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“Together We Can Solve Hunger”: An Outing to the Capital Area Food Bank

On a rainy Saturday afternoon in December, 13 members of the DC Shambhala Center met at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) on Puerto Rico Drive, N.E. for a 3-hour volunteer shift sorting donated food. CAFB is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems of undernutrition, … Continue 

Shambhalians Manifest at the Peoples Climate March

by Mark Rasmuson and Gabe Dayley “A sacred activist is someone who knows that the world’s profound crisis is challenging everyone to act from our deepest compassion and wisdom, and who is committed to ‘being’, in the face of growing chaos, suffering, and violence. In Shambhala terminology we call this the way of warriorship.” – … Continue 

Family and Children Summer Programs

Registration opens soon for Family Camp, Sun Camp, and Rites of Passage at Karme Chöling and Shambhala Mountain Center!  Be sure to check out the links for additional details! Karme Chöling Family Camp  Family Camp is a magical week for parents and children to spend together with friends old and new at Karmê Chöling, in … Continue 

How to do Mindfulness Meditation

“Mindfulness practice is simple and completely feasible, says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. “Just by sitting and doing nothing, we are doing a tremendous amount.” By: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche | Originally appeared in Lion’s Roar In mindfulness meditation, or shamatha, we are trying to achieve a mind that is stable and calm. What we begin to discover is that … Continue 

Confessions from the Office of Culture and Decorum

An article on Neutral Day written by Amanda Hester ~ February 10, 2013.   From Shambhala Times Observing the “Neutral Day” Decorum Fact: Shambhala Day has always been my favourite day in the whole year, and not just the day itself but the entire, potentially weeklong, event. I love the address, especially the sign-in of all … Continue 

Understanding Dön Season

When the world is filled with evil, pacify the Döns and Mamos Written by Russell Rodgers | From the Shambhala Times In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there is a period before the Tibetan New Year in the late winter/early spring when accumulated karma comes to fruition and societal obstacles arise. This year, between February 16 … Continue 

Lhasang at the White House

On Sunday, January 29, as part of a special workshop “Creating Enlightened Society: From Sacred Outlook to Sacred Activism,” Acharya Marty Janowitz led members of the DC Shambhala Center in a lhasang ceremony as a practice of sacred activism in front of the White House. A traditional Tibetan practice of offering juniper smoke, a lhasang … Continue 

How Not to Freak Out

You’re not alone if you despair about the present and fear for the future. If you find all the bad news overwhelming, Buddhist teacher Judy Lief has some meditations to help you cheer up.  By: Judy Lief | Originally appeared in Lion’s Roar |  It’s not as if times of fear and despair are anything new. People have fought … Continue 

We Already Have Everything We Need

Written by:  Pema Chödrön ~~ This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake. – Pema Chödrön We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves – the heavy-duty feeling that we’re bad and hoping that we’re … Continue 

Connecting for Good

Whatever you think of the Internet, smartphones, and other modern communications technology, it’s hard to overstate their power and impact on our world. How we use that power is up to each of us.                 On the Washington DC Facebook page we’re attempting to use technology “affirmatively,” for the benefit of all. … Continue