- What can atheism learn from religion: sounds like he might be looking for Shambhala! Cool article: http://t.co/NTmleRqtD7, Nov 24
- BBC: Can Kindness Movements Make a Difference? http://t.co/hYLGRNX2w9, Oct 18
- Test, Oct 4
- "Leaders need to develop egelessness. This doesn't mean 10th bhumi--it means being able to celebrate others' accomplishments"-@SakyongMipham, Oct 2
- "As leaders we must contemplate human nature and basic goodness DAILY, as it gets challenged daily"- SMR, leadership gathering, Cologne., Oct 2
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I am inspired to start a Shambhala Film Soirée tradition in my home over the winter, inviting people to eat and drink together, and watch films that spark conversation about Shambhala vision. They can either communicate Shambhala principles directly, or sometimes expose setting sun mentality in an insightful way. I would love it if you could suggest movies that you have been particularly impressed by!
I’ll start us off with a few of my favourites. Please add to the list by posting in the comments field below.
The Lives of Others (German: “Das Leben der Anderen” with English subtitles): This movie does both. It illustrates, very powerfully, the transformation that human beings are capable of when basic goodness is experienced. Set in East Berlin.
Bagdad Café (also known as Out of Rosenheim) is a 1987 German film directed by Percy Adlon.
Babette’s Feast (Danish: Babettes gæstebud) is a 1987 Danish drama film directed by Gabriel Axel.
Karen Yaeger, of the New York Shambhala Centre, produced this dynamic little video of the Sakyong in order to advertise his upcoming teaching event in November. I think it is really fresh and inspiring!
I was so moved to watch this video of Francesca Fremantle, offering one of the poems she wrote about Trungpa Rinpoche. She offered it at the recent Awake in the World festival in London—marking fifty years since Trungpa Rinpoche came to the West. For those of you who don’t know her, Francesca is a very early student of Trungpa Rinpoche, who worked with him on translating The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Enjoy…
(Video courtesy of President Reoch)
Trish Barbato is an invaluable resource in our community – not only as director of the Mississauga Shambhala Centre, not only as a key member of an affinity circle working on bringing the Shambhala Principle into healthcare, not only as a successful professional running her own company, not only as a blackbelt in kung fu kickboxing…well, the list is simply too long! Instead, have a look at this short interview with Trish herself, conducted by our reporter-on-the-web, Anna Weinstein.
Trish has offered her immense experience and coaching to our Maha Auction, to help one young person or recent grad get their career started in the best possible way. It is such a wonderful gift, not only to the one person she will mentor on this occasion, but to have Trish’s experience and professionalism in our Shambhala community.
Another community artist is Sally Larrick – some of you may know her as the administrative assistant at the Atlanta Shambhala Center, but she is also a professional textile designer, artist, and weaver. She talked to Anna Weinstein about her passion for textiles and weaving, in this short video interview:
As she says in the video, she always offers a handwoven meditation shawl for the annual Family Camp auction at Karme Choling, and I’m delighted that she has also offered one for our Shambhala Maha Auction. With each pass of the shuttle, she recited the Proclamation of Goodness, line by line. So it really has goodness woven into the fabric!!!
Another of the amazing jewels shining in the Shambhala Maha Auction is none other than the Executive Director of the Boston Shambhala Center, Dan Glenn. He’s not only a full-time centre director – he’s also a fantastic musician and songwriter on the verge of releasing his second album of original music, You Dream of Kingdoms. I had the opportunity to interview him today – if you listen carefully, you might get special insider hints on where to compose music if you live at a land centre! Listen here:
Dan is releasing “Strange Good World”, the first single from his new album, You Dream of Kingdoms, this month and is sharing it with you, Shambhala, first! I am honoured that my blog can host such a special event! Click below to enjoy this never-before-heard recording and stay tuned for the release of the album in early 2014.
