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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Epistemological Chicken: Can we know what is real?

Over the past 6 months I have tried out hearing aids from 3 different manufacturers.  This is a great way to bring home the question of what is real, that is to say what does the world, the squeaky floor, my own voice “really” sound like?  And just this week I had the lens in … Continue 

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Weekend Schedule Update: open sitting changing to scheduled programs

This coming Saturday, October 31, there will be open sitting from 10 am to noon.  And on the next day, Sunday Nov 1, there will be Learn to Meditate with Donna Williams from 10 am to noon.  After that we will replace the weekend weekly open sitting with scheduled programs.  Once a month we will … Continue 

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Sunday Sitting moves to Saturdays from September 12 to October 17

The Executive Committee of the White River Shambhala Center has decided to experiment with holding public sitting sessions on Saturday mornings instead of Sundays.  We hope this change will accommodate people who are out and about on Saturday so can sit before, during, or after running errands, and then have Sunday to stay at home. … Continue 

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