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Planning continues for September’s Peace Now! Symposium: Creating Peace in Difficult Times

by Michael Anderson

Once the seat of global empire, Vienna sits at a crossroads in a rapidly changing world. With the wars of the 20th century, and the Iron Curtain at her doorstep, many of Vienna’s cultural connections to Eastern Europe were cut. The gateway between East and West in today’s borderless Europe might easily be missed as the blur of a highway marker in the rear-view mirror. However, nationalist tendencies and fear of migration are once again creating renewed calls for borders and walls across the world. But difficult times bring tremendous opportunities for positive development. Therefore it is time to rouse the courage, intelligence, and compassion of our society and to face these challenges in ways that will create a peaceful future. Continue…

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Shambhala Training Arrives in Russia

Shambhala Training Arrives in Russia – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Training arrived in Moscow for the very first time last month. The program was co-directed by Shastri Bill Brauer and his wife Ella Reznikova, who traveled from their home in Barnet, Vermont for this historic occasion. Though not the first time Shambhala teachers have taught in ... continue
Posted December 13, 2011 by
Winter Dathun at Shambhala Mountain Center

Winter Dathun at Shambhala Mountain Center

Winter Dathun Meditation Retreat December 10, 2011 – January 7, 2012 “Dathun is a pivotal point in one’s life, where the profundity of the teachings soak into our core. It is the time and opportunity for us to change, develop and mature.” — Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche There is ... continue
Posted October 18, 2011 by
Being Brave:  A Sangha's Retreat & Moving Forward

Being Brave: A Sangha’s Retreat & Moving Forward

Last week around 900 people gathered in Shambhala’s capital city of Halifax, Nova Scotia to participate in a historic sangha retreat led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Pema Chodron, and Acharya Adam Lobel. The sangha retreat is a week-long meditation program (weekthun) that was created to give ... continue
Posted August 19, 2011 by Travis_May
Calligraphy: Dream-like Phenomena

Calligraphy: Dream-like Phenomena

“All Conditional phenomena, Just like dream and illusion, Like bubbles, and shadows, also like dews and thunder; We should see it just like that.” Chinese calligraphy extracted from “Diamond Sutra”. 一切有為法,如夢幻泡影, 如露亦如電,應作如是觀。 抄錄自《金剛經》 Mixed media with metallic gold color on rice paper, mounted on hemp canvas; ready to hang. The size is 24 by 34 ... continue
Posted May 5, 2011 by Yeachin Tsai
Doing Ngondro in Bodhgaya

Doing Ngondro in Bodhgaya – HIGHLIGHT

Kurt Hofstetter, a member of the Shambhala Centre in Vienna, describes a recent group ngondro retreat in Bodhgaya and shares a gallery of vivid photographs from the experience. During Vajrayana Seminary in 2009, the Sakyong mentioned that doing prostrations in Bodhgaya would be very ... continue
Posted February 16, 2011 by Kurt_Hofstetter
Miksang with Incarcerated Youth

Miksang with Incarcerated Youth – HIGHLIGHT

Jake Lorfing describes his adventures and shares photos from teaching contemplative photography to teenagers. We didn’t know what to expect entering the Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center to meet the eight girls, ages 14-17, who had signed up for a weekly Miksang Photography class. Four volunteers ... continue
Posted February 14, 2011 by
Training the Greatest Gift

Training the Greatest Gift – HIGHLIGHT

Luc Jacobs describes his experience at the Mukpo Institute, engaging training, study, and meditation to discover that becoming who you already are is a gift to everyone. Mukpo Institute has been in existence for several years now, but somehow it has not attracted that many students, which ... continue
Posted February 11, 2011 by
Ambassador of Dharma

Ambassador of Dharma – HIGHLIGHT

As Jennifer Woodhull describes, in September of 2009, the small sangha of Shambhala South Africa waved goodbye to their dharma brother, Johann Verster, as he traveled to Karme Choling for an extended stay. While it was hard to do without him, everyone in South Africa is ... continue
Posted February 9, 2011 by Jennifer_Woodhull
Visualizing Sopa Choling

Visualizing Sopa Choling – HIGHLIGHT

This is the fifth and final article in a series on Sopa Choling and the three-year retreat experience. In this photographic essay, Laura Kaufman has selected images that celebrate Sopa Choling and highlight the place, with its changing moods throughout the seasons, and some of the ... continue
Posted February 1, 2011 by
Life, Death & Three-year Retreat

Life, Death & Three-year Retreat – HIGHLIGHT

This is the fourth article in a series on Sopa Choling and the three-year retreat experience. Sharon Keegan shares how personal experiences of impermanence led her into a three-year retreat, and guided her activity in the world when she emerged. Be sure to read the ... continue
Posted January 30, 2011 by
Discovering Enlightened Society at Sopa Choling

Discovering Enlightened Society at Sopa Choling – HIGHLIGHT

This is the third article in a series on Sopa Choling and the three-year retreat experience. Shastri Chuck Whetsell describes his experience of discovering enlightened society, slogan by slogan, during his three-year retreat at Sopa Choling. Be sure to read the fourth article and click ... continue
Posted January 28, 2011 by
Following a Path of Practice

Following a Path of Practice – HIGHLIGHT

This is the second article in a series on Sopa Choling and the three-year retreat experience. As Lelia Calder discovered, on the path of practice a three-year retreat may be the next step, however surprising or daunting it may seem. She shares how she arrived at the ... continue
Posted January 26, 2011 by
A Three-year Retreat for Our Mandala

A Three-year Retreat for Our Mandala – HIGHLIGHT

This is the first article in a series on Sopa Choling and the three-year retreat experience. On July 15, 2010, Acharya Larry Mermelstein presided at the gate-opening ceremony celebrating the completion of a full retreat cycle at Sopa Choling, the three-year retreat center located at ... continue
Posted January 24, 2011 by
First Open Sky Weekend in Oz

First Open Sky Weekend in Oz – HIGHLIGHT

This fall, 21 Aussies completed Level V and the Heart of Warriorship. This is the first time in Australia that a Shambhala Training Level V has been offered. Maria Losurdo shares her experience of traveling and training in the massive country of Oz. In November, a ... continue
Posted January 18, 2011 by
Lonely Together: The ROW Sangha Gathers

Lonely Together: The ROW Sangha Gathers – HIGHLIGHT

Gordon Shotwell describes the first annual gathering for graduates of Rights of Warriorship. “The nature of the ROW sangha is that we are committed to respecting one another’s capacity to be lonely.” -Corey Kohn For more than twenty years, Rites of Warriorship (ROW) has been the entry point ... continue
Posted January 9, 2011 by

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