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A Promulgation of the Canon Law by Expedient Means!

"I am delighted to be able to write to you to express my appreciation for your courage and devotion. The way you have handled yourselves during this difficult time is a mark of the power of the teachings and of your own intelligence." ~ Osel Tendzin, Thomas Frederick Rich, Jr.

May it defeat the enemy wrongdoing!

རྣམ་པར་སྣང་མཛད
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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Docket

The Docket

"When teachers break the precepts, behaving in ways that are clearly damaging to themselves and others, students must face the situation, even though this can be challenging, criticize openly, that's the only way."

~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

The Noble Assembly vs. Lodro Sertso

FORMAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINT

The Noble Assembly vs. Osel Tendzin

FORMAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINT

Res ipsa loquitur!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Noble Assembly vs. Lodro Sertso

The Noble Assembly vs. Lodro Sertso

The Noble Assembly vs. Lodro Sertso
FORMAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINT

Simon La Haye
Desung General
Shambhala International (Vajradhatu)
Dechen Choling
Mas Marvent
87700 St Yrieix sous Aixe, France
simon_lahaye@dechencholing.org

RE: FORMAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINT

4.0.0 The complaints against said Office Holder constitute Misconduct by an Office Holder of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu);
4.1.0 Summary of Complaint (EXHIBIT DA);
4.2.0 Instances of misconduct involving drugs, sex and alcohol (EXHIBIT DB);
4.3.0 Instances of misconduct involving harassment;
4.3.1 Instances of harassment by threat, duress and coercion (EXHIBIT DC);
4.3.2 Instances of harassment by defamatory publication (EXHIBIT DD);
4.3.3 Instances of harassment by undermining strategy and alliances (EXHIBIT DE);
4.3.4 Instances of harassment by jackalism (EXHIBIT DF);
4.4.0 Observations and analysis EXHIBIT DG;

The Noble Assembly vs. Lodro Sertso

A. Censure

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngakmo Lodro Sertso is a maker of strife, quarrels, disputes, dissension, issues in the Community. The Community is imposing a censure transaction on Ngakmo Lodro Sertso. He to whom the imposition of a censure transaction on Ngakmo Lodro Sertso is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

B. Further Punishment

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngakmo Lodro Sertso, having been accused of an offense, admits it after denying it, denies it after admitting it, evades the issue, tells a conscious lie. The Community is imposing a transaction of further punishment on Ngakmo Lodro Sertso. He to whom the imposition of a transaction of further punishment on Ngakmo Lodro Sertso is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

C. Demotion

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngakmo Lodro Sertso is a maker of strife, quarrels, disputes, dissension, issues in the Community. The Community is imposing a demotion transaction on Ngakmo Lodro Sertso, [saying,] “You are to live in dependence.” He to whom the imposition of a demotion transaction on Ngakmo Lodro Sertso, [saying,] “You are to live in dependence,” is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

D. Banishment

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngakmo Lodro Sertso is endowed with bodily and verbal wrong livelihood. The Community is performing a transaction banishing Ngakmo Lodro Sertso from (place), [saying,] “Ngakmo Lodro Sertso is not to live in (place).” He to whom the performing of a transaction banishing Ngakmo Lodro Sertso from (place), [saying,] “Ngakmo Lodro Sertso is not to live in (place),” is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

E. Reconciliation

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngakmo Lodro Sertso strives for the material loss of (layperson’s name). The Community is imposing a reconciliation transaction on Ngakmo Lodro Sertso, [saying,] “You are to ask forgiveness of (layperson’s name).” He to whom the imposition of a reconciliation transaction on Ngakmo Lodro Sertso, [saying,] “You are to ask forgiveness of (layperson’s name),” is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

F. Suspension For Not Seeing An Offense

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngakmo Lodro Sertso, having fallen into an offense, is not willing to see it. The Community is imposing a suspension transaction on Ngakmo Lodro Sertso for not seeing an offense, so that she has no communion with the Community. He to whom the imposing of a suspension transaction on Ngakmo Lodro Sertso for not seeing an offense, so that she has no communion with the Community is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

G. Suspension For Not Making Amends For An Offense

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngakmo Lodro Sertso, having fallen into an offense, is not willing to make amends for it. The Community is imposing a suspension transaction on Ngakmo Lodro Sertso for not making amends for an offense, so that she has no communion with the Community. He to whom the imposition of a suspension transaction on Ngakmo Lodro Sertso for not making amends for an offense, so that she has no communion with the Community is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

H. Suspension For Not Relinquishing An Evil View

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngakmo Lodro Sertso will not relinquish an evil view. The Community is imposing a suspension transaction on Ngakmo Lodro Sertso for not relinquishing an evil view, so that she has no communion with the Community. He to whom the imposing of a suspension transaction on Ngakmo Lodro Sertso for not relinquishing an evil view, so that she has no communion with the Community is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

I. Rescinding Disciplinary Acts

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngakmo Lodro Sertso, having had a censure transaction imposed on her by the Community, has behaved properly, has lowered her hackles, has mended her ways. The Community is rescinding Ngakmo Lodro Sertso's censure transaction. He to whom the rescinding of Ngakmo Lodro Sertso's censure transaction is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

J. Overturning The Bowl

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. Lodro Sertso strives for the material loss of Ngakmos. The Community is overturning the Community's bowl to Lodro Sertso so that she has no communion with the Community. He to whom the overturning of the Community's bowl to Lodro Sertso so that she has no communion with the Community is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

Access to Insight. (2009). (Thanissaro Bhikkhu Trans.). Original work published (n.d.). (Adaptation).

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The Noble Assembly vs. Osel Tendzin

The Noble Assembly vs. Osel Tendzin

The Noble Assembly vs. Osel Tendzin
FORMAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINT

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VAJRADHATU

Buddhist Church of Canada
L'Eglise Buddhiste du Canada

Board of Directors

Vidyadhara the Venerable
Chogyam Trungpa
President

Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin
Executive Vice President

David I. Rome
Executive Secretary

Lodro Dorje Holm
Head of Practice and Study

Samuel Bercholz
James J. Gimian
Kenneth H. Green
Jeremy J. Hayward
Martin Janowitz
Mitchell M. Levy
Charles G. Leif
Michael A. Root
John W. Roper
Karl G. Springer
Ronald C. Stubbert

Vajradhatu U.S.A.

1345 Spruce Street
Boulder, Colorado 80302

Vajradhatu Europe

Zwetschenweg 23
3550 Marburg Germany

Major Centers

Karma Dzong
1084 Tower Road
Halifax
Nova Scotia B3H 2Y5

Gampo Abbey
Pleasant Bay
Nova Scotia B0E 2P0

Dharmadhatus

Edmonton, Alb.
Montreal, P.Q.
Nelson, B.C.
Ottowa, Ont.
Vancouver, B.C.

An Ontario
Non-Profit
Corporation

STATEMENT TO THE VAJRA REGENT OSEL TENDZIN

The three jewels, gurus of the lineage, herukas, dakinis,
dharmapalas, lokapalas, guide us, inspire us.

Sir, at this time the future of our sangha and the
continuation of the Vidyadhara's teachings are in great
danger because of your actions.

You have engaged in unprotected sexual activity after
knowing you had HIV disease and AIDS illness, with
individuals whom you did not inform of your condition.

You have used your position as Vajra Regent in order to
induce others to fulfill your sexual desires.

Also, you have in our view engaged in the three main
symptoms of corruption described in the Court Vision:

"The first is pleasure-seeking, love of luxury and sexual
indulgence; the second is love of power and indulgence in
the abuse of one's subordinates; the third is
infatuation with one's charisma and intelligence."

These violations have become the source of great pain,
confusion, and loss of heart in our sangha. You have lost
the trust and confidence of your colleagues, the
Directors of Vajradhatu and the Nalanda Foundation, and of a
large number of students of the Vidyadhara. Even now, your
attempt to continue in power is causing further pain and
divisiveness in our world. By all these transgressions, you
have clearly violated your oath as Director of the First
Class of Vajradhatu.

Therefore, as Directors of Vajradhatu and the Nalanda
Foundation and as Ministers of the Realm empowered by the
Vidyadhara and bound by our oaths to him - and also as your
vajra brothers, fellow students and friends - we find it
necessary to clearly censure all these violations - both to
yourself and to the sangha. We find that for the spiritual
welfare and psychological well-being of our communities, in

1084 Tower Road Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2Y5 (902) 425-1118

order not to encourage factions and divisions in the sangha,
and to provide the best opportunity for the continuation of
the Vidyadhara's teachings it would be best for you to
voluntarily withdraw yourself at this time from all
activities of leadership, teaching and administration in the 3
spheres of Vajradhatu, the Nalanda Foundation and the
Kingdom of Shambhala.

Acknowledging our appreciation for your generosity and great
service in the past, to the dharma and to the sangha, we make
this statement with sadness.

We pledge our continuing support for your personal welfare
and that of your family.

With humility and deep devotion to the dharma and the Great
Eastern Sun vision, for the sake of all beings, this
statement has been composed and agreed to at Dorje Dzong,
Halifax, on the 29th day of December, 1988.

(Signatures)

David I. Rome
Loppon Lodro Dorje (Eric Holm)
Jeremy J. Hayward W.O.G.S.
Kenneth H. Green O.G.S.
John W. Roper O.G.S.
Charles G. Leif O.G.S.
Samuel Bercholz O.G.S.
Michael A. Root
Mitchell M. Levy
Kasung Dapon James J. Gimian
Kasung Dapon Martin Janowitz

The Noble Assembly vs. Osel Tendzin

A. Censure

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngagpa Osel Tendzin is a maker of strife, quarrels, disputes, dissension, issues in the Community. The Community is imposing a censure transaction on Ngagpa Osel Tendzin. He to whom the imposition of a censure transaction on Ngagpa Osel Tendzin is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

B. Further Punishment

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngagpa Osel Tendzin, having been accused of an offense, admits it after denying it, denies it after admitting it, evades the issue, tells a conscious lie. The Community is imposing a transaction of further punishment on Ngagpa Osel Tendzin. He to whom the imposition of a transaction of further punishment on Ngagpa Osel Tendzin is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

C. Demotion

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngagpa Osel Tendzin is a maker of strife, quarrels, disputes, dissension, issues in the Community. The Community is imposing a demotion transaction on Ngagpa Osel Tendzin, [saying,] "You are to live in dependence." He to whom the imposition of a demotion transaction on Ngagpa Osel Tendzin, [saying,] "You are to live in dependence," is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

D. Banishment

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngagpa Osel Tendzin is endowed with bodily and verbal wrong livelihood. The Community is performing a transaction banishing Ngagpa Osel Tendzin from (place), [saying,] "Ngagpa Osel Tendzin is not to live in (place)." He to whom the performing of a transaction banishing Ngagpa Osel Tendzin from (place), [saying,] "Ngagpa Osel Tendzin is not to live in (place)," is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

E. Reconciliation

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngagpa Osel Tendzin strives for the material loss of (layperson's name). The Community is imposing a reconciliation transaction on Ngagpa Osel Tendzin, [saying,] "You are to ask forgiveness of (layperson's name)." He to whom the imposition of a reconciliation transaction on Ngagpa Osel Tendzin, [saying,] "You are to ask forgiveness of (layperson's name)," is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

F. Suspension For Not Seeing An Offense

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngagpa Osel Tendzin, having fallen into an offense, is not willing to see it. The Community is imposing a suspension transaction on Ngagpa Osel Tendzin for not seeing an offense, so that he has no communion with the Community. He to whom the imposing of a suspension transaction on Ngagpa Osel Tendzin for not seeing an offense, so that he has no communion with the Community is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

G. Suspension For Not Making Amends For An Offense

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngagpa Osel Tendzin, having fallen into an offense, is not willing to make amends for it. The Community is imposing a suspension transaction on Ngagpa Osel Tendzin for not making amends for an offense, so that he has no communion with the Community. He to whom the imposition of a suspension transaction on Ngagpa Osel Tendzin for not making amends for an offense, so that he has no communion with the Community is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

H. Suspension For Not Relinquishing An Evil View

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngagpa Osel Tendzin will not relinquish an evil view. The Community is imposing a suspension transaction on Ngagpa Osel Tendzin for not relinquishing an evil view, so that he has no communion with the Community. He to whom the imposing of a suspension transaction on Ngagpa Osel Tendzin for not relinquishing an evil view, so that he has no communion with the Community is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

I. Rescinding Disciplinary Acts

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. This Ngagpa Osel Tendzin, having had a censure transaction imposed on him by the Community, has behaved properly, has lowered his hackles, has mended his ways. The Community is rescinding Ngagpa Osel Tendzin's censure transaction. He to whom the rescinding of Ngagpa Osel Tendzin's censure transaction is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

J. Overturning The Bowl

Noble sirs, may the Community listen to me. Osel Tendzin strives for the material loss of Ngagpas. The Community is overturning the Community's bowl to Osel Tendzin so that he has no communion with the Community. He to whom the overturning of the Community's bowl to Osel Tendzin so that he has no communion with the Community is agreeable should remain silent. He to whom it is not agreeable should speak.

