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Shambhala Day Panorama

Dear Berkeley Shambhala Community, It was a real pleasure to gather with you all over the long Shambhala Day Weekend: Thursday  morning at the Center, Thursday evening at our delek gatherings, and Saturday evening at the grand Shambhala Ball. Many thanks to the more than thirty people who made all of these events a success! … Continue 

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Obstacles Arise by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

*This article originally appeared the Shambhala Times Community News Magazine on February 13, 2015 In meditation, we are on a journey from here to there — to whatever we are trying to accomplish, be it mindfulness, peace, or compassion. We are developing the ability to have fuller experience of our lives. But as we gain … Continue 

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Becoming One With Dharma by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

*This article originally appeared the Shambhala Times Community News Magazine on January 5, 2015 We often bring the dharma into our life only when things come to a painful point — when we are facing a crossroads or experiencing confusion. Then we go into our library, dust off a book and crack it open. We … Continue 

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Members of the Berkeley Shambhala Center sitting at a recent protest in Oakland.

We Can’t Breathe

On the cushion I sit with my breath, to learn the nature of mind, and to connect myself to all other sentient beings. May we all be free from suffering, and from the nature of suffering. I have mostly questions today, in the morning light after a day and night of protests. I listen to … Continue 

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Meditation and Family – A Reflection

I’m a meditator in my mid-twenties who’s completed Level V of Shambhala Training workshops. So, I consider myself comfortably beyond the beginner stage of meditation (compared to where I was a few years ago), though I’ve studied and sat enough to know that what I don’t know is vast. What I noticed when going home … Continue 

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On Meditation and Technology

On Meditation and Technology

                      How does technology help us connect to ourselves? How does it not help? And how does technology help us better connect to others? Or how does it not help with that? And more importantly, what can technology do better to make connecting with others … Continue 

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Introducing “Ashe Cafe”: Joining Work and Practice

Just another ordinary Tuesday afternoon at the Berkeley Shambhala Center: quiet, spacious, and a little dull. Core staff going about their business, a breeze blowing through the Community Room, and one person had stopped in to see if we had a dharma book for sale. Add to that a seemingly endless inbox to empty, flyers … Continue 

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The Practice of Community

In Shambhala, we have recently begun to describe membership as the “practice of community.” As Director of the Berkeley Shambhala Center, I’ve been giving this phrase a lot of thought. At first it sounds quite pleasant; as though, “yes, please, sign me up for that.” But then questions arise. What makes a group of people … Continue 

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Basic Goodness, Violent World

                      All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.  -Blaise Pascal Some of the headlines from today’s New York Times:   Why Drivers Get Away With Murder Oklahoma Man Charged With Murder In Beheading of Co-Worker For ISIS, … Continue 

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Words for Love

Hello love, for you I have so many words.   -Ben Howard I have found that sitting practice has enhanced my love for the people, places, and things in my life. Some of my words for love: My wife Old friends New friends Wooly bear caterpillars Alfalfa fields Balancing rocks Listening Feeling heard My cats Guitar … Continue 

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