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 

Meditation and Yoga by Leila Cranford

Not all meditators practice yoga, but meditation is a foundational practice in hatha yoga – or yoga, as we simply call it in the west.  A robust yoga practice includes regular meditation (dhyana) as well as postures and breathwork.  The seminal Yoga Sutras, in fact, lays out the Eight Limbs that form the the yogi’s … 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 

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 

2014: A Resolution to Resolve

res•o•lu•tion (ˌrɛz əˈlu ʃən) A formal expression of opinion or intention made. re•solve (rɪˈzɒlv) To cause to progress from a dissonance to a consonance.   Well, here we are again – New Year’s Day and folks are starting the day and the year by making proclamations both public and private, of what is GOING TO … Continue 

Perfectionism…you’re doing it wrong.

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest…” Pema Chödrön One thing that kept me from developing a daily practice of meditation was the notion that if I wasn’t already good (read: great) at something or didn’t know how to (magically) do it correctly right … Continue 

The Distraction Addiction

“We who are like senseless children Shrink from suffering, but love its causes.’ -Santideva Bodhicaryavatara   Best Selling Author and beloved Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön speaks of them as ‘Dunzies’ – the mindless distractions that we engage and indulge ourselves in on a daily basis. The concept of going through life as though we were … 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 

Dallas Shambhala Welcomes North Texas Food Bank

  Each of us has a responsibility for all mankind.  It is time for us to think of other people as true brothers and sisters and to become concerned with their                 welfare, with lessening their suffering.  Even if you cannot sacrifice your own benefit entirely, you should … 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