Access to Insight. (2009). (Thanissaro Bhikkhu Trans.). Original work published (n.d.). (Adaptation).

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Friday January 16 Shambhala News Service, World, other

Earth Mouse | Year in Review

January 16, 2009 – 1:54 am | Permalink |

Compassionate Leadership Tour

In September 2008, Queen Noor of Jordan, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Rabbi Irwin Kula came together at Goldman Sachs, NYU and Tufts University to discuss compassionate leadership. Read article about the tour on SunSpace, the new Shambhala Sun blog, or watch a video on the Viva Peace website, launched in conjunction with the Compassionate Leadership tour.

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2009/01/16/earth-mouse-year-in-review/

Saturday February 14 Community Articles, Southern States

Refuge Vow Ceremony in San Antonio

February 14, 2009 – 2:24 pm | Permalink |

Januray 21st was a very special night at the Shambhala Meditation Center of San Antonio as six people took their refuge vows and became Buddhists. Acharya Moh Hardin was our preceptor, complemented by his wife Sangyum Cynde Grieve.

From: San Antonio Shambhala News Magazine

“The tradition from which we come is extraordinarily rich, and I look forward to our sharing some of this richness together.”

~ Acharya Moh Hardin , The Origins of Our Shambhala Tradition, October 31 – November 1, 2009, Houston, Texas

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Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2009/02/14/refuge-vow-ceremony/

Scene and Heard Wednesday March 04

FOX Breaking News Story On Meditation

March 4, 2009 – 6:26 pm | Permalink |

On February 27th, the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York welcomed a crew from FOX News to film a short piece for FoxNewsHealth.com. They came to film Shambhalian Susan Piver giving meditation instruction and to interview students on the benefits of meditation in their daily lives. The piece is being featured on FoxNewsHealth.com and is being fed to all the Fox Affiliated this week.

Click here to go to the FOX News Story: Healing Through Meditation

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2009/03/04/fox-breaking-news-story-on-meditation/

Scene and Heard Tuesday April 21

Shambhala Shows Up on Huffington Post

April 21, 2009 – 1:26 am | Permalink |

THE HUFFINGTON POST
September 6, 2010

Waylon Lewis
Founder of elephantjournal.com and the Walk the Talk Show
Posted: March 24, 2009 04:57 PM

Buddhist Advice For Tough Times... via Sakyong Mipham

Click here to read the rest of the article, which includes several videos of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2009/04/21/shambhala-shows-up-on-huffington-post/

Wednesday May 27 Mandala Projects

New Community Care Council

May 27, 2009 – 8:26 pm | Permalink |

In the Tenets of Shambhala Governance, it is written “Our shared Shambhala vision is to create enlightened society actually, not merely metaphorically.

The Council is composed of members of the Sakyong’s Council who are Chairpersons of Working Groups, as well as the Sakyong’s Council Representative to Shambhala Center Directors, the Commander of the Desung Corps, the Chairperson of the Shambhala Commission on the Status of Women and Feminine Principle, and representatives from the International Care & Conduct Panel, as follows:

Sangyum Agness Au, Chairperson of the Shambhala Commission on the Status of Women and Feminine Principle agnessau@turtlemap.com
Debbie Coats, Commander of the Desung Corps dcoats01@shambhala.org
Amy Conway, Chair, Community Care Working Group amyconway@gmail.com
Debra Drexler, Representative to the Shambhala Center Directors debdr@localnet.com
Joe Inskeep, Mandala Structure and Governance joseph.inskeep@verizon.net
John Sennhauser , International Care and Conduct Panel jsennhaus@aol.com
Irene Vliegenthart , International Care and Conduct Panel irenev@xs4all.nl
Mary Whetsell ; Chairperson, Community Care Council mwhetsell@mindspring.com
Jessyca Goldstein, Touching the Earth jessyca75@gmail.com
Susan Willams, Children and Families saw@originbiomed.com
Sekayi Stringer, Diversity leung_charlene@sbcglobal.net
Dave Whitehorn, Care of the Aging davidwhitehorn@eastlink.ca
Hamish Maclaren, Accessibility and Disability maclaren@earthlink.net

The Diversity Working Group, chaired by Charlene Leung leung_charlene@sbcglobal.net

The Touching the Earth Working Group, chaired by Elizabeth Kanard ekanard@gmail.com

Your thoughts, comments and questions about the Community Care Council are very much welcomed.

Please contact Mary Whetsell at mwhetsell@mindspring.com

Thursday May 28 Featured Stories

Interview with Debbie Coats, Desung Arm Commander

May 28, 2009 – 9:21 pm | Permalink |

Being a desung often means choosing to step in to situations that are uncomfortable or perhaps frightening. In our community desung are kasung who focus on issues of health and well-being or conflicts. So if people are in distressing circumstances or conflicts are occurring, for example between members in a Shambhala group, the desung role is to notice what is happening and make sure that the situation is addressed and related to in the most appropriate way.

Interview by Dan Peterson

The care and conduct policy is Shambhala’s version of a complaint policy, and it aims to protect members of Shambhala by making sure that if some members of the community or of the leadership are behaving in a way that harms or could cause harm to others, that can be addressed effectively and in an enlightened way. The policy can be invoked by any member of Shambhala or by anyone attending a Shambhala Center who sees behavior that concerns them.

To go back to the care and conduct policy, it is important that people know about it, and a copy should be posted in every Shambhala Center, with names of people to contact if there are concerns. I would encourage people to ask the director of their center to put a copy of the policy in a public place if it is not posted already. It is also available online here.

Permalink: http://www.shambhala.org/congress/care/documents/CARE_CONDUCT0707_137.pdf

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Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2009/05/28/interview-with-debbie-coats/

Friday May 29 Mandala Projects

Supporting Enlightened “Care and Conduct”

May 29, 2009 – 10:01 am | Permalink |

By Irene Vliegenthart

The Shambhala Care and Conduct document is based on the view that the Shambhala mandala is committed to creating enlightened society. As well, the members of the Shambhala community are inspired by the teachings to conduct themselves in a manner that brings forth the wisdom of enlightenment as part of a society where people naturally care for themselves and each other.

If a problem cannot be resolved locally or if a complaint is made against a person holding a leadership position in Shambhala, the International Care and Conduct Panel will be asked to help. The panel consists of three people representing the three pillars of Shambhala: the church, the government and the Dorje Kasung. The current panel members are Acharya Dale Asrael dasrael@naropa.edu, who recently replaced Acharya Christie Cashman ccashman@shambhala.org; John Sennhauser jsennhaus@aol.com, representing the government (Office of the Sakyong), who has been a member since the initiation of the panel; and Irene Vliegenthart irenev@xs4all.nl, the Desung officer on the panel (she replaced the Desung General, Simon LaHaye simon_lahaye@dechencholing.org, in 2005).

Anyone involved in the case may make a written appeal to the President of Shambhala, Mr. Richard Reoch president@shambhala.org.

The name of the new Acharya on the Care and Conduct panel who replaced Dale Asrael in 2010 is Emily Bower ebower@shambhala.com who will represent the pillar of the church.

John Sennhauser is an attorney whose involvement with Shambhala began in the 1970s when he moved to Boulder, Colorado to study theater and dance at Naropa University. There he met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and became his student. He is currently the chairman of the Shambhala Trust and continues to perform from time to time.

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Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2009/05/29/care-and-conduct/

Thursday Jul 16 Featured Stories

On Differing Views and Paths

July 16, 2009 – 6:00 am | Permalink |

Shambhala Times is delighted to publish this interview, conducted by Andrew Safer and published in conjunction with Radio Free Shambhala.

Radio Free Shambhala: As you know, there has been tension and disagreement between some of Trungpa Rinpoche’s senior students and some of the students of the Sakyong, regarding changes to the practice path and differences of view. Many of these senior students do not feel that there is room for them within the Shambhala mandala.

Richard Reoch : It’s true that some of the long-term students of the Vidyadhara feel like they’re not supported. I and others have been in conversation with some of the long-term acharyas to see what is the practice support that is needed that would continue to nurture their path, and not make them feel excluded.

RFS: Sometimes the samaya of these senior students has been questioned.

Richard Reoch : That’s not what I feel Shambhala vision is about. I do not believe we should be commenting on or having the presumption to comment on another practitioner’s samaya. We all have a common, deep karmic connection. Probably most of us can’t even fathom it. We are all in this extraordinary lineage stream. We have a deep shared vision, at least about what Shambhala means, in an archetypal sense, in our subconscious.

To regard someone who is maintaining samaya within the Shambhala lineage as a dissenter is a mistaken view. It is not helpful to comment on the legitimacy of another person’s practice of samaya.

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Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2009/07/16/on-differing-views-and-paths/

Friday October 2 Dharma Teachings, Sakyong and Family

Taking Refuge

October 2, 2009 – 8:00 am | Permalink |

By Sakyong Mipham

The Tibetan word for refuge means “to be protected by.” Every day we wake up and tacitly take refuge in something that we think will offer us security and protection. Most of the time we put our poker chip on the little thing that says “desire.” We spend our time chasing worldly gains. We take refuge in comfort, in having things, in being busy.

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with external pleasures, when we believe that our happiness depends on them, we’re reinforcing a circular and endless process that results in pain, suffering, and disillusionment. This is called samsara. We work hard for what we think we want and when we get it, we don’t feel the happiness we expected.

In formally becoming Buddhists we take refuge in the three jewels: the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha.

Click here to continue reading the October dharma teachings offering from www.Sakyong.com

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
View from 15 km above 44°39'N 63°34'W

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2009/10/02/taking-refuge/

Tuesday November 17 Shambhala News Service

Shambhala Congress Explores Community and Conflict

November 17, 2009 – 10:45 am | Permalink |

More than 150 Shambhalians from all corners of the world gathered in Halifax, the Shambhala capital, for the Fourth Shambhala Congress, from 9 to 11 November.

The Congress discussions were based on advance consultation with centres and groups to establish the topics that people most wanted to discuss.

The vast majority of the Congress time was devoted to group discussion of these themes:

1. How do we work with conflict and/or differing points of view in our community?

To read the provisional report of the Congress, please click here.

Immediately following the Congress, the Mandala Council (on which all Shambhala Centres have a seat) met to discuss the many suggestions arising from the priorities identified by the Congress and forward its sense of priorities to the Sakyong’s Council for decision. The outcome of those discussions will be shared with the entire mandala later this week.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
View from 15 km above 44°39'N 63°34'W

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2009/11/17/shambhala-congress-explores-community-and-conflict/

Wednesday November 25 Community Articles, Great Lakes

Chicago report on the 4th Shambhala Congress, Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada November 9-12, 2009

November 25, 2009 – 12:18 am | Permalink |

In Shambhala, the biannual Congresses have developed as a forum available to all members for information-sharing on Shambhala activities, and priority development for the mandala. Halifax is considered the capital of Shambhala, where the international headquarters is located. Some very capable members in Halifax are working on a project to build the Kalapa Capital Center, to manifest the presence and confidence of the Shambhala community. This impressive structure will house the Halifax Shambhala Center, as well as the offices of other Halifax Shambhala groups, such as Shambhala Online, Shambhala Media, and possibly host other groups as well.

