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Saturday, December 15th, 2007
9:51 pm
Sangha and Vows
I am considering taking my refuge vows, but I have a concern. There are no Buddhist communities accessible to me where I live. There's one half an hour away, but because of physical difficulties with driving and lack of public transportation, I'm unable to become involved in that community. My concern is two-fold: how would I take the vows without a sangha? And two, how much is my practice hindered by my lack of sangha?

Current Mood: mellow
Thursday, November 8th, 2007
8:36 pm
1)Where are you from?
Casper, WY
2)Do you have a Shambhala meditation center close by?
In Colorado but are trying to start one here.
3)How did you find out about Shambhala?
One of my yoga instructors introduced me to it :)
4)Have you taken any Shambhala Training or plan on it?
Yes, I have been through level II and I feel like I have found somewhere that I belong :)

Current Mood: excited
Saturday, November 3rd, 2007
2:00 pm
Bay Area Buddhist Guide
Hey folks,

If you're in the bay area and looking for a Buddhist center or sangha, check out this site:

Bay Area Buddhism: a seeker's guide
Thursday, September 20th, 2007
3:38 pm
I am not sure if anyone is watching this community anymore, but here goes...

After at least two years of thinking that I will "someday" be ready to investigate it, I finally went to the Austin Shambhala Center last night, for meditation instruction and conversations about Buddhism. It was exactly what I hoped it would be, and I am looking forward to doing it again next Wednesday.

Is anyone else here active in a local sangha? This is the first time I have attempted to be part of a spiritual community since I gave up Catholicism in high school, then a brief attempt at Protestantism in college. I have felt so jaded and concerned that my very personal experience won't fit in with others in a community. But so far, the Shambhala center seems to be a good home for me.

Here's my introduction:

I live in Austin, Texas (USA) and have lived in Austin for 17 years now. I basically grew up in various parts of small-town Texas. I feel very lucky to have the Austin Shambhala Center in town.

I found out about Shambhala from a friend during a discussion of spirituality, Buddhism, mindfulness, and social consciousness. I was feeling spiritually homeless at the time, and really hoping to find a spiritual practice that felt in tune with my place at the time. My friend recommended Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior. I was instantly hooked -- I knew I'd finally found a spiritual perspective that felt right for me, in my heart.

Since then I have studied more about Buddhism in general, including the other schools and practices that are available in my area. I'm very lucky -- there are quite a many Buddhist communities here, everything from an isolated country Theraveda monastery (very small -- one monk! -- but still there...) to a grand temple built by the IBPS (BLIA) that embraces "8 schools" including Mahayana and Vajrayana, to a well-appointed Soto Zen center.

So far, the Shambhala Center feels the most like "home" to me. I am looking forward to exploring my path further there.
Wednesday, July 4th, 2007
3:18 pm
Hi, all. I have a couple of questions. I'm mainly interested in Tibetan Buddhism; most of the books I've read were written by Pema Chodron. I have not formally meditated, but I try to practice tonglen as often as possible.

The first is about storylines. I was crying yesterday (my 16 year old cat is slowly dying and it's really depressing me) and tried to practice mindfulness. For a moment, I stopped thinking about the life of my cat and how much I love her and just focussed on the emotions at hand: grief, despair, and fear. I tried to accept them for what they were without judging them. And for one moment, it felt like my world opened... like the sun breaking through the clouds. Then I became worried that I wasn't taking my emotions seriously enough and wasn't figuring out the cause of the emotions... that I wasn't actually dealing with them. And I was able to come up with a reason and named what I was afraid of.

So, here's my question: how does one discern when one is giving into storylines from when one is merely trying to figure out the cause of an emotion? Or is figuring out the cause of an emotion giving in to storylines?

The second is about a magazine I'm considering subscribing to (if my husband will agree to it). It's called The Shambhala Sun: http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php . Have any of you read it before? Is it worth subscribing to?

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, July 6th, 2006
3:57 am
To speak Truly of the Middle Way
by Jetsun Milarepa

Generally, beings in the three realms of existence
Believe in different kinds of enlightenment;
They have different ways of clinging to an "I",
And dependent on these, they conduct themselves in various ways.
So many ways of seeing a "self" are projected onto the basis.
To accord with how your slower minds think,
The omniscient Buddha taught
That everything exists.

