Fundraising Contemplation

As I write this blog post today, we’ve had our WRSC GoFundMe fundraiser out for 5 days, 11 people have contributed, and we’ve raised over $1,000 of our $5,000 goal. This is thrilling for me, and has had me thinking about the act of fundraising as an important but daunting expression of civil society. I … Continue 

White River Shambhala Center’s Executive Committee: How It Works, and How You Can Help!

Pictured here is the Executive Committee, plus Shastri Donna Williams. Left to right, starting with back row: Mark Mounts, Chagdzo, Director of Finance; Ryan Harvey, Rusung, Safety and Protection; Shastri Williams; Jim Peters, Operations Coordinator; Jane Philpin, Communications Coordinator; Jeffrey Slayton, Director of Practice and Education; Dia Ballou, Center Director; Raven Fennell, Director of Culture and Decorum; … Continue 

A Special Message from WRSC

August 13, 2018 Dia Ballou, Director, WRSC   This summer, the Shambhala mandala learned of credible allegations against Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche concerning clergy sexual misconduct. Our Center cannot offer an official position at this time because emotions are still too raw and actual information is sparse. We need time to feel and voice feelings, support … Continue 

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 

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 

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- …continue for more photos!

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 

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 

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 

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