Several important milestones were observed during the Congress. Fleet Maull of Boulder, was appointed to be an Acharya, and Sangyum Wendy Friedman was named to the post of Director of the Office of Culture and Decorum, reporting to the Sakyong Wangmo. Warrior-General Marty Janowitz was honored for his profound contributions to the energy of the kingdom of Shambhala through his work with the Warriors of the Lodge, the Council of Governors, and Warriors at the centers. All of these Warriors are now retiring. Because manifesting Shambhala, or enlightened society, has been established as the central mission of our mandala, we are all asked to step up and be bodhisattva-warriors for peace and prosperity everywhere.

During the Congress, issues submitted for discussion by centers from all over the world were discussed and recommendations developed. Some of the most popular were

• How do we work with conflict and differing points of view in our community?
• How can we best relate to finances and fundraising?
• How can we best develop and support volunteers?

In addition, the topic One Mandala, Many Paths was discussed in several plenary sessions. To read the preliminary report from all of these discussions, go to http://www.shambhala.org/community/congress.php

Several of the current Working Groups on the Sakyong’s Council are being included in a body called the Community Care Council, chaired by Mary Whetsell . In part this is because they share many concerns, such as caring for different groups of sangha members. Mary presented an overview of the results of a comprehensive survey of a random sample of shambhala members worldwide. For more information about the survey, see the Shambhala News Service article

The next Congress will be held sometime in 2011, probably in Europe, perhaps Amsterdam. It is open to all members—wouldn’t you like to go?

From: Chicago News Magazine

Chicago, Illinois, USA
View from 15 km above 41°52'N 87°38'W

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2009/11/25/chicago-report-on-the-4th-shambhala-congress-halifax-nova-scotia-canada-november-9-12-2009/

Great Lakes, Scene and Heard Sunday March 07

Globe & Mail article on how to say your sorry

March 7, 2010 – 3:07 pm | Permalink |

Madeline Conacher, a member and teacher at the Toronto Shambhala Centre, was quoted recently in an article in Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail.

Micah Toub, in his column “A man’s guide to avoiding premature apology,” discusses how to say your sorry.

Referring to Sakyong Mipham’s book, Ruling Your World, Madeline says,

“In it, he [Sakyong Mipham] talks about how the most important quality you need is discernment – not to rush into things and to be humble and to really look before you leap”… “So before you speak or act, really think about and decide what you want to say.”

From: Toronto Shambhala Community News

The Globe and Mail
Published on Thursday, Mar. 04, 2010 5:36PM EST
Micah Toub: The Other Half

A man’s guide to avoiding premature apology

Not surprisingly, what I often get in response is: “Don’t just say ‘I’m sorry’ if you don’t mean it.” But didn’t I?

I asked Jennifer Thomas, co-author of The Five Languages of Apology: How to Experience Healing in All Your Relationships, if a too-hasty apology can be problematic. To which she responded, without any sign of remorse, “It may just be that it’s a lame apology.”

She went on to explain that saying “I’m sorry” just scratches the surface of what she and Gary Chapman have defined as the five basic “languages” of apology: expressing regret (“I’m sorry”); accepting responsibility (“I was wrong”); making restitution (doing an unrelated loving thing like buying flowers); genuinely repenting (getting around to actually changing your behaviour); and requesting forgiveness (you know, grovelling).

Permalink: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/family-and-relationships/a-mans-guide-to-avoiding-premature-apology/article1490110/

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2010/03/07/how-to-say-your-sorry/

Sunday Mar 14 Community Articles

Bringing Conflict to the Path

March 14, 2010 – 2:31 pm | Permalink |

A Gateway to Enlightened Society, By John Fox

As a participant in the 2009 Congress, John Fox returned from Halifax inspired, and also eager to continue a dialog begun there concerning how to bring conflict and differing points of view to the Path. The particular breakout group John participated in convened over two and a half days, and was asked to address the question ‘How do we work with conflict and/or different points of view in our community?’ John offers the following summary in the hope that this important topic will continue to be discussed and contemplated. Concrete suggestions for how to move forward also emerged and are described below.

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2010/03/14/bringing-conflict-to-the-path/

Shambhala News Service

New Shastri Position Announced

May 6, 2010 – 5:00 pm | Permalink |

The Sakyong has created a new position, known as shastri, in the teaching mandala of Shambhala. In Sanskrit, shastri literally means, “teacher learned in the texts and commentaries.”

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2010/05/06/new-shastri-position-announced/

Atlantic Canada, Community Articles, Sakyong and Family Tuesday July 27

Canadian Media has its Eye on Royal Birth

July 27, 2010 – 9:00 am | Permalink |

TheChronicleHerald.ca
Buddhist king, queen to have baby in Halifax
by SHERRI BORDEN COLLEY Staff Reporter
Mon, JUL 26 - 12:45 PM

Click here to read the Chronicle Herald’s coverage of our expecting royal family.

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2010/07/27/canadian-media-has-its-eye-on-royal-birth/

Featured Stories, Video, Audio, Photos

Meet the Newly Appointed Shastris

August 5, 2010 – 5:45 am | Permalink |

As the culmination of an intensive training program, held in mid-July, nearly sixty shastris were appointed in a ceremony conducted by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

From the Shambhala News Service…

Friday evening 16 July the Sakyong ceremonially installed 58 shastris in a heartfelt ceremony at Shambhala Mountain Center. Having successfully completed a training program led by the Kalapa Acharya Lobel, Acharya Simmer-Brown and Ms Carolyn Mandelker, these individuals hold a new teaching and mentoring position within the Shambhala mandala.

For a complete list of the shastri and the centres and regions they represent, please visit:

http://www.shambhala.org/teachers/index.php

Photos courtesy of Becky Hazell, Betsy Pond and Dominique Malardo.

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2010/08/05/meet-the-newly-appointed-shastris/

Shastri

In 2010, the Sakyong empowered a group of about 60 teachers in the Shambhala mandala to the new role of shastri. In Sanskrit, shastri literally means "teacher learned in the texts and commentaries". The shastris have been selected from our dedicated senior teachers, as well as from newer, youger teachers and will serve a term of three years. Additional shastris will be appointed in future years, as the needs of our local and regional centres become more clarified.

View a list of the first group of shastris.

Shambhala Shastris

North America

West Coast:

Bay Area:
Charlene Leung
Melissa Moore
Alan Schwartz

Los Angeles:
Pam Bothwell

Vancouver
Susan Chapman

Victoria, BC
Becky Hazell

Seattle
Ben Hines
Matthew Lyon (both would also serve Portland)

East Coast:

Ottawa
Henry Chapin (regional, including Toronto, Kingston, etc.)

Montreal
Ani Lodro Palmo

Karme Choling and Region
Bill Brauer

Washington, DC
Jerry Webster

Philadelphia
Alexander deVaron

Baltimore
Andrew Sacamano
Linda Catling

Lexington
Shelley Heinz

Florida
Gayle Van Gils

New York City
Ethan Nichtern

Birmingham and Atlanta
Chuck Whetsell

Boston and region
Diana Evans
Frank Ryan
Carolyn Krusinski

Maritime Provinces:

Halifax
Benoit Cote
Mary Campbell
David Sable

Nova Scotia
Alice Haspray

New Brunswick (Fredericton, Moncton, and St. John)
Veit Weber

Central US and Canada:

Milwaukee
Alan Anderson

Chicago
Marita McLaughlin
David Stone

Austin
Larry Higgins
George Hasty (Posthumous appointment)

San Antonio
Betsy Pond
Linda Mockeridge

Boulder
Holly Gayley
Samten Kobelt

SMC
Dan Hessey (and regional)

Denver
Jeffrey Stevens

Globally

New Zealand
Marian Bond

Chile (Santiago)
Magali Meneses
Jaime Sepulveda

Europe

United Kingdom
Peter Conradi
Orhun Cercel
Jim O’Neill
Jane Hope

Spain
Alfonso Taboada

Netherlands
Marianne Bots
Hans Zwart
Cor Laven

Germany
Marburg—Jutta Alberti
Freiburg—Dorothea Gadecke
Hamburg—Friedrich Spengelin, Beate Kirchoff-Schlage
Cologne—Sabine Rolf, Arnd Riester
Munich—Petra Drummer

France
Catherine Eveillard-Elsky
Dominique Malardier
Christina de Block

Austria
Vienna: Otto Pichelhoffer

The Office of the Kalapa Court is pleased to announce the appointment of a total of thirty-six new shastris by the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, effective for three year terms beginning this fall. Eleven shastris were empowered at Dechen Choling; another twenty-five have now been appointed by the Kalapa Court at this time. These shastris join over fifty shastris appointed in the spring and summer of 2010, now two years into their terms.

NORTH AMERICA

West Coast

Portland --- Rayna Jacobson
Bellingham --- Sarah Addison
Vancouver --- John Fox
Victoria --- Maria Stella
Berkeley --- Sandra Ladley
Davis --- Manuel Medeiros
San Francisco --- Amy Conway

East Coast, Atlantic Canada

Anapolis Royal --- Christine Sloan
Albany --- Ellen Rook
Burlington --- Myra Woodruff
Baltimore --- Stephen Clarke
Providence --- Richard Sylvester
Atlanta --- Sekayi Stringer
Durham --- Tom Brothers
Palm Beach --- Brett Ferrigan
Pioneer Valley --- Andrea Darby

Central

Boulder --- Janet Solyntjes and Andrew Sacamano
Madison --- Mark Blumenfeld
Austin --- Iris Ramos

EUROPE

Dublin --- Mark Duggan and Mimi Vasiulis
Madrid --- Felipe Rodriguez
Amsterdam --- Wolf van Lieshout
Germany and Greece --- Yeshe Fuchs
Montpelier, Fr. --- Suzanne Prysor-Jones
Vienna --- Ernst Steininger
Poland --- Chandali Pietrzykowska
Italy --- Brian Hilliard
Ukraine --- Maksym Lan
Switzerland --- Regula Stockli-Imfeld
Scandinavia --- Alex Paterson

CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA and AFRICA

Mexico --- Gary Hubiak and Lourdes Alvarez
San Paulo, Brazil --- York Stillman
Capetown, SA --- Jennifer Woodhull

Permalink: http://shambhala.org/teachers/index.php

Monday August 09 Mandala Projects

Build It! Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

August 9, 2010 – 7:51 pm | Permalink |

This is the first blog post that is translated into multiple languages to facilitate reading for people around the world. At this time we have translated the post from English into Dutch, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese. If you have comments on the translation, please email, sbaker@kalapacapitalcentre.org

English

The following is an excerpt from a filmed interview with Shambhala President Richard Reoch on the Kalapa Capital Centre. The filmed interview is the post just below.

If you think about all the great empires that have existed and the great nations that still exist, every one of those has had at its heart an amazing building, and that building is recognizable in photographs and films and is actually part of human imagination. They’re all beacons that express the culture and the way of life and the aspirations of those civilizations….Of course, the building of Shambhala would have an amazing structure at its heart. Now is the time that the Sakyong has placed the dot and said, “Build it.”

From: Kalapa Capital Centre

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2010/08/09/build-it-sakyong-mipham-rinpoche/

"In the early Pali texts, there is a record of the Buddha's disciples asking him in what language they should teach the dharma. They asked him this after he had exhorted them to go forth and teach "for the well-being and happiness of the many". He replied that they should teach in the languages of the local people wherever they went. This emphasis on speaking to people in their own language is also part of our Shambhala tradition. The Vidyadhara worked very hard to ensure that the dharma was translated properly for westerners. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has urged us to continue this tradition in Europe so that the dharma can more and more be taught and heard by people in their native languages. Indeed, translation has been identified as one of the top six priorities for services in our mandala in recommendations being presented to the Shambhala Congress by the working group on structure and governance."

~ President Richard Reoch , Opening address, Translators Conference, Cologne, January 2005.

