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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
A Meditation on Pulse

A Meditation on Pulse – HIGHLIGHT

A Shambhala monastic reflects on the meaning of recent events of violence and killing, in the light of Buddhist teachings by Karma Lodro Gyedon  Walking through the lush green trails in Nova Scotia, it is easy to lose myself in the idyllic surroundings of my home monastery. The soft ... continue
Posted July 9, 2016 by CGH
Going Forth on the Fourth

Going Forth on the Fourth – HIGHLIGHT

Celebrating what is good about the United States of America, on what some have started calling “Interdependence Day” by Michael Lerner   Today hundreds of millions of Americans will celebrate all that is good in the history of the United States of America. Even though we know there is ... continue
Posted July 4, 2016 by CGH
Exploring Social Cocoon

Exploring Social Cocoon – HIGHLIGHT

A special weekend program in Boulder, Colorado with Reverend angel Kyodo williams  by Melanie Klein The Boulder Shambhala Center had the great fortune to host a weekend program titled Disrupting Patterns and Embodying Wholeness with Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei in early June. Originally anticipated – by me, ... continue
Posted June 19, 2016 by CGH
Personal Justice

Personal Justice – HIGHLIGHT

An educator contemplates social justice as an essential part of learning, and especially of teaching in the arts Column: Critical Intent by Joanna C. Horton I recall the first time I did an arts activity that woke me up. I was in 4th grade and we were acting like ... continue
Posted May 10, 2016 by CGH
Making Diversity Personal

Making Diversity Personal – HIGHLIGHT

A Shambhala Center responds to the death of a black teenager in their neighborhood, killed by a white police officer. by Shastri Mark Blumenfeld and Miriam Hall On March 6, 2015, Tony Robinson, a nineteen-year-old black teenager, was fatally shot two blocks from the Madison Shambhala Center. This ... continue
Posted March 19, 2016 by CGH


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