further union, a deeper communion
In my end is my beginning. — T.S. Eliot

I almost didn’t go. A week before my planned departure for France, a massive storm enveloped Shambhala. And it shook my little world. I felt angry and betrayed. I came within two mouse clicks of cancelling my trip. The shift came when our local community met that weekend for a Sadhana Feast, and to be together at this difficult time. They showed me how to move closer to the middle way, how not to polarize my practice. They reminded me why I’m on this path — about the intimacy of quiet connection, that despite the uncertainty of a world turned upside down, there is a place for me. Their presence reminded me that living out an aspiration to create an Enlightened Society means never to give up on anything or anyone. Ever. That it is possible to make room for my pain and allow space for its relief, for my longing and that which fulfills the desire. I am deeply grateful for these insights. Continue…

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Posted October 1, 2014 by
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Posted September 25, 2014 by
Basically Good Everywhere

Basically Good Everywhere – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 21, 2014 by
Sakyong Mipham in Berlin, Germany

Sakyong Mipham in Berlin, Germany – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 19, 2014 by
Strength of a Gentle Society

Strength of a Gentle Society – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 19, 2014 by
Sakyong Mipham visits Szczecin, Poland

Sakyong Mipham visits Szczecin, Poland – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 18, 2014 by
Life is Ceremony

Life is Ceremony – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted August 29, 2014 by luz_rodriguez
Updates from the Land of Great Bliss

Updates from the Land of Great Bliss – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 14, 2014 by
Sakyong Teaching in Boston, Bay Area, and Live Online

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Posted March 29, 2014 by
On Fires, Flowers and Program Staffing

On Fires, Flowers and Program Staffing – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted March 14, 2013 by
Raising the Shambhala Banner in Taiwan!

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Posted January 19, 2013 by Yeachin Tsai
Humanity is Whole, Complete

Humanity is Whole, Complete – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 7, 2012 by
Being Brave: families on retreat with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Being Brave: families on retreat with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche – HIGHLIGHT

by Liesbeth Scholten Last week at Dechen Choling, the “Being Brave, Transforming Your World” retreat took place with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Acharya Adam Lobel. It was very well attended. There were more people on the land of great bliss than ever before. Among them were 17 ... continue
Posted August 31, 2012 by
Ukraine's First Warrior Assembly

Ukraine’s First Warrior Assembly – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 9, 2012 by Sarah
Grand Opening Ripa International Center

Grand Opening Ripa International Center – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted May 26, 2012 by

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