Shambhala Translation Committee Coordinators

Austria:
Ingrid Hollfeiner Ingrid.hoffellner@chello.at

Brazil:
Coordinator: Oddone Marsiaj omarsiaj@uol.com.br ; oddone@shambhala-brasil.org

Chile:
Coordinator: Gilda Aceituno gaceituno@vtr.net

China: USA: Yeachin Tsai www.yeachin.net ; yeachin@earthlink.net

Czech Republic:
Coordinator: Michaela Pappova mpappova@seznam.cz

Denmark:
Sören Julin Frederiksen asitis@cheerful.com

France: Les Traductions Mañjushri
Coordinator: Rohini Schiff rohini.schiff@free.fr

Germany: Ajita Übersetzungsgruppe
Coordinator: Hans-Peter Hulliger h.p.hulliger@gmx.ch ; h.p.hulliger@gmx.de

Greece:
Coordinator: Klairi Draghiou klairi_d@yahoo.com

Halifax: Nalanda Translation Committee http://www.shambhala.org/ntc/
Executive Director: Acharya Larry Mermelstein lmermelstein@shambhala.org

Iran:

Italy:
Coordinator: Giovanna Lucchini gio.vanna@bluewin.ch

Korea:

The Netherlands: Nalanda Vertalingen
Coordinator: Ans de Vries anstext@xs4all.nl

Mexico:
Coordinator: Cecilia Amador jcamador@prodigy.net.mx ; dekyidrolma@gmail.com

Poland:
Coordinator: Roman Skrypcak rocznyl@yahoo.com

Quebec: Les Tranductions Nalanda
Coordinator: Andree Lapierre andree.lapierre@csn.qc.ca

Romania:

Russia:

Spain: Comite Nalanda España
Coordinator: Rafael Aranguren rparanguren@wanadoo.es

Sweden:
Coordinator: Birgitta Marteleur birgitta@avancera.a.se

Ukraine:

The Translators

Alexandra Kalinine (Paris)
Pascal Machado (Ottawa, Canada)
Danielle Blouin (Halifax, Canada)
Suzanne Schecter Côté (Ottawa, Canada)
Rohini Schiff (Corte, Corsica)
Konstanze Brockstedt (Dechen Chöling, France)
Maria Bolda (Hamburg, Germany)
Franz Lüke (Marburg, Germany)
Victor Piatnitski (Kiev, Ukraine)
Aleksey Mikhanchuk (Kiev, Ukraine)
Vladyslav Zhurba (Kiev, Ukraine)
Alenka-Bajec (Ljubljana-Slovenia)
Tatiana-Papas (Athens, Greece)
Olga Papalexandrou (Athens, Greece)
Luz Rodriguez (Cadanes Pilona, Spain)
Sergio Gomez (Santiago, Chile)
Jarek Paslawski (Szczecin, Poland)
Alicia Negri (Sao Paulo, Brasil)
Oddone Marsiaj (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Valéria Pasta (Denver and Sao Paulo)
Yeachin Tsai (Albany, NewYork. Chinese translator)
Chien Ni (Taipei, Taiwan)
Birgitta Marteleur (Stockholm, Sweden)
Antonella Macconi (Casa Garuda, Italy)
Simba, Eun Hye Shim (Boulder, Colorado. Korean translator)
Seweryn Julien (Szczecin, Danish)
Alice Buehler (Prague, The Czech Republic)
Leal Abbott (Woodland, California. Proofreader extraordinaire)

Ten in Chinese by Yeachin Tsai, Chien Ni, and other members of the Taipei sangha; two in Czech by Alice Buehler; two in Arabic by Arthur Zarate; two in Italian by Brian Hilliard and Antonella Macconi; two in Swedish; one in Korean by Simba, Eun Hye Shim; one in Persian Farsi, (prefers to remain anonymous); one in Danish by Seweryn Julien.

Alexandra Kalinine and Rohini Schiff-Bhagwat for Shambhala en Fracais; Pascal Machado, Danielle Blouin, and Suzanne Schecter Côté in Canada; Konstanze Brockstedt, Maria Bolda, Tobias Kroll, Franz Lüke, and Irena Andersen for Shambhala auf Deutsch; A group led by Alenka Bajec Strle in Slovenia; Aleksey Mikhanchuk and Victor Piatnitski for Шамбала по-русски (Shambhala in Russian); Vlad Zhurba for Як медитувати (Ukraine); Luz Rodrigues for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche en español and also the captioning of almost all of the videos on the Sakyong’s English channel; Sergio Gomez for the Latin American Spanish translation of Learning to Meditate; Alicia Negri and Oddone Marsiaj (who also translated the book “Truth of Suffering”), Carlos A. Inada, Lely Abud, Helena Hungria, Walter Morita, Maristela Leal Casati, and Valéria Pasta for Shambhala em português; Jaroslaw Paslawski for Szambala polska (Shambhala in Polish); Tatiana Papas for Σαμπάλα Ελλάδα (Shambhala Greece).

Shambhala en Français has been possible thanks mostly to the amazing translating work on the videos by Alexandra Kalinine, in Paris. Also the translating of videos by Pascal Machado, Danielle Blouin, and Suzanne Schecter Côté in Canada, and Rohini Schiff-Bhagwat in France.

Shambhala auf Deutsch is thanks to the great translating work on the videos by Konstanze Brockstedt, Maria Bolda, Heike Sauer, Tobias Kroll, Franz Lüke, Sang-Gye Buschmann, and Irena Andersen.

Šambala Ljubljana (in Slovene) is due to the efforts of a group of translators in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, led by Alenka Bajec Strle, who also set up the YouTube channel.

Шамбала по-русски (Shambhala in Russian) is thanks to the great work of Aleksey Mikhanchuk in Kiev, who translated most of the videos, Victor Piatnitski translated some as well, and Vlad Zhurba who did the Ukrainian translation of Як медитувати.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche en español . Luz Rodrigues did all the translating for this one. She did almost all the videos on the Sakyong’s English channel, so it seemed a Spanish version of that would be a good way to go. Sergio Gomez did the Latin American Spanish translation of Learning to Meditate.

Shambhala en español Again Luz Rodrigues did all the translating for this one.

Shambhala em português. The translation was done by the team in Sao Paulo led by Alicia Negri and includes Oddone Marsiaj (who has just finished the translation of the book “Truth of Suffering”), Carlos A. Inada (also does Dharma/Art http://blog.dharma.art.br), Lely Abud, Helena Hungria, Walter Morita, Breno Rodrigues, and Maristela Leal Casati. Valéria Pasta translated the video titles and some of the text on the channel.

Szambala polska (Shambhala in Polish) is thanks to Jaroslaw Paslawski who did all the translation and set up the channel.

Shambhala Greece, ÓáìðÜëá Åë is thanks to Tatiana Papas who set up the channel. Thanks also to her and Olga Papalexandrou for translating the videos.

There are also translations in several other languages that don’t have their own channels yet. These are all on videos on the Sakyong’s channels as well as the other channels that have those videos; although some are the “unlisted” Shambhala Day, Harvest of Peace, etc. videos:

8 Czech by Alice Buehler 2 Arabic by Arthur Zarate 5 Italian by Brian Hilliard and Antonella Macconi, Gio Lucchini, and Paola Pavese. 5 Swedish by Nina Jones and anonymous 1 Korean by Simba, Eun Hye Shim 1 Persian Farsi, (prefers to remain anonymous) 2 Danish by Seweryn Julien

Tremendous thanks to Leal Abbott for proof reading the English captions for most of all of these videos and to Phyllis Ohm who has also proofed quite a few.

Many thanks also to Alan Kelly who transcribed and captioned some of the Vidyadhara’s videos.

Thanks to the several new transcribers who have joined in to help this effort: Mark Wilhelmi, Laura Mae Noble, Cynther Greene, Travis May, Catherine Neill, Jill Sandleben and Bonnie Miller.

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Permalink: http://translators.shambhala.info/

Sakyong and Family Thursday August 26

Halifax Mayor Congratulates Their Majesties on Birth of First Child

August 26, 2010 – 11:33 am | Permalink |

In a letter dated to August 16, the mayor of Halifax, Peter Kelly, extends congratulates to Their Majesties for the birth of their first child on behalf of the residents of Halifax and the Halifax Regional Council. The letter states, “We are honoured that you chose to have this blessed event here in our midst, in what has become, by your welcome presence, the spiritual centre of the worldwide Shambhala community.”

Read the letter in full: jetsun-drukmo-halifax-mayor-congratulations

To the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo
Shambhala International
1084 Tower Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2Y5

Your Majesties,

On behalf of the residents of Halifax Regional Municipality and members of Halifax Regional Council, I would like to extend to you our very best wishes and warmest congratulations on the birth of your first child, the Princess Drukmo Yeshe Sarasvati Ziji Mukpo.

We are honoured that you chose to have this blessed event here in our midst, in what has become, by your welcome presence, the spiritual centre of the worldwide Shambhala community.

May the Princess grow up knowing only peace, tranquility and happiness and so be able to inspire the same in everyone else.

Respectfully, I remain

Peter Kelly
Mayor

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2010/08/26/halifax-mayor-congratulates-their-majesties-on-birth-of-first-child/

Sangha Mobilizing to Support Those Displaced by Boulder Fire

Sep 10, 2010

As reported in national news, over 6,000 acres of forested land in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado have burned in the last week.

Many people have lost their homes in the fire, including a members of the Shambhala sangha. While there has been no loss of human life, countless animals have no doubt died, and thousands of residents have been evacuated. Read the Shambhala Times for updated stories and photos: http://shambhalatimes.org/

The Boulder Shambhala Center is offering support by collecting a list of resources from the local sangha, including places for people and their pets to stay until they are able to return home or begin building a new life. Marpa House is welcoming as many displaced sangha as they can accommodate and the Desung arm of the Dorje Kasung has been in touch with people personally to offer support.

Initial planning stages are underway for a practice event for those who are struggling throughout the city, regardless of their membership status or involvement in Buddhism.

For the international community, tonglen and compassion practices are encouraged, as natural disasters provide a potent time to contemplate the truth of suffering and impermanence.

(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)

Community Articles Friday September 10

Sangha Mobilizing to Support Those Displaced by Boulder Fire

September 10, 2010 – 2:30 pm | Permalink |

As reported in national news, over 6,000 acres of forested land in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado have burned in the last week. Boulder is an important part of Shambhala’s international geography, and for over 35 years the beautiful landscape has hosted a large and committed practice community.

Many people have lost their homes in the fire, including a few members of the Shambhala sangha. Thousands have been evacuated and as the flames come close to threatening the town itself, even more people are expected to leave their homes and belongings.

This is a time to gather local and international support. The Boulder Shambhala Center is collecting a list of resources from the local sangha, including places for people and their pets to stay until they are able to return home or begin to build a new life. Marpa House is welcoming as many displaced sangha as they can accommodate and the Desung arm of the Dorje Kasung has been in touch with people personally to offer support.

Initial planning stages are underway for an event intended to hold space for people who are struggling throughout the city, regardless of their membership status or involvement in Buddhism.

For the international community, tonglen and compassion practices are encouraged, as natural disasters provide a potent time to contemplate the truth of impermanence.

Stay tuned for more articles from the Shambhala Times.

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2010/09/10/sangha-mobilizing-to-support-those-displaced-by-boulder-fire/

Rapid response supports Sakyong's return to retreat

Sep 30, 2010

Within the first two days of a mandala-wide effort to support the Sakyong's return to retreat, sangha members have donated more than enough to fund a month of his final five months of deep practice.

The letter to all Shambhalians was sent individually on Tuesday this week. By the end of Wednesday 70 donors had offered more than $18,000. This covers the costs for a month of retreat. Further gifts, expected over the next few days, will go towards the remaining months. Contributions may be made at http://shambhala.org/giving/fallsponsorshipcalendar.php

At the mid-point of his retreat, the Sakyong wrote: "As many of you know, I have undertaken this retreat in the year of the Iron Tiger. According to Tibetan astrology, it was considered an obstacle year, as well as being a pivotal year for myself. Therefore, I have reduced my activity and entered into this retreat... This has been a powerful and meaningful time. More than ever, I feel how fortunate we are to have these teachings... These days, even though we may feel overwhelmed and weak, we can still help the world and guide it in a positive direction... I cannot express how much I appreciate the effort and determination that you all have, for being on this journey is not easy. But it is through your determination and courage that I myself am inspired...I intend to continue my retreat through the remainder of the year, concluding it after Shambhala Day. I think of you all, every single day."

If you would like to make an offering at this point in the Sakyong's retreat, it would be in the form of taking on the role of patron for part or all of one of the days from the beginning of October through February, when the Sakyong will conclude this phase of the retreat on Shambhala Day 5 March. In accord with traditional ritual, the names of the patrons will be read aloud daily.

