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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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The Pathology of Happiness

The Pathology of Happiness – HIGHLIGHT

A closer look at cultural conceptions related to happiness and contentment by Larry Barnett When an idea, an object, a substance, or an emotion preoccupies consciousness to the near exclusion of anything else, we call it an obsession. And when an obsession becomes a compulsion so powerful as ... continue
Posted August 3, 2017 by CGH
The Experience of Awe

The Experience of Awe – HIGHLIGHT

How awe is connected to using our senses, and to living as an inspired human being by Shastri Donna Williams I’ve been studying contemplative ecology recently, that juncture where our senses contact the natural world and expand, where we can relax–experiencing  connection, health and balance. While reading True Perception: ... continue
Posted August 1, 2017 by CGH
Politics is Internal

Politics is Internal – HIGHLIGHT

A reprint of an article that first appeared in 2013, examining politics as practice by Larry Barnett There is a yogic practice in Tibet that takes place in a charnel ground, or what we call a graveyard. Graveyards in Tibet, which is mostly rock, are not the neat ... continue
Posted July 24, 2017 by CGH
Becoming a Better Listener

Becoming a Better Listener – HIGHLIGHT

A few good reasons to practice mindful listening in our everyday lives by Jackie Edwards Every day, people struggle to be heard and understood. Whether it’s in our home or at work, the desire to be heard is such that it has become common practice to speak forcefully, ... continue
Posted July 6, 2017 by CGH
Bright Flowers of June

Bright Flowers of June – HIGHLIGHT

Appreciating the richness and beauty of an early summer garden by Carol Henderson In such a hurry today — scrambling to meet publication deadlines, sending out minutes from a board meeting, and getting packed for a week’s travel, plus the usual household tasks of cooking, dishes, laundry. As ... continue
Posted June 14, 2017 by CGH
Meditation in Your World

Meditation in Your World – HIGHLIGHT

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 ... continue
Posted May 25, 2017 by CGH
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

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