Embodying Earth Energy

Embodying Earth Energy by Shastri Donna Williams “The human potential for intelligence and dignity is attuned to experiencing the brilliance of the bright blue sky, the freshness of green fields, and the beauty of trees and mountains,” CTR, Sacred Path of the Warrior. I was teaching in Santiago Chile during March of 2017.  When I … Continue 

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Shambhala Training Level I in WRJ in April 2018

Shambhala Training Level I The Art of Being Human at the Shambhala Meditation Center of White River April 13th – 15th Advance Registration Required Schedule: Friday, April 13 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Saturday, April 14 from 9 AM to 5 PM Sunday, April 15 from 9 AM to 1 PM; A lunch reception … Continue 

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Contemplative Ecology , Forests and Ponds Oct 7th

First field outing exploring our ayatanas (sense fields) on land in Northern Vermont with good meditation friends. Sky gazing, meandering, soundscapes, love letter to a tree, journaling, blindfolded lunch sitting on the Stone Table (see Galway Kinnell’s poem about the table-https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-stone-table/) …continue for more photos!

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The Experience of Awe

I’ve been studying contemplative ecology recently, that juncture where our senses contact the natural world and expand , we can relax – experiencing connection, health and balance. While reading True Perception- the Path of Dharma Art by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche I came across his quote, “Awareness practice is not just sitting meditation or meditation-in-action alone. … Continue 

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Creating Enlightened Society- the biological basis of how cultures change

This morning after reading about a possible reversal by the Trump Administration of a ban on uranium mining in the Grand Canyon, I thought I would share some of what I’ve been studying, as a possible cheering-up tonic. I’ve recently been reading and exploring how nature can restore us. The natural landscape can heal our … Continue 

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PREPARING TO DIE – by Linda Kelly Brown

(This class has now ended. We hope to present it again sometime.) After her conversations with Bear Hollyday, Linda Kelly Brown explains more about the series: Buddhists believe in the concept of impermanence as one of the Four Noble Truths. That includes each individual. Birth, old age, sickness, and death are all expected way points … Continue 

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Interview about EARTH/DHARMA – Ecology and Buddhism

The EARTH/DHARMA ecology and Buddhism series starting November 22  is an exploration of our relationship with the earth, our present ecological predicament, and how meditation and other practices can help. Wondering what this is about, I interviewed one of the teachers, Shastri Donna Williams. And during the interview the other teacher Ryan Harvey came by … Continue 

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Diversity Forum Notes

On Sunday, August 21, 2016, The White River Shambhala Center held a Diversity Forum, open to members and the general public, to discuss how the Center can be more inclusive. The questions posed were the following: What is diversity? What is diversity specifically for the Upper Valley area? Why is diversity good for everyone? How … Continue 

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Mindfulness meets Entrepreneurs at Killington

Last Wednesday, I taught a group of 7 entrepreneurs from Montreal our meditation practice.  We received the request at the center somewhat randomly, this group was looking for someone to teach them meditation while at a group skiing retreat at Killington and found us via the internet.  Here is the mission statement of the group, … Continue 

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THE GAMBLER

The Gambler. That song. When I get a song stuck in my head I can usually figure out what my unconscious is on about. But this week bits of The Gambler kept singing through my mind, a kind of running background to whatever I was doing. I don’t even know the song — well, I … Continue 

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