If you wish, you can dedicate your contribution, not only to the well-being of the Sakyong's retreat, but also to any special person or event in your life -- it could be an aspiration for a person who is ill, for someone who is close to death or had died, for a newborn child (or a child about to be born!) and so on. To select the period of time for which you wish to be a patron, and make your contribution, please visit http://shambhala.org/giving/fallsponsorshipcalendar.php

For the full text of the letter sent to the mandala earlier this week, please click here http://www.shambhala.org/giving/fallretreatletter.php

Permalink: http://shambhala.org/community/sns/index.php?id=570

Shambhala membership now 8,000 in 47 countries

Oct 22, 2010

Shambhala's recorded membership worldwide reached 8,000 this month. The 8,000 Shambhala members recorded on the Shambhala database are spread across 47 countries, in addition to many more "friends of Shambhala". There are currently 214 Shambhala centres and groups (including our major practice centres) worldwide.

Permalink: http://shambhala.org/community/sns/index.php?id=573

"The Corporation shall not have members."

~ Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu) Formerly Vajradhatu A Colorado Nonprofit Corporation [Filed] March 2, 2001 Alexander Halpern Vice President of Vajradhatu [Signed] February 22, 2000, p.3

Letter of the Morning Sun

A Retreat Message from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Nov 24, 2010

Click here for a PDF of the file in English.

For translations in other languages, click on the links to the right. Further translations are arriving by the hour, so please check back.

Permalink: http://www.shambhala.org/community/loms.php

Letter of the Morning Sun from the Sakyong to the Shambhala Community

Nov 25, 2010

Yesterday this message was sent from the Kalapa Council directed to all Shambhala members. Apparently it did not reach everyone, and we are looking into this. It is repeated here with a link to the Sakyong's letter.

Letter of the Morning Sun from the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche

Please visit this site for the letter: http://www.shambhala.org/community/loms.php

We are delighted to send this to you on behalf of the Sakyong,

Richard Reoch , President of Shambhala,
Mitchell Levy, Lamen Kyi Khyap,
Adam Lobel, Kalapa Acharya,
Jesse Grimes, Makpon,
Connie Brock, Chagdzo Kyi Khyap,
Joshua Silberstein, Chief of Staff of the Sakyong Ladrang

24 November 2010

Permalink: http://www.shambhala.org/community/sns/index.php?id=578

Community Articles, Mandala Projects Tuesday Dec 07

President Reoch Addresses this Pivotal Time

December 7, 2010 – 7:00 am | Permalink |

President Richard Reoch recently joined Julia Sagebien on Chronicles Radio for a far-reaching conversation. With Sakyong Mipham’s encouragement that each of us consider our role in this pivotal ten-year period, in this interview President Reoch offers us a valuable sense of view, tangible skillful means, and a closer look at what the Sakyong has in mind.

Click here to listen to the interview.

From the Chronicles:

In this lively one-hour conversation Richard talks about the Sakyong’s letter to the community, the effects of economic crises, balancing the depth of our practice with the need to relate to the larger world, the Sakyong’s vision for how large Shambhala might become, issues of trust, devotion and loyalty, creating a culture of kindness, reflections on the continuity of the Sakyong lineage, the Sakyong’s and Sakyong Wangmo’s growing family, Shambhala households, working with conflict within our community, listening to others, the power of drala and windhorse when working in the world, Shambhala lineage as the protector for all the lineages, the Kagyu and Nyingma practice paths within Shambhala, and where are the older students?

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2010/12/07/president-reoch-addresses-this-pivotal-time/

Mandala Projects

Key Developments in Our Mandala

January 11, 2011 – 5:50 pm | Permalink |

The Kalapa Council has offered an overview of what’s been happening across our mandala since their update last June. This far-ranging report highlights the Shambhala Lineage, Mukpo Family, Practice and Education, Governance, the Dorje Kasung, Shambhala Europe, Shambhala Media, Shambhala Online and our networked community, Major Practice Centres, Gampo Abbey, and other retreat centres, Community Development, the Our Future campaign, and offers a forum for comments and feedback.

We are delighted to be able to send you this fresh update on key developments in our mandala. Many people said how much they appreciated our very long global update in June. We are trying an experiment with this latest one. We have posted it online.

You can read it online, view the photos, and follow the many links to other websites and films — or download it from the web. To view or download this update, please click here.

With every good wish for 2011,

President Reoch

on behalf of the Kalapa Council

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2011/01/11/key-developments-in-our-mandala/

The Kalapa Council

Mandala Update: January 2011

We are delighted to be able to give all our friends in Shambhala this fresh update on key developments in our mandala. Many, many people said how much they appreciated our very long update in June, and suggested we send shorter ones very few months. To shorten this update, there are links throughout this message, as well as a link to the one we sent you in June.

If you have questions or suggestions, please do let us know by using the “Over to You” live link at the end of this posting. If you would prefer to download this update so that you can read it later, please click here.

Here is an outline of the update that follows:

The Shambhala Lineage

The Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo
The year of retreat: the final phase
The Letter of the Morning Sun
The Sakyong Wangmo
Preparing for an expanding family

The Mukpo Family

Practice and Education
Rainbow over Kalapa Valley
The Great Vajradhara thangka now installed in the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya
Support for our Kagyü and Nyingma Practices
Appointment of Shambhala Shastris
International Program Schedule 2011
Kanjuro Shibata XX

Governance
Kalapa Council – looking ahead
June 2010 Update link
Three-fold financial strategy
The President’s interview
Executive Director appointed, Shambhala Executive established
Kalapa Governance Gatherings
The Mandala Council – a new initiative
The Kalapa Capital Centre – progress reports

The Dorje Kasung

Shambhala Europe

Shambhala Media, Shambhala Online and our networked community
New Shambhala Network to go live
Skilful Means and Wisdom
Other links
Shambhala Online

Major Practice Centres, Gampo Abbey and other retreat centres
Karmê Chöling
Dorje Denma Ling
Dechen Chöling
Shambhala Mountain Center
Gampo Abbey
Links to other centres for retreat and deep practice

Community development
Community newsletter
Community Care Council

Our Future campaign

Over to you – the live link for your comments and questions…

Yours in the Radiant Vision of Shambhala,

The Kalapa Council –

His Majesty, the Kongma Sakyong
Her Majesty, the Sakyong Wangmo
The President of Shambhala and Chair of the Kalapa Council, Mr Richard Reoch
The Lamen Kyi Khyap, Acharya, Dr Mitchell Levy
The Kalapa Acharya, Mr Adam Lobel
The Makpön, Commander of the Dorje Kasung, Mr Jesse Grimes
The Chadzö Kyi Khyap, Ms Connie Brock
The Chief of Staff of the Sakyong Ladrang, Mr Josh Silberstein

Permalink: http://shambhala.org/community/kalapacouncilupdateJan2011.html

Community Articles, Mandala Projects

A Path of Unified Fundraising

February 7, 2011 – 7:00 am | Permalink |

Ratnas. Photo courtesy of Corey Kohn.

Lodro Rinzler , development coordinator for Shambhala’s Office of Finance and Development, shares an overview of fundraising efforts in 2010 and requests the help of all Shambhala entities to establish and operate within a coordinated, unified fundraising calendar.

When the Dana Group spoke last month we had to pause and look over the wide array of appeals with pragmatic eyes. Yes, there has been a lot of asks for money. Yet somehow magic has occurred. In the midst of confusion about coordinated efforts, additional unscheduled appeals, and near impossible goals, millions of dollars has indeed been raised within Shambhala this year. This is absolutely incredible.

On our monthly conference call, the Dana Group acknowledged that the best way to do that is to begin organizing a 2011 unified fundraising calendar. This calendar will launch in February and display all 2011 appeals that are set to take place in the Shambhala mandala. In order to make this 2011 calendar a success we need your help.

The goal is to have all fundraising in the new year coordinated through the Dana Group in order to ensure that a unified approach is maintained. It will take some time for us as a mandala to get used to unified fundraising. This year has been a great experiment in that regard and we look forward to working with you on increased communication and coordination in 2011. Cheerful New Year!

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2011/02/07/path-o-unified-fundraising/

Thank you! We've received $95,000 in one day!

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Antonio

We have had a tremendous response from several members to help purchase a permanent home for Shambhala in San Antonio! A HUGE thank you goes to the donors below for donating $1000 or more toward the purchase of the Hildebrand property:

Rebecca Black
Robert Lang
Preston McWhorter (whose $47,800 donation made this all possible!)
Polina Boudko
Pat Scott
Robert Scott
Sylvia Vasques

These donations totaled over $57,000!

As we mentioned in the previous email, we need $178,000 by the end of the week in secured savings at Ashoka Credit Union for three months until a permanent mortgage can be obtained. The patrons below have transfered savings to new savings accounts at Ashoka Credit Union to help make this possible:

Phil, Wendy, and Olivia Castillo - $10,000
Preston McWhorter - $25,000
Shambhala Los Angeles - $60,000
Shambhala San Antonio - $19,690

As a small token of gratitude, we will be engraving these donors and patrons' names on a plaque in the new community room.

Shambhala Meditation Center of San Antonio Permalink: http://sanantonio.shambhala.org/

"They... clawed the money off of his table, hand over fist."

~ Anonymous

Unified Fund-raising Calendar Launched for Year of the Iron Hare

Feb 4, 2011

It is our hope that this calendar will allow Shambhalians and friends of Shambhala to be aware of activities they might wish to contribute to and budget accordingly. To view the fund-raising calendar please visit this site:

http://www.shambhala.org/giving/fundraisingcalendar2011.php

For more information about the Dana Group please visit this site: http://www.shambhala.org/giving/danagroup.php

David S. Brown
Office of the Kalapa Court
Shambhala
1084 Tower Road
Halifax, N. S., B3H 2Y5
Canada
(902) 425.4275 x33
dbrown@shambhala.org

Permalink: http://shambhala.org/community/sns/index.php?id=588

The Dana Group

The Dana Group is a team of people with fund-raising and financial experience with the aspiration to invigorate all aspects of giving in our community.

Resources for Shambhala Centre fund-raising campaigns

View Shambhala's integrated fund-raising calendar

Teachings on generosity

Listen to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's concluding talk to the 2009 Shambhala Congress, including the introduction to "The Four Truths of Money"

View our generosity practices - updated every month!

Attend a program on working with your personal relationship with money and wealth

Listen to a talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on the topic of generosity Note: given on November 27th, 2007 in Halifax Nova Scotia

Information on planned giving

Check out our new Dana Group video page

Click here to view our unified year end appeals website

Our survey results on the topic of why Shambhalians do or do not give money to the sangha

Cash donation acknowledgment letters for the United States of America

Information on Shambhala's commitment to financial sustainability

View the Sakyong's Council list of funding priorities

Read The Jewel: The Dana Group newsletter

Our Mandala Offering Fundraiser - important information for Centres hosting Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Members of the Dana Group

Permalink: http://www.shambhala.org/giving/danagroup.php

Dana Group Bios

Christine Baranay, White River Junction VT
Connie Brock, Minneapolis MN
Amy Conway, Berkeley CA
Sue Gilman, Karme Choling
Susan Hyatt, Washington D.C
Lisa Johnston, Boulder CO
Pamela Krasney, Sausalito CA
Patrick Lawler, Dorje Denma Ling
Lodro Rinzler , Boston MA
Larry Teitelbaum, Lexington, MA

To contact members of the Dana Group please e-mail shambhalagenerosity@gmail.com Permalink:

http://www.shambhala.org/giving/dgbios.php

Mandala Projects

The Beacon - Kalapa Capital Centre Newsletter

March 18, 2011 – 2:12 pm | Permalink |

Read about our meetings with government officials.

Click here to view our first quarterly newsletter.

Steve Baker and Françoise Guyaux, our website developer, at The Hub, our workplace - photo by Melissa Howell

Permalink: http://shambhalatimes.org/2011/03/18/the-beacon-kalapa-capital-centre-newsletter/

THE BEACON
THE KALAPA CAPITAL CENTRE NEWSLETTER! MARCH 2011

The Idea Resonates
with the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Province

A PROFOUND PREDICAMENT THAT AFFECTS ALL HUMANITY

In meeting after meeting, the feedback from government officials has been very encouraging.

