Respecting the Earth, suggestions of H.H. Karmapa

TEN THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE… Make aspiration prayers. We make aspiration prayers for all sentient beings. This should also include the Earth, which sustains us and gives us life. Read, discuss, and develop an understanding of environmental issues and how they affect you and your community. Go vegetarian. Not only will … Continue 

Sacred Nowness by Dan Stebbins

I was recently given the Shambhala name Sacred Nowness. This caused me to reflect on the meaning. I’ve contemplated nowness many times before. I naively tried to capture nowness so I could know what now is. But nowness proved too elusive and enigmatic. Now is all the time we have but it can’t be measured. … Continue 

Letting go of the story and moving into Open Sky

Escape, by D.H. Lawrence When we get out of the glass bottles of our own ego, and when we escape like squirrels from turning in the cages of our personality, and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright but things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, … Continue 

Olympic Peninsula

Earth Day 2013: Small changes for a better planet

In his Earth Day message from April 2012, the Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche warns that “our future is at a crossroads.” “It is no longer a time when the future can be decided by one person, or even a few individuals,” he says in his message. “Rather, as a global society, we must pause and … Continue 

So You Just Want to be Happy…

By Megan Bauer Once you have begun a regular meditation practice, the next thing you need to begin to do in order to get off of the “me plan” is to LET GO. Once we see clearly that the “me plan” is grounded in hope and fear and that hope and fear are grounded in … Continue 

So You Just Want to be Happy…

By Megan Bauer Now, that you recognize that you spend your days constantly meditating on “What about me?” and that when you do this, you are trapped in the painful loop of hope and fear, what do you do next? Well, there are few things. First, begin a consistent daily practice of meditation.  You only … Continue 

So You Just Want to be Happy…

Everyone is motivated by a desire for happiness. How often have you heard yourself saying, “I just want to be happy” or heard others saying it in a         moment of exasperation? This seems like such a simple wish. But when we start down that path, we inevitably find ourselves deep in … Continue 

Wakefulness Amidst the Nightmare of Our Times

This talk explores the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, as well as other recent mass shootings in relation to Buddhist and Shambhala teachings on connecting with and opening the heart. Dallas Shambhala Center Director, Megan Bauer, offers practical advice on how to work with the suffering in our world in a such a way … Continue 

Empty Your Bowl: Chung Hyun Kyung on Introducing Emptiness to Westerners

Emptiness is a fundamental tenet of Buddhism. Many Westerners find it confusing. Perhaps they think, “How can I be empty when I’m so full of thoughts, of experience, emotions?” Maybe it seems like something negative. Professor Chung Hyun Kyung, both Christian and Buddhist, relates the experience of emptiness to being available. She says, “You have … Continue 

Understanding the Dön Season January 31-February 10, 2013

  Sakyong Discusses the Don Season The end of the lunar calendar year is referred to as “the dön season.”  This is a video of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche explaining the meaning of the dön season.  This video dates back to the dön season in 2008.  The dön season for this year begins January 31 and ends on Shambhala … Continue