Teachers, classrooms and meditation

As an educator and a visual artist, I find that meditation and the Shambhala Path are terrific and increasingly essential supports. This is why I was eager to work with the Columbus Shambhala sangha to bring together middle school educators and Shambhala practitioners Michelle King (Pittsburgh) and Acharya Noel McLellan (Halifax) to Columbus to lead … Continue 

Karmê Chöling Family Camp

Karmê Chöling is a Shambhala meditation retreat center and community for people from all walks of life to connect with their basic goodness and the basic goodness of others. It is located in Barnet, Vermont. And every summer over fifty families gather there to camp and celebrate the art of being human together. We put … Continue 

2012: A Year in Review

Thank you Columbus Sangha for a wonderful 2012. Ki ki so so!

Nature and Mindfulness Classes for Children

Once teaching a private lesson, my student, Kaya and I were taking a nature walk around the OSU wetlands. Our task was to find 4 pebbles to use in a pebble meditation by Thich Nhat Han. We each found our 4 pebbles and continued our walk. We walked by dried golden rod gone to seed … Continue 

Great Eastern Sun

The Sacred Path program, part of the Way of Shambhala II, introduces further practices of warriorship, that extend the basic meditation training. These practices are based on a societal vision and aspiration to help the world. This level of training cultivates one’s dignity and natural gifts that are able to widen one’s sphere of compassionate … Continue 

Contentment in Everyday Life DOHA

That thought there…touch it and let it go. Our plates are not trash. They are beautiful. I am glad. Lovely oral sensations bursting with strong flavors. In between the bites of berry, calmness settles in. In the stillness, my heart sings. Thinking “what do I write”, no one in the room. With soil, water, sun, … Continue 

How to Be a Community of Practitioners

Two new dekyongs (protectors of happiness) will take their oaths on Children’s Day at SMCC. In the dekyong manual, the following description of this path is described by the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin: “The ground is: In order to realize our precious human birth, it is necessary to make friends with each other. The path … Continue 

Fundraising with Beginner’s Mind

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus is a small center. For the last ten years, our home has been a cozy-but-beautiful rental suite on the second floor of an office building. With less than 1,000 square feet of space overall, our shrine room can comfortably accommodate about eighteen people, which means we can support most … Continue 

Sandy Relief and Recovery

How You Can Help in NYC The Shambhala Meditation Center of New York is organizing a day of service to assist Hurricane Sandy victims today, Saturday, November 10. While many of us cannot go to NY to help out, we can provide supplies and support.Chelsea Allinger, a sangha member from NYC, is rallying support for … Continue 

Appreciating Human Society

We have telephone poles with wires strung between them; we have the pattern of breakfast, lunch, and dinner; people keep their front lawns neat with lawn mowers—those are broad basic patterns. Society functions in a certain way based on these inspirations of the past. These patterns have been passed down from generation to generation, making … Continue