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 

Ziji Collective Gathers in Mexico

This article, written by Rianne Pelleboer, was originally published in the Shambhala Times. See how many Bay Area Ziji movers and shakers you can find in the group photo! by Rianne Pelleboer Mexico City, that’s where the magic is happening this year. Young Shambhalians will gather there in May to enjoy a weekend of sharing experiences … 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 

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 

“First, I Will Love Me for Me More”

Reflections on the Being Brave Children’s Program photos and report by Leslie Gossett Last weekend’s Being Brave and Creating Enlightened Society event with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Ani Pema Chodron was an event that represented Shambhala’s broader vision and goal to create enlightened society. The quest asked the following questions: Is enlightened society possible? What … Continue 

You Are The Future

Reflections on the Ziji Collective International Summit by Annica Crouse photos by Alexandra Lippman At an historic gathering, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche attended an international gathering of young Shambhala practitioners at the recent Ziji Collective International Summit held in San Francisco. Sharing his vision for the future of Shambhala and the Ziji Collective, the Sakyong spoke … Continue 

Ziji Assembles in San Francisco

Ziji Collective Leaders to Assemble in San Francisco with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche article by Alex Van Gils, San Francisco photos by Alex Milsom, LA Ziji This is going to be great. On the evening of April 30th, representatives of a generation of young leaders from around the Shambhala mandala will gather together in San Francisco, … Continue 

Spark. Radiate.

News from the Ziji Collective The San Fransisco Shambhala Center is filled with people whose eyes are all sparkling. They are eager to meet each other, eager to talk, excited to see dear familiar faces. Jazz plays softly in the background, and there is a feeling of curiosity as people sip their wine and munch on … Continue 

The Playground of the Warriors

Of the many kinds of sacred spaces that one finds in contemporary America, children’s playgrounds remain the most robust. And within the Bay Area, the high temple of them all must surely be the Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park. Spending an hour enshrined there on a quintessential Bay Area afternoon–low 70s, light breeze, cloudless … Continue