From the perspective of genuine reality,
No negative spirits, not even the Buddha exists.
There is no meditator nor anything to meditate upon,
No levels to traverse nor signs along the path,
No fruition [to attain]--no kayas nor wisdoms--
Thus no nirvana, no passing beyond suffering:
[All these are] just imputed by names and by words.

What is stable and moving in the three realms
Never, ever existed: nothing has ever been born.
There is no foundation nor co-emergence,
No actions nor their full ripening;
Therefore, not even the name "cyclic existence" exists.
In actual reality, that's how it is.

E Ma! If sentient beings were not existent,
From where would the Buddhas of the three times come?
Since without a cause, no result can arise,
From the perspective of apparent reality,
All samsara and nirvana exists,
So the Mighty One has taught.

Both existence--the appearance as entities
And nonexistence--the pure being of emptiness
Are of one taste, inseparable in their essential nature.
Thus, self-awareness and awareness of others do not exist:
Everything is spacious union.

The wise ones who realize this
See inherent awareness, not consciousness,
See Buddhas, not sentient beings,
See pure being, not phenomena.

From this and from the power of compassion arise
All the qualities the Buddha has--
The powers, fearlessness, perfect recollection and so forth--
As if [granted] by a [wish-fulfilling] gem.
That is the extent of my realization.

Under the guidance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, translated by Michelle Martin copyright 1995, and edited by Ari Goldfield, June 1997.
Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
10:06 pm
Blossoming of the Sun
I just posted some pictoral highlights here -- enjoy!
Thursday, December 15th, 2005
6:10 pm
Path of the Warrior
I've been thinking a great deal about the path of warriorship and what it means to me as an individual in society.

The one thing that bothers me a great deal about Chogyum Trungpa and some other spiritual teachers is their lack of virtue or moral conduct.

I've read and heard from various people that he smoked, drank, and slept with his students.
I have read his books and find them inspiring and I'm grateful that I've came across his teachings. If I had met him as my teacher, I would of thought of him as a great teacher, but as another human being I feel that he lacked virtue. It really hurts me to see that a great teacher was morally corrupt.

I am also aware that Shambhala does not hide any of his conduct in shame, but reveal the truth.
I'm also grateful that they act in kindness and not hide the truth.

I'm a little short on faith with spiritual teachers and I'm not sure if any "teacher" is a true warrior.
This makes me weary of the learning the warriorship path.

Any insights or similar thoughts on the subject would be a great point of discussion.
Monday, October 17th, 2005
12:25 am
Hello, and thank you for allowing me membership. ^__^
Since becoming consciously aware of Shambhala teachings, studying them, and applying my little knowledge to daily life, I find both my life and consciousness slowly transforming. It is amazing, humbling, and wonderful. I am constantly aware of how little I truly know, but how glorious it is to be learning.
::smiles warmly:: My introduction:

1)Where are you from? I have lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for 15 years.
2)Do you have a Shambhala meditation center close by? So far, I cannot find one close. Still searching.
2)How did you find out about Shambhala? For a few years, I had heard of it in passing. It seemed an interesting synchronicity, hearing of it when I did throughout the years, and I bought the book Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, and, incidentally, the books Turning Your Mind into an Ally and The Wisdom of No Escape at the same time. I didn't realize the threads of connection until reading them.
3)Have you taken any Shambhala Training or plan on it? I am determined to, certainly.

Spiral out,
Kat aka Indigo

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
10:29 am
Venerable Khandro Rinpoche in Boston
Venerable Khandro Rinpoche
Cultivating Compassion
Monday September 12, 2005
Shrine room doors will open at 7pm.

Suggested donation: $15.00
Given the sold-out response for the last event, we are planning for an overflow seating area downstairs with an audio/video feed, however even that extra seating is limited. We strongly recommend that you register online and reserve your seat for this event today!

Venerable Khandro Rinpoche is the daughter of His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen, head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. Born into the Mindrolling lineage, which throughout its history has had many accomplished female masters, Khandro Rinpoche was recognized at the age of two by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa as the re-incarnation of the Great Dakini of Tsurphu, Khandro Ugyen Tsomo, who was one of the most renowned female masters of her time. Rinpoche, at 36 years old, has been teaching internationally for twelve years and teaches extensively in both Europe and North America. She speaks fluent English and is known for her sharp intelligence and sense of humor.

The Boston Shambhala Center is located at 646 Brookline Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445. phone:617.734.1498
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
11:30 am
Three Cheers for SMR!
'Earth protector' to wed 'princess'; mayor to officiate
Boulder holds great significance in Shambala culture

By Ryan Morgan, Camera Staff Writer
August 14, 2005

In the Shambala Buddhist community, Monday is a wedding day.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will marry Semo Tseyang in a ceremony presided over by Boulder Mayor Mark Ruzzin.

