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A Center That Works

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A concise description of the outer, inner and secret levels of Shambhala Center design

by Russell Rodgers

Recently, the Kootenay Shambhala Centre in Nelson, British Columbia, purchased a building. Because we had to acquire the services of a non-sangha architect for the renovations, it seemed like a good idea to summarize for them in plain language some of the basic elements of how a Shambhala Centre functions and how it is designed. This summary is offered here as something that may be useful to other centers working with architects and designers who are not necessarily Shambhala practitioners. Continue…

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Shambhalian Leads Others to Kagyu Monlam

Shambhalian Leads Others to Kagyu Monlam – HIGHLIGHT

“What was your most profound moment of the trip?” I ask Laura over margaritas in Los Angeles a few days after she gets back from India. She pauses a moment, looks down at the table, a flash of emotion crossing her face. Laura Durand describes to me how she ... continue
Posted May 14, 2009 by
A Mexican Photologue

A Mexican Photologue

Villas Arqueologicas Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico Mayan Woman selling handerchieves, Chichen Itza, Mexico Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico Young coconuts of wakefulness, Isla Mujeres, Mexico Mayan Goddess Ixchel whose 4 sons hold up the sky in each of the 4 directions, Isla Mujeres, Mexico El ... continue
Posted May 8, 2009 by
Shambhala and Sudan Meet in Boulder

Shambhala and Sudan Meet in Boulder – HIGHLIGHT

By Hannah Kinderlehrer One of the tragedies of the civil war in Sudan is the many girls and boys orphaned or separated from their families and living in refugee camps. Micklina Kenyi, one such “lost girl,” was resettled in the United States, graduated from Colorado University ... continue
Posted April 29, 2009 by
The Third Mind Exhibition

The Third Mind Exhibition – HIGHLIGHT

Ellen Pearlman, New York -based writer and editor of the Brooklyn Rail who lives part time in China, writes about The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York responding to the influence of eastern thought on western art. The exhibition is an ambitious ... continue
Posted April 29, 2009 by Ellen Pearlman
A Progress Report

A Progress Report

On January 21st, 2009, I wrote a letter to the Vajradhatu sangha and the Shambhala community, stating that from this time forward it is my intention to focus on the propagation of the teachings of my root guru, the Great Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and his ... continue
Posted April 27, 2009 by
Inspiring Retreat at Casa Werma

Inspiring Retreat at Casa Werma – HIGHLIGHT

My wife, Jean, and I drove in to Patzcuaro at sunset on September 30th, 2008. We’d made previous arrangements with Acharya Allyn Lyon and Eve Halpern to staff the upcoming Werma Retreat at Casa Werma from October 3-10, on our way back from Boulder, Colorado, to ... continue
Posted April 25, 2009 by Brus Westby

User-friendly Shambhala program finder

Looking for a weekthün, Warrior Assembly or other Shambhala program in the Pacific Northwest or beyond? The Programs Elsewhere in Shambhala section of the Kootenay Shambhala Centre’s Programs page makes finding programs easy. From: Kootenay Shambhala Blog continue
Posted April 24, 2009 by James Northcote
MBSR Training in France

MBSR Training in France – HIGHLIGHT

By Acharya Mathias Pongracz What is MBSR? Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a method for teaching mindfulness to people who want to deal with stress, pain, anxiety, depression and other medical and psychological conditions in a way which will give them a chance to take responsibility for their ... continue
Posted April 23, 2009 by Jessica Sarapoff
Touching the Moment: Indelible Presence

Touching the Moment: Indelible Presence

with Acharya Dale Asrael & Cynthia Moku May 15 – 19, 2009 Blending meditation, contemplative arts, sensory awareness practices in nature and hatha yoga, this retreat will provide a rich practice environment in which we can shed conditioned habit patterns and rediscover the world with fresh perception. continue
Posted April 22, 2009 by Jessica Sarapoff
YOGA BODY  / BUDDHA MIND Weekend yoga workshop with OM Yoga’s Cyndi Lee & David Nichtern

YOGA BODY / BUDDHA MIND Weekend yoga workshop with OM Yoga’s Cyndi Lee & David Nichtern

From May 8-10 in Halifax, the Shambhala Sun Foundation (together with Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio) is pleased to present a weekend of workshops with internationally-acclaimed yoga teacher Cyndi Lee and longtime student and teacher within our Shambhala Buddhist tradition, David Nichtern. Cyndi is founder of OM Yoga ... continue
Posted April 22, 2009 by
Community Garden Reaps Rewards in Spades

Community Garden Reaps Rewards in Spades

By Bob Cervelli St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia, is well known for its ocean frontage, beaches, and close proximity to downtown Halifax. Many residents here can easily commute into the city for work. The “bay sangha” is a vibrant group and includes the Gyatso (Ocean) Deleg. Most ... continue
Posted April 21, 2009 by
Maitri Programs

Maitri Programs

The practice is based on the traditional Buddhist teachings of the five buddha families, and a basic attitude of openness or friendliness called “maitri.” The practice is done by maintaining a particular posture in a colored environment, either with glasses or in specifically designed rooms; each posture ... continue
Posted April 21, 2009 by Jessica Sarapoff
"I am Miksang."  An interview with Miksang teacher, Maxine Sidran

“I am Miksang.” An interview with Miksang teacher, Maxine Sidran

Maxine Sidran:  I first saw the word Miksang on a calendar at the Toronto Shambhala Center.  My response was to the word that followed it: photography.  I have practiced photography my entire adult life, and the fact that it had showed up at a meditation center ... continue
Posted April 20, 2009 by
Getting Londoners to Slow Down

Getting Londoners to Slow Down

By Tessa Watt In this particular dark age, our distraction often manifests as speed. Speed kills the space in which we could appreciate what we’re doing. That frantic quality creates its own power and momentum, which begin to rule us. Because we can’t rest in the present ... continue
Posted April 20, 2009 by
Of Tea Mugs and Compost in Boston

Of Tea Mugs and Compost in Boston – HIGHLIGHT

By Sarah Lipton When I took on the role of center coordinator in Boston two years ago, after a failed recycling initiative at my previous job with a large university, my pump was primed to help bring sustainability to the Shambhala Center. Upon walking into the center ... continue
Posted April 19, 2009 by

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