Kootenay Shambhala Blog

A second poem by Bobbie Ogletree

January 30th, 2010 by James Northcote

“Breaking News” (below) is the second of two poems recently submitted to this blog by Kootenay Shambhala member Bobbie Ogletree. It has been published in Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry.

To view the first poem (and a photo of Bobbie), click here.

Breaking News
By Bobbie Ogletree

krakow’s museum of jewish culture and history used to be a synagogue the kidneys and bladder are especially vulnerable in winter oh my god my husband was on that plane osama bin laden rode out of afghanistan on a white mare I don’t know how she puts up with him a naturalist gave a chicken some duck eggs the chicken sat on them and when they hatched was not disturbed to find ducklings and later led them to water fucking bastards will ruin the whole damn province abandon your poverty mentality and visualize yourself wealthy from 1962 to 1972 the us air force sprayed approximately 20 million gallons of defoliant over an estimated 10 percent of south vietnam norton anti-virus is not enough protection though sentient beings are numberless I vow to save them all in my opinion with his kidneys osama bin laden is dead a few weeks ago in minneapolis minnesota there was a lottery the winners got beds in homeless shelters my religion is kindness at a factory farm a naturalist found up to 5 hens squeezed into cages 12 inches by 12 inches I say dispatch them to allah immediately george w bush really wanted to be a baseball commissioner in arizona a woman died a few days after her 25 year old son was killed in iraq she couldn’t stop weeping the newscaster reported when a country is ruled with a light hand the people are simple the price of crude oil exceeded 100 dollars a barrel today bring it on the president said a saddhu in india kept one arm raised for 28 years for our sins the bible predicted all this would happen this shall not abide we will hunt them down and bring them in dead or alive they need potable water food medicine immediately if a disaster of unequalled proportions is to be averted we did not order this dessert

Announcing our next core path program

January 28th, 2010 by James Northcote

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Joy in Everyday Life, the third weeknight course in our new core curriculum, explores the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion towards others, helping us discover the joy that is always available.

It is scheduled to run on Thursday evenings, March 25 – April 29 (except April 15).

For a full description, go to our Joy in Everyday Life page.

Celebrate life!

January 28th, 2010 by James Northcote

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Shambhala Day is our annual New Year’s celebration and most important holiday. Please join us as we ring in the Year of the Iron Tiger. Everyone is welcome!

For details go to our Shambhala Day Community Celebration page.

Mindful parenting resources

January 26th, 2010 by James Northcote

For a short set of practical guidelines for mindful parents, check out the following entry, posted today on the blog of Karen Maezen Miller, author of Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood: The monastery of Mom and Dad.

If there are any mindful parenting resources that you’ve found particularly helpful, feel free to tell others about them in the comments section below.

Meditation instruction, in a few seconds

January 24th, 2010 by James Northcote

Acharya Adam Lobel gives a brief dzogchen (literally, “great perfection”) meditation instruction.

What do you make of this?

Updated regular public events schedule

January 21st, 2010 by James Northcote

We’ve made a few changes to our regular public events schedule―notably, to our children’s programs. Have a look (and download a flyer/poster) on the Regular Public Events Schedule page.

A poem by Bobbie Ogletree

January 20th, 2010 by James Northcote

Bobbie Ogletree with her granddaughter

Bobbie Ogletree with her granddaughter

Responding to a call for some of her work for this blog, Kootenay Shambhala member and author, editor and ESL teacher Bobbie Ogletree generously submitted two powerful poems. The first―”Emily”―appears here. It has been published in Other Voices.

By Bobbie Ogletree

I wrote 800 of my 1775 poems (that they, the authorities on me, know about) during my country’s Civil War.

I understand this kind of war, how the extrovert creeps toward silence and the introvert peeks out onto blinding color; no one knows who is seeing whom after a while. Bone and blood are everywhere. This is when I started wearing white only, a truce for seeing the stain more readily. When they teach about me in high school, the young girls just can’t believe I never left my Amherst home after my married Reverend defected to the West, to power. Black is the color of the West in some Native lore, red for the East, where I stayed, the color for enlightenment. The wounded girls believe I shut and locked the door to my heart right then and there. Oh…

It is romantic, though. Me in white ghosting through rooms in my affluent but decaying home, being struck by the muse of unrequited love. They see me like this: A poem comes, I lift my white skirts and float into the parlor where my scraps of paper await me. I write the poem and then discard it. Every parchment is filled with these diversions from him. I retire the poem to think of him, and think of him, only to do the same thing over and over until I die of Bright’s disease. The irony.

No, it was like this.

I forgot about him after two snowfalls. My hermit home filled with rarified air. I breathed myself alive each morning. The body’s hands pulled knowledge out of hair and strands of skin. I met the snake, the butterfly, the mermaids I wrote of through the mirror of my spine. With no one there between me and It, I saw that death’s carriage would spin me out from the top of my head, the liquids in my eyes would be the fuel. I laughed and pinched the seams of my white skirt with my strong hands. Arms akimbo, I danced with my sherry eyes wide open.

Shambhala Congress recommendations to be implemented

January 20th, 2010 by James Northcote

20 Jan 2010 – Shambhala Congress Recommendations to be Implemented

All the major recommendations of the recent Shambhala Congress are to be implemented. The Sakyong’s Council has adopted a plan that allocates all the recommendations either to existing working groups, to new ones that will be created or to special coordinators.

To read about how the Congress recommendations will be taken forward, please click here then open the document “Implementation of Recommendations from the 2009 Shambhala Congress.” Read the rest of this entry »

Kootenay Public Weekthün news

January 20th, 2010 by James Northcote

At last night’s Practice & Education Committee meeting we formally agreed to suspend this year’s Kootenay Public Weekthün (for a variety of reasons including retreat plans of key Weekthün staff) and expressed our intention to resume this longstanding and widely appreciated annual regional group practice tradition in Summer 2011.

Stay tuned…

Monthly community dance

January 18th, 2010 by James Northcote

If you’re into meditation, music, movement, community and fun, this external dance event is too good not to check out!

(The event date on the poster below should read Friday, January 29.)

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