A committee comprised of President Richard Reoch , Marty Janowitz , Kay Crinean, Tom Bell, Landy Mallory and Steve Baker, Director of the Kalapa Capital Centre, has been discussing the possibility that the Kalapa Capital Centre could partner with the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and the Province of Nova Scotia to be a communications hub for sustainable development and green initiatives, a conference centre for environmental conferences and/or a showplace for innovative green technologies. There was discussion about whether or not to go to the Greater Halifax Partnership (GHP), an economic development organization, and government officials to discuss this idea. After some deliberation, Marty Janowitz pegged the exact term that we would use to float these ideas, “Does it resonate?”

In subsequent meetings with various government officials and GHP, we have met with nothing but positive responses. Member of Parliament, Megan Leslie, stated that she could help us make connections. Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly is enthusiastic about the Kalapa Capital Centre being located downtown and offered to arrange for us to tour the World Trade Centre and to meet with the developers of the new convention centre. Jim Donovan, Manager of Economic Development for HRM, wants to stay involved and help facilitate our process. He indicated that there could be green funding for us if we occupy a municipally owned building. Andy Fillmore, HRM Chief Urban Planner has offered to facilitate the planning for us when we are ready to begin site selection. And Paul Black, Director of Policy and Community Relations in the Office of Nova Scotia Premier, Darrell Dexter, gave us multiple contacts within the Provincial government, on which we will report after those meetings.

Mayor Kelly and Paul Black have both completed programs at the Shambhala Centre, and, as many of you know Megan Leslie gave the keynote address at the Shambhala Congress in 2009.

Interestingly, Jim Donovan and Andy Fillmore both commented that they like referring to Halifax as “Kalapa.” Jim Donovan even said, "I'm beginning to see some appeal in associating the name Halifax with Kalapa. It has such a positive and inspiring ring to it - no negative baggage!"

No doubt, these contacts will lead us in directions we need to go and may, in the end, result in some funding for the project.

Permalink: http://kalapacapital.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/winter-2011.pdf

War is Peace! Freedom is Slavery! Ignorance is Strength! Shame is Pride! Good is Evil! Evil is Good!

The Chronicles Project

The Chronicles Project

Permalink: http://www.chronicleproject.com

On Shambhala and the Samaya Connection

By Ellen Mains Personal Convictions

Not long ago I heard someone say that people who disagreed with decisions made by the Sakyong or Shambhala International were people who didn’t practice and therefore, we shouldn’t pay attention to them. As I stepped into the shower the next morning, I found myself being gradually drenched with thoughts and reflections in response to that statement. Although the shower ended, the other deluge continued for the next couple of hours and I realized I needed to write the ideas down, if only for myself. They reflect some of the heartfelt feelings, reflections and struggle of an older student of the Vidyadhara.

Warsaw, Poland
View from 15 km above 52°15'N 21°E

Permalink: http://www.chronicleproject.com/stories_176.html

Chronicles Radio Presents

Dispatches

with Julia Sagebien

This episode, November 30, 2010:

Richard Reoch

The Start of a New Series

This conversation with Richard Reoch , President of Shambhala International, is the first of a new series.

In this episode

In this lively one-hour conversation Richard talks about the Sakyong’s letter to the community, the effects of economic crises, balancing the depth of our practice with the need to relate to the larger world, the Sakyong's vision for how large Shambhala might become, issues of trust, devotion and loyalty, creating a culture of kindness, reflections on the continuity of the Sakyong lineage, the Sakyong's and Sakyong Wangmo’s growing family, Shambhala households, working with conflict within our community, listening to others, the power of drala and windhorse when working in the world, Shambhala lineage as the protector for all the lineages, the Kagyu and Nyingma practice paths within Shambhala, and where are the older students?

Permalink: http://www.chronicleproject.com/chroniclesradio_dispatches/index_dispatches.html

Conversation with Jack Elias

21 November 2003

Jack Elias was one of the original residents of Tassajara, a Zen Buddhist monastery in California founded by Suzuki Roshi in 1967. Three years later, Jack was there when Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche first met Roshi at Zen Center in San Francisco

I remember once he was talking about the precepts, that they're not exterior, arbitrary things. That the precepts are what they are because they express something that's in accord with our true nature. I literally felt that the precepts were alive in the cells of my body — that the precepts are what we are and that the language is just trying to describe it.

Permalink: http://www.chronicleproject.com/stories_30.html

The Chronicles of CTR is a registered non-profit society in the Province of Nova Scotia. Our Board of Directors includes Joanne Fordham, Walter Fordham, Carolyn Gimian, Cassell Gross, Daniel Hessey, and Andrew Munro, with contributors.

Yes we can!

Ah sem ngakpo!

Ah sem ngakpo!

In meeting after meeting, the feedback from government officials has been very encouraging.

After some deliberation, Marty Janowitz pegged the exact term that we would use to float these ideas, “Does it resonate?”

Interestingly, Jim Donovan and Andy Fillmore both commented that they like referring to Halifax as “Kalapa.” Jim Donovan even said, “I’m beginning to see some appeal in associating the name Halifax with Kalapa. It has such a positive and inspiring ring to it - no negative baggage!”

No doubt, these contacts will lead us in directions we need to go and may, in the end, result in some funding for the project.

"No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office."

~ Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu) Formerly Vajradhatu A Colorado Nonprofit Corporation [Filed] March 2, 2001 Alexander Halpern Vice President of Vajradhatu [Signed] February 22, 2000, p.3

THE BEACON
THE KALAPA CAPITAL CENTRE NEWSLETTER! MARCH 2011
The Idea Resonates
with the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Province
A PROFOUND PREDICAMENT THAT AFFECTS ALL HUMANITY

"Looking at what people have written, I see there is a world of different lives going on—there’s a lot of joy, a lot of suffering going on, there’s a lot of questioning, a lot of enthusiasm, but I think one thing we don’t want to do is fall into being careless, lazy, not caring. We want to engage."

The Sakyong, Jampal Trinley Dradül
2011 Shambhala Day address
5 March 2011
Boulder, Colorado
USA

"...as Shambhalians if we have something to offer we have to demonstrate that within our own community...”

The Sakyong, Jampal Trinley Dradül
2010 Shambhala Day address
14 February 2010
Boulder, Colorado
USA

"A teacher, meditation instructor, program director or coordinator, staff member or other office holder who unreasonably refuses to participate in this process may in their absence be deemed unfit, on the grounds of a lack of confidence, to hold a particular office, and be suspended or have their participation in the community limited in some way until they address the issue at hand."

Shambhala Care and Conduct Document
19 January 2005
p. 8

Res ipsa loquitur!

Buddhist Canonical Disciplinary Transaction Statements

Buddhist Canonical Disciplinary Transaction Statements

The transaction statements the Canon gives for these disciplinary transactions follow closely the details of the origin stories leading up to the first allowance for each transaction. As the Commentary points out, these statements do not fit all the cases where a particular disciplinary transaction can be applied. Thus, it recommends — when imposing one of these transactions on an individual — adjusting the statement to fit the facts of the case, drawing on the list of allowable applications for the transaction as given in the Canon.


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The Rules for Buddhist Ngakmos (Gendun Karpo Ngakmos Pratimoksa)

The Rules for Buddhist Ngakmos (Gendun Karpo Ngakmos Pratimoksa)

UPOSATTHA / UPAVASATHA PRATIMOKSA RECITAL


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The Rules for Buddhist Ngakpas (Gendun Karpo Ngakpa Pratimoksa)

UPOSATTHA / UPAVASATHA PRATIMOKSA RECITAL


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Radio Free Shambhala

Radio Free Shambhala

Permalink: http://radiofreeshambhala.org

On Differing Views and Paths

July 16, 2009 by Andrew Safer

Interview with Richard Reoch , by Andrew Safer

On-line discussions on the Radio Free Shambhala web site and various listservs have been pointing out that there are students of Trungpa Rinpoche who are continuing along the path he set out for them, and who don’t feel welcome within the current-day Shambhala community. It no longer feels like “home” to them. Sometimes they are disparaged by community members who cite their “lack of loyalty” to the current Sakyong.

Permalink: http://radiofreeshambhala.org/2009/07/differing-views/

K.O.S. Energy

December 27, 2009 by Bill Scheffel

By Bill Scheffel

Written 7-9 June, 2009

Introduction: The following reflections on the Shambhala teachings of Chögyam Trungpa (whom I refer to throughout the article as “Lord Mukpo”, his family name and the name he often used when teaching Shambhala Training) were derived from extended periods of time I spent in Cambodia between 2004 and 2007. This essay, in part a travel writing, is also a homage to the people and land of Cambodia. – Bill Scheffel

Permalink: http://radiofreeshambhala.org/2009/12/kos-energy/

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
View from 15 km above 11°30'N 105°E

Shambhala Buddhism and Vajradhatu Buddhism

January 16, 2010 by Mark Smith

Commentary by Mark Smith

The following was written in response to an email by Andrew Safer (reproduced below).

Andrew, (et al)

Thanks for your kind response below.

I am trying to be very direct—and as precise as I can be—in my posts and to remove any unnecessary harshness from my posts as emotions are easily inflamed. I make no special claim to realization or to any lineage holder/teaching credential (being a student of the Vidyadhara seems to me to be sufficient credential). My view on the matters set forth below underlies each of my posts. Maybe this can provide the first of many ‘tent pegs’ per your email.

Permalink: http://radiofreeshambhala.org/2010/01/shambudvajrabud/

Vajradhara Thangka in Boulder

January 27, 2010 by rfseditors

It appears that the Vajradhara thangka in Boulder, which was commissioned by the Vidyadhara, placed by him over the shrine there, and blessed with the handprints of the 16th Karmapa on the back, will be displaced by the “Rigden thangka”, as has already happened with the Vajradhara and Buddha representations throughout the Shambhala International organization over the last few years.

For the story of the “great Vajradhara thangka”, as we shall refer to it now, and a discussion of its unique place in our mandala, please see the article by Clarke Warren, published at the Chronicles of Chögyam Trungpa website.

Permalink: http://radiofreeshambhala.org/2010/01/vajradhara/

Boulder, Colorado, USA
View from 15 km above 40°1'N 105°17'W

A Question of Separated Events

February 19, 2010 by Suzanne Townsend

Discussion by Suzanne Townsend

During the recent Shambhala Day event-planning period, there was some phoning and emailing among friends to gather outside of Shambhala International because they did not feel at home there. But it was hard to find a place big enough. In one email, I made the observation that it seemed that ANY home in the Halifax area would probably be too small to hold all the local practitioners who do not feel at home at SI, and maybe next year we could plan to rent a local hall.

Permalink: http://radiofreeshambhala.org/2010/02/separated-events/

On Shambhala and the Samaya Connection

February 28, 2010 by rfseditors

Discussion

The Chronicles site has posted an Editorial by Ellen Mains: On Shambhala and the Samaya Connection, initiating its Vajra Dog series.

Ellen begins:

"Not long ago I heard someone say that people who disagreed with decisions made by the Sakyong or Shambhala International were people who didn’t practice and therefore, we shouldn’t pay attention to them. As I stepped into the shower the next morning, I found myself being gradually drenched with thoughts and reflections in response to that statement. Although the shower ended, the other deluge continued for the next couple of hours and I realized I needed to write the ideas down, if only for myself. They reflect some of the heartfelt feelings, reflections and struggle of an older student of the Vidyadhara."

Permalink: http://radiofreeshambhala.org/2010/02/shambhala-samaya/

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
View from 15 km above 45°30'N 73°36'W

Radio Free Shambhala is a coalition of purported Shambhala International (Vajradhatu) insider dissidents founded by Mark Szpakowski , Edward (Ed) Michalik, and Andrew Safer in 2008, with contributors...

"I’ve always been an outsider/insider in the [Shambhala] organization: a Cape Bretoner (born in Glace Bay) and a Roman Catholic. For quite a while I was the poster child for group inclusivity. No longer. I’ve ceased to be a dissident too: I haven’t contributed to RFS since its launch."

~ Ed Michalik


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Losar 2137

Losar 2137

Cheerful Shambhala Day Sunday 14 February 2010!

