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Dec 20

The Path of Unconditional Healing

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pink lotus with white butterflyA Journey of Illness and Discovery
by Jeff Rubin, New York City

I still remember quite vividly the scene in the doctor’s office eleven years ago. After conducting a series of tests, she informed me that she was almost certain that I had ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). If she was correct, this was an almost guaranteed painful death within 3-5 years. She explained that she required one more test at a later date to confirm her findings, but by then, filled with dread and abject terror, I was barely able to hear. However, I was certain of one thing: I would never return for that test. My thinking, deluded or not, was “why confirm an illness that has no known cause and no known cure?” It turns out I was fortunate – I never did go back, and over the years, it became less and less likely that I had ALS, until finally in 2010, I received a different diagnosis. Let me get to that later. Continue…

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Amending Ratna Aspiration

Amending Ratna Aspiration – HIGHLIGHT

Invoking Money to Wash Debt Clean ~ in the playful manner of our lineage of poets. Primordial Rigden, Shiwa Okar of the Basically Good, Gesar Norbu Dradul, commander of fearless troops King Ashoka of generous riches, Milarepa, conqueror of karma… To you I offer clouds of love and devotion. Come ... continue
Posted June 19, 2010 by Jennifer Holder
Preserving the Vidyadhara Forever

Preserving the Vidyadhara Forever – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Archives is Honored with Award for the Audio Recovery Project By Carolyn Gimian, with Jennifer Holder contributing On Friday, June 11, the Shambhala Archives received the Carman V. Carroll Award for Outstanding Achievement in Archival Preservation from the Council of Nova Scotia ... continue
Posted June 18, 2010 by
Demolition in Jyekundo, Shedra Construction Resumes at Surmang

Demolition in Jyekundo, Shedra Construction Resumes at Surmang – HIGHLIGHT

By Lyndon Comstock Jyekundo, post-earthquake, is now the blue city, as Khenpo calls it, due to the thousands of government issued tents. As of June, all of the population still living in the city are residing in tents. In this picture, one can see that razing of ... continue
Posted June 11, 2010 by
From Quake Recovery to Shedra Construction

From Quake Recovery to Shedra Construction – HIGHLIGHT

This is the latest update from the Konchok Foundation on earthquake relief efforts by Surmang monks. It suggests the urgency of returning to shedra construction in order to accommodate the educational needs of area families displaced by the earthquake. By Lyndon Comstock Large scale clearing of rubble, and ... continue
Posted May 23, 2010 by
Community Care Network

Community Care Network

Want to include your children more fully as part of your Shambhala Household? Here are some great ideas for kids ages two to twenty! Children in a Shambhala Household Great News! – Many Shambhala Centers Have Become Handicapped Accessible – Find out How They Did It! Click ... continue
Posted May 21, 2010 by
Desung Corner: What’s a Desung and What Do They Do?

Desung Corner: What’s a Desung and What Do They Do?

By Harry Tate, Kado Drala Region Desung Commander As an integral part of this blossoming society of fearless warriors, the Desung (an arm of the Dorje Kasung) focus on issues related to community building and the creation of an enlightened society. Desung (a Tibetan word) means “protector of ... continue
Posted May 20, 2010 by
Connecting with the Sakyong through Patronage

Connecting with the Sakyong through Patronage – HIGHLIGHT

Lodro Rinzler shares with the Shambhala Times the outstanding success in funding Sakyong Mipham’s period of deep retreat for forty days during May and early June. Due to the incredible generosity of the sangha, the deep retreat calendar filled in just 30 hours! Shambhalians still have ... continue
Posted May 17, 2010 by
Ten Thousand Pounds of Tsampa

Ten Thousand Pounds of Tsampa – HIGHLIGHT

The Konchok Foundation continues to compile updates on the conditions in Jyekundo and relief efforts by the Surmang leadership, made possible by the generosity of the Shambhala community. This update, by Lyndon Comstock, covers the period May 4 to May 10. By Lyndon Comstock Earthquake relief efforts in ... continue
Posted May 12, 2010 by
Update on Earthquake Relief Efforts

Update on Earthquake Relief Efforts – HIGHLIGHT

Lyndon Comstock of the Konchok Foundation provides the following Earthquake Relief Update Report, covering the period April 28 to May 3. Evacuation of Jyekundo Underway The situation in Jyekundo has now moved beyond the emergency rescue and relief efforts of the first two weeks after the April 14 ... continue
Posted May 5, 2010 by
What is 'Our Future?'

What is ‘Our Future?’ – HIGHLIGHT

Connie Brock, the Shambhala Treasurer, offers background for the campaign and answers the questions we most frequently ask. “Our Future” is the overarching funding campaign of our mandala. It was launched just before the Sakyong went into his year of retreat, and aims to place ... continue
Posted May 2, 2010 by
Ongoing Relief Efforts by the Surmang Team

Ongoing Relief Efforts by the Surmang Team – HIGHLIGHT

Khenpo Tsering has continued to update the Konchok Foundation daily about the ongoing efforts by the Surmang team to support those affected by the earthquake. Aten Rinpoche, along with several monks, remains in Jyekundo. Trungpa XII Rinpoche and others of the monks are at Surmang, continuing ... continue
Posted April 29, 2010 by
Naropa and Education for Gross National Happiness

Naropa and Education for Gross National Happiness – HIGHLIGHT

Jennifer Holder interviews Naropa University professors Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Richard Brown about their work in Bhutan. In recent years, the deep connection between Naropa University and Bhutan has led to an ever-growing relationship, and four members of Naropa University’s faculty have recently attended a ... continue
Posted April 25, 2010 by Jennifer Holder
Join Our New Network on Aging

Join Our New Network on Aging – HIGHLIGHT

By David Whitehorn Each year more Shambhalians experience the delights and challenges of what is conventionally termed ‘old age’. Some of us are ourselves celebrating birthdays in our 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s. Many of us have family members or friends who are. A recent survey ... continue
Posted April 9, 2010 by David Whitehorn
Northern California Shambhala searches for a new Regional Director

Northern California Shambhala searches for a new Regional Director

Northern California Shambhala has opened the search for a new Regional Director! Northern California Shambhala is a community of meditation centers and study groups located in Berkeley, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Marin County, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Davis, and Grass Valley. To view our website, click ... continue
Posted March 29, 2010 by
Diversity Awareness in Shambhala

Diversity Awareness in Shambhala – HIGHLIGHT

By Charlene Leung Diversity awareness is about discovering the basic goodness of all. When we uncover our biases and habitual ways of relating to others, we loosen our hold on ego and open to other. If we honestly examine the isms: racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, classism, able-bodied-ism, ... continue
Posted March 8, 2010 by

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