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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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Daring to Lead, Authentically

Daring to Lead, Authentically – HIGHLIGHT

by Jayne Sutton Shambhala Times Correspondent In the late 1990s, Susan Szpakowski was working as a curriculum writer for the Nova Scotia education system. She and other like-minded students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche began exploring a question that will sound very familiar to Shambhalians in 2013: What does ... continue
Posted March 26, 2013 by
Naked Mind, the Film

Naked Mind, the Film – HIGHLIGHT

Denmo Ibrahim at Earthbody interviews filmmaker Sarah Barab “Meditation is the direct path to understanding the nature of the mind,” says Sarah Barab in explaining what sparked the journey of her new film Naked Mind. Barab joined up with filmmaker Pax Winters to travel the world pursuing a ... continue
Posted March 22, 2013 by
The Profound Treasury

The Profound Treasury – HIGHLIGHT

by Carolyn Gimian Every year but one between 1973 and 1986, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche spent three months presenting Buddhist teachings to a group of his senior students, who came together with him to practice and study intensively. These programs were called the Vajradhatu Seminaries. The people who ... continue
Posted January 16, 2013 by
Community: Lose the Lids!

Community: Lose the Lids! – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Times interviews Mary Whetsell Mary Whetsell is passionate about community! As Director of Shambhala’s Office of Societal Health & Well-being, she views nurturing the development of community as the primary goal of her office. But why does community matter? She references both teachings from the Sakyong ... continue
Posted January 14, 2013 by
Thanking a "Tireless Custodian"

Thanking a “Tireless Custodian” – HIGHLIGHT

by David Brown, Zeb Zuckerman, Ginny Evans After over a decade of service John Sennhauser has retired as Chair of the Shambhala Trust. This transition occurred during a meeting of the Trust held in Boston as hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast. His steady presence at the ... continue
Posted January 4, 2013 by
Musical Quintessence and Breath

Musical Quintessence and Breath – HIGHLIGHT

Surprise Concert for Shastri Hans Zwart On July 13, 2012, an extraordinary event took place at the Amsterdam Shambhala Centre. Five sonnets, written by Shastri Hans Zwart during a difficult period in his life, were set to music as a classical song cycle and performed live by ... continue
Posted December 31, 2012 by
Congratulations, Biscuit!

Congratulations, Biscuit! – HIGHLIGHT

This autumn, Biscuit General Store was voted Best in Halifax for the best women’s clothing store with a silver award for the best men’s clothing store. Biscuit was founded and is owned by Shambhala’s Director of the Office of Culture and Decorum, Sangyum Wendy Friedman. In ... continue
Posted December 24, 2012 by
Empowering our Lives with Meaning

Empowering our Lives with Meaning – HIGHLIGHT

A Monastic Youth Dathun at Gampo Abbey by Getsul Loden Nyima In ancient India, at the age of 29, Prince Siddhartha left his life of transient material occupations in search of liberation from the endless cycle of unease and dissatisfaction which no amount of distraction nor ... continue
Posted December 3, 2012 by
Surmang Dances

Surmang Dances – HIGHLIGHT

by Lyndon Comstock photos by Surmang Khenpo Meditational dances are a traditional part of the annual cycle of practices at Surmang monastery in Tibet, the home monastery of the Trungpa lineage. The Tibetan vajrayana tradition includes many intricate practices, all geared towards helping the practitioner clarify their mind ... continue
Posted November 30, 2012 by
Meditation Intensive in Prison

Meditation Intensive in Prison – HIGHLIGHT

by Skylar Rickabaugh and Ted Fremd, Snake River Correctional Institution Week long meditation intensive inside Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) took place this summer. Within an environment of fear and aggression, a small percentage of the inmates chose to experience a space of listening, contemplating, and meditating. ... continue
Posted September 17, 2012 by
Fearless Victory

Fearless Victory – HIGHLIGHT

Interview with Margot Neuman by Shambhala Times Regional Correspondent, Leslie Witt Margot Neuman is executive director of the Veteran’s Peace of Mind Project, providing mindfulness training for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTSD). Together with the Medicine Horse Program, she developed The Fearless Victory Project for veterans. All ... continue
Posted September 3, 2012 by
Announcing the New 2.0 Shambhala Center Website System

Announcing the New 2.0 Shambhala Center Website System – HIGHLIGHT

“As the Webmaster of Shambhala South Africa, I’m thrilled with the new website you have created for us. It is streets ahead of the previous version in both functionality and appearance — and I haven’t even scraped the surface of what is possible with the WordPress ... continue
Posted August 2, 2012 by Travis_May
Maha Bodhivastu:The Great Mandala for World Peace

Maha Bodhivastu:The Great Mandala for World Peace – HIGHLIGHT

3D rendering of the stupaReflections on Living Lineage and Building an International Mandala by Lama Rangbar Nyima Ozer President of The Bodhivastu Foundation for Enlightened Activity Imagine a simple technology built by all of humanity that establishes anyone who gazes at it into a non-dual frame of mind, even ... continue
Posted July 13, 2012 by
Shambhala Lineage Thangka: Update

Shambhala Lineage Thangka: Update – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Times Q & A with Acharya David Schneider of Cologne, Germany Shambhala Times: Greetings David. You went to India last year, to see the Shambhala Lineage thangka being painted…? David Schneider: Yes, the Sakyong and President Reoch thought it would be good to chronicle the work on this ... continue
Posted July 11, 2012 by
An Uncommon King

An Uncommon King – HIGHLIGHT

Interview by President Richard Reoch with Johanna Lunn, director of the new film An Uncommon King How long did it take to make? Over all it took 17 years to make and was shot in 12 countries. James Hoagland brought this idea to me 5 years ago. He had ... continue
Posted July 6, 2012 by

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