Monthly Archives: March 2010

Halifax Shambhala member nominated for fashion award

Hello noble sangha and friends of Canadian sustainable fashion,

I am very excited to let you know Laura Chenoweth Organic Apparel has been nominated for the Fashion Takes Action Design Forward award.

Please take a moment to follow this link and vote for my label! (and consider sending this link along to friends who may wish to know)  Read More »

Jnanasukha pilgrimages to the sacred sites of Yeshe Tsogyal in Tibet


Chimphu view from Tsogyal's hermitage

Jnanasukha and Dr. Gyurme Dorje of Trans Himalaya are pleased to announce two pilgrimages to the sacred sites of Yeshe Tsogyal in Tibet (TAR) in September-October. 2010. Yeshe Tsogyal is the founding mother of Tibetan Buddhism and the foremost female master of Tibet.

The pilgrimage destinations of her life story are intimately connected with the renowned spiritual hermitages of the Tibetan heartlands — from her birthplace at Drakda, to the sanctuaries of Yemalung, Chimphu, and Zhoto Tidro, where she perfected her practices; to the Crystal Cave of Yarlung Sheldrak, one of her foremost repositories of hidden teachings (terma); and finally to the remote hermitage of Zabbulung in Western Tibet, where she attained the supreme transformation of the rainbow body. Along the way, the pilgrimages also visit Mindroling and Dorje Drak, important temples associated with the Nyingma lineage; Gangri Tokar, associated with Longchenpa; and Draksum Tsodzong and Lamaling, associated with  His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche.

Complete information and instructions for applying online can be found at

Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche on Shambhala and Trungpa Rinpoche

In this short interview clip, Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche recalls his predecessor’s close relationship with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and expresses his own interest in Trungpa Rinpoche’s writings and work.

View that video and more interviews and footage from Nepal on the Celebrating the Return! Youtube Channel.

Karmapa visiting Europe for the first time this year

Posted by Travis May

His Holiness the 17th Gywalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will be making his long-anticipated first trip to the continent of Europe from May 27 to July 2, 2010.  As he did when he came to the United States in 2008, the Karmapa has to endure an intensive process of planning and approval from the government of India. Event planners hope to have all obstacles cleared in the coming weeks.

About his upcoming trip, His Holiness states:

Since my childhood I have kept it very strongly in my heart. This year there is a strong hope that I may be able to visit Europe, and this is good news for me and those who have invited me. I hope and wish that this year all our expectations and aspirations to meet together in Europe will be fulfilled.

His Holiness will visit  nine different countries in Europe, including Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Spain and The Netherlands.  For much more information on the European Tour of HHK17 and to keep up to date with emerging news and developments, please visit

PBS Teachers webinar on “The Buddha: Teaching Mindfulness”

On Thursday, March 25 at 8 p.m. ET, PBS Teachers will host a webinar entitled “The Buddha: Teaching Mindfulness.”

During this event, designed primarily for preK-12 educators, filmmaker David Grubin will show clips from his new film, The Buddha, and talk about making the film and what he hopes it will offer teachers and students.

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Research explores how the brain works when we refrain from concentration, rumination, and intentional thinking

Brain waves and meditation Writing about brain waves and meditation in ScienceDaily, Professor Jim Lagopoulos of Sydney University, Australia, comments: “Given the popularity and effectiveness of meditation as a means of alleviating stress and maintaining good health, there is a pressing need for a rigorous investigation of how it affects brain function.” Read the report here.

Peter Lieberson’s personal journey through “Songs”

The Boston Globe online reports on a new song cycle from composer Peter Lieberson,  “Songs of Love and Sorrow,’’ which received its world premiere by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and baritone Gerald Finley on Thursday.

Read the full story here.

What is your final message?

If this were your last day, what would your final message be? What is the most important thing you would like people to know? Share your insights, realizations, knowledge, findings, advice … and have them published.

The author J. Stawitz (a member of the Shambhala community) is compiling the most unique messages in her upcoming book Final Messages. Please take advantage of this opportunity to publish your wisdom, humor, advice, and truth.

Interested? Please visit

New website for preservation of sacred collections

Art Conservation Training for Nuns in Bhutan, a project of Friends of Bhutan's Culture, with funding from the Getty Foundation.

Ann Shaftel works as an international consultant for the preservation of Treasure Collections (Ladrang) and for government, museums, and private collectors. Ann first met HH Karmapa and HH Khamtrul Rinpoche in India in 1970, then trained in Art Conservation in the USA and Europe.  In 1974 Trungpa Rinpoche advised her to respect the advice of HH Karmapa: “preserving thangkas and rupas are your dharma work for this lifetime.” Ann lives in Halifax, but works in the Himalayan region for the collections of great teachers. She also works for major museums and governmental agencies internationally for the preservation of national historic, military, and fine arts collections. Ann’s new website: (Read about Ann’s preservation projects in the Shambhala Sun’s May, 2006 issue, page 29.)

Couple ordained as Zen priests

By David Yonke, Religion Editor, Toledo Blade newspaper

In what may have been the first ceremony of its kind in the Toledo area, two local Zen Buddhist teachers were ordained as priests, and 17 of their students took Buddhist vows in a Jukai service Sunday at Lourdes College.

The teachers, Jay “Rinsen” Weik and his wife, Karen “Do’on” Weik, were ordained by Sensei Melissa “Myozen” Blacker of Worchester, Mass. The Weiks are co-founders of the Toledo Zen Center, where they hold weekly Wednesday night zazen services. Read More »

Announcing the first North American Kagyu Monlam

From Karma Triyana Dharmachakra

His Holiness Karmapa has dedicated his leadership and responsibility to engaging people from around the world to come together and pray for universal peace. As an extension of the Kagyu Monlam held annually in Bodhgaya, India, the first North American Kagyu Monlam provides people of the world an opportunity to generate loving-kindness and compassion through aspirational prayers. Read More »

Meditation in (Wartime) Action

Posted by Travis May

Iraqi War Veteran Sergeant Paul Kendel had an uncommon approach to his relations with the local Iraqi citizens he was in charge of protecting and serving:

“Many of my fellow soldiers in Iraq often found my attitude and actions a bit inexplicable, particularly my interest in inviting myself into random Iraqi homes and asking the families to make tea and bread for me. This may sound peculiar, but I was never really scared when I was around the local people with whom we interacted on a daily basis.”

To combat the pervasive feelings of hatred and aggression by his fellow soldiers, Sgt. Kendel began reading and practicing the advice and techniques outlined in Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s books Turning the Mind into an Ally and Ruling Your World.  Now Sgt. Kendel has written a book of his own.  It is a memoir of his experiences and how he was able to apply what he had discovered through his meditation practice and study to a war zone environment. Read More »

Glimpses of Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche

Posted by Mangala Shri Bhuti

A few moments of Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and a short interview about his aspirations for his visit to the West this year. “Live” from Nepal.

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