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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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Making Shambhala Accessible

Making Shambhala Accessible – HIGHLIGHT

By President Richard Reoch When people from all over the mandala gathered for the first Shambhala Congress, one of the most pressing issues to emerge was the urgent need to make Shambhala locations far more accessible to a much wider range of people. Part of that challenge was taken up by ... continue
Posted May 25, 2009 by Richard_Reoch
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

Post Your News & Events on Shambhala Sun website!

Announcing 2 new online areas hosted by the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma websites—which put you, our readers, at the helm. On MahaSanghanews.com (whose name comes from the Sun’s sister publication Buddhadharma), your group or community can log in and share people news, project updates, offerings, invitations, awards—any ... continue
Posted April 29, 2009 by mollydeshong
Announcing the Gampo Abbey Blog Spot

Announcing the Gampo Abbey Blog Spot

Gampo Abbey announced today the launch of their new blog, The Gampo Abbey Blog Spot. They invite all Shambhala members and the extended sangha family, along with the local community and friends of the Abbey, to visit. “Our new blog will serve as a place to share important ... continue
Posted April 28, 2009 by
Inspiring Retreat at Casa Werma

Inspiring Retreat at Casa Werma – HIGHLIGHT

My wife, Jean, and I drove in to Patzcuaro at sunset on September 30th, 2008. We’d made previous arrangements with Acharya Allyn Lyon and Eve Halpern to staff the upcoming Werma Retreat at Casa Werma from October 3-10, on our way back from Boulder, Colorado, to ... continue
Posted April 25, 2009 by Brus Westby
Coming to a Center Near You: Sustainability Manuals

Coming to a Center Near You: Sustainability Manuals – HIGHLIGHT

The Touching the Earth working group’s mission is that Shambhala become a powerful force for societal transformation in accordance with the principles and practices of both Shambhala warriorship and environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the group’s Shambhala webpage. The Touching the Earth group is creating ... continue
Posted April 21, 2009 by
Teens Touch the Earth at Karme Choling

Teens Touch the Earth at Karme Choling

By Dan Glenn Karme Choling’s thriving teen retreat series took a turn for the green this April. Twenty-nine youth attended Touching the Earth, led by Leila Bruno and Adam Pattantyus, two sangha members who are also part of the Touching the Earth working group. Donna Stephens, who has ... continue
Posted April 21, 2009 by Dan
Overwhelming Generosity in the Midst of Crisis

Overwhelming Generosity in the Midst of Crisis

After six months of what seemed like constant fund-raising I sat down one morning in February to draft up a report. I was trying to make sense of what had been accomplished. I was nervous. We had just run four major fund-raising campaigns: The matching grant offered ... continue
Posted April 20, 2009 by
Drala in Karme Choling's Garden

Drala in Karme Choling’s Garden – HIGHLIGHT

By Sue Gilman What we need to do is more hard work. Both with the Vidyadhara and His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, what made them who they are and what they were, is hard work. This particular transmission of hard work and no quick fix is actually a ... continue
Posted April 17, 2009 by
New Teacher Guidelines: An Interview with President Reoch

New Teacher Guidelines: An Interview with President Reoch – HIGHLIGHT

For many years, Shambhala Centres have invited a variety of Buddhist and other teachers to give teachings, instruction, and abhishekas, or empowerments. Some of these invitations have been made at the request of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and before him, his father, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche; other invitations ... continue
Posted April 14, 2009 by

Earth Ox Year Fundraising Calendar

It is the aspiration of Shambhala’s Dana Group to facilitate coordination of fundraising throughout the mandala. To that end information has been collected about fundraising campaigns that will be run by Shambhala-related entities throughout the year of the Earth Ox and posted in one location for ... continue
Posted April 11, 2009 by
Plans for 2009 Applied Mindfulness Conference

Plans for 2009 Applied Mindfulness Conference – HIGHLIGHT

In November 2008, a Shambhala-wide survey was distributed through the Shambhala News Service. The survey idea was an outcome of the inaugural Applied Mindfulness Conference hosted by Tail of the Tiger (a program that combines meditative and secular disciplines) at Karme Choling in May 2008. ... continue
Posted April 8, 2009 by
Understanding Shambhala Mountain Center

Understanding Shambhala Mountain Center

By Jon Barbieri, Executive Director So much has been said and speculated about what is happening here at Shambhala Mountain Center that I thought it would be helpful to communicate what we are doing, what our vision is, what practical challenges we face, and how important it ... continue
Posted April 6, 2009 by
Fulfilling His Aspirations: The Root Texts Project

Fulfilling His Aspirations: The Root Texts Project

Early in 1981, I became the chief editor at Vajradhatu (now Shambhala), replacing Judy Lief. Judy was leaving to become the dean of Naropa Institute, the equivalent of the president of that institution today. On her way out the door, she gave me several transmissions about ... continue
Posted April 3, 2009 by
Shambhala Triathlon for Tibet

Shambhala Triathlon for Tibet – HIGHLIGHT

Introducing a unique triathlon combining sports and meditation for Shambhalians of all ages and abilities! The Shambhala Triathlon features sitting, walking, and biking (or running). Join a triathlon at your local Shambhala Center or create your own triathlon team. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has personally ... continue
Posted April 2, 2009 by

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