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 From our centers and households, step outside, smell the fresh air, and discover what is NEW.   Join the global sangha to celebrate spring together, with a short,family-friendly sharing from Touching the Earth on the Spring Equinox Nyida Day. Traditionally on this day, Shambhalians celebrate the arts. 
Many people say that what they want is “community.” But when asked to break down that word, people have vastly different definitions and ideas. How can we build “community” when we can’t agree on what we want to create or when we don’t know how to hold space for difference? When we are part of “community,” to what extent do each of us feel empowered to voice our feelings, to surface and explore tensions, and to be fully ourselves in relationship? This dialogue with Aarti Tejuja and Holly Gayley explores the meaning of “community,” our longing to be in connection, and the challenges that entails.
Join Amanda Hester as she explores the notion of protection as an act and practice of interdependent strength and vulnerability.
Explore how Shambhala vision is expressed in quotes by Albert Einstein: “We experience ourselves…as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.”
The new year is a great time to reflect on the fortunate conditions that allow us to practice & study the dharma. In Buddhism, we can contemplate this principle of "precious human birth" and develop a deeper appreciation for our personal situation.
What are our cultural and political differences, and how does one “belong” to diverse social groups? Using a personal lens as a starting point, Elaine invites you to join her in exploring how Shambhala teachings might support this contemplation.I’ve been in the Shambhala community since the early 1970s, but recently, in the midst of current conversations around race, ethnicity, and belonging, took some time to consider my Asian American identity, and how it “shows up” in different contexts. What are the cultural and political differences, and how do I “belong” to diverse social/community groups? Using a personal lens as a starting point, I would like to invite you to join me in considering how our experiences of culture – learned from birth as well as from current contexts – intersects with behaviors and stances that variously evolve into group belonging or political activity. Of particular interest is how Shambhala practices and teachings of meditation and warriorship might support this contemplation.
We may think that important decisions are subject to the "realities" of life, while dharma practice is only for our "spiritual" life. Come explore how dharma practice is not just for occasional insights, but can actually change our reality altogether.
Shambhala has adopted a Code of Conduct. Part I looked at the dharmic teachings that support this to be a societal view. Part II focussed on bringing these principles into our daily interactions. Part III will explore how we can turn our attention to being friendly to ourselves and kinder to others and actually be of help. In this way we have the potential to reverse the way we see things and to connect with the great mahayana teachings of: “rejoice in the virtues of others” and “be grateful to everyone”. Specific lines of the Shambhala Code of Conduct will be unpacked, including: “Learn from each other. Support each other with curiosity and friendliness. Work together to mutually maintain a healthy and open community and cultivate good human society.”; “Give kind and honest feedback. Be open to receiving feedback from others.”; “Be true to your inspiration. Bring your unique perspective and talents to the community and appreciate others’. Enjoy yourself. Don't be afraid to take a risk.”; “Honour your vows and your commitments to practice and study with fellow practitioners. Continue an active ongoing relationship with a meditation instructor or someone who helps you reflect on your path.”; and “Honour the process of learning about life, respecting teachers of all wisdom traditions and all who seek wisdom.” Join Kristine for a Sunday Gathering that includes guided meditation practice, some contemplation, and discussion. 
Join us for a SUPER family friendly and fun-filled celebration of Children's Day and the Winter Solstice as a way to connect with the cycles of the seasons and the importance of family and children. Hosted by the Touching the Earth Collective.
English only VersionHumanity is living in a democracy, economic, and environmental crisis. Yet we postpone solutions and pretend the problems are not there. This talk explores the Buddhist notion of avidya (basic ignorance), and why we resist a clear perception of reality.
Live English to Italian TranslationHumanity is living in a democracy, economic, and environmental crisis. Yet we postpone solutions and pretend the problems are not there. This talk explores the Buddhist notion of avidya (basic ignorance), and why we resist a clear perception of reality.
Natural power dynamics exist in nature and in our experience of our world. This presentation explores how habitual patterns can distort our relationship with power and how we can reestablish a connection with natural hierarchy and use power wisely.
Janet Bronstein and Peter Nowak share about a new Shambhala initiative that seeks ways to measure the societal health and well-being of our community in an ongoing way. Why is this important? How can we even do this? Come learn more!
Can something be truly new?* How is unique different from new?* This Sunday session will offer an investigation of the chimera of ‘new’, the wild and unrealistic notion that we will feel better if we acquire something new.
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