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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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Getting IT: Center Websites

Getting IT: Center Websites

This snippet of information might answer some questions you’ve had about why Shambhala websites all look basically alike… People who aren’t involved in the administration of their local center may not know this important fact: throughout Shambhala, local centers use two tools to create their websites, either ... continue
Posted February 6, 2012 by
Getting IT: Shambhala Database, part 2

Getting IT: Shambhala Database, part 2

From an interview with Ed Keizer: The Shambhala Database could not exist without all the hundreds of volunteers who work on it and make it such a great project. Anna Weinstein, the Head of Shambhala Center and Group Services, and I are starting to approach the groups ... continue
Posted February 6, 2012 by
Getting IT: Shambhala Network

Getting IT: Shambhala Network

The Shambhala Network is a new website that connects the Shambhala community through email, groups and friends. As the communications system for the Shambhala global community, the Shambhala Network enables the user (you) to make announcements, search for friends, join groups and discussions, as well as ... continue
Posted February 6, 2012 by
Getting IT: the Sakyong’s Web Presence

Getting IT: the Sakyong’s Web Presence

As Assistant Editor and Assistant Media Liaison to the Kalapa Court, Mark Whaley facilitates editing and publication through communicating the Sakyong’s written teachings. This multifaceted position includes anything from taking dictation directly from the Sakyong, to creating publicity for his public programs, to building secure internet ... continue
Posted February 6, 2012 by
Getting IT: The Shambhala Database

Getting IT: The Shambhala Database

This article is by Candlin Dobbs Did you know that there are 1,591 members of Shambhala in Europe? Or that there are 7 Shambhala Centers/Groups in Australia and New Zealand? Or that today (the number changes daily) there are 8,745 members of Shambhala world-wide? The Shambhala Database, ... continue
Posted February 6, 2012 by
Educating for Noble Qualities In Challenging Times

Educating for Noble Qualities In Challenging Times – HIGHLIGHT

[caption id=”attachment_28632″ align=”alignright” width=”300″ >Elephant Journal I went to school in the early 80’s at Vidya Elementary, a Shambhala Buddhist school that used to exist in Boulder. The school was in a couple of houses in what in those days was the far north end of town. ... continue
Posted January 23, 2012 by
What’s New With the Shambhala Trust

What’s New With the Shambhala Trust – HIGHLIGHT

by Ginny Evans and Zeb Zuckerberg The Shambhala Trust is an independent and ever expanding group of community members who volunteer their resources, time, and skills to help projects that embody the Shambhala vision. Since 1995, the Trust has given more than $3 million in grants to ... continue
Posted December 24, 2011 by
Being Brave: Online Retreat and DVD

Being Brave: Online Retreat and DVD – HIGHLIGHT

In the early fall, Tricycle Magazine proposed that Shambhala join with them in presenting an online program for people to come together and hear the teachings from Being Brave: Transforming Our World that features talks by Sakyong Mipham Rinpcohe and Ani Pema Chodron, with discussion led ... continue
Posted December 7, 2011 by
Radiating Our Best Intentions to the World - 100,000 Aspirations at a Time

Radiating Our Best Intentions to the World – 100,000 Aspirations at a Time – HIGHLIGHT

Tuesday, The Sakyong Foundation, in collaboration with Karme Choling, launched ‘100,000 Aspirations,’ an online community (website and Facebook) to support the Stupa that Conquers All Directions. Currently being built at Karme Choling, at the request of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the stupa embodies wisdom and compassion in the ... continue
Posted November 17, 2011 by
Surmang: Sing, my Sister, Sing!

Surmang: Sing, my Sister, Sing! – HIGHLIGHT

by Lee Weingrad of the Surmang Foundation. She speaks about the first Rural Health Festival that took place September 6th, 2011 at the Surmang Dharma Sagara Clinic in Tibet Copious juniper smoke billowed day-glo white, shifting in all directions. We were at 14,000 feet in Surmang. Children ... continue
Posted November 15, 2011 by
Embodied Transformation

Embodied Transformation – HIGHLIGHT

by Irini Rockwell The five wisdoms energies, spaciousness, clarity, richness, passion and action, are a way of understanding who we are through the subtlest levels of feeling and experience. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was integral in bringing the five wisdoms to the west. Based on profound principles of ... continue
Posted November 1, 2011 by
2011 Interview: The Bones of Mindfulness

2011 Interview: The Bones of Mindfulness – HIGHLIGHT

This year’s Applied Mindfulness Conference will take place November 11-12, at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, and is co-sponsored by Tail of the Tiger. The following interview was conducted with some of the conference’s founders: Patton Hyman, Michael Carroll, and Mark Hurwich. As a natural extension ... continue
Posted October 26, 2011 by
Runaway Meditation Retreat

Runaway Meditation Retreat – HIGHLIGHT

by Taz Tagore This year, the New York City-based Reciprocity Foundation pioneered a Buddhist retreat program for homeless, foster care and runaway youth. Over 20 youth attended 3-day retreats (at Dharma Drum retreat center) in upstate New York. The youth reveled in the beauty of the pristine ... continue
Posted October 14, 2011 by
Spark of Dignity: Governance Gathering with the Sakyong

Spark of Dignity: Governance Gathering with the Sakyong – HIGHLIGHT

This past weekend, bathed in 70(F)-degree weather, brilliant sunshine, luscious winds and the vivid display of autumnal splendor, over 400 leaders of Shambhala gathered together to receive teachings from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on the path of leadership. Filling the McGinnis Room at Dalhousie University in Halifax, ... continue
Posted October 11, 2011 by
Kasung Kitchen Marathon

Kasung Kitchen Marathon – HIGHLIGHT

Kynan Brown, a second generation Shambhalian, is running his first marathon in order to raise money for the new Kitchen and Storage building to be built at the Kasung Land at Dorje Denma Ling. Kynan is a Sun Camp graduate, long time staff member and a ... continue
Posted October 4, 2011 by

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