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
View from 15 km above 44°39'N 63°34'W

Western Date Sunday, February 14, 2010 Tibetan Date Water Dragon Month, Month 1, Day 1, 2137, Year of the Metal Tiger.

Lunar Day 1 begins on Mon 15 February, 2010 at 5:23 AM GMT. In this month, day 1 is doubled. This month, all actions are multiplied 100,000 times.

Tibetan calendar list - Phugpa

From this page are available Phugpa tradition (phug pa/phug lugs) Tibetan calendars for the years 1450-2049. http://www.kalacakra.org/calendar/tiblist.htm

New Year: 2010, Iron-male-Tiger

Tibetan Lunar Month: 1 - Wood-male-Dragon

1: Sun. gro zhin. Fire-Earth; 14 Feb 2010
phan tshun, klu, Tiger, kham 7
1;56,29 21;39,8 21;41,38 16;20,46 9;18,25
Solar: Wood-Sheep. Mao 5
From 1st to 15th, Demonstration of Miracles.

This is a time when the power of practice is multiplied 100,000 times!

May all that you do accrue multiple blessings and merit!

Tashi Delek!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's Shambhala Day audio address for the Year of the Iron Tiger is available on line: http://www.shambhala.org/community/shambhaladay.php

Following the address, the Sakyong shared news which he asked not appear in this recording. Traditionally news of this nature would not be formally announced but would travel by word of mouth.

We encourage everyone who was unable to participate in the Shambhala Day address yesterday to communicate directly with friends who were able to attend.

The Austin Shambhala Center began in the early 1970s as a study group to examine more closely the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, which various members of the group—including Newcomb Greenleaf , Tom and Madge Harris, Winston Pounds, Russell Scott, Lawrence Wells, and Valerie Williams—brought back from Boulder.

At the 1981 seminary I was talking about my attempts to Rob Warnock , who was a Silicon Valley engineer

Thursday, February 18, 2010

"...a shift that has taken place in our community..."

"...as Shambhalians if we have something to offer we have to demonstrate that within our own community and I believe that that is beginning to happen..."

~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shambhala Day Address, February 14, 2010.

The Sakyong's 2010 Shambhala Day Address (Iron Tiger Year)

Permalink: http://www.shambhala.org/media/2009/S_Day_address_2010.mp3

"And I feel myself that it's a gathering like this, even if much of it is virtual, but in fact, as you know, we specialize in the virtual, that gives us the sense of the vast scope of this network of friendship and kindness possible in a truly international community."

~ Richard Reoch , President, Shambhala Day Address, February 14, 2010.

2010 President Reoch's Address

Permalink: http://www.shambhala.org/media/2009/RR_Shambhala_Day_2010.mp3

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Chotrul Duchen

Chotrul Duchen is one of the four biggest Shakyamuni Buddha festivals throughout the year. This day commemorates Shakyamuni Buddha displaying miracles for 15 days in India, inspiring many to come to the Dharma. The effects of all positive and negative actions on this day are multiplied 10,000,000 times! What a wonderful opportunity to accumulate great merit to work towards benefiting sentient beings! Beyond practice, offerings of flowers or fruit are quite appropriate.

Chotrul Duchen - Amitabha Day - Full Moon

Lunar Day 15 begins on Sunday 28 February, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Monday, March 15, 2010

Shakyamuni Buddha Day - New Moon

Lunar Day 30 begins on Monday 15 March, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Shambhala Day 2011

Dec 17, 2010

Shambhala Day 2011 will be on Saturday 5 March. This date will mark the end of the Sakyong's year of retreat and his formal return to the throne of the Shambhala mandala.

The Sakyong's address will be informed by the responses we send to the three questions he asked us to contemplate in his recent Letter of the Morning Sun. Details on how to send our responses will be provided by 1 January.

Permalink: http://shambhala.org/community/sns/index.php?id=583

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Amitabha Day - Full Moon

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Day 15 begins on Tuesday 21 December, 2010 at 2:14 AM

Tuesday, December 21st, marks the Winter Solstice. The days have been getting progressively shorter, and on this shortest day of the year we celebrate rebirth--the coming of longer days.

Also, for the first time in 456 years, a total lunar eclipse will occur on the Winter Solstice, December 21. During a lunar eclipse (full or partial), it is said the effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied by a factor of 7 million.

May all beings benefit!

Lhasa, Tibet
View from 15 km above 29°40'N 91°9'E

Responding to the Letter of the Morning Sun

Jan 5, 2011

The Kalapa Council has sent email letters to members in 50 countries in 8 languages, describing how to offer responses to The Letter of the Morning Sun, and how these responses will be handled. The letter has been sent in the following languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Greek, Chinese and English. Everyone should have already received an English version.

We still plan to send translated letters to people who live in countries where the primary language is: Portuguese, Polish, Ukrainian, Czech, Farsi, Russian and Swedish.

If you speak one of the languages in which letters have already been sent, and have not received a letter, please check your inbox and your SPAM file. Some members have reported that they found it in their SPAM folder.

If you or someone you know has not received an email, please write to: Anna Weinstein.

Permalink: http://shambhala.org/community/sns/index.php?id=585

The Kalapa Council

The members of the Kalapa Council are:

The Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche
The Sakyong Wangmo, Khandro Tseyang
The President of Shambhala, Mr Richard Reoch (chair of the council)
The Lamen Kyi Khyap, Dr Mitchell Levy
The Kalapa Acharya, Mr Adam Lobel
The Makpon, Mr Jesse Grimes
The Chagdzo Kyi Khyap, Ms Connie Brock
The Chief of Staff of the Sakyong Ladrang, Mr Joshua Silberstein

Those who have a standing invitation to the meetings of the Kalapa Council are: Ms Carolyn Mandelker, the Executive Director; Mr David Brown, the Head of the Office of the Kalapa Court and Executive Secretary to the Sakyong (and secretary of the council); and Mr Alex Halpern, Chief Legal Counsel.

Permalink: http://shambhala.org/community/kalapa_council.php

Sakyong's Council (Board of Directors)

The body responsible in the new structure for the overall governance of the mandala, fulfilling also the legal and financial responsibilities of a board of directors, is the Sakyong’s Council. It is chaired by the President of Shambhala on behalf of the Sakyong.

The Sakyong’s Council acts under the authority of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the spiritual and temporal head of the Shambhala Mandala. The Sakyong is the Director of the First Class of the board of directors.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Director of the First Class

Richard Reoch
President of Shambhala and Chair of the Sakyong's Council

Agness Au
Chair of the Shambhala Commission on the Status of Women and Feminine Principle

Lourdes Alvarez
Representative of Latin America

Jane Arthur
Executive Director of Karme Choling.

Jon Barbieri
Executive Director of Shambhala Mountain Center

Connie Brock
Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee and Coordinator of the Chairs of the Working Groups

David Brown
Office of the Kalapa Court

Amy Conway
Chair of the Governance as Path Working Group

Allan Cross
Executive Director of Shambhala Mountain Center

Vicky DePalma
Director of Finance

Debbie Drexler
Center Directors Representative

Wendy Freidman
Director, Culture and Decorum

Holly Gayley
Member of the Communications and Technology Steering Committee

Jessyca Goldstein
Chair, Touching the Earth Working Group

Jesse Grimes, Makpön,
commander of the Dorje Kasung

Arawana Hayashi
Acharya, Chair of the Shambhala Arts Council

Victoria Hagens
Secretary

Alex Halpern
Vice-chair, Chair of the Corporate Affairs Committee and Chief Legal Counsel

Patricia Ullman-Hayward
Executive Director of Dorje Denma Ling

Joe Inskeep
Chair of the Mandala Structure and Governance Working Group

Marty Janowitz
Warrior General

Bhikshu Karma Jinpa
Representative of Gampo Abbey

Willem Kuijpers
Co-Representative of Shambhala Europe

Simon LaHaye
Director, Dechen Choling

Charlene Leung
Chair, Diversity Working Group

Mitchell Levy
Kalapa Council

Adam Lobel
Acharya Representative

Hamish Maclaren
Chair of the Accessibility Working Group

Carolyn Mandelker
Director of Practice and Education

Debbie McCubbin
Vice-chair of the Mandala Council

Magali Meneses
Representative of Latin America

Chris Montone
Director of Shambhala Europe

Ben Moore
Director of Vajradhatu Publications and Shambhala Archives

Suzan Oudshoorn
Director, Dechen Choling

David Quinn
Chair of the Revitalizing Deleks Working Group

Cortez Rainey
Chair of the Diversity Working Group

Lodro Rinzler
Representative of Shambhala Centres

Jim Rosen
Chair of the Economics Working Group

Terry Rudderham
Comptroller, Office of Finance and Development

Emily Sell
Co-Director, Shambhala Media

John Sennhauser
International Panel on Shambhala Care and Conduct

Joshua Silberstein
Kalapa Council

Chris Tamdjidi
Director of Shambhala Europe

Arbie Thalacker
Legal and Financial Continuity

Kalsang Tsering
Representitive of Gampo Abbey

Stephen Vosper
Chair of the Sakyong's Advisory Panel on Shambhala Environments

Mary Whetsell
Membership and Communications

David Whitehorn
Chair of the Working Group on Aging

Susan Williams
Chair of the Children and Families Working Group

Permalink: http://www.shambhala.org/sakyongscouncil/index.php

Shambhala Mountain Teachers

Gary Allen
Lama Tsultrim Allione
Joan Anderson
Anyen Rinpoche
Susan Aposhyan
Acharya Dale Asrael
Zoe Avstreih
Michael Baime
James Baraz
Adana Barbieri
Jonathan Barbieri
Barbara Bash
Lori Batcheller
Frank Berliner
Tessa Bielecki
Jenny Bondurant
Joan Borysenko, PhD
Acharya Emily Bower
Karen Bowles
Wendy Bramlett
Andra Brill
Marlow Brooks
Ty Burhoe
LLoyd Burton
Dominie Cappadonna
Michael Carroll
Acharya Christie Cashman
Ann Cason
Tarah Cech
Acharya Susan Chapman
Pema Chodron
Bayard Cobb
Roland Cohen
Shannon Connell
Eliot Cowan
River Cummings
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Yogi Amrit Desai
Sofia Diaz
Joe Dispenza, DC
Cynthia Drake
H. E. Namkha Drimed Rinpoche
Julie DuBose
Gordon Dveirin, EdD
Ravi Dykema
Sherry Ellms
Viviane Ephraimson-Abt
Jaimie Epstein
Kate and Joel Feldman
Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
Tirzah Firestone
Linda Fitch
Sue Frederick
Shastri Holly Gayley
Billy Goldman
Erick Gonzalez
Jerry Granelli
Kevin Griffin
Peter Grossenbacher
Alice Haspray
Acharya Arawana Hayashi
Jeremy Hayward
Greg Heffron
Kathlyn Hendricks
Acharya Daniel Hessey
Andrew Holecek
Cheri Huber
Arthur Hull
Mark Hyman, MD
Rick Jarow
Giovannina Jobson
Acharya Richard John
Kathy Johnson
Sonya Jones
Katharine Kaufman
Erica Kaufman
Marybeth Keigher
Patricia Kelly
Sally Kempton
Paul Kendel
Venerable Khandro Rinpoche
Marty Kibiloski
Tama Kieves
Lindy King
Melanie Klein
Cynthia Kneen
Shastri Samten Kobelt
Martin Lassoff
Anthony Lawlor
Cyndi Lee
Shar Lee
Noah Levine
Jules Levinson, PhD
Acharya Judith Lief
Acharya Adam Lobel
Valerie Lorig
David Loy
Acharya Allyn Lyon
Kerry Lee MacLean
Victoria Maizes
Jeanie Manchester
Hope Martin
Acharya Fleet Maull
John McCluskey
Acharya Larry Mermelstein
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Oscar-Miro-Quesada
Cynthia Moku
Robert Moss
Theresa Murphy
Jerome T. Murphy
Margot Neuman
David Nichtern
Shastri Ethan Nichtern
Joshua Onysko
Pieter Oosthuizen
John Perkins
Kay Peterson
Susan Piver
Jon Pratt
Max Regan
Richard Reoch
Melissa Robinson
Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
David Rome
Acharya Eve Rosenthal
Charlie Rosicky
Charlotte Rotterdam
Sharon Salzberg
Andrea Schweitzer
Brant Secunda
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Alexandra Shenpen
Kanjuro Shibata XX, Sensei
David Shlim, MD
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
Greg Smith
Shastri Janet Solyntjes
Sobonfu Somé
Linda Sparrowe
Robert Spellman
Christine Stevens
Michael Stone
Sara Avant Stover
Lynn Sutherland
Kazuaki Tanahashi
Walter Taylor
Bruce Tift
Jim Tolstrup
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Alberto Villoldo
Stephen Vosper
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Larry Welsh
Sue West
Ron West
Margaret (Meg) Wheatley
Shastri Chuck Whetsell
Elysabeth Williamson
Eva Wong
Michael Wood
Jim Yensan

Shambhala Acharyas

Acharya is a Sanskrit word that means "teacher." It refers to individuals that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has empowered to represent him and the Kagyu, Nyingma, and Shambhala lineages he holds. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche chose these individuals because of their knowledge, wisdom, and commitment to the confluence of teachings found in Shambhala.

