How Should a Buddhist Respond to “Merry Christmas”?

For those of us who have formally taken refuge and changed our religious affiliation to Buddhism, the end of the year holiday season can pose some interesting challenges—one of which being, what to say in response to the myriad wishes of “Merry Christmas” that are bestowed upon us during the season. Naturally, each individual takes … Continue 

Radical Compassion: A Report from Naropa’s 40th Anniversary

Imagine my surprise and delight to run into Jayne Sutton in Boulder, Colorado last month in the hallways of Naropa University. We had both come to participate in a symposium celebrating Naropa’s 40th anniversary. I was on home leave from my job in Vietnam, and Jayne was there with Rich Ann and Ariana Baetz and … Continue 

Remembering a Precious One

My husband and I often refer to members of the original Washington, D.C., sangha as “POs” or Precious Ones. This is not just because they were special in their own right, but because they received their initial meditation instruction directly from the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. We recently lost a Precious One, Kathie Wykowski Paul, … Continue 

Contemplating the Lotus

I am surrounded by lotus flowers. They are everywhere in Vietnam. Every pagoda has statues and paintings of the Buddha or other deities seated or standing on a lotus and usually a small pond where the flowers are growing. The lotus is a crop cultivated in large ponds to harvest the seeds that are used … Continue 

Turning Toward Conflict with Fearless Compassion

In June of this year, the DC Shambhala Center will join with the Baltimore Shambhala Center to present a weekend workshop on Restorative Circles, a powerful process for working with conflict or trauma. Ann McKnight will lead this experiential program designed to provide a working basis for those who wish to establish this process in … Continue 

The ‘Mindful Journey’ of Writing a Children’s Book

One of our members, Rob Cimperman, wrote an article for a recent issue of Shambhala Times in which he details his experience authoring a poetic, illustrated children’s book, introducing themes inspired by the legend and teachings of Shambhala — mindfulness, karma and duty to society — to seven to ten year-olds. As Rob notes: “Writing … Continue 


My Shambhala friends of course know about Bodhisattvas.  For other friends who don’t, I tell them  it’s a being who has attained a high level of spiritual realization, is just on the verge of ultimate enlightenment, but who chooses, instead of going beyond, to stay behind and help relieve the suffering of other beings.  Perhaps … Continue 

Gate Keeping

Shambhala Times Article – Dathun on Wheels by Robert French

One of our members, Robert French, wrote an article on his experience at a dathun at Shambhala Mountain Center and the challenges and opportunities of being in a wheelchair while on retreat. Read the article: Dathun on Wheels by Robert French

A Modern Yogi

In May I did a 10 day solitary retreat among the mountains in Northeast Vermont at Karme Choling, one of Shambhala’s land centers for group and individual retreats. This was an opportunity for me to deepen the practices that I have learned in the four years that I have been with Shambhala, participating in their … Continue 

Grateful Leadership

This is the sixth in a series of articles based on the Six Ways of Ruling, a teaching that was first presented by the founder of Shambhala, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1978 and further expounded upon by his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in his book Ruling Your World (Chapters 22-23). The “Six Ways” are qualities … Continue