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Contemplating presence in the moment, while preparing for retreat

by Susan Firer

broomThis past week I was preparing for a week-long silent retreat sending out emails, cooking, cleaning and the like. I had one of those moments where a feeling arises spontaneously and it has weight to it, so you sort of stop and notice it briefly. The feeling came about while I was vacuuming and dusting the meditation room. I had a sensory memory of when I was younger and getting the house ready for the holidays, anticipating my siblings, who were already on their own, coming home. It was a very ordinary yet extra-ordinary experience all at once. I realized that I was doing the work without complaint, and without wishing I were doing something else; I was doing it joyfully. I was just perfectly there in the moment! Continue…

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Looking at Engaged Buddhism – a Shambhala Perspective

I’m someone who has actively followed politics all my life. I read about it every morning and discuss it regularly. Since I’m a photographer who lives and works in Hollywood, it should come as no surprise that I’m strongly progressive. But part of my job is ... continue
Posted January 31, 2017 by
Masculine and Feminine

Masculine and Feminine – HIGHLIGHT

An examination of dissent as it relates to concepts of masculine and feminine in Shambhala culture Column: Critical Intent by Larry Barnett Mural depicting one of the Rigden Kings Both American and Shambhala culture are value-laden, and their differences sometimes come into uncomfortable contact; at this edge dissent arises. How ... continue
Posted June 3, 2016 by CGH
Continuous Reconciliation

Continuous Reconciliation – HIGHLIGHT

A Reconciliation of Two Identities: Understanding Non-Violence as a Person of Colour and a Buddhist Practitioner New Column: Critical Intent By Nina Eslambolipour  On a long car ride to Boston, I share with my friend the challenges of implementing non-violent action in the face of micro-aggressions as a young ... continue
Posted April 12, 2016 by CGH
Volta à América do Sul

Volta à América do Sul

O Sakyong lidera um histórico Garchen de oito dias em Concumen, Chile Por Pablo Coddou Nos dez anos desde que o Kongma Sakyong veio a América do Sul pela última vez, muita coisa aconteceu no mundo. Para mencionar algumas – ele abriu o tesouro do retiro do Selo ... continue
Posted March 6, 2016 by CGH

Regreso a Sudámerica 

Por Pablo Coddou Muchas cosas han ocurrido en el mundo a lo largo de los diez años desde que el Kongma Sákyong visitó Sudamérica. Basta citar unas pocas: abrió el tesoro del retiro del Sello del escorpión, se casó y ha tenido tres hijas, asegurando así el ... continue
Posted March 4, 2016 by CGH
See For Yourself

See For Yourself – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala Day videos now available online for individual viewing. A full recording of the events held in Boulder, Colorado, including Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Shambhala Day Address, as well as a presentation of the newly-completed Shambhala Lineage Thangka. You can also hear from Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel, who ... continue
Posted February 18, 2016 by CGH
Invitation to Healing and Enrichment Pujas

Invitation to Healing and Enrichment Pujas

The Sakyong will be performing two pujas, or intensive practices, for the benefit of Shambhala in mid-November during his fall retreat in Parpeng, Nepal. These practices are opportunities for community members to request the Sakyong to specifically dedicate his personal practice to assist us, our households, ... continue
Posted October 27, 2015 by Walker Blaine

Moving Beyond the Language of Economic Utility

Gabe Dayley On a spring evening in Southern California, with too much school work and an uncooperative clock ticking away the day’s warmth, I glanced outside my window to find the sky imbued with the color of a sunset. Captured by its beauty and magic, I wondered ... continue
Posted March 10, 2015 by

Creating Enlightened Society

Judith Simmer-Brown With the broader propagation of the Shambhala teachings that highlight the importance of creating enlightened society, it is natural to wonder what compassion means in a Shambhala context. In conjunction with Naropa University’s 40th Anniversary and the theme of “radical compassion,” this article explores the ... continue
Posted March 10, 2015 by

Through Rites, All Things Flourish

The power of the ceremonial in classical confucianism and in contemporary rituals of dissent By Nicholas Trautz   “The fate of our times is characterized, above all, by the disenchantment of the world.” This, Max Weber’s 1919 characterization of modernity, presaged what many have come to see as a ... continue
Posted March 10, 2015 by
Discurso del día de Shambhala en el año de la oveja de madera

Discurso del día de Shambhala en el año de la oveja de madera

Discurso del día de Shambhala en el año de la oveja de madera (19 febrero 2015) EL KONGMA SÁKYONG: Muy buenos días a todos y buenos días y buenas tardes a todos los que se han unido a la retransmisión. [A la asamblea:] Pueden decir “Buenos días”. ... continue
Posted February 24, 2015 by Dan
Shambhala Day Sun

Shambhala Day Sun – HIGHLIGHT

A report on the Shambhala Day celebrations in Halifax by Patricia Blaine Earlier this week, as we Haligonians huddled around our soup, watching our iced-over windows for the movement of sunlight, questions about the upcoming Shambhala Day whirled in our heads like snow flurries. We pondered such things ... continue
Posted February 22, 2015 by Dan
The Boulder Flood: Notes from High Ground

The Boulder Flood: Notes from High Ground – HIGHLIGHT

As flooding continues in Boulder Valley, Jennifer Holder offers tidbits from a hillside. Just as I sit at my computer to write this, the sun peeks through rainclouds for the second time in four days. It quickly fades, but encourages me on to write this little ... continue
Posted September 13, 2013 by Jennifer Holder

The Lineage Room

I took this snapshot in the Kalapa Court this week while waiting for a meeting with the Sakyong. You may recognize the brocaded seats from recent broadcasts and events. You may not have seen the rest of the radiant implements used by some of the other ... continue
Posted April 24, 2013 by Richard_Reoch

Las enseñanzas del Sákyong sobre los días de döns (2008), con preguntas y respuestas, ya están subtituladas en español e inglés

La temporada de döns ha empezado este año el 31 de enero y se mantiene hasta el 9 de febrero. El Sákyong trata muchos aspectos en su charla y en las preguntas y respuestas pero, como aperitivo, éstas son algunas citas que, espero, resulten interesantes y ... continue
Posted February 10, 2013 by Hamish_MacLaren

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