Social Presencing Theater – A Shambhala Art Form for Social Change

Save the date! There will be a Social Presencing Theater workshop offered in Berkeley on November 7th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. See here for details. A look at the training offered by Acharya Arawana Hayashi. This article, by Maria Patten with Shastri Sandra Ladley, originally appeared in Shambhala Times on July 27, 2015. … Continue 

Going Beyond Denial

                      By Shastri Charlene Leung. This article originally appeared in Shambhala Times on July 3rd. FACING REALITY: BEGINNING CONVERSATIONS As the Chairperson of the Diversity Working Group for Shambhala International, I am familiar with our collective avoidance of challenging topics like racism and oppression. And, … Continue 

True Listening by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

It is said that when the Buddha first taught, two deer approached, knelt down, and raised their ears. They symbolize the act of listening, a sublime way of being present in the moment. Their perked-up ears represent keen attentiveness. Their bodies kneeling down represent relaxation and respect. The receptive state of listening is a way … Continue 

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 

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 

Eternal Itch

Our Eternal Itch

The butter melts out of habit You know, the toast isn’t even warm -Ani Difranco The left side of my nose itches as I type this sentence. I notice this. I’ve been wondering lately about the origins of itches, the origin of each itch. In my own observational experiments, itches seem to be triggered by … Continue 

A Pathless Land

Traveler, there is no path, The path is made by walking.  -Antonio Machado The words I type at this very moment are pathless. No one has ever composed these words in this sequence, not in this moment, not with this intention. These words are utterly fresh. The landscape they navigate is uncharted. This landscape is … Continue 

Anchors to Now

As one of our teachers has been emphasizing, the mind moves, and our posture and breath reroute us back to now. There are so many signposts to which we can refer that can reroute us back to now. Trees. The wind. The earth beneath our bare feet. Shimmering light. Shadow. As Zen teacher Cheri Huber … Continue