And if you live within four hours of Boston, you could have Dan as the featured entertainment for your very own party – he has generously offered an evening of his live musical stylings as an item that you can bid on in the Maha Auction. Don’t miss the opportunity to host your friends for an unforgettable evening. Make sure to visit his personal website for more information about his music and inspiration!
I am always amazed to discover that the Shambhalians I have known for years have a wealth of talents that I somehow have never encountered. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I’m so excited about the Shambhala Maha Auction - it’s a real showcase of the talents and richness within our community.
One of these fabulously multi-talented Shambhalians is Yeachin Tsai, who not only translates our Shambhala teachings and communications into Chinese for our Chinese-speaking sangha but is also a gifted artist and calligrapher. I had the opportunity to interview her this afternoon about her art, and her life – you can listen to it here:
She has generously donated a beautiful original calligraphy to our auction, of the Chinese semi-cursive for “Middle Way.” This signed calligraphy is on auction until Sunday evening!
Hello everyone! While I have enjoyed summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and our communities in the Southern hemisphere have experienced winter, this blog has been inactive! I’ve also been having trouble with my twitter account, and hope to get it up and running again soon.
It’s been very quiet in the Halifax offices of Shambhala over July and August. We have few staff, and when 2 or 3 people take vacations, go on retreat, or work out of the office at the same time, it feels almost completely empty. Anna Weinstein, Director of Centre and Group Support has moved to Toronto for 10 months, and will be working from there. Maggie Colby, our International Program Manager, has been away at land centres supporting large international programs, and David Brown, the Director of the Office of the Kalapa Court has been supporting the Sakyong while at land centre programs. I have taken some time off to move house. I believe that has left only Jill Scott (Office of Practice and Education) and Tim Watkins and his finance team in the building most recently!
There are plans afoot, and we are all resuming our activity, so please stay tuned for more blog activity and twitter feeds pretty soon! As always, I would love to hear from you.
So much has happened in the short three months since Shambhala Day – sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all of the many Shambhala initiatives all over the globe! Here’s a quick update on what our Shambhala staff and volunteers have been up to recently.
We’ve all heard about the launch of the Sakyong’s new book, The Shambhala Principle, and the public gatherings that the Sakyong hosted and led in Chicago and California.
These were huge team efforts involving hundreds of our members in the mid-West and West Coast. Anna Weinstein shared videos from the book signings; Sarah Lipton, our tireless editor of Shambhala Times has been keeping us all posted using teams of volunteer reporters from the front lines and a stream of video highlights; and Dixie Good, Director of Shambhala Online, worked with her team to stream the Sakyong’s Creating Enlightened Society talk, live from Chicago.
We have also been developing affinity circles to provide forums for active discussion of the Shambhala Principle’s potential to transform specific areas of life and work. Our activities and interests are so far-reaching that nearly 100 different circles are emerging with over 1,000 Shambhalians participating! You will soon hear more about the launch of the circles and opportunities to participate, even if you didn’t have a chance to complete the initial survey.
We just held two leadership gatherings at Karmê Chöling and Shambhala Mountain Center, with a third planned for Cologne, Germany, in September. Over 350 leaders from the Americas, Europe, Oceania, and Africa have come together with the Sakyong to deepen their understanding of the rich path of leadership, and to contemplate the ways in which Shambhala vision is unfolding on personal, cultural and societal levels. At Karmê Chöling, we set up a camera to film people’s personal statements about how they are bringing Shambhala vision into their lives and work – click here to read my earlier post about this.
These are just a few examples of the work we’ve been able to do, thanks to the volunteer and financial support of the Shambhala community in the first half of 2013! And we are looking forward to much more in the second half…
At the recent Leadership Gathering at Karme Choling, we set up a camera to film people’s personal statements about how they are bringing Shambhala Vision into their lives and work. It’s wonderful to see the ways that many people’s activities are infused with the wisdom of our teachings.
Shambhala is also launching a new campaign that encourages us to continually link our personal daily activities with our aspirations for Shambhala and enlightened society – click here to learn about it, and sign up if you are inspired!