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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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LOVE: Inaugural Machen Corps Convocation held at Karme Choling

LOVE: Inaugural Machen Corps Convocation held at Karme Choling – HIGHLIGHT

Column: Dispatches from the Kalapa Court Kitchen In July the Sakyong convened the first Machen Corps Convocation for the group of chefs who prepare meals for the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo at the Kalapa Court. In this article, we glimpse the raw ingredients that form this ... continue
Posted September 30, 2011 by

[email protected] – HIGHLIGHT

The Five Wisdoms come from an ancient understanding of our being that has great value for us in the 21st century. These qualities of authentic presence pervade our very being, our interactions with others, and every aspect of the phenomenal world. The Five Wisdoms Institute offers ... continue
Posted September 26, 2011 by
Gesar Fund Supports Surmang Area

Gesar Fund Supports Surmang Area

[caption id=”attachment_25957″ align=”alignright” width=”250″ >Gesar Fund website in Dutch. by Maarten Regtien Help for the Earthquake Over the last months, money has mainly been collected to help the victims of the earthquake in the province of Yushu. Thanks to the gifts we received we currently are buying tsampa, ... continue
Posted September 3, 2011 by
Please, Hold Your Applause

Please, Hold Your Applause – HIGHLIGHT

New: Shambhala Culture Column! by Sangyum Wendy Friedman The Shambhala Times is pleased to present a new column on the topic of Shambhala Culture and Decorum. Hosted by Sangyum Wendy Friedman, the Director of the Office of Culture and Decorum, the purpose of this column is to pose ... continue
Posted August 5, 2011 by
The Sakyong's Scorpion Seal Retreat Cabin in Kalapa Valley

The Sakyong’s Scorpion Seal Retreat Cabin in Kalapa Valley – HIGHLIGHT

by Richard Peisinger While lunching in Cheticamp, on the northwestern coast of Cape Breton Island, the Druk Sakyong relayed to his travel companions that he sensed the presence of a significant place for Shambhala nearby. He indicated that it might lie somewhere across the expanse of the ... continue
Posted July 30, 2011 by
A Moment in the Shedra's Construction

A Moment in the Shedra’s Construction – HIGHLIGHT

This update on the construction of the Surmang Shedra comes from Konchok Foundation board member Holly Gayley, who recently visited the area while traveling in eastern Tibet. While visiting Surmang this June, I was able to witness the finishing touches being added to the shedra’s exterior. One ... continue
Posted June 28, 2011 by Holly
The Surmang Shedra Dazzles

The Surmang Shedra Dazzles – HIGHLIGHT

This update on the construction of the Surmang Shedra comes from Konchok Foundation board member Holly Gayley, who recently visited the area while traveling in eastern Tibet. It was nothing short of astonishing to see the Surmang Shedra at long last. The shedra (or school) complex dominates ... continue
Posted June 26, 2011 by Holly
So long and thanks, Jennifer!

So long and thanks, Jennifer! – HIGHLIGHT

The Shambhala Times would like to thank Jennifer Holder for her tireless effort in writing and editing for this community magazine since its inauguration two years ago. Her contribution to the Shambhala Times as Content Manager has been invaluable in setting an online standard for community ... continue
Posted March 22, 2011 by
Tibetan Children at Surmang Celebrate Losar

Tibetan Children at Surmang Celebrate Losar – HIGHLIGHT

By Lyndon Comstock To conclude the old year, and prepare for the new one, children at the Surmang Dutsi Til shedra school in eastern Tibet recently took examinations in reading, writing, and arithmetic. A ceremony honoring those who did especially well was attended by hundreds of the ... continue
Posted March 19, 2011 by
The Beacon - Kalapa Capital Centre Newsletter

The Beacon – Kalapa Capital Centre Newsletter

Read about our meetings with government officials. Check out our development update. Get a snapshot of one month’s activities, view pictures from our December 2010 Benefit Dinner and more! Click here to view our first quarterly newsletter. continue
Posted March 18, 2011 by
Global Connections on New Year

Global Connections on New Year – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhalians from around the world gathered for Shambhala Day yesterday to celebrate the new year according to the lunar calendar. The day is referred to as losar in Tibetan. Shambhala Online’s Heather Scott, who coordinated the online portion of the day, stated that 138 centres and ... continue
Posted March 6, 2011 by
Raising the Tide for Shambhala

Raising the Tide for Shambhala – HIGHLIGHT

By President Richard Reoch Cheerful Shambhala Day! A warm welcome to the Year of the Iron Hare and to our Sakyong who has completed his Year of Retreat and returned to his seat at the centre of our mandala. Today looks set to be our largest gathering ever ... continue
Posted March 5, 2011 by
A Path of Unified Fundraising

A Path of Unified Fundraising – HIGHLIGHT

Lodro Rinzler, development coordinator for Shambhala’s Office of Finance and Development, shares an overview of fundraising efforts in 2010 and requests the help of all Shambhala entities to establish and operate within a coordinated, unified fundraising calendar. Three and a half years have passed since the ... continue
Posted February 7, 2011 by
Key Developments in Our Mandala

Key Developments in Our Mandala – HIGHLIGHT

The Kalapa Council has offered an overview of what’s been happening across our mandala since their update last June. This far-ranging report highlights the Shambhala Lineage, Mukpo Family, Practice and Education, Governance, the Dorje Kasung, Shambhala Europe, Shambhala Media, Shambhala Online and our networked community, Major ... continue
Posted January 11, 2011 by Richard_Reoch

A Partnership at the Heart of the Kalapa Capital Centre – HIGHLIGHT

“The escalating threat to the world’s environment and climate stem from a profound predicament that affects all humanity. We are ever more rapidly losing our connection with the sacred nature of our world. This tragedy affects us in so many ways, but at its heart, ... continue
Posted January 1, 2011 by

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