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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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Union of Dharma and Art

Union of Dharma and Art – HIGHLIGHT

photos and article by Dana Marshall In my last year of high school in Boulder, Colorado (1978), at 16 years old I had completed all the required courses so I had the opportunity to focus on what really interested me which was painting, photography, ceramics and mythology. ... continue
Posted May 7, 2012 by
Powerfully, Be Generous

Powerfully, Be Generous – HIGHLIGHT

This article is part three of a series on the practices of generosity by Jonathan Hanna. Click here to read the first article: Simply, Be Generous, and here to read the first article: Practically, Be Generous. Generosity can have two objects, the fields of benefit (sentient beings) ... continue
Posted March 13, 2012 by
The Fourth Pillar

The Fourth Pillar

by Andrew Forbes There is a void in the Shambhala community. For all the sophisticated practices of meditation, a budding governmental body, and military protection, there is something still missing from the lungta of the developing community. I feel it every time I walk into the Shambhala ... continue
Posted February 9, 2012 by
Staying Healthy on Retreat

Staying Healthy on Retreat – HIGHLIGHT

A natural approach to wellness while on retreat by Silas Rosenblatt, R Ac Anyone who has spent any time at a group retreat or meditation program is likely to be familiar with one of the many obstacles that arise in practice – getting sick. Back pain, boredom and ... continue
Posted January 18, 2012 by
Practically, Be Generous

Practically, Be Generous – HIGHLIGHT

This article is part two of Simply, Be Generous, previously posted on the Shambhala Times, by Jonathan Hanna. There are said to be three kinds of generosity: giving material goods, giving protection from fear, and giving the dharma. Throughout the history of buddhadharma the teachings have been ... continue
Posted January 9, 2012 by
Simply, Be Generous

Simply, Be Generous – HIGHLIGHT

by Jonathan Hanna Within our sangha as a whole, we often struggle with the dilemma of how to be generous in offering the teachings while ensuring the financial solvency of our centers. Individuals grapple with the same challenge, wishing to contribute financially, either for receiving specific teachings ... continue
Posted November 18, 2011 by
Protectors of Wealth and Wisdom

Protectors of Wealth and Wisdom – HIGHLIGHT

by Judy Bond Last March I wrote an article for the Shambhala Times about drilling for shale gas, which is a new technology that allows the mining of natural gas from shale formations, often thousands of feet within the earth. Such formations are widespread and ... continue
Posted August 29, 2011 by
Artfully Wedded in Britain

Artfully Wedded in Britain – HIGHLIGHT

Jennifer Holder shares her cross-national perspective on watching William & Catherine’s Royal Wedding live. As the royal wedding proceedings rest for photographs and inner-sanctum formalities, electricity is surely surging across Britain as everyone flips the switch on their kettles for tea. I myself flipped the switch, but ... continue
Posted April 29, 2011 by Jennifer Holder
 Natural Gas in Nova Scotia: What's best for all?

Natural Gas in Nova Scotia: What’s best for all? – HIGHLIGHT

By Judy Bond Last week Nova Scotia accepted bids from companies proposing to develop onshore natural gas reservoirs from shale deep under the province. Natural gas is cleaner burning than coal and oil, creates less global warming, and is locally available. But what are the pros and ... continue
Posted March 30, 2011 by
How is the oil spill affecting you?

How is the oil spill affecting you? – HIGHLIGHT

By Bill Scheffel, writing from New Orleans. Three of my walks in New Orleans took me into the Ninth Ward and the Lower Ninth Ward, the primary neighborhoods that delivered pictures to the world of people left behind, stranded on their roofs in the floods ... continue
Posted June 15, 2010 by
Inseparability of Donating Time and Money

Inseparability of Donating Time and Money – HIGHLIGHT

By Gordon Shotwell For several years now, I have staffed Sun Camp. But last summer I had to leave early because I had started working at a bank and didn’t have enough vacation days to staff the entire program. Leaving early was a heartbreaking, and for a ... continue
Posted January 9, 2010 by
Service & Shambhala Households

Service & Shambhala Households – HIGHLIGHT

By David Whitehorn Contemplating the Sakyong’s talk on Shambhala Households, I found myself thinking about the practice of service. Service is such an integral part of Shambhala that it is often taken for granted and not recognized as the profound practice that it can be. Hearing the ... continue
Posted January 4, 2010 by David Whitehorn
Kitchen Shrine at Dorje Dzong

Kitchen Shrine at Dorje Dzong

Phyllis Segura offers recommendations for a kitchen shrine, inspired by our recent interview with Sangyum Wendy Friedman and Kusung Dapon Noel McLellan on Shambhala Households. Click on images to enlarge: The offerings here are a rice paddle and chopsticks. The shrine should also contain a rice offering ... continue
Posted January 2, 2010 by Phyllis Segura
Apology to the Dot

Apology to the Dot

The Shambhala Times offers its apologies to the editorial staff of the Dot, Shambhala’s former community newspaper, for posting material that included inaccurate information and may have unintentionally caused harm. continue
Posted June 3, 2009 by
Living at Dechen Choling

Living at Dechen Choling

Dechen Choling, the European land center, is a magical place, sometimes full of great bliss as its name indicates (dechen = great bliss, choling = dharma place). At other times, it may be full of the storms that the collective and individual minds there create.  Dechen Chöling ... continue
Posted April 16, 2009 by

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