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Social Engagement Letter

Social Engagement Letter – HIGHLIGHT

A message to Shambhalians regarding recent events in Charlottesville by the Shambhala Office of Social Engagement We have witnessed and felt the heartbreak of the violent atrocities committed by hate groups including neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, white supremacists, white nationalists, ISIS and other terrorist organizations. Our Shambhala ... continue
Posted September 4, 2017 by CGH
Queer Pride at Shambhala Los Angeles

Queer Pride at Shambhala Los Angeles – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on queer identity and its expression within Shambhala: part three of a three-part series by Eugene Castillo The main question I wanted to address in this series of articles for the Shambhala Times is: “why?” Why have a meditation group for LGBTQI people? Isn’t that another form ... continue
Posted August 31, 2017 by CGH
Celebrating Pride

Celebrating Pride – HIGHLIGHT

Pride, Basic Goodness and Good Society: part two of a three-part series by Eugene Castillo Celebrating our identities as gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans, intersex, questioning, and gender-queer individuals is both an individual process and a communal activity, though it may seem odd at times to the rest of ... continue
Posted August 29, 2017 by CGH
Queer Pride Meditation Group

Queer Pride Meditation Group – HIGHLIGHT

On September 16th, the Shambhala Meditation Center (Eagle Rock) will launch a new program: “Food, Conversation and Meditation” for members of the LGBTQI community by Eugene Castillo “We can use our interconnectedness to cultivate human dignity – the bedrock of all diversity.” (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, The Shambhala Principle) The ... continue
Posted August 27, 2017 by CGH
Everyone Loves a Parade

Everyone Loves a Parade – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhala joins in this year’s Halifax Pride Parade, with an award-winning entry by Seth Levinson For years, just before Pride, a colleague of mine—deeply involved with LGBTQ community in Halifax—would drop by for a chat. We’d wonder together whether we still needed a Pride Parade. And each year ... continue
Posted August 7, 2017 by CGH
The Rough Edges of Basic Goodness

The Rough Edges of Basic Goodness – HIGHLIGHT

Contemplating inclusiveness, social difference, and our organization’s prevailing culture by Michaela McCormick The Portland Shambhala Center’s Listening Team, led by Mark Douglass, met recently to review the latest round of its interviews of a wide variety of our past and present members to learn the ways in which ... continue
Posted May 23, 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
Time to Stand Up

Time to Stand Up – HIGHLIGHT

Inspired by online course EcoSattva 2016, offered by One Earth Sangha, which is still available and strongly recommended by the author.  Thanissara is one of the principle teachers of the course.  The title and final paragraph are paraphrased from her book Time to Stand Up. by Camilo ... continue
Posted January 22, 2017 by CGH
Unraveling Oppression

Unraveling Oppression – HIGHLIGHT

Unraveling oppression and white privilege starts here by Kelsey Blackwell Dad and Me “But all our phrasing—race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy—serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, ... continue
Posted January 13, 2017 by CGH
Race, Love, and Liberation

Race, Love, and Liberation – HIGHLIGHT

A coalition of meditation centers sponsors community conversation around race, power, and unity in North Carolina by Catherine Neill A long time ago, though it’s only been two weeks, we were in church on a Friday night in Durham, North Carolina to hear Rev. angel Kyodo williams. Everything ... continue
Posted November 22, 2016 by
Shambhala Hosts the UNtraining

Shambhala Hosts the UNtraining – HIGHLIGHT

A daylong training session brings together individuals committed to unlearning their social conditioning around race  by Robert Pressnall “Loving yourself is a political act. We are taught not to love ourselves, and from that place we are easily manipulated. Love yourself so much that this love changes the ... continue
Posted October 15, 2016 by CGH
America and Me/Shambhala and Me, Pt 3

America and Me/Shambhala and Me, Pt 3 – HIGHLIGHT

Part three of a three part series describing one Shambhalian’s experience growing up as part of an interracial family by David Ken Engelbrecht Who is this “I” that appears to exist? It might be helpful to ask a similar, but different, question: What do I think our true ... continue
Posted October 13, 2016 by CGH
Practicing Radical Dharma

Practicing Radical Dharma – HIGHLIGHT

by Daniel Phillips  In March of 2015 Reverend angel Kyodo williams Sensei, founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley California, visited the Atlanta Shambhala Center, along with Lama Rod Owens, who is the resident director of the Natural Dharma Fellowship in Cambridge Massachusetts. At the ... continue
Posted October 3, 2016 by CGH
Marching with Pride

Marching with Pride – HIGHLIGHT

Shambhalians in Halifax make a splash of Great Eastern Sun with a float for the local Pride Parade by Dan Corbett How do we show pride in our community? What could be the biggest, most outrageous display we could cast forth before an audience of tens of thousands? ... continue
Posted August 28, 2016 by CGH
Hope and the Spiral of Resentment

Hope and the Spiral of Resentment – HIGHLIGHT

A heartfelt, awake, and compassionate response to the recent shootings in Dallas by Will Handy So we continue in the spiral of resentment and violence. It’s shocking to wake up to five dead police officers and, instead of an anonymous street scene from Some City, it’s an intersection ... continue
Posted July 25, 2016 by CGH


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