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May 31
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Eavesdropping on the Elderly

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Lessons learned by listening to our elders

by Anne-Marie Keppel

Not all elderly are cascading fountains of wisdom.  But simply because they are old and they see and do things differently than those of other ages, little life-altering gems often bubble up.

New on the job as an Outings Coordinator for a group of elderly, I stood in the front of the bus, counting a sea of white and grey heads to make sure I hadn’t left anyone behind. It dawned on me then that I was counting an entire bus full of women.  I smiled at all of those gorgeous women and said, “You’re all too beautiful! Where are all the men?!”  And a 90-year-old woman shouted back, “They’re all dead!” The whole lot of them burst out laughing and someone shouted out, “And they call US the weaker sex!” Continue…

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Holding the Middle Ground

Holding the Middle Ground – HIGHLIGHT

Our paradoxical experience of space, time, and being in the human realm by Larry Barnett The human experience is a paradox; our minds are infinite, as vast as the universe itself, while our bodies are finite, grains of sand tossed by the tides and winds of time. We ... continue
Posted May 27, 2018 by CGH
Conversations in Khaki

Conversations in Khaki – HIGHLIGHT

A member of the Dorje Kasung contemplates the meaning of the khaki uniform by Alan Auguston The Q&A table was set up, my presentation queued, and my debut representing the Kasung Squad was underway. It would be my first time in the beret, and I had spent days ... continue
Posted April 27, 2018 by Alan
The Waiting Game, Part Two

The Waiting Game, Part Two – HIGHLIGHT

Learning to see an eye-drop treatment regimen as an opportunity to practice by William Larsen  As I relaxed my protest, I found I could drop much more quickly into a calm inner space, surrendering into the sofa, allowing the wetness of the eye drops to wash through me. Splash, ... continue
Posted March 15, 2018 by CGH
The Waiting Game, Part One

The Waiting Game, Part One – HIGHLIGHT

Making the most out of the time of your life, by surrendering to opportunities for practice by William Larsen  There are some who say “practice makes perfect.” That may be, but after forty years on the meditation cushion, all I can say is that I’m still a long way ... continue
Posted March 13, 2018 by CGH
Remembering Milarepa Day

Remembering Milarepa Day – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on the preciousness of group practice and the inspiration of Milarepa’s songs of enlightenment by Carol Henderson In the early days of my connection with Shambhala Buddhism, I happened to drop by the local center in Seattle on what turned out to be Milarepa Day, the first ... continue
Posted February 25, 2018 by CGH
Death in Advance, Part Two

Death in Advance, Part Two – HIGHLIGHT

How our viewpoint on life can change through the practice of contemplating death by Anne-Marie Keppel I was overjoyed when I recently read in Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s new book, The Lost Art of Good Conversation, instructions for how to contemplate our last breath on our deathbed. He asks, “What do you need ... continue
Posted February 7, 2018 by CGH
Death in Advance, Part One

Death in Advance, Part One – HIGHLIGHT

We so often avoid thinking of our own death, but what if we took a different view? by Anne-Marie Keppel From the womb, the baby opened her eyes, and saw through stretched skin patches of light. So contrary to the darkness when her eyes were closed. And when ... continue
Posted February 5, 2018 by CGH
In Appreciation of Quiet

In Appreciation of Quiet – HIGHLIGHT

A few thoughts on the delights and sufferings associated with the sounds around us by Larry Barnett I like quiet. I don’t mean the complete silence of any sound whatsoever, but the quiet of the natural world. I find the sound of leaves rustling in the wind comforting. ... continue
Posted January 8, 2018 by CGH
Beyond Filters

Beyond Filters – HIGHLIGHT

How to meet our young adult and teenage children as and where they are by Anne-Marie Keppel What is the ultimate goal we are seeking regarding educating and caring for our children, in our sangha and on the planet? The truth is, at present, they instead need to educate ... continue
Posted December 17, 2017 by CGH
The Tiger Has Teeth

The Tiger Has Teeth – HIGHLIGHT

A Shambhala practitioner brings her understanding of Meek to the challenges and realities of sexual harassment by Allison Conant When considering the Shambhala Dignities, I was initially struggling to make sense of connecting the word Meek with Tiger. I have always associated the tiger with beauty, ferocity, unabashed ... continue
Posted December 11, 2017 by CGH
Grandfather Yoga

Grandfather Yoga – HIGHLIGHT

Musings on aging, youth, and the practice of yoga by Larry Barnett When I was eight both of my grandfathers were sixty, which in 1956 actually was old. They were already stoop-shouldered, and mostly liked to sit shirtless in lawn chairs in the hot sun for hours, smeared ... continue
Posted November 27, 2017 by CGH
We Need to Talk

We Need to Talk – HIGHLIGHT

by Jacqueline Larson A couple weeks ago I was cleaning my office and listening to CBC’s Q. Tom Power was interviewing comedian and podcaster Marc Maron on what makes up a good interview. I wasn’t familiar with Maron but when he spoke about the depth of observations and ... continue
Posted November 25, 2017 by CGH
Life is a Ceremony

Life is a Ceremony – HIGHLIGHT

Contemplating the power and meaning of our everyday rituals by Susan Firer “Life is a ceremony” says Chogyam Trungpa.  Sakyong Mipham discusses this in the eighth chapter of his book “The Shambhala Principle.” According to the Sakyong: “Through our view, contemplation, and activity, every day we are transforming commonly ... continue
Posted November 23, 2017 by CGH
A Tendency to Tamper

A Tendency to Tamper – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on our left-brain approach to everyday life and the nature of reality by Larry Barnett My seven-year-old granddaughter and I were watching an animated movie about a curious fairy who is told by her Fairy Master not to tamper with Pixie Dust. She does, of course, and ... continue
Posted September 12, 2017 by CGH
Thinking....

Thinking…. – HIGHLIGHT

Some thoughts on research and problem solving by Susan Firer When I was in school I loved to do research; I found it very satisfying in many ways.  When I got out of school I didn’t seem to have the time for research. Or, maybe it was because ... continue
Posted August 17, 2017 by CGH

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