Face Mortality – Reap More Joy

Nothing like a deadly pandemic to remind us that “death comes for all” actually applies to us, too! Buddhists get a bad rap about death – lots of people think we’re morbid or depressed because we think about it a lot.  But it’s really the opposite – we bring our minds back to mortality so … Continue 

Equanimity, Even Now

Equanimity When people start looking into meditation or Buddhism, they often say that they’re looking for “peace.”  As with so many things we want, we usually aren’t really sure what this is, but it sounds like something we’d like.  That makes perfect sense – if we knew all about what we think we want, we’d … Continue 

Boredom During a Pandemic

So now we are sheltering in place.  That’s a phrase we hear rarely – it usually means there’s a riot or an active shooter.  And it usually applies to people elsewhere – not to us. Events have given us something we often long for:  Time off.  Time without agenda.  Time without the normal demands of … Continue 

Hope and the Spiral of Resentment and Violence

So we continue in the spiral of resentment and violence. It’s shocking to wake up to five dead police officers and, instead of an anonymous street scene from Some City, it’s an intersection I know well.  Then, a week later, three more dead, not so far away. And with so many horrors crowding around, it’s … Continue 

What’s Bravery Got to Do with It?

I stumbled into Shambhala three years ago wanting to learn more about meditation.  I figured I’d learn some cool stuff and totally bliss out while trying to get my act together.  A coworker had mentioned they had read a book by Pema Chödrön and suggested I do the same since I was interested in Buddhism. … 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 

Feed the Right Wolf

Last week during our normal Heart of Recovery meeting, (Hint: Every Sunday at 6pm!!) this allegory was brought up during our open discussion: An old Cherokee was telling his grandson about the struggle that takes place within all of us. He said, ‘My son, the conflict is between two wolves that live inside us. One … Continue 

Practicing Kindness

by Sangha Member Dan It seems to me that we all instinctively know how to practice kindness, what it is and how to do it. We know when we receive kindness, when we extend kindness and also when kindness is faked. It’s a great leveler. healer, heart-warmer, day-maker and friend-maker. Please remember to practice it … Continue 

Everybody gets to do what they want

Years ago, prior to embarking on a spectacularly unwise course of action, I ran the plan by my sponsor as a ‘hypothetical’ situation. Truth be told, I didn’t really want nor need his opinion and he wasn’t going to sway me from the overwhelming, maddeningly compulsive need to act… I ran it by him because … 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