We Can’t Breathe

by Amani Loutfy Originally published in the Berkeley Shambhala Center Blog. On the cushion I sit with my breath, to learn the nature of mind, and to connect myself to all other sentient beings. May we all be free from suffering, and from the nature of suffering. I have mostly questions today, in the morning … Continue 

How I Learned To Hang My Hat On My Heart

By Jaime Moreland From the Laughing Lotus Blog I was sitting in a favorite neighborhood coffee shop, when my new 84-year old buddy, Nate, asked what I did for a living. Until recently, this question weighed heavily on my heart. For most of my life, I based my self worth on my job; I once … Continue 

The Practice of Community

photo: harvest breeding via photopin cc In Shambhala, we have recently begun to describe membership as the “practice of community.” As Director of the Berkeley Shambhala Center, I’ve been giving this phrase a lot of thought. At first it sounds quite pleasant; as though, “yes, please, sign me up for that.” But then questions arise. … Continue 

Reflections on Magyal Pomra Encampment

By Matthew Parkinson After experiencing the earthy and raw encampment grounds at Shambhala Mountain Center, the transition back to modern life is abrupt, to say the least. Last month, seven bay area sangha members gathered with over 100 members of the Dorje Kasung for the annual Magyal Pomra Encampment, a gritty and bare-bones retreat that … Continue 

Conference Meets Heart

COLUMN: Youth and Family Teaching Mindfulness and Compassion to Youth article by Leslie Gossett, Column Editor photos by Mark Anderson We recently hosted a conference in Northern California at which the presenters said it was unlike any other conference they’d been to. It was like… conference meets heart. With about 70 people in the shrine … Continue 

Video: Ringing in the Year of the Wood Horse

The much-anticipated full video of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Shambhala Day Address 2014 From Boulder Colorado. Produced by Centre East Media with Shambhala Online. Watch the video on Vimeo.  

Transcript of the Sakyong’s Shambhala Day Address 2014

Sakyong Jampal Trinley Dradul, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche THE SAKYONG: I would like to begin this new year with a bow, an international bow from here in Dorje Dzong. We can extend our heart out and meet all those of you who are joining us online — from Europe, where it is much later, from Halifax … Continue 

Photo: Mark Anderson

Year of the Wood Horse San Francisco Style

Cheerful Year of the Wood Horse to you!  Yesterday morning we gathered early at the San Francisco Center to celebrate Shambhala Day. After exchanging many hugs and cheerful greetings, a group gathered outside, in the cleansing drizzle, for the opening Lhasang ceremony to invite the magic energy of enlightenment and drala as an auspicious beginning to … Continue 

No Complaint

Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche When I visited Tibet in 2001, I frequently performed ceremonies outdoors. On one occasion, thousands of people gathered in a high, beautiful valley. It began to rain — just a light drizzle — but at 13,000 feet, any precipitation turns the weather cold. Fifty of us were under a brightly … Continue 

The Hard Beauty of the Path

 By Susan Piver When it comes to the spiritual path, it seems there are two schools of thought. (Well, three. The first school says there is no such thing as a spiritual path.) The next school says that there is a particular path for you. Find it. Stay with it. Work it. The final school … Continue