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A Shambhalian’s Experience of the Women’s March in Los Angeles

by Allison Conant

Just as in over 670 cities and towns across the globe, Los Angeles held a women’s march. It was the biggest civil demonstration in the history of the city. The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles rented a booth to offer meditation instruction.

Before we get started, three definitions:

1. Politics: “the total complex of relations between people living in society.” (Merriam Webster)
2. Enlightened Society: a society in which there is “an unequivocal and deep sense of confidence. This confidence would not be based upon competitiveness or arrogance, nor would it be tinged with paranoia. The society would be awake, and enriched by the most inexhaustible principle.” (The Shambhala Principle, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche)
3. Chaos: good news. (Chögyam Trungpa)

January 21st 2017. Downtown Los Angeles. 750,000(ish) people relating to each other socially. Politics. Chaos. Good news. Continue…

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John Kozel moving to Portland from Burlington, Vermont

It’s always great to hear from a relative you didn’t know about.  John Kozel introduces himself and describes his plans for moving here: John, Adam and Makar the beagle Greetings Portland Sangha! The motivation of this blog post is two-fold: First, as a means of introducing myself, and second, ... continue
Posted June 15, 2013 by John David Smith

Seattle Weekthun Report on hard-boiled eggs and enlightened silliness

Four of us from Portland participated in the Vajrayana Weekthün with Acharya Susan Chapman in Seattle a few weeks ago.   We tried to channel the four dignities in the kitchen one day during  work period.  Left to right are: Dragon lady Jay Stewart, Garuda Nora Nichols, Lion Michael ... continue
Posted June 10, 2013 by John David Smith

Warriors Cry at Weddings

I tend to cry at weddings.  There is a feeling of bearing witness to incredible on-the-spot bravery that the couple radiates out into their community as they proclaim their love and intentions for building a shared life together.   It is so tender it melts my ... continue
Posted June 2, 2013 by
The Shambhala Monastic Order

The Shambhala Monastic Order

On behalf of the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, the Office of the Kalapa Court wishes to announce the formation of the Shambhala Monastic Order. This is the fruition of years of work by the Sakyong and Gampo Acharya Pema Chodron. The Shambhala Monastic Order will provide the ... continue
Posted May 1, 2013 by David_Brown

Cancelling our Vaishaka Day Celebration

Our new Practice and Education Director, Michael McCormick, writes: Vaishakha Day is the day that Buddhists commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of the Buddha.  It is undeniably significant.  The Portland Shambhala Center has scheduled this commemoration for May 25 this year.  In the last couple of ... continue
Posted April 29, 2013 by John David Smith

Shambhala Center is open and closed

For most of us, the Shambhala Center will be completely closed from Saturday April 27 to Friday May 3rd!  There will be no sitting, no classes, no office hours, no groups, no meetings, no anything. But for a group of hardy meditators who have registered for the week-long ... continue
Posted April 22, 2013 by John David Smith

Poems from the 2013 Dharma Arts Festival

basic goodness Mother and magpies break the night in half, always and not broken. My palms form a tray of fermented digits. That’s right, cupcake, a container for breath and doubt. Loudly with precision: a heart a hammer (libraries full of hammers) a head on a tenuous stem the feet in a flowerpot, basically good. Stand ground standing ... continue
Posted April 7, 2013 by John David Smith

2013 Dharma Arts Festival: Sacred Life, Festive Art, Playful Discovery

Caitlin Bargenquast, of the Portland Shambhala Dharma Arts Council, provided this report: As the sun shone over a delighted Portland this past weekend, a core of artist-community members found our own ways to radiate through the Dharma Arts Festival hosted at our  Shambhala Center.  Taking inspiration from Sakyong ... continue
Posted April 6, 2013 by John David Smith

Youth Retreat by the Ziji Collective

The Ziji Collective offers a special Youth Retreat in Dechen Chöling this summer. The concept of the former Youth Sangha summer retreat, has been melted down and put into a new shape. This retreat is a wonderful opportunity for young people, age of 18 and 35, ... continue
Posted March 31, 2013 by luz_rodriguez

Video to commemorate the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, with subtitles in several languages

Thanks to the work of a team of many hard working translators, transcribers, and an indefatigable proof reader, this video is available on YouTube with closed captions/subtitles in English, Spanish and other languages. Sutra: What Buddha Taught -Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu3ScmMn8Os)  Available thanks to the work ... continue
Posted March 30, 2013 by luz_rodriguez

El Manso For Sale

El Manso is a property of nearly two acres in Northern Spain with two renovated homes, one of which has been a successful Guest House for more than 10 years: http://elmanso.net/en/ and might be kept as a business venture. It includes almost one acre of grazing land, ... continue
Posted March 30, 2013 by luz_rodriguez

Tessa Racine Training for “Pocket Film Concours”

Tessa Racine, film maker and sangha member living in the Limousin, France, has been training young people, from 13 to 18 years old, willing to participate in a short-film contest. continue
Posted March 30, 2013 by luz_rodriguez

Contentamiento en la vida cotidiana, a través de Internet

El Centro de Shambhala de Madrid y Shambhala Online están encantados de ofrecer el curso El contentamiento en la vida cotidiana a hispanohablantes de todo el mundo, a través de internet. El programa, impartido por el acharya Alfonso Taboada, tendrá lugar en Internet durante cinco lunes ... continue
Posted March 30, 2013 by luz_rodriguez

Niveau ‘Quatre Dignités’ de la Voie de Shambhala II à Marseille

Le Centre Shambhala de Marseille est heureux de vous inviter à participer au programme “Quatre Dignités” de la Voie de Shambhala (2), enseigné par Acharya Orhun Cercel du vendredi 17 au 20 mai 2013. The Marseille Shambhala Centre is pleased to announce « The Four Dignities » from The ... continue
Posted March 30, 2013 by luz_rodriguez

Daoistisches Qi Gong Levels 1 and 2 in Stuttgart, Germany

Cultivate the energy of the body and at the same time the quietness and stability of the mind through the healing postures of the Chinese Qi Gong. Samten A. Kobelt will teach in Stuttgart Germany, in German, on the weekend 13-14 April. continue
Posted March 30, 2013 by luz_rodriguez

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