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May 25
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Meditation in Your World

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Experiencing the power of meditation to change our everyday lives

by Susan Firer

I thought I’d start with some words from The Shambhala Principle, a book written by my teacher, Sakyong Mipham. The chapter titled “Shifting Global Values” starts off with the Sakyong talking about the day his father  said to him that it was time he start learning how to meditate. The Sakyong asked him why and he said, “To discover the power of the mind.” He told his son that meditation would provide a way to take responsibility for his own thoughts and emotions.

As I look back to the time I was first introduced to meditation in 1995, this is what I was looking for. I was hoping that meditation could get me out of my head, and make me less self-conscious and nervous. Happily, I feel like my meditation practice has indeed helped me to become more grounded in the present moment rather than worrying about things that hadn’t yet happened or things that had already happened–things that I was regretting or punishing myself for. I also found that it was up to me to become more kind and available to myself as well as to others. Continue…

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Old Age and The Path

Old Age and The Path – HIGHLIGHT

by Han de Wit “…freeing oneself from how we used to feel about our practice as it has been defined by our lineage, that is, as defined from the outside, we can and hopefully will be able to redefine our practice from the inside.” Somewhere in ‘Born in ... continue
Posted April 15, 2017 by CGH
Climate March Aspirations

Climate March Aspirations – HIGHLIGHT

Why I’m joining the People’s Climate Mobilization on April 29, and why I hope you will too by Mark Rasmuson What ecological challenges we face!  Just in the past month, we’ve seen a U.S. EPA administrator sworn into office who denies basic climate science, the “sheer reckless folly” of Trump’s executive ... continue
Posted April 7, 2017 by CGH
Out of Darkness Into Light

Out of Darkness Into Light – HIGHLIGHT

As we mark the equinox this week, a northerner reflects on winter and the first days of spring by Nyingje Sheltri My strawberry plants arrived in the mail yesterday. My husband and I opened the “mystery” box together, having forgotten what we had ordered back in December. When ... continue
Posted March 24, 2017 by CGH
The Myth of Disconnection

The Myth of Disconnection – HIGHLIGHT

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, ... continue
Posted March 17, 2017 by CGH
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

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