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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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Limiting the Barriers, part 3

Limiting the Barriers, part 3 – HIGHLIGHT

Putting Acoustical Treatment in Drala HallA Report in Three Parts From the Accessibility and Disability Working Group article compiled by Stefan Carmien, Chair of Accessibility and Disability Working Group The first two parts of this series of articles discussed the history of the Accessibility and Disability working group ... continue
Posted May 31, 2014 by
Conference Meets Heart

Conference Meets Heart – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Youth and Family Teaching Mindfulness and Compassion to Youth article by Leslie Gossett, Column Editor photos by Mark Anderson We recently hosted a conference in Northern California at which the presenters said it was unlike any other conference they’d been to. It was like… conference meets heart. continue
Posted May 23, 2014 by
The Shambhala Monastic Order, part 2

The Shambhala Monastic Order, part 2 – HIGHLIGHT

Part 2 of an Interview with Ani Pema Chodron about the new Shambhala Monastic Order by Acharya Adam Lobel edited by Loden Nyima Last May, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche established the Shambhala Monastic Order as a means of further developing the monastic path within Shambhala while preserving the lineage of ... continue
Posted May 14, 2014 by
The Shambhala Monastic Order

The Shambhala Monastic Order – HIGHLIGHT

Part 1 of an Interview with Ani Pema Chodron about the Shambhala Monastic Order by Acharya Adam Lobel edited by Loden Nyima Cheerful Year of the Wood Horse from the Shambhala Monastic Order! Last May, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche established the Shambhala Monastic Order as a means of further developing ... continue
Posted May 12, 2014 by
Collaborating Support for Homeless Youth

Collaborating Support for Homeless Youth – HIGHLIGHT

Samadhi Cushions and the Reciprocity Foundation’s support for Homeless Youth by Michael Taney, St. Johnsbury, VT Last month the marketing folks at Samadhi Cushions worked feverishly – and electronically – to let customers know about their efforts to assist the Reciprocity Foundation. A short history The Reciprocity Foundation is an ... continue
Posted May 7, 2014 by
Limiting the Barriers, part 2

Limiting the Barriers, part 2 – HIGHLIGHT

miksang image by Charles BlackhallA Report in Three Parts From the Accessibility and Disability Working Group article compiled by Stefan Carmien, Chair of Accessibility and Disability Working Group We continue this series on the efforts of the Accessibility and Disability working Group to support the accessibility of the ... continue
Posted April 23, 2014 by
Reflections on the Six Ways of Ruling

Reflections on the Six Ways of Ruling – HIGHLIGHT

King Dawa Sangpo, the first sovereign of the Kingdom of Shambhala, received the sacred teachings on enlightened society from the Buddha.Coordinator’s Corner by Sarah Farash, Rochester, NY “Leadership training is very important this year… It’s important that we are not afraid to think that we, as a ... continue
Posted April 21, 2014 by
Launching The Arrow

Launching The Arrow – HIGHLIGHT

article by Jayne Sutton, Shambhala Times Regular Correspondent illustrations by Alicia W. Brown Shambhala Day, March 2, 2014, saw the launch of an exciting new online journal — The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics. The Shambhala Times brought you a first glimpse of this ... continue
Posted April 11, 2014 by
Mindfulness and Compassionate Leadership

Mindfulness and Compassionate Leadership – HIGHLIGHT

Can Mindfulness Breed a New Generation of Compassionate Leaders? by Lodro Rinzler Recently there has been some good discussion in the media about how the term “mindfulness” is being co-opted, distanced from traditional Buddhist teachings that include compassion practices and more esoteric teachings such as those on emptiness. ... continue
Posted March 26, 2014 by
Limiting the Barriers

Limiting the Barriers – HIGHLIGHT

Miksang Image by Julie DuBoseA Report in Three Parts From the Accessibility and Disability Working Group article compiled by Stefan Carmien, Chair of Accessibility and Disability Working Group When we think about issues of diversity and accessibility in the context of Shambhala Buddhism, we should ask, “What are ... continue
Posted March 14, 2014 by
First Shambhala Ritual Academy

First Shambhala Ritual Academy – HIGHLIGHT

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche,The first Shambhala Ritual Academy led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche took place in October at Marpa House in Boulder, attended by fifty experienced chopons and umdzes. article by Frank Iglehart and Andrea Doukas The purpose of the Ritual Academy was to further deepen our formal ... continue
Posted February 26, 2014 by
The eBooks Are Here

The eBooks Are Here – HIGHLIGHT

at the 1975 Vajradhatu SeminaryShambhala Media recently announced that their first eBook project — the Collected Vajradhatu Seminary Transcripts is now available by subscription. Comprised of twenty-five single volumes, a vajrayana compendium, and a hinayana/mahayana compendium — the eBooks will be published over a two-year period. ... continue
Posted February 7, 2014 by
Spark. Radiate.

Spark. Radiate. – HIGHLIGHT

News from the Ziji Collective by Leslie Gossett The San Fransisco Shambhala Center is filled with people whose eyes are all sparkling. They are eager to meet each other, eager to talk, excited to see dear familiar faces. Jazz plays softly in the background, and there is a ... continue
Posted November 6, 2013 by
Stock Your Shelves: 4 New Books

Stock Your Shelves: 4 New Books – HIGHLIGHT

It’s harvest season in the northern hemisphere not only for carrots and kale, but also for new books lining the shelves at our local bookstores. If you look closely, you might see a few by familiar authors! Here’s a sneak preview of a few of these ... continue
Posted October 30, 2013 by
An Unforgettable Trip to Tibet

An Unforgettable Trip to Tibet – HIGHLIGHT

UPDATE: From the Gesar Fund by Eric Elbers The Gesar Fund Foundation, based in the Netherlands, focuses on alleviating poverty, stimulating education and fostering health in the Tibetan region of Kham (including Surmang, the location of the monasteries of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche) and in the region of Golok. ... continue
Posted October 6, 2013 by

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