October 22nd, 2010 by James Northcote
The Shambhala News Service announced today:
Shambhala’s recorded membership worldwide reached 8,000 this month. The 8,000 Shambhala members recorded on the Shambhala database are spread across 47 countries, in addition to many more “friends of Shambhala”. There are currently 214 Shambhala centres and groups (including our major practice centres) worldwide.
For an interactive map and directory of Shambhala Centres and Groups, go to the Shambhala Worldwide page on Shambhala’s central website.
For information about the Pacific Northwest region in particular, go to the Kootenay Shambhala Centre’s Pacific Northwest Shambhala Community page.
October 20th, 2010 by Michael Foster
This is the seventh in a series of Kootenay Shambhala member interviews conducted by Bobbie Ogletree to explore the notion of “creating enlightened society,” a central theme of Shambhala, and celebrate our community’s diversity. Click here for all member interviews.
RUSSELL RODGERS has been a student of Buddhism for 35 years and has taught at the Kootenay Shambhala Centre for most of that time. He has three children and one grandchild. He is the author of Essays on the Shambhala Buddhist Chants (PDF).
Bobbie Ogletree: How long have you been practicing as a Shambhala meditator?
Russell Rodgers: Since 1974.
Had people connected with Rinpoche and were they going away to get teachings?
There were lots of people reading books. Some people had attended conferences and teachings in Boulder, Colorado. We found out about each other and connected.
Were there level trainings available here?
Oh, no. That didn’t come along until the early 80’s.
So, basically people were on their own?
The interesting thing was that because there were no senior teachers here at that time, we took turns leading a discussion on a book or a dharma topic. The teachings went viral in a sense. So very quickly people moved into teaching roles, which I remember very fondly. I think this was very good for us because teaching is incredibly good for the teacher. Read the rest of this entry »
October 19th, 2010 by James Northcote
In response to comings and goings at the Kootenay Shambhala Centre this fall, we’re shuffling Centre leadership responsibilities.
Recent changes include:
• New Co-Directors of Practice & Education: Russell Rodgers and Sally Albert
• New Open House Coordinator: Cameron Wenaus
• New Webmaster: Michael Foster
More changes are likely. You can get the latest info on our Who Does What page.
October 18th, 2010 by James Northcote
Remember the reality of impermanence. And if you feel so inspired, help others remember it too, while supporting the work of the Interdependence Project.
The phrase “This body will be a corpse” is part of a traditional Buddhist teaching known as The Four Reminders.
October 17th, 2010 by James Northcote
In this weekend’s sold-out “Smile at Fear: Finding a True Heart of Bravery” retreat in Richmond, California, Pema Chödrön presented teachings on how to approach the things that scare us in a radically different way than we’re accustomed to, how astonishingly insignificant fear really is, and how surprisingly simple it is to access the heart of fearlessness.
To watch videos from the retreat go to Shambhala Publications’ Online Weekend Retreat with Pema Chödrön webpage.
October 13th, 2010 by James Northcote
For a complete program description go to our Open House page.
Please note that Open House and all other regular events are cancelled from October 24th to November 2nd to accommodate our Ten-Day Mahamudra Retreat (see our clickable calendar).
October 10th, 2010 by James Northcote
The full five-paragraph text is available here: Shambhala Aspirations on Diversity, Accessibility and Compassionate Conduct (PDF).
You can access this document and other Shambhala governance and leadership resources on our Governance & Policy Highlights page.
October 10th, 2010 by James Northcote
If you don’t already know about Shambhala Online―“a ‘virtual centre’, offering dozens of online programs at all practice levels”―now is a good time to check it out.
Earlier today Shambhala Online Director Heather Scott reactivated the Shambhala Online News Magazine with a number of posts that help give a sense of the incredible wealth of resources Shambhala Online provides.
See for yourself:
• Blog: Shambhala Online News Magazine
• Website: Shambhala Online
• YouTube Channel: Shambhala Online
October 8th, 2010 by James Northcote
October 7th, 2010 by James Northcote
Kootenay Shambhala member Marilyn Thurrott submitted the link to this video―Bodhisattva Breakfast Corner with Susan Otto: The Power of the Teachings of the Buddha to Transform the Heart―calling the video “very touching.”