Ashe Acharya, John Rockwell
Dale Asrael
Samuel Bercholz
Emily Bower
Christie Cashman
Pema Chödrön
Suzann Duquette
Gaylon Ferguson
Michael Greenleaf
Moh Hardin
Arawana Hayashi
Jeremy Hayward
Fenja Heupers
David Hope
Richard John
Mitchell Levy
Judy Lief
Adam Lobel
Lodro Dorje
Simon Luna
Allyn Lyon
Barbara Märtens
Fleet Maull
Norbu William McKeever
Larry Mermelstein
Mathias Pongracz
Robert Puts
Eve Rosenthal
David Schneider
Judith Simmer-Brown
Eric Spiegel
Jenny Warwick
Han de Wit

Permalink: http://shambhala.org/teachers/index.php

Shambhala Teachers

Adam Lobel
Agness Au
Alice Haspray
Alice Tarkeshi
Allyn Lyon
Amanda Turner
Amy Conway
Anandi Gefroh
Andrea Doukas
Ann Cason
Anne McLellan
Arawana Hayashi
Barbara "Bobby" Rhodes
Barry Milner
Beate Kirchhof-Schlage
Betsy Pond
Bob Bednarz
Bryan Mediola
Carol Williams
Carolyn Higgs
Carolyn Krusinski
Catherine Eveillard-Elsky
Celeste Budwit-Hunter
Charles Styron
Charlie Trageser
Chris Kreeger
Chris Zorn
Christie Cashman
Christina De Block
Chuck Whetsell
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Cindy Caros
Ciprian Iancu
Craig Smith
Craig Warren Smith
Cynthia Kneen
Dan Naistadt
Daniel Hessey
David Nichtern
David Parker
David Sable
David Schneider
Dean M. Nelson
Debbie McCubbin
Deirdre O'Mahony
Denise Thornton
Derek Kolleeny
Diana Evans
Doug McCanne
Duncan McNaught
Eamon Killoran
Elizabeth Latchis
Elizabeth Reid
Eric Spiegel
Esther Rochon
Esther Siebold
Ethan Nichtern
Eve Rosenthal
Francisco Varela
Frank Berliner
Frank Ryan
Gardner Murphy
Greg Smith
Helen Berliner
Herb Elsky
Hope Martin
Ilona Anderson
Jack Niland
Jackie Muse
Jane Kolleeny
Janet Bronstein
Jay Lippman
Jay Stewart
Jaynine Nelson
Jeanine Greenleaf
Jeff Rubin
Jennifer Woodhull
Jenny Warwick
Jesse Miller
Jill Blagsvedt
Jim Norton
Jim Rosen
Jim Wilton
Joe Lukezich
Joel Mandel
John Baker
John Osajima
John Perkins
John Seex
John Sennhauser
John Smith
Jon Feller
Jorjan Parker
Joseph Inskeep
Joseph Mauricio
Judith Simmer-Brown
Kathy Lique
Keith Muse
Kerry Schwartz
Kimberley Lueck
Kunga Dawa
Larry Haun
Larry Mermelstein
Laura Simms
Lee Scher
Leonor Palma
Lesa Ricci
Lodro Rinzler
Marcella Friel
Margaret Jones Callahan
Marian Bond
Mark Beckstrom
Mark Blumenfeld
Mark Lueck
Martina Bouey
Marty Janowitz
Mary Lang
Mary Whetsell
Megan Quinn
Melissa Moore
Michael Greenleaf
Michael McLellan
Moh Hardin
Naomi Shihab Nye
Neal Greenberg
Noel McLellan
Oddone Marsiaj
Paul Warwick
Pema Chodron
Ray Sten
Rayna Jacobson
Reggie Ray
Reginald Ray
Richard Reoch
Robert Chender
Robert Walker
Samten Kobelt
Sharon Owyang
Susan Chapman
Susan Dexter
Susan Page
Susan Ryan
Suzann Duquette
Thomas Frederick Rich, Jr.
Tom Adducci
Tom Haynes
Trish Nozula
Trudy Sable
Walter Taylor

Permalink: http://shambhala.org/teachers/index.php

Shambhala Meditation Instructors

In March of 2011, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed Dale Asrael the Dean of Meditation Instructors, asking her to be responsible for the compassionate activity of meditation instruction in the Shambhala mandala. This includes the training, supervision, development, and support for actual meditation instruction path itself.

Adam Sultan
Aine Marron
Alexandra Evans
Anandi Gefroh
Andrew Safer
Andrew Small
Angela Lutzenberger
Ann Cason
Anne Bellomy
Anne Fraser
Arawana Hayashi
Barbara Bash
Barbara Hegenbart
Barbara Hopcroft
Betsy Pond
Bettina Hetz
Bill Barry
Bill Bothwell
Bill Brauer
Billy Boyar
Bobby Hudgins
Brian McEwen
Bruce Oglesby
Carol Lovett
Caroline Helm
Carolyn Sykes
Carrie Gablehouse
Carter Smith
Cathe Dailey
Celeste Budwit-Hunter
Charles Burnell
Chris Greagor
Chris Zorn
Christine Wetzl
Christopher (Kit) St. John
Christopher O’Hare
Chuck Whetsell
Chuck Whetstell
Claude Zachary
Craig Thompson
Crystal Gandrud
Cynthia Kneen
Cynthia MacKay
Dale Asrael
Darryl Burnham
David Cipriani
David Dubin
David Parker
Debbie McCubbin
Deryk Wenaus
Diane Pallas
Dorothea Gädeke
Doug McCanne
Eamon Killoran
Ellen Rook
Eric Shaffer
Erich Strom
Eunice St. John
Faradee Rudy
Fred Jaben
G Van Gils
Gail Whitacre
Gardner Murphy
Gayle Van Gils
Gaylon Ferguson
Gene Tashima
Gil Figueroa
Gina Keegan
Gregg Clause
Gregory Lubkin
Guy Blume
Henry Chapin
Henry McHenry
Hope Martin
Ian Powell
Ingrid Koster
Irini Rockwell
Iris Ramos
Jack Bodner
Jake Lorfing
Janet Bronstein
Jay Lippman
Jay Stewart
Jaynine Nelson
Jeanine Greenleaf
Jeanne Hope Buckner
Jennifer Rodrigues
Jennifer Rodriguez
Jillaurie Crane
Joanne Trubitt
Jody Zemel
Joe Mauricio
Joel Mandel
Joel Wachbrit
John Beard
John MacAdams
John Perkins
John Smith
Jon Ransohoff
Jorjan Parker
Joseph Mauricio
Judith Soule
Julia Huttel
Kari Hexem
Karuna Rockwell
Kathy Bither
Katie Bainbridge
Kay Peterson
Kimberley Lueck
Kristen Lombard
Kristen Mullen
Larry Haun
Larry Higgins
Laura Burnham
Laura Landau
Lawrence Wells
Layth Matthews
Lee Scher
Leila Bruno
Lesa Ricci
Linda McHenry
Linda Murphy
Lou Faiel-Dattilo
Louis Allen
Lyle Larson
Lynn Dragone
Lynn Wolfe
Malcolm Dysart
Marco Noailles
Marcy Henry-Fink
Margo Sheen
Marie Endries
Marilyn Moore
Marilyn Thurrott
Marshall Bishop
Mary Whetsell
Meredith Monk
Michael Doucet
Michael McCormick
Michael Stanborough
Miriam Klotz
Moyra Buchan
Muffie Noble
Nancy Gillis
Nancy Smith
Orhun Cercel
Pamela Bothwell
Parlan McGaw
Patti Larson
Paul Belserene
Paula Bickford
Paulette Graf
Pearl Werbin
Phyllis Mark
Ray Sten
Rayna Jacobson
Rebecca Hazell
Rebekah Younger
Rebekka Henriksen
Rebekka Martorano
Richard White
Rick Dawe
Robert (Bob) Long
Robert Lehmann
Robert Reichner
Robert Walker
Ron Bounous
Rosa-lyn Householder
Russell Rodgers
Sally Albert
Sarah Chandler
Sarah Mandel
Shanly Weber
Sheryl Beard
Shiila Safer
Sophie Léger
Sue Bounous
Susan Chapman
Susan Piver
Tharpa Chotron
Tim Albert
Toby Sifton
Tom Adducci
Tom Dillon
Tom Gottlieb
Will Johnson
Will Ryken
Yves Bret

Permalink: http://shambhala.org/teachers/index.php

Shambhala Guides

Aaron Crowe
Alice Price
Alicia Vogl Saenz
Amanda Tasse
Andrew Vernon
Ann Sihler
Annie Popkin
Becky Jamieson
Bene Aperdannier
Bill Fell
Caleb Finnegan
Cheryl Coovert
Chris Miller
Chris Rempel
Collette Frix
Dan Rubin
David Seabrook
Daxon Caudill
Detlev Alexander
Diane Kam
Diane Pallas
Don Sheehan
Don White
Eric Meyer
Evan Trimble
George Gomez
Greg Smith
Hans-Werner Klohe
Heather Duncan
Helen Tashima
Jaime Marx,
James Moore
Jaque Kelley-Uyeoka
Jim Donnelly
Jim Infantino
Johann Verster
John Light
John Stott
Kim Crossman
Kim McCoy
Krista Bolin
Krista Callahan-Caudill
Les Landau
Lindsey Ibanez
Lucia Gilchrist
Margaret Steadman
Maria Patten
Marian English
Mary Coonan
Mary Tracy
Mary Waters
Maureen Goode
Megan Bauer
Michael McCormick
Musawwir Spiegel
Nicolas Gross
Noah Richman
Nora Nichols
Patsy Brown
Paul Morris
Randy Georgemiller
Randy Pratt
Richard Darsie
Rosalind Harris
Roshan Nikou
Roz Harris
Sally Klemm
Sandra Kryst
Sarah Lipton
Sarah Root
Scott Robbins
Shelley Kaya
Simon Spiller
Stephanie Miller
Tabitha Pearson
Timaree Bierle-Dodds
Todj Mandel
Travis May
Yasmin Spiegel
Yvonne Farrell

Permalink: http://shambhala.org/teachers/index.php

Losar 2138

Cheerful Shambhala Day Saturday 5 March 2011!

Western Date Saturday, March 5, 2011

Tibetan Lunar Month: 1 - Wood-male-Dragon, Month 1, Day 1, 2138, Year of the Iron-female-Rabbit.

To the Shambhala Sangha of Texas and Louisiana,

As our time with all of you is coming to an end for this cycle,
On this Shambhala Day,
The first day of the year of the gold rabbit,
You fill our hearts and minds.

We are so rich in getting to share your struggles and joys,
Your doubts and inspirations,
Your suffering and celebrations.

We are so rich in the profound teachings we hold as a lineage,
The vast vision that is our inheritance,
The dramas and harmony we share as a sangha.

It is our aspiration for this year of the rabbit
That the dramas we have touched will resolve into harmony,
That your lives will be awakened with peace and confidence,
And that we all in small and great ways will further manifest
The profound and vast vision of basic goodness in this world.

We thank you for your generous and gracious hospitality,
And send love and wishes for your happiness,

Sangyum Cynde Grieve
Acharya Moh Hardin
Saturday, March 5, 2011

Ah sem ngakpo!

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