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…