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Oct 01
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Sad Farewell

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The Shambhala Times stops bringing you the news

by Carol Henderson

Two months ago, I was informed that the post I had held for years as Editor of the Shambhala Times was ending due to financial concerns. Shambhala could no longer afford to support its long-time online newsletter, and my work with the Times would end as of October 1st. Since then, I have been reflecting on the many connections this role has brought into my life, the wonderful writers and photographers and section editors, the amazing IT support people. I very much appreciate their generosity and their commitment. Into my life and the lives of our readers, they have brought hundreds of people and ideas, ceremonies and actions, talks and teachings, images and inspirations.

Having published every 48 hours without fail for so many years, the long run of the Shambhala Times comes to an end tomorrow. A sad moment, full of poignancy and loss, but also a time to look back at all of the many gifts that have been shared. From October 1st through the end of December 2018, the Times will be reprinting a selection of its most popular stories, and I hope you will enjoy them. As for 2019 and beyond, who knows? If Shambhala decides to fund the Times again, I would be happy to return as editor. If not, I will always be grateful for the chance to be associated with this very special publication, the Shambhala Times.

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Body, Mind, and Universe

Body, Mind, and Universe – HIGHLIGHT

Musings on the body/mind relationship in a larger context by Larry Barnett A great deal of attention has been paid to the workings of mind, that curiously self-conscious and often self-absorbed entity we take to be who we are in the world. The widely-held presumption is that mind ... continue
Posted September 20, 2018 by CGH
Mindful Education Continued

Mindful Education Continued – HIGHLIGHT

How mindfulness practice relates to the profound work of teaching by Jasmin Stoffer I interviewed my fellow teachers for this article, including an administrator, to see if there were any gaps in what educators know or understand about mindfulness and holism in education. I created a form for them ... continue
Posted September 18, 2018 by CGH
Mindful Education

Mindful Education – HIGHLIGHT

A contemplation of the current state of teaching and learning by Jasmin Stoffer I am an educator. It has been just over 6 years since I started teaching, and I know I still have a lot to learn. My career choice inspires me, frustrates me, encourages me to be ... continue
Posted September 16, 2018 by CGH
No Future Without Forgiveness

No Future Without Forgiveness – HIGHLIGHT

A few thoughts on how and why we can forgive others — and ourselves by Shastri Christine Heming I have been thinking and reading about forgiveness lately. What is it? Where do we find it? How does it come about? A lot has been said about forgiveness, represented in religious and self-help ... continue
Posted September 14, 2018 by CGH
The iPhone and I

The iPhone and I – HIGHLIGHT

Looking at our smart phones through the lens of meditation  by Phil Beatty There is nothing quite like the iPhone. It is the most popular, most essential and most highly praised artifact in our hi-tech world. Actually, though I’m using the term “iPhone,” I actually mean smart phones ... continue
Posted September 12, 2018 by CGH
The Liberation of Lowered Expectations

The Liberation of Lowered Expectations – HIGHLIGHT

by Larry Barnett One reason I sometimes feel dissatisfied with life is that my expectations are too high. In fact, this is the primary reason. I expect, for example, that candidates for President of the United States will have been taught good manners like politeness and not ... continue
Posted August 19, 2018 by CGH
Shambhala Shrine Amidst Crisis

Shambhala Shrine Amidst Crisis – HIGHLIGHT

Working with issues and concerns related to Shambhala Center shrines and images of Shambhala teachers by Barbara Heffernan The Shambhala community is struggling to determine the appropriate response to recent accounts of sexual misconduct on the part of our spiritual leader and lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. On a ... continue
Posted August 11, 2018 by CGH
Fixated on the Future

Fixated on the Future – HIGHLIGHT

Our fascination with linear time, and the possibility of being present in the moment by Larry Barnett There’s something about the present that’s just not good enough, the nagging sense that what’s happening now needs to be better, is in some way insufficient and unsatisfying. Out there, tomorrow, ... continue
Posted July 26, 2018 by CGH
Going Your Own Way

Going Your Own Way – HIGHLIGHT

Gender respect in death and dying by Anne-Marie Keppel Last year my teenage daughter did a report on women in history who disguised themselves as another gender. I loved the topic and followed the studies along with her and found myself really cheering the trans individuals on. I ... continue
Posted July 24, 2018 by CGH
Give It A Good Cry

Give It A Good Cry – HIGHLIGHT

Respecting our sadness by giving way to tears by Susie Cook I am a meditation practitioner, a mother, a wife, a friend, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a teacher, a director, a gardener, a cook, a hiker, an artist, a walker, a smiler, a crier, and, yes, a crier. ... continue
Posted July 16, 2018 by
In the Days to Come

In the Days to Come – HIGHLIGHT

One person considers the future of her relationship with Shambhala  by Carol Henderson Ever since reading the June 25th letter from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, I have been swept by waves of emotion. Feelings are both deep and close to the surface; the sight of a flower or the ... continue
Posted July 8, 2018 by CGH
Disfavoring Moral Complexity

Disfavoring Moral Complexity – HIGHLIGHT

by Larry Barnett One of the dilemmas of modern times is effectively coming to grips with morality. The word itself is derived from Latin, meaning “proper behavior,” but has become loaded with other connotations, both religious and social. Our humanitarian, modern sensibilities incline us to disfavor moral ... continue
Posted July 6, 2018 by CGH
Friendliness and Forgiveness 

Friendliness and Forgiveness  – HIGHLIGHT

Thoughts on loving-kindness and our ability to forgive  by Elaine Yuen This is what should be done by those who are skilled in seeking the good, having attained the way of peace: They should be able, straightforward, and upright, easy to speak to, gentle, and not proud, Content and easily ... continue
Posted July 4, 2018 by CGH
Regret, Comparison, Courage

Regret, Comparison, Courage – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on some feelings and mental habits that we all experience in our everyday lives. by Susan Firer A while back some topics came to mind: regret, comparison, and courage. I’m going to make an assumption that all of us are probably intimately familiar with the first two, ... continue
Posted June 28, 2018 by CGH
Eavesdropping on the Elderly

Eavesdropping on the Elderly – HIGHLIGHT

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 ... continue
Posted May 31, 2018 by CGH

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