The bride is the daughter of His Eminence Terton Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche and holds the title Semo, which translates roughly to "princess."

The groom is the son of Tibetan meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He holds the title of "earth protector" in Buddhist culture.

The pair is getting married in Boulder because the city holds great significance in Shambala culture. It's the city where Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche first fully established Shambala Buddhism in North America and later established Naropa University. As a Boulder Shambala Center release explained, Boulder "holds an auspicious place in the Buddhist world."

Ruzzin said he's thrilled to be a part of the ceremony, which will take place in front of the Boulder County Courthouse in the morning.

"It certainly is a unique opportunity to play a role in what is an important event for the Buddhist community, not only in Boulder but around the world," Ruzzin said. "I did not hesitate to say 'yes.' I'm honored to play a role in the marriage of two incredible people."

Some cities' laws "solemnize" the mayor and make him uniquely eligible to marry couples off; that's not the case in Boulder, where anyone can preside over a wedding provided the couple has filled out the appropriate paperwork.

"The role I'm playing is purely ceremonial," Ruzzin said.

Monday's civil service will be the first of a series of ceremonies for the couple over the next two years. The pair will celebrate again next year in Nova Scotia and in India in early 2007.

So does presiding over an exotic wedding produce more anxiety than a bi-monthly City Council meeting?

"I'm a bit nervous," Ruzzin said. "I want to make sure that I pronounce everyone's names right."

Contact Camera Staff Writer Ryan Morgan at (303) 473-1333 or morganr@dailycamera.com.
Wednesday, August 10th, 2005
2:18 pm
I am new to this group and just now returning to using LJ. Here is a little detail about me:

1)Where are you from? Originally? That would be Salida, Colorado

2)Do you have a Shambhala meditation center close by? Yes, there is one not too far from me.

3)How did you find out about Shambhala? I kept hearing about it from various sources and so decided to do a little research. It sounds like something that would fit me pretty well, with where I am at in my life right now.

4)Have you taken any Shambhala Training or plan on it? I plan too. I will be checking out that center in a week or two.
Sunday, July 31st, 2005
11:25 pm
greetings and a query
1)Where are you from? Outside of Boston MA
2)Do you have a Shambhala meditation center close by? Boston center and Pioneer Valley
2)How did you find out about Shambhala? Dharma Brat :)
3)Have you taken any Shambhala Training or plan on it? Up to the Great Eastern Sun level

(Icon is of my cat who came from Karme Choling)

Am also cross-posting this query I sent to sangha-announce, feel free to comment a reply:

I am seeking information and testimonials for a project regarding sangha housing history and implementation, and would appreciate if anyone with the relevant experiences would take a few minutes to answer the following questions below.

I'd be particularly interested in hearing from anyone who was directly involved in creation (purchasing, first residents, etc) of sangha cohousing such as Marpa House.

Thank you for your time.
1) What is the property's relationship to the sangha?
2) How was it purchased?
3) How long of a process was the time between purchasing and inhabiting?
4) Was there support from your local center/dharmadhatu/study group or was it an independent initiative?
5) Why was the property made into sangha housing?
6) Would you have particular advice for people planning to establish sangha housing in this time period/current era?
Friday, July 29th, 2005
10:43 am
Tulku Thondup, Rinpoche at Shantigar
Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth
a Tibetan Buddhist guide
with Tulku Thondup, Rinpoche
October 7 & 8
Shantigar Foundation
Rowe, MA. 01367
413-339-4332 oe shantigar.org

Based on his book, Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth, A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook, Tulku Thondup will give a talk, lead prayers and guided meditations for transforming the habitual karma of our mind and ensuring a peaceful and joyful journey through the cycle of life, death, the transitional passage (bardo) - for oneself and others. Rinpoche provides a window into the experience of dying and after death through stories of gifted people who returned from death to tell us what lies beyond. He tells us how, why, and where we can take rebirth in various realms and offers methods for taking rebirth specifically in the Blissful Pure Land (Skt., sukhavati). In this workshop Rinpoche invites us to meditate and pray to any Buddha or any divine presence that has blessed qualities for a joyful, peaceful future and rebirth.
Born in Tibet and trained at the Dodrupchen Monastery, Tulku Thondup fled to India in 1958. In 1980 he came to the U.S. as a visiting scholar at Harvard. His many books on Tibetan Buddhism include Boundless Healing and Masters of Meditation and Miracles. Tulku teaches throughout the United States and Europe and lives and writes in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The workshop will be held Friday 2 to 6
Saturday 9:30 to 12:30. $108. donation suggested
Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth- a Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook is available at Amazon.com and through the Shantigar office.
Friday, July 22nd, 2005
7:04 pm
1)Where are you from?
born in South Korea, raised in Dallas, Texas. living in Austin, Texas now.

