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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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People of Color Scholarship Fund

People of Color Scholarship Fund – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Enlightened Society Celebrates Diversity Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the People of Color Scholarship Fund (POC) Leadership Awards Part One of Three article and photos by Mabinti Dennis In this first article, you will find a brief history of the development of the awards. Next time you will read ... continue
Posted July 31, 2015 by Dan
20 Years of Funding

20 Years of Funding – HIGHLIGHT

Improvements to the Shambhala AppCelebrating Its 20th Year, the Shambhala Trust Funds Anti-Violence Work, Tibetan Culture, and Shambhala Technology for Spring 2015 article by Ginny Evans and Greg Lubkin The Shambhala Trust held its Spring 2015 meeting in a familiar location – Boulder, where the Trust hosted ... continue
Posted June 29, 2015 by
Emailing Heads of Government

Emailing Heads of Government

See full article here that this list pertains to. This list includes all countries with Shambhala Centers or groups. If you know of a better email address for any of these heads of government, kindly inform Richard Reoch at [email protected] (A draft email for you to send or adapt is ... continue
Posted June 16, 2015 by
Doing Good While Doing Well

Doing Good While Doing Well – HIGHLIGHT

Right Livelihood Meets Shambhala Vision by Shastri Gayle Van Gils We live in a time of profound fear and change, and also one of tremendous opportunity to be of service. There are societal challenges in almost every sphere of life: great numbers of people are living in dire ... continue
Posted June 14, 2015 by
Bringing the Shambhala Principle to Prison: Part 2

Bringing the Shambhala Principle to Prison: Part 2 – HIGHLIGHT

The Prison Outreach Affinity Circle was started by Trime Persinger in 2013. On March 10, 2014, a conversation was hosted by Richard Reoch and Adela Sandness The conversation was recorded and transcribed following which the transcript was edited and divided into three parts. Following is Part Two ... continue
Posted May 27, 2015 by Dan
Pathfinders Program

Pathfinders Program – HIGHLIGHT

Miksang image by Miriam HallLast year, the Office of Societal Health and Well-Being, under the direction of Mary Whetsell, presented “The Pathfinders Initiative.” The purpose of this initiative is to support our centers with a view to improving communication and bringing conflicts to the warriorship path. ... continue
Posted May 25, 2015 by Dan
Himalayan Medical Foundation

Himalayan Medical Foundation – HIGHLIGHT

demolished stupaThe devastating earthquakes which struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25th and May 9th, have displaced over one million people, destroyed over 600,000 homes and businesses and more importantly taken the lives of what will probably end up being close to 10,000 Nepali citizens in Kathmandu ... continue
Posted May 20, 2015 by Dan
Book Review: Mindfulness in Action

Book Review: Mindfulness in Action – HIGHLIGHT

by Shambhala Times Editorial Staff Mindfulness in Action: Making Friends with Yourself Through Friendliness and Everyday Awareness (Shambhala Publications, 2015) is the newest in a series of books based on talks by Chogyam Trungpa, edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian. Other books that Ms. Gimian has compiled include ... continue
Posted May 11, 2015 by Dan
Festivities at Surmang

Festivities at Surmang – HIGHLIGHT

The winter is a special time for practice at Surmang Dutsi Til, the monastic seat of the Trungpa Tulku lineage in eastern Tibet, particularly after Losar or the Tibetan new year. The Konchok Foundation is delighted to share photographs from the annual Chakrasamvara dance and from the ... continue
Posted April 3, 2015 by Dan
The Path of Translating

The Path of Translating – HIGHLIGHT

Translating in the Ear Whispering Lineage by Stéphane Bedard, Montreal, Quebec When I started to read one of the Sakyong’s recent advanced texts, parts of the text were whispered to me in French. This was unusual. I read the whole book over several months and kept hearing this ... continue
Posted March 6, 2015 by
Please Don't Start Meditating.....

Please Don’t Start Meditating….. – HIGHLIGHT

….Unless You’re Willing to Change guest article by Lodro Rinzler originally published on Huffington Post A Buddhist teacher I respect a great deal once proclaimed a warning about meditation: Don’t do it unless you’re willing to change. If you’re one of the two gazillion people aiming to launch a ... continue
Posted February 11, 2015 by
Accessible Dharma

Accessible Dharma – HIGHLIGHT

A Report from the Accessibility and Disability Working Group article compiled by Stefan Carmien, Chair of Accessibility and Disability Working Group The Accessibility and Disability Working Group of the Office of Societal Health and Well-Being joyously announces its new websites in the Shambhala international network, with Spanish resources ... continue
Posted February 8, 2015 by
Launching the Surmang Shedra

Launching the Surmang Shedra – HIGHLIGHT

Surmang Shedra – view with ruins aboveThe Konchok Foundation is delighted to announce that the Surmang Shedra will launch this fall. Last October, the Pema Chodron Foundation offered a $150,000 matching grant to complete the Surmang Shedra–the monastic college at Surmang Monastery in eastern Tibet–and hold ... continue
Posted February 4, 2015 by
Meeting our Ling Family in Kham

Meeting our Ling Family in Kham – HIGHLIGHT

Gesar Fund Update article by Acharya Han de Wit Gesar Fund boardmember Nyima Kunga was recently joined by boardmember and Shambhala teacher Acharya Han de Wit and his wife Ineke, founder of the Gesar Fund Foundation for a journey to Kham in Tibet to check on the aid ... continue
Posted January 19, 2015 by
Making Trans*Queer Dharma Work

Making Trans*Queer Dharma Work – HIGHLIGHT

article by Shaun Bartone, Halifax A queer Buddhist friend of mine said to me recently, “You have a lot of bones that stick out, bones that don’t fit in one place or another.” True. In one sangha, I’m too much of an intellectual, I think too much, and ... continue
Posted January 18, 2015 by

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