What Is Contemplative Social Engagement?

By: Kelsey Blackwell and David Kahane We live in a time of social, political and environmental turbulence: political division, natural disasters, economic polarization, climate change, refugee flows, hatred and intolerance toward foreigners, people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ and indigenous people. Many of us are asking, “what can I do?” “What does contemplative resistance look like?” … Continue 

Shambhala Day Videos

Shambhala Day Videos and Address

If you were unable to join the community for our New Year’s Celebration, here is a link to the Shambhala Day videos — including Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s International Address. Cheerful Year of the Firebird! Below is a transcript of the talk: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Shambhala Day Address Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center, Colorado 27 February 2017 … Continue 

The Razor’s Edge

By Lulu Strongheart. Reprinted with permission from Ziji Blog. How do we stay awake and engaged while at the same time not get swept into the waves of fear, anxiety, and collective outrage? Where is the razor’s edge between staying active and aware and at the same time staying soft and joyful? Lately, I’ve felt … Continue 

Unraveling Oppression and White Privilege Starts Here

 By Kelsey Blackwell . “But all our phrasing—race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy—serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. You must always remember that the … Continue 

The Notion of Lineage a Shambhala Day Address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

This article was originally posted on the Shambhala Times. And, if you want to view the video of the address, or the other Shambhala Day videos, they are available here on Shambhala Online. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Shambhala Day Address, Year of the Male Fire Monkey, Boulder Shambhala Center, 9 February 2016 Ladies and Gentlemen, please … Continue 

The Compassion of Unconditional Love

What Karuna Training Offers Story and photos by Miriam Hall Originally posted as a Shambhala Times Featured Story Update: A few spaces may still be available for the current cycle. I signed up for the very first North American Karuna Training series with lots of planning and very little expectation. In this article from last … Continue 

Transcript of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s 2015 Harvest of Peace Address

2015 Harvest of Peace Address THE KONGMA SAKYONG, JAMPAL TRINLEY DRADÜL: Greetings and good morning to everyone. I’m addressing you today from Berlin. It has been an amazing summer of travelling and teaching for me. Many of you have been to some of the programs that I was teaching. It feels like an appropriate time … Continue 

The Vibrancy of Ziji – Report from Mexico City

by Rianne Pelleboer Diverse, vibrant and alive are the words that best describe the Ziji Summit in Mexico City from May 15 to 17th. We created a beehive atmosphere in the neighborhood of Roma Norte for Ziji friends to gather from around the world. In the breaks in the program, we spread out across the … Continue 

Making Peace Possible: The Shared Wisdom of the Human Heart

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche spoke live from the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Below is the raw recording in two parts. His remarks begin 48 minutes in to the first recording. We will upload a clean and edited recording as soon as possible. There is some streaming interruption towards the end of the first recording, resulting … Continue 

A Letter Regarding the Earthquake in Nepal from Shastri Amy Conway

Dear San Francisco Shambhala Sangha, As you have probably heard by now, yesterday a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal killing more than 2,500 people with other deaths in India and Tibet. Aftershocks today have also been devastating. The people of Nepal have seen their world literally crumble (including many ancient Buddhist temples and stupas). They … Continue