2)Do you have a Shambhala meditation center close by?
Yes, The Austin Shambhala Center

2)How did you find out about Shambhala?
Picked up the book "The Myth of Freedom" and investigated the group before joining the Dallas Sangha 2 years ago.
I have a strong interest in Asian philosophy.

3)Have you taken any Shambhala Training or plan on it?
I've taken Level 1, but I seem to have bad karma when it comes to taking classes. I was either working or the Center didn't offer the Levels.
I'm planning of completing all the training levels. I have taken Dharma Art 1-3.

I'll be interested in finding out more about the training and other related Shambhala teachings.

Very happy to join.
Saturday, July 9th, 2005
6:49 pm
I wanted to appoligize for many fairly unessesary things... I am told I apoligize too much...

First off I regret not being able to make it to Halifax (were i spend 8 monthes of the year at college) to see both my friends and participate and facilitate the Varja Dawn. I was really looking forward to maybe meeting a couple of you guys and I would be interested if anyone went to hear what they thought of it.

And I also want to appoligize for nto being as active a member of this community (which I think is a great idea). I am currently at hoem for the summer and have not even updated my jounrla more than a few times in a few monthes... come winter I will be more active.

(Also no need to tell me the apology was unesseary, because I know there is nothing to be really forgiven ina community as such. It is more a reget I wanted to express, if that makes sense.)
Wednesday, July 6th, 2005
12:13 pm
Shambhala Rock Star!
Not big into reality tv (or tv for that matter), but think I'll have to make an exception to watch a Shambhala member perform on national tv! :)

Monday, May 30th, 2005
8:00 pm
may you be bombarded by coconuts of wakefulness
Hello there,

My name is Emma. I was totally joyous yesterday when I found this community. I have been on LJ for four years now and am a student/writer/yogi/. Lately Ive been writing more and more about practice and know that my friends who read my LJ never comment on that kind of thing, though I do like to believe I am planting seeds in their heads. Ive belonged to the bodhisattvas community for a while but I feel like the content of posts are scattered and almost like a different language (which is cool just not what Im really striving for right now) than I am looking for/engaging with in the Shambhala community.

I go to Naropa University in Boulder and am finishing up a year off in NYC. Naropa and specifically my meditation class changed my life last year. I am going to be spending the next year in BC Canada at UBC and hope to start up a meditation group there.

I've applied to be a work study at the Shambhala Mountain Center this summer. My friend worked there last summer and said it was the happiest he's ever felt to be alive.

I have so many things Id like to say. Basic goodness and my different encounters with the many worlds everyday here in NYC has really shaped my writing. Check out my LJ if you get the chance.

Yesterday evening I was waiting for the F train to take me home and I whipped out 'The Places that Scare You' by Pema Chodron. Next thing I know the guy sitting next to me takes out a 'Shambhala Buddhist Studies' manual and we both have the same pen! Needless to say we had a wonderful conversation in the dark underground subway. The person sitting one seat over kept looking over to see what we were reading and talking about.

Waves of conciousness baby.

Have a beautiful day,

P.S. What contemplative-esque book are you reading at the moment?
Saturday, May 28th, 2005
9:41 pm
Yin. Kuan Yin.
Amidst all the discussion lately about Buddhism in Star Wars, a thought occurs to me that I'd appreciate people's thoughts on.

Does it make any sense to consider (or to use as a device for explaining to non-Buddhists) a Bodhisattva as a dramatic role?

As a presumably whacky comparison, "James Bond" has been portrayed in films by five different actors so far, but is always recognizably "James Bond".

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
10:54 am
Level 1 offered in Columbus

LEVEL I The Art of Being Human
with Shelley Heinz, Director June 10 - 12, 2005

Friday 7:30-9:30pm

Saturday 8:30-5:30

Sunday 8:30-5:30

$125 discounts available $95 member $65 Senior/student

email Tara at Tara0509@msn.com for more info
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