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The Myth of Disconnection

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Have we bought into the destructive myth of disconnection? Look inside yourself and be honest.

by Sarah Lipton

Listening to the news lately makes me think that our society believes in a rampant myth of disconnection. We believe so strongly that the “other” is bad, scary, no good, even evil. We believe this so strongly that we want to build walls, keep our neighbors out, send them “back” to where they came from.

I am the daughter of a family of immigrants. I am third generation American on my father’s side. My ancestors fled their homeland, the Pale of Settlement in Russia. As Jews they were escaping the Tsar’s wrath and coming to find the illusive “streets paved with gold.” They changed their name from Lipschitz to fit in. As an American Lipton, I have almost reversed the trend, being a lifelong traveler and longing to know humanity from the inside out, from all parts of the globe, frequently wishing to shed my American identity. Continue…

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Letter of Affirmation

Letter of Affirmation – HIGHLIGHT

An open letter from leaders of the Northern California Shambhala community, sharing a statement about recent events. Through studying the Shambhala teachings, we learn that humanity and human society as basically good. Through the practice of meditation, we can experience that basic goodness, gain confidence in it, ... continue
Posted February 9, 2017 by CGH
Accelerating Change

Accelerating Change – HIGHLIGHT

Seeing confusion as an opportunity for positive change by Kim Kelso Thinking about the results of the presidential election at first filled me with disappointment, dread, and fear. As the weeks unfolded, I was tempted to be forlorn. Yet I knew from my Shambhala teachings that ignoring or ... continue
Posted January 28, 2017 by CGH
Basic Goodness and Original Sin

Basic Goodness and Original Sin – HIGHLIGHT

A theologian explores the relationship of two concepts key to Shambhala and Christian teachings by Steven Shippee In Shambhala, the view of basic goodness is sometimes sharply contrasted with the Christian doctrine of original sin. The purpose seemingly is to highlight how much the view of basic goodness ... continue
Posted December 19, 2016 by Steven
How Many Spiritual Teachers

How Many Spiritual Teachers – HIGHLIGHT

How many teachers do you need to reach enlightenment? Don’t forget to count yourself! by Marcos Taquechel I often read spiritual and self-help books, and become inspired. I feel like I have a deep understanding while the book is in front of my eyes; I get momentarily enlightened. ... continue
Posted September 11, 2016 by CGH
Fearless Amidst Barbarian Arrogance

Fearless Amidst Barbarian Arrogance – HIGHLIGHT

An exploration of what fearlessness means in our world today by Ron Schultz “They are fearless in the midst of barbarian arrogance” This phrase is chanted in every Shambhala Center on the planet. Within the Invocation and Homage, these words ring out. Fearless in the midst of barbarian arrogance. ... continue
Posted January 26, 2016 by CGH
Opening the Dimension of Sacred Awe

Opening the Dimension of Sacred Awe – HIGHLIGHT

miksang image by Charles Blackhallarticle by Roger Guest In this age of information technology, many paradigms are crumbling. Although populations are rising, fewer and fewer people are actually embracing traditional religions and the current slate of beliefs and sacraments is seen as less and less relevant. Fundamentalism ... continue
Posted September 9, 2015 by
A Call for Mental Illness Support Group

A Call for Mental Illness Support Group

An editorial by Ineke de Wit Some time ago in an interview with Sakyong Mipham that I had about my bipolar condition, the suggestion came up to see what could be done for people suffering from mental illness. I always felt that mental illness is still a vast ... continue
Posted May 3, 2015 by Dan
Exiting Samsara

Exiting Samsara – HIGHLIGHT

Dylan & HojunOne Perspective on Having Children by Hojun Laura Jackson, New York City On a recent trip to California, I witnessed my 3-year-old nephew Dylan launch a spectacular tantrum at a kiddy carnival following my brother’s failure to win him a goldfish. Nothing mattered more than going ... continue
Posted January 25, 2015 by
Living at a Land Centre, and Why it Matters

Living at a Land Centre, and Why it Matters

Posted in Dorje Denma Ling’s kitchen. Photo by Rhonda Newcombe The most beneficial thing I’ve ever done When I ask myself, “what has been helpful in my life” or “when was I really being transformed by the Shambhala teachings”, my mind immediately flashes to my time as a ... continue
Posted May 21, 2014 by Nyima
Cultivating Clean Friendship...

Cultivating Clean Friendship… – HIGHLIGHT

miksang …in the Sangha written by Maya Rook edited by Ani Dawa Chotso “The sangha is the community of people who have the perfect right to cut through your trips and feed you with their wisdom, as well as the perfect right to demonstrate their own neurosis and be seen ... continue
Posted May 9, 2014 by
Creating Enlightened Society on a Lifeless Planet

Creating Enlightened Society on a Lifeless Planet – HIGHLIGHT

Are We Reacting with Urgency to the Climate Crisis? by Irene Lorch-Wauchope, Halifax, Nova Scotia As Buddhists, we understand that we create our reality with our thoughts. Unfortunately, this also applies to how many of us are reacting to the increasing urgency of the climate crisis. No matter ... continue
Posted November 24, 2013 by
Even Psychopaths Need Love

Even Psychopaths Need Love – HIGHLIGHT

on Buddhism and Guns by Lodro Rinzler Q: How do Buddhists reconcile with the idea that psychopaths (aka sociopaths, like Hitler, Manson, Bundy), may not be born with basic goodness, thereby shattering the tenet that all beings are born with basic goodness? As unpopular as this view may be ... continue
Posted October 13, 2013 by
Imperial Culture vs. Cultural Imperialism

Imperial Culture vs. Cultural Imperialism – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Living Shambhala Culture This series of articles is brought to you by the Shambhala Office of Culture and Decorum. We hope that these offerings will bring fresh perspectives on living our principles, invoking drala and enriching culture in our homes, centers and communities. If you have ... continue
Posted October 7, 2013 by
Finding Out For Myself

Finding Out For Myself – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: In Everyday Life by Cheri Tiernan, Atlanta Shambhala When you discover that 100 million women are missing from the planet, your heart breaks, and the knowledge it imparts becomes something you can’t ignore. At least that’s what happened to me. Turns out, though, when something is enormous ... continue
Posted September 30, 2013 by
Targeting a Change of Heart

Targeting a Change of Heart – HIGHLIGHT

A leadership coach and consultant explores how confidence in Basic Goodness influences his work. by Diederik Prakke, Senior Trainer-Coach, Hanoi, Vietnam edited by Jayne Sutton, Shambhala Times Volunteer Editor Phanlany was a happy girl, her grandfather’s sweetheart. He taught her to play the flute, and she touched hearts when ... continue
Posted August 16, 2013 by

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