Dancing with Self-doubt Uncovered a Valuable Audience

My body and I have not always been on the best of terms. For most of my life, ignoring the anxiety, fear and self-doubt that I faced in my day-to-day was a second full-time job. I constantly looked to my colleagues to determine which face to put forward in different settings. Work meeting? That’s confident, … Continue 

Practice of Practices

What you practice is what you have. -Cheri Huber This simple yet profound statement makes me wonder: What is my practice? What are my practices? In the middle of the night I abruptly awaken, eyes wide in the darkness. Mind races. I practice: Notice breath. Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, … 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 

Way of Shambhala Level I: What the Heck Am I Doing Here?

My relationship with meditation is akin to that of a couple that’s in love, but where the two are quite often at odds with each other. I have been into the idea of meditation for a while now. The feeling of being at least spiritually awake, if not quite up and off the bed, has … Continue 

Email as a Meditation Practice: Sending and Taking

What does it look like to put meditation into action? I’ve been pondering this ever since I took a class at the Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center last year on the lojong slogans, which are about different ways to train the mind in wisdom and compassion. One of my favorite slogans is “When everything goes wrong, … Continue 